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Letter: Municipal Golf Course: Bogey To A Birdie

Under the mismanagement of the Suozzi administration, our municipal golf course has lost $500,000 over the past three years. Early estimates for the fiscal year ending 2013 have losses projected as high as $200,000. For the past five years the golf course has run at a significant deficit. Once a revenue- positive operation, this jewel by the Sound requires a fresh set of eyes and a new management team to return it to profitability. To best accomplish this goal, I will request input from the golf commission and members of the women and men’s club in analyzing the failed history of expenses exceeding revenue.   


Some residents have questioned my comment about privatizing management of the golf course. This was mentioned in reference to the remedies available for curing the financial problems of the Golf Fund. My goal is to improve the golfing experience and increase the number of rounds played while creating significant revenue for our city and most importantly, maintaining affordable rates for our residents. I believe that my leadership abilities coupled with a re-structured and more efficient utilization of our workforce will result in a much needed revenue- positive operation for our city.


Our city has serious financial problems and I am prepared to make the tough decisions required to return fiscal health to our great city.


Reginald Spinello