The History Of The Savannahs
In June of 1988, real estate developers Brian Bussen & Peter Hayes (a former county administrator) signed an agreement with the Board of County Commissioners of Brevard County, Florida, for a development in North Merritt Island to be called “The Savannahs At Sykes Creek.” As part of the agreement, the two developers stated that they would donate 168-acres of land to the County, who would be responsible for building, developing and operating an 18-hole public golf course of the same name. The agreement, titled “Agreement between The Savannahs at Sykes Creek Inc. and the Brevard County Board of County Commissioner (June 7, 1988),” can be found on the TCB Property and Savannahs websites.
Construction of the Savannahs property, including the golf course, began immediately after the agreement was finalized. The first homes were sold in 1989 and The Savannahs At Sykes Creek HOA was formally established on December 4, 1989, with the developer initially having majority control. Bussen & Hayes was also given the county contract for development of the golf course, which opened in 1990. Today, all but a few of the 288 lots have been developed. The Savannahs HOA has been in the hands of the homeowners now for many years.
For almost thirty years, the Brevard County Parks and Recreation department operated the Savannahs golf course, which was never able to generate a profit. In May of 2018, the county elected to exercise an option of the original 1988 Savannahs agreement to revert the course and its associated properties to the Savannahs Homeowners Association (SHOA). The golf course, associated waterways, and Dolphin Park (a playground, picnic area, and tennis court) are now the responsibility of the Savannahs HOA.
To enable the Association to borrow funds from the County and receive a tax exemption, a Community Development District (CDD) was formed in 2018. The SHOA retained ownership of the course, and leased it to the CDD. The CDD, was comprised of a 5-member Board of Supervisors (all Savannahs homeowners), who had responsibility for overseeing golf course contracts, operations, and performance. During the 13 August, 2019 CDD meeting (click for meeting minutes) the CDD BOS’ voted and were all in favor to turn over all responsibilities for the golf course to the HOA BODs effective 31 August. The Savannahs HOA now maintains the Savannahs Golf Club and all public infrastructure within the community. For more information about the CDD, click here. For questions pertaining to this change of responsibility please contact the HOA President at email@example.com
Today, the Savannahs is a beautiful and vibrant golf community, filled with motivated homeowners working together to make the most of the future.