Local City Considers Stricter Golf Course Vendor Leases

By: Chinh Doan Email
By: Chinh Doan Email
Officials in one Central Texas city will discuss what to do next after what they described as a series of broken vendor contracts with the city’s golf course.

(Photo by Chinh Doan)

COPPERAS COVE (March 5, 2013)--Copperas Cove city officials will discuss what to do next after what they described as broken contracts with vendors at the city's Hills of Cove Golf Course.

Copperas Cove has worked with four vendors since 2010, leasing space at the golf course so they could sell food to golfers and visitors, but Cove city has lost thousands of dollars to some of those agreements, officials said.

The current vendor at the golf course has been keeping up with the lease agreement and rent, but that wasn't the case with a different vendor last year, officials said.

For seven months, the city needed someone to sell food to the golf course's visitors after that vendor broke a lease agreement early.

"The golfers...don't have an opportunity to come in after playing nine holes and grab lunch at the grill," said City Manager Andrea Gardner.

Gardner also said two of the past three vendors got out of their leases early.

The city has lost at least $12,000 in rent alone, officials said.

"It could, in fact, impact the playability of our course, meaning that if they don't have that opportunity to take that break at lunch time, then we might lose them to an area course," Gardner said.

"There's a potential for additional lost revenues besides the lease rent that we lose when they break their lease early,” she said.

Lease agreements between the city and vendors could be stricter after a City Council discussion Tuesday night.

"There's a possibility that we need to look at the fees associated with breaking a lease that might deter a potential lessee from leasing a facility that they may not be able to afford from day one," Gardner said.

The owner of the current vendor, Jessica Boucher of Full Throttle Grill, said she doesn't mind.

"This place is something you have to put forth the effort, you have to put in 110 percent, be here as long as the golf course is open," Boucher said.

She said she's determined to work hard to make sure both the shop and the course are successful.

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