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Lumbee Tribe Bids to Operate Golf Course

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The Lumbee Tribal Council voted in favor of pursuing the state's offer of a lease agreement to operate the Robbins, North Carolina-based Riverside Golf Course.

The tribe has 60 days to begin maintaining and making permanent improvements to the property, reported The Laurinburg Exchange. The tribe may then be granted a five-year lease, with the option of three additional five-year extensions for $1 year, according to the contract. The agreement also requires the state to do $50,000 work on the grounds. Estimates call for $650,000 and $800,000 of capital repairs to be done at the course--repair costs and the cost of operating the course would fall under the tribe's responsibility (federal money cannot be used to operate the golf course).

“It won’t be easy. It will take a lot of community support,” Louise Mitchell, a member of the LumbeeTribal Council, told The Laurinburg Exchange. “We will have to do heavy campaigning.”

One of 15 votes vetoed leasing the golf course. “I just don’t think we are prepared to take it on at this time,” Council member Charles Bullard told The Laurinburg Exchange. “I don’t know how we can get the money. I think our focus should be on housing, not a golf course.”