By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Residents of Fernwood Mobile Home Park are tee’d off at Stanton’s city council and brought in boxes and buckets of golf balls to make their point on Tuesday night.
The issue of golf balls barraging the mobile home park is not a new one. The residents of Fernwood first came to the city council in April of 2010 asking for relief, solutions and enforcement to end their “Top Flite” woes from the golf ball driving range (Stanton Golf Center on Western Avenue) that abuts the mobile home park.
The problem is not a new one, but the residents said that although promised help from city members the issue still has not abated.
According to property manager Ed Cooper, it is too dangerous for people to go outside.
“We had one resident catch one while sitting in the Jacuzzi,” said Cooper, “We need to find some way to regulate the clubs and balls that they’re using. If you keep the golf driving center there, make sure somebody is on the site, not sleeping or not watching the monitor.”
Resident Brenda Schmidt said, “We’ve been here many times regarding the golf balls. Carol Jacobs has been to my house to see the damage . . .You cannot go and sit in front of your home, you have to stay inside. If you guys can’t help, you come and sit at our house for a while and see.
“Or how about this, and I don’t mean to sound mean, but let me come to your house and sit across the street and hit some balls over at your house. I’ll try to make them over and if I hit your house or car or kid then I’ll just say I’m sorry.”
The residents had heard rumor that the city was considering allowing the golf range to renew their rental agreement. City council and staff were quick to dispel the rumor, saying that the gold range would not be returning once the lease was up.
The site, a former elementary school, is slated to eventually become a large park for the city.