Horry County Council unanimously voted to defer the first reading of rezoning request for Indian Wells Golf Course until the June 6th regular council meeting. Council will request the Chinese owners of Founders Group International, Nick Dou and Dan Liu, to appear at that council meeting with their attorneys to answer questions about possible restrictions on the property with respect to the current litigation between Dou and Liu and, possibly, to address questions about Liu’s immigration status and Chinese legal problems.
A third try at first reading approval for a rezoning of Indian Wells Golf Course will come before Horry County Council Tuesday night.
This time around, it appears commercial areas have been removed from the redevelopment plan with townhomes replacing commercial buildings.
This is all part of the game that is played throughout the county to basically give developers what they want while making it appear council is working in the interests of affected citizens.
One of the best kept secrets with respect to development is that virtually all of the golf courses in the county have underlying zoning that allows for future development. That house bought on a fairway in one of the many golf course communities in the area may not always look out on a fairway. In the case of Indian Wells, the fairway view may soon be replaced by townhomes.
The rezoning is being requested for reasons that apparently have to do with making the land more valuable to developers not for any benefit of the current homeowners in the surrounding community.
However, the Indian Wells rezoning has other interesting facets.
Indian Wells is one of the golf courses currently owned by Founders Group International with a mortgage in the amount of $4,769,496.00 payable to Founders majority owner Dan Liu.
Liu is a Chinese citizen in the U.S. on a work visa that appears to have expired in August 2018.