Four years later, in 2004, the Jaworski Group sold the residentially zoned course to Blenheim Homes. In the 60’s, when the course was built, there was no zoning designation for Recreational Space. It was found out later this same group had done the identical thing at another course in New Jersey. The real intention was to eliminate the golf course claiming non-profitability, in order to sell to a developer. Blenheim proposed building 300+ homes on the property. Propaganda meetings were held with Blenheim Representatives and angry citizens. Concerned members and homeowners organized and founded the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Expansion (C.A.R.E) with hopes of stopping Blenheim Homes. To discourage impending home purchases, Mack & Carol Ewing were prepared to start a pig farm on their agriculturally zoned property surrounding the golf course. Through the efforts of hundreds of Kent County residents, State and Local Officials and C.A.R.E., the State of Delaware stepped in and purchased the golf course from Blenheim Homes so that it would continue as a golf course. The Ewing family was amazed by the enthusiasm of the community and others to preserve Charlie and Dot’s legacy by recognizing the contribution they made to Kent County.
Dot Ewing was thrilled when told of the decision to save the course before she passed away in 2006 at the age of 87. Mack Ewing, age 66, died in 2013. Mack’s wife Carol, his son Charles M. Ewing III, daughter Carrie Reynolds and husband Matt, and grandson Jackson Ewing Reynolds appreciate the hard work and will forever be grateful to those who were involved in the successful fight to save Garrisons Lake Golf Course. They all continue to live on property that was at one time part of Charlie & Dot’s farm.
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