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WARREN, Ohio - City council members are debating the fate of the city-owed Avalon south golf course.

On Wednesday night, council heard three proposals on what to do with the property; reopen it, or sell it.

Members heard from three men who want to re-open the course and operate it themselves. They all believe the course can become profitable.

Warren businessman Anthony Natale says he can bring the golfers back.

"It's one of the best layouts in the area. It can be something great if we just nurture it along. That's why it was my recommendation to bring it in to the park system and let the residents get benefit from it and the money that it generates," Natale says.

Marc Beechy says he has operated courses for over 30 years.

"This course has the potential to make money. It's got a few revenue streams that weren't being used properly. Golf has changed over the years you have large groups that will try to negotiate a better price with you," Beechy says. "You need to give them a price up front so they won't negotiate with you. You want to make them a stop on their touring list."

Scott Karabin is a PGA member.

"In the past, they've just had poor management; that's all it is. There is nothing wrong with the golf course. It needs some capitol repairs but the golf course is really great. It just needs proper management," Karabin says.

Legislation will come up for a possible vote at the next council meeting that would give deciding power to the board of control which is basically the city administration. 

A "yes" vote from council would allow the mayor and others to sell the property or keep it. Council may vote on it or table it and come up with new legislation surrounding the golf course.

"This is not going to be a knee-jerk decision. The majority of council realizes that is a very valuable piece of property," says Warren City Councilman Alford Novack.

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