I hope that your New Year is off to a great start! January has been an extremely busy month with many of you returning after the holidays coupled with our very robust event calendar. I must say that operating with a temporary lounge and golf operation throughout the month has been challenging. However, our team has done an outstanding job rising to the occasion and meeting the needs of our Membership under unusual circumstances and constraints. Our Golf Shop sales have been very impressive considering we do not even have a sales floor in the Village at the present time. Our food and beverage operation has added themed events on Saturday nights, including Prime Rib Night, Pasta Night and the New England Clambake, which have all been very well attended. We have also added featured specials such as Meatloaf and St. Louis Style Ribs during Supper Club to mix up the à la carte menu.
A lot of progress has been made on the landscaping at the Golf Maintenance Facility as well as at the Clubhouse. A separate renovation update will not be sent out this week. I am happy to say that we have passed all of the inspections for the interior space. We are working with Palm Beach County (PBC) to obtain a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) allowing us to occupy the Nickaleer Lounge and the entire lower level. In order to receive a TCO, we must provide acceptable egress for life safety into the construction zone outside of the building in accordance to PBC building code. Hedrick Brothers, our general contractor, is working closely with PBC to resolve this situation to accommodate this requirement. Once this has been completed, card play and Mah Jongg will begin in the Activities Room, and the golf staff will move into the new Golf Shop. This will also mitigate our parking situation. Stocking and training permits have been approved, so furniture can begin to be placed in the space and our food & beverage staff can begin training in the new restaurant.
As you recall when we designed and submitted the original plans to PBC, the Club did not have ownership of the pond. Therefore, the exterior work was treated as a separate project, and we were not able to submit for a permit during the initial submittal for the Clubhouse construction. The majority of the exterior work will be completed before the end of January with the exception of the gazebo, which has been rescheduled to begin during the summer of 2016.