By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/20/13, 2:25 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

RIALTO >> The city’s code enforcement department has given an Orange County developer until the end of the month to remove weeds and dead trees from the former El Rancho Verde Golf Course,

The administrative citation can carry a fine of up to $80,000, said Robert Watson, Rialto’s code enforcement supervisor.

Lytle Creek Development Co. Inc. closed the golf course and its public country club two years ago this month, saying the company could no longer afford to subsidize its losses.

Officials from the company could not be reached Monday to comment on the code enforcement action or future plans for the property which at one point was planned to be an 8,400-home development.

The golf course and its country club served as a centerpiece for Rialto’s social and civic events for more than 50 years.

In late July, a city hired contractor used a tractor to clear a 100-foot barrier between golf course property and the row of upscale houses planted alongside a portion of the now dead fairways and greens, which made this course a popular stop for east valley golfers.

Many residents thought the clearing was a sign that Lytle Creek officials were stepping up to the plate by dramatically expanding the size of the clear-cut border from last year.

“This is the second time the weeds have been cut since the golf course closed,” said Lynn Boshart, whose home borders the golf course. “But the clearing is much wider this year,” she said, not knowing that Lytle Creek Development played no role in the fire risk-reducing action.

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