Golf Course Development
March 25, 2005, 2:10 AM
Filed under: Development, Golf Courses

March 25, 2005

254-Unit “Village” proposed for Public Golf Course

When the ULI study recommended that Hollywood preserve its village atmosphere, residents were pleased. But city officials and their developer friends have stripped the word “village” of all meaning, as the city commission approves tower after tower for Hollywood beach and downtown. And now this latest transmogrification:

Developers want to build what they call the Hollywood Beach Golf Village — a mixed use project incorporating 238 ultra-luxury rental units, 16 three-story town homes, a 13,900 square foot clubhouse, a 3-story garage, surface parking, and 20 hotel suites — all to be located on four acres of public land at the SW corner of the golf course at 17th and Polk Streets in the Lakes.

This is at least the third time in recent years that the city has entertained a proposal to build housing on that SW corner, earning it in some quarters the nickname of the “crooked corner.” Residents in the Lakes have fought successfully to kill previous efforts to put housing on this public property that is perpetually dedicated as green space.

The proposed “village” is offered up as a way to help finance the city’s cost of redesigning the entire course to accommodate 20 acres of holding ponds for downtown runoff — a drainage project that is currently in litigation.

The development team includes Lane Investment and Development as the master developer, Zmistowski Design Group as Architect and Design Consultant, Mouriz Salazar, Architect, and Southern Golf Appraisals, Inc., the current manager of all three of Hollywood’s public golf courses, as Clubhouse and Course Manager.

In order to make this new golf “village” a reality, we will be asked to give the developer a 99-year lease of the publicly owned green space at a cost of $1 per year. We do not yet know the city commission’s reaction to this proposal.

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Golf Course Litigation
January 25, 2005, 2:04 AM
Filed under: Development, Golf Courses

January 24, 2005

Hollywood resident Brion Blackwelder has filed a lawsuit against the City of Hollywood and the City’s CRA that if successful could bring a halt to the fast-tracked highly incentivized downtown development being pushed by the City Commission and CRA.

The City filed a motion to dismiss the Blackwelder suit. A hearing was held before Judge Fleet on April 7, 2005, with the result that Mr. Blackwelder has 20 days to amend his complaint and the city then has 20 days to respond.

Meanwhile, the City has not received the permits and grant funds it needs for adding the water features to the golf course and has now added another year to its timetable for constructing the drainage and pumping facilities it wants to place on the course.

The complaint as originally filed alleges that the City’s plan to use 16 acres of the Hollywood Beach Golf and Country Club golf course as a storm water retention and drainage area for the planned downtown development is unlawful on a number of counts.

The plaintiffs are Blackwelder as an individual, and all Hollywood residents as a class, claiming that we would lose not only legally protected public outdoor recreation uses of significant golf course acreage but also the public right to referendum that the City Charter mandates before the City may “sell or otherwise dispose” of various kinds of real property including recreational facilities.

With the City rushing ahead to begin constructing the storm water, drainage, and pumping facilities in the golf course as early as March 2005, in order to accommodate runoff from the condo towers and related downtown development, this legal challenge comes none too soon.

All of us who question the massive Young Circle high-rises the City is proposing to surround and intrude on our historic downtown, with almost no planning to accommodate this level of growth, are indebted to our neighbor Brion Blackwelder for undertaking this legal challenge to the city’s intention to place 16 acres of public recreational space in servitude to downtown development.

The case has been assigned to Broward Circuit Court Judge Leonard Fleet. Read the original complaint for additional information. Any questions should be directed to Mr. Blackwelder’s attorney, Rebecca Taylor, 954-461-6202

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