PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Panama City Beach City Council members vote unanimously to continue forward with the first step of converting 39 acres of the Hombre Golf Course.
The golf course is divided into three parts: "the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." The new owner wants to convert the "good" part of the golf course from recreational to residential, with more than 50 houses added to the subdivision.
Many residents expressed their concerns at tonight's meeting. Jay Sourbeer, the President of the Glades Home Owner's Association being one of them.
"The homeowners have some concerns about traffic mostly. In terms he could make extra access roads. They're concerned about traffic on South Glades Trail, we're concerned about drainage in the area."
Mayor Mike Thomas said these will all be addressed in the developmental phase of the project.
"This part tonight was just sending that development to the state for them to approve drawings, the codes, and all that stuff to it. Then it will come back to us with the details of what we're going to do."
Thursday's approval of the ordinance is just step one, which will allow the plans to go to the State.
Mayor Thomas expects it to take six to eight weeks before it comes back to the City Council to be reviewed again before any final approval.
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