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Meetings Held Under the Radar for Future Housing Development on Golf Course


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By: Sharon Aron Baron

All over Broward County the lagging interest in golf and country club memberships have turned golf courses into new home developments and the Woodlands Country Club is no longer the exception.

Back in 2011, ClubLink Corp purchased the Woodlands Country Club from the equitable members.  At that time, ClubLink told the members that they were going to turn around the finances of the Club.  For many years, I met with the managers of the club who told me the club was profitable and they were not interested in having the golf course re-developed as homes. As recently as last month, ClubLink told me that they were having the golf courses surveyed as a part of a refinancing effort. 

Fast forward to the present. Woodlands residents have learned that recently a meeting was held with just a few people selected by City Commissioner Michelle Gomez to hear about a development proposal from 13th Floor Developers, the developers of homes that are on the former Monterrey and Sabal Palm golf courses in Tamarac. According to my sources, Commissioner Gomez has scheduled a second meeting with the developer to be held at the Section 5 Clubhouse on November 13, again with residents selected by her. Developer 13th Floor Homes is planning on making a presentation to gauge the interest of homeowners in having their company build approximately 575 homes on the golf course property owned by ClubLink. 

ClubLink Director of Operations, Jim Greene with ClubLink confirmed this:

“It was recently brought to my attention that during our corporate efforts to finance the property we received some interest in developing parts of the property.” 

He said that before the developer does anything, their intention is to engage the local community to help better understand the needs/wants, and from that, they hope to present a plan that would be deemed beneficial for all parties concerned. 

Other Tamarac communities that lost their golf courses include the homes bordering the Monterrey and Sabal Palm Golf Course. Woodmont Country Club is the most recent community losing their 36-hole golf course when nine of the holes were sold to a developer.  With that sale, residents lost their golf course views.   However, the Woodmont project has taken 10 years to bring to fruition.

I urge all residents not to allow secret meetings for select individuals and to attend this one to hear all the facts. It will be held at the Section 5 Club House on White Hickory Drive off of Woodlands Blvd November 13, at 7 p.m.


16 Responses to Meetings Held Under the Radar for Future Housing Development on Golf Course

  1. Jeffrey Smoley Reply

    November 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    We, the residents of the Woodlands must inform the government of Tamarac, in the most clear terms, that if they allow the building of homes, apartments or anything on the golf course(s), we will vote them out of office or issue a recall, just like we did with Patti Atkins-Grad.

    I will be at the meeting on Nov. 13th, but I have a suspicion that the date or venue will be changed since it is posted here.

    If the Club can’t make a profit after releasing most of the employees and reducing the maintenance of the area, they should donate the land to the city for a public park and take the tax deduction.

  2. Richard Reply

    November 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I totally agree, we must stand together on this?

  3. Gary Reply

    November 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    A couple years back, I believe the City of Tamarac purchased a golf course that was struggling. If more revenue is needed by the city, why isn’t the city trying to develop that course. surely if it was a wise investment by the city, developing that property should be explored.

  4. Philip Daspit Reply

    November 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I remember the same thing happened at Sabel Palms. As I recall there the mayor was accused of some collusion with the developer.

  5. Debbie Reply

    November 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Secret meetings = shadie business

  6. Ben Damian Reply

    November 3, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Michelle Gomez’s famous words quoted in the Sun sentinel a few years ago as they approved building homes by the turnpike on Sago Palm golf course .. “These will be Quality Homes” …. Now look what you have .. Military style housing so close together that you couldn’t cram another house in if you tried … and every other week like clockwork was a zoning change notice in the paper granting the developers more and more leeway to get the houses closer to commercial blvd and add more homes …
    And what about the traffic and sewer and water use ???? Tamarac has no concern for Quality of Life … My spouse and I started looking in Davie last week for acre lot property… I suggest you folks do the same unless of course you want your views to be the back wall of a house or road going in ..,
    And trust me … They will be built and approved by the city … It may take 2 years but they will be crammed in here ?

  7. elaine Reply

    November 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    It is my understanding that they are proposing to build hundreds of homes, not just a few. High density housing will inevitable come as well, and with it crime. Not to mention the aesthetics of it all. Currently there are approximately 950 homes in the Woodlands, the number I have been hearing, of homes that are being proposed is somewhere in the area 550. It is unimaginable what adding all these home to this area will do. Traffic and crime are only a few of the disasters waiting to happen. Not to mention the downward spiral of the value of your homes. Fight NOW, Fight Hard, and lets prevent these money hungry developers from coming into out beautiful community and ruining it. Commissioner Gomez Shame on you!!! And you live here !!!
    Makes me think whats really behind all this!!!

  8. Rabbi Kurt F. Stone Reply

    November 3, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Reading about the possibility that ClubLink Corp. will be holding a “by invitation only” meeting for the purpose of chatting up the dismemberment of the Woodlands golf course sends an icy chill up my spine. It brings back memories of the Chait imbroglio and the long-lasting legal battles which ensued. I first set foot into the Woodlands in early 1983 when it was a magic place. Most of the great things going on in both Tamarac and the North Broward area were because of the people who lived on all the streets named after tropical trees. Believe it or not, most charitable organizations had their black-tie galas at the clubhouse. Back then, we were the very epicenter of civic pride and progress. Of course by now, most all the leading lights are deceased. But “back in the day,” the Woodlands was the first place one would go in order to get things done . . . and have a great meal . . . and play on a pristine golf course. The idea of turning that golf course into hundreds of homes was as inconceivable then as it is today. Nationally, we are going through a rough political storm. The one saving grace is that “we the people” are learning just how much power we possess when we band together and make our voices heard. If the Woodlands is to maintain its nearly half-century charm and uniqueness, it will be only because we the residents – both new and old – and our non-Woodlands friends – rise up and make voices heard, our disgust palpable.

  9. Carol Reply

    November 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

    We are no longer a retirement community. Most of us work hard and find it very difficult to attend a meeting, particularly one where we are not allowed to ask questions, as is the upcoming WHOA meeting where we can go and listen to the plans of 13th Floor Homes.

    I propose that 13th FLoor Homes provide a website for us to review and learn exactly how they are going to build new homes around our properties. We need open communication to our residents which a website would provide and 13th Floor has those website capabilities.
    See: 13thfloorhomes.com/

    We have had some very bad experiences with politicians as Jeff and others mentioned. We all have property rights and the function of the WHOA and the Commissioner should be to protect those rights. If they don’t I will gladly help in any activity which will protect my home’s value and the lifestyle this subdivision has provided. Perhaps we need a lawyer to help us? One without political ambitions.

    I have many questions:

    Will they take into account the unique architecture of our almost mid century subdivision?

    Will they fill in the canals and waterways to build more homes?

    Since most of our homes are ranch style homes, will they continue in that style or build the 2 story homes they have been building?

    Will they build the wall we need?

    Will they upgrade the sewers, water, electricity, etc?

    I have many more questions. It is rather scary and we seem to have little leadership to protect us.

  10. Leonard Comerchero Reply

    November 9, 2017 at 10:33 pm


  11. Fisher Reply

    November 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    This is the 1st I’m hearing about this garbage. And sure several hundred homeowners are also unaware.

  12. Fisher Reply

    November 14, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I 100% agree. We need to get on this ASAP

  13. Dolly Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I SO agree with you. They are planning on closing almost all of the exits we now use; Holly Dr, Banyan Ln, White Oak, Bayberry yet adding another thousand cars to already congested exits. The thought of the Woodlands being gated is DUMB. This community was not designed for that. I Don’t want to live in a cage. If we wanted to live in a gated community, we would have moved there to begin with. I will stand with my neighbors and fight this outrageous proposal.

  14. Angelo Bartolome Reply

    January 17, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Currently, City of Tamarac are responsible in maintaining all the lakes and Seawalls in Woodland Country Club. By putting gates up, are they aware that 13th floor Developer will be the one responsible for maintaining all the lakes and all the Seawalls? this means our association dues will increase to pay for these maintenance?

    The traffic going out of Woodlands Blvd. is so bad already without the gate, can you imagine the backup of traffic once they put gates! YOU DON’T WANT IT!

    We do not want our Association dues to increase nor we want more traffic congestion in our community.

  15. Jeffrey Tanimacker Reply

    January 24, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Angelo can’t agree with you.. sorry.. The city barely pays for anything, the budget is tiny. Gates are mandatory, the rif-raf that comes in off rock island (Holly Drive, Bayberry and Sago Palm)is killing this neighborhoods value.

    The value of your house will go up significantly if this becomes a gated community, now is not time to be cheap.

    If you have have 400 new homes and say each one pays $250 per month that’s 1.2 million per year. There are roughly 800 existing homes in the Woodlands and if each resident only paid $100 per month. That would total $960K per anum.

    The sum total would be more then $2,000,000 per year to support a gated community. The crime in the Woodlands is very high, the property values are depressed. The only thing that will bring this community back is this development. There will be no issues with traffic at any of the entrances, resident will have a barcode so they move right through.

    You have three options.
    1) You fight 13th floor and then wait for the golf course to shut down. Once shutdown residents will have to come up with money to maintain the course or cut the grass. Property values will plummet and you it will be painful.
    2) Work with 13th Floor, get on board and ensure we get something that works for 13th and also the Woodlands residents. No way they can sell a 400K home in here without gates, there are far too many competitive neighborhoods with less crime..
    3) The golf course get’s sold to a large builder like Lennar or Pulte. They wont care one bit about our input. They will leverage their resources to build on every inch, most likely a combination of apartments, townhomes and single family. You don’t want that.

    Those are your options.. plain and simple.. complain all you want.. but it is what it is.

  16. Lin Parson Reply

    September 7, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Based on the changes that are being proposed will the “Woodlands” overlay stay in tact as it is or will ir be abolished or modified?

    We have a fence approval issue without a pool and would like to get some clarity.

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