By Sharon Aron Baron
No ifs, ands, or putts. The decision to build several hundred new homes at Woodlands Country Club is just a stone’s throw away for 13th Floor Homes.
At the workshop on Monday, Tamarac’s city commission will set a date for a special meeting to vote on land use change that could transform two 18-hole golf courses owned by ClubLink into approximately 397 single-family homes.
On May 4th, the vote went through the Broward County Commission.
The meeting was not without tension – and controversy. Woodlands residents appeared either in person or by phone and shared their opinions for – or against – the project.
Woodlands resident Cecilia Klein Richards said she had never heard of real solutions from people who didn’t want development. “I’ve seen the Woodlands go under so badly. I think the Woodlands need the 13th floor to make a better community out of it. “
Judith Margolis, another Woodlands resident, wanted to keep the Woodlands Golf Course green and read a speech on how the Commission must protect the interests of citizens and the environment. “These are 168 acres in danger of being cemented,” she said.
It was passed 5 to 3 by Mayor Geller, Vice Mayor Michael Udine and Commissioners Ryan, Bogan and Fisher.
Woodlands Commissioner Nan Rich and Commissioners Barbara Sharief and Beam Furr voted no.
This will send the decision back to the Tamarac City Commission for a vote that is now unlikely to be passed.
Former Commissioner Julie Fishman – a “yes” vote on the project was rejected in November 2020 by the current Vice Mayor Elvin Villalobos – who has declared that he is against it.
Commissioners Mike Gelin and Marlon Bolton are also against the land use change, unless they have changed their minds since the first round of voting it won’t be a problem for the developer.
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Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and Tamarac Talk, Coral Springs Talk, and Parkland Talk. Founded in 2011 to deliver news to the residents of Tamarac, Tamarac Talk is the # 1 news source for residents.