Homeowners concerned about future of golf course

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach city council members talked Thursday, about the possibility of more homes popping up near the Hombre Golf Course.

Several residents who live near the golf course say they like having a golf course in their backyard. They don't want to see more homes instead.

One of the owner's of the golf course is asking the city for permission to use one-third of the land to build homes.

The developer is asking to turn more than 30 acres of land into residential land. Some nearby homeowners say they want the golf course to stay the way it is now.

They're concerned about more traffic on South Glades Trail and drainage problems in the area.

"We would like to see if he would put that land to recreation use or else guarantee it to stay as a golf course from a zoning standpoint," Jay Sourbeer, President of the Glades Homeowner Association said, "in return for zoning this other land into residential."

"Some people said that they thought we might be doing it because of the tax revenue. Well, the city doesn't have an ad valorem tax," Mayor Mike Thomas said, "We're just answering a request from a property owner that wants to do something with it."

Homeowners say they're also concerned about property values going down if part of the golf course turns into residential land. Homeowners say the developer is planning to put up more than 50 homes.

Mayor Thomas says the council only approved the drawings and plans to be sent to the state for approval. The council will revisit the issue after the state's decision.