Residents raise concerns about new housing plans for Hombre Golf Course
The Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach is closed for good, and developers are working to put the land to another use.
Hombre Golf Club Owner George Roberts said developers are planning to add 80 townhomes and more than 150 single-family homes.
"I think it's gonna be good for people in Bay County to have new homes in that area," said Roberts.
Residents in the Glades neighborhood, however, say there's a problem.
"We do need new houses because of the hurricane, but we just don't want them right in our face," said Panama City Beach resident Diana Holmes.
They say some of the new homes will be taller than their homes, which could allow others to invade their privacy.
"These structures will be literally feet from our swimming pool areas," said Panama City Beach resident June Kennedy. "They will be able to look into our patio doors, our living spaces, into our bedrooms."
Residents say that they're also concerned about parking, noise, and security for the area. They're hoping the city can change the setbacks to give them more space but it may not be possible.
"We can't adjust setbacks based on what somebody might do. We have to go off of what the land development code already has in place," said Panama City Beach Councilman Hector Solis.
Roberts said they've already made plans to help Glades residents keep their privacy.
"Some of the houses existing homes will have lakes separating the two. Some people will have lakes that didn't have lakes before. The townhomes side is the side that will back up to the commercial side of Middle Beach as it is now," said Roberts.
Roberts said plans are already in the works and construction is set to begin soon.