The Real Deal Miami

PB commissioners delay development decision at golf course

Fifth time in 10 years that decision has been postponed
March 31, 2014 03:45PM

The overgrown Mizner Trail Golf Club

The overgrown Mizner Trail Golf Club

For the fifth time in ten years, Palm Beach County commissioners postponed a controversial zoning request to allow development at an abandoned golf course west of Boca Raton.

After a seven-hour meeting, commissioners voted 5-2 to delay a decision until June.

Developers James and Robert Comparato hope to build 288 residences — including 140 homes, 106 condominium units and 42 townhouses — on the 130-acre site, dubbed Mizner Trail Golf Club, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“We are trying to accommodate a very small minority at the expense of a very large majority,’’ said Commissioner Jess Santamaria, who voted against the postponement.

Locals are split over the decision to develop, with many arguing that they purchased their home to overlook a golf course, not a housing development. Others contend the defunct course is overgrown and an eyesore as it is. [PBP]Christopher Cameron