Taxpayers could decide future of Sunset Golf Course

Mayor thinks Hollywood voters should decide if city can issue bond to buy land


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A controversial proposal to develop an old golf course in Hollywood has taken a new turn. 

Taxpayers may get the opportunity to buy the property and preserve it as green space.

A developer recently withdrew his plan to put 400 homes and apartments on the Sunset Golf Course on Johnson Street, just east of Interstate 95, after residents launched a grassroots effort to block any development of the property.

Now, Mayor Peter Bober thinks voters should decide if the city can issue a general obligation bond to buy the land.

"It could be a beautiful park,," Bober said. "We could use it for potentially field space, soccer fields, baseball fields. We have a lot of young families moving into Hollywood. So there's a lot of possible uses that I think the residents might support, but they get to make the final say so."

It's still unclear how much the 43-acre site is worth. Bober wants the city manager to ask the property owner to give the city an option to buy the land.

A majority of city commissioners must agree before the city can put a bond issue on the November ballot.