Here’s why Martin County’s new growth plan could blow up its urban growth boundaries

Former commissioner argues wording changes remove restrictions, could allow racetracks or water parks on vast undeveloped lands.

Martin County’s huge swaths of rural, undeveloped land are beginning to look a lot like a playground for the rich and famous. But that could change.

For years, developers, many from Palm Beach County, viewed golf resorts as the greatest return on their Martin County land investment. 

Jupiter-based basketball legend Michael Jordan opened his exclusive Grove XXIII golf course in 2019. CityPlace developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is proposing 36 holes on 1,200 acres a few miles to the west. A proposal from the builder of the revered Friar’s Head course on Long Island wants to replicate the exclusive, private golf-course experience on 3,900 acres in Martin County as well.

But causing the most stir is the proposal for a golf-course community from Discovery Land, a high-end vacation destination company catering to the likes of Tom Brady and George Clooney.

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