South Florida could get a taste of New England or the West in wintertime if a developer's hopes come true.
A developer hopes to bring a giant winter sports complex featuring indoor ski slopes to Sunrise, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
Norman Canter and Pelion Sunrise are proposing to build the complex, which would include ski trails at least 2,700 feet long, near the Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise. Canter led a previous, unsuccessful effort to bring a similar indoor winter sports park to North Miami in 2010, the Sun Sentinel noted.
Pelion executives are scheduled to present their initial plans to an environmental advisory board in Sunrise Wednesday night.
The company says its project would be worth more than $300 million, employ 2,000 people, and attract some 2.5 million visits a year.
Besides offering a distinctly atypical Florida experience in the winter complex – which would have skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and snowmobiling – the project would also feature electric race carts and paintball, and a conference hotel, the Sun Sentinel reported.
"I don't even know if this thing is for real or not," Sunrise City Commissioner Sheila Alu said. "I'm not even paying attention to this until I know it's a viable project."