DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) -- A landmark referendum held in Croatia has failed to derail plans for the construction of a large golf complex that could change the face of the ancient walled tourist resort of Dubrovnik.
Officials said Monday the referendum failed because only 31 percent of Dubrovnik voters cast their ballots Sunday. The official requirement for the vote to be valid is at least a 50-percent turnout.
The result meant that the 1.1-billion-euro ($1.4 -billion) golf course designed by Australian golfing legend Greg Norman -- which includes villas, hotels, tennis courts, a horse-riding club and restaurants -- will be built on the rocky Srdj hill above the historic town.
"Golf will be played on Srdj after all," said Maja Frenkel, the head of Razvoj Golf, the main Israeli investor group behind the project.
The referendum was only the third such vote in Croatia after it
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