HOA, condo, co-op Golf Community updates (March 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities


Baytree golf course slated to become subdivision

Mary Shanklin
Orlando Sentinel

Feb. 27, 2018 11:40 A.M.

Central Florida’s Baytree golf course, with a clubhouse and 18 holes, in Tavares is on track to become a subdivision.

The closed course at 129 Juniper Way sold this week for less than half the $1.1 million original asking price. The $500,000 final price also was less than the $792,000 that previous owners paid for it in 2010, records show.

The people who just sold it did their best to maintain it,” said Crosby & Associates’ Richard Gonzalez, who brokered the sale. “The fees were $20 for a round and when they raised it to $25, people just went berserk.”

Last year, residents of the Baytree Villas community urged Tavares to buy the course with the opes it could become a “first-class facility.” The greens and fairways are the latest among a series that have closed in Central Florida in recent years. They include: Rock Springs Ridge in Apopka, Sabal Point in Longwood, and Rolling Hills in Altamonte Springs.

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Another golf course bites the dust. Baytree Villa residents could not convince the city of Tavares to purchase the unprofitable enterprise. And, according to the report, golfers were not even willing to pay a small increase in fees to keep the course afloat. Now, according to the Orlando Sentinel, the site will be redeveloped with up to 118 homes. 

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Water shut-off, lawsuit hit Club West course owner

By Paul Maryniak, AFN Executive Editor Mar 7, 2018

The city has shut off water to the Club West Golf Course for nonpayment of bills and a partner in its management company has sued the owner and the general manager, alleging mismanagement, misrepresentations and “wrongful and unlawful conduct.”

William Day and Club West Golf Management last week filed suit in state Superior Court against the Inter Tribal Golf Association, its founder Richard Breuninger and course general manager Christa Jones.

The suit says Day – in return for a 40 percent stake in the management company – loaned Breuninger and the association $250,000 and invested an additional $100,000 that helped them purchase and reseed the course last fall.

The suit accuses Breuninger of making misleading statements about the prospects of finding cheaper water for the site and accuses Jones of “financial mismanagement, fraudulent operation and possible embezzlement.”

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In this case, homeowners thought Breuninger and his Inter Tribal Golf Association would save the Club West Course by providing a more economical source of water for irrigation. The lawsuit alleges that money loaned to Breuninger by Club West Golf Management was mishandled, and now the public utility has shut off water supply to the course. Golf course management is having difficulty obtaining access to financial records. 



Bella Collina preps for builders’ show as some plaintiffs leave lawsuit


Mary Shanklin
Orlando Sentinel

The Bella Collina golf club community will soon entertain builders from around the world even as it navigates a contentious federal lawsuit and a stream of complaints from property owners.

Bella Collina in southeast Lake County will draw attention next month as the site of this year’s New American Home — a centerpiece of the International Builders Show slated for Orlando beginning Jan. 9. The spotlight nears with a new legal twist as two property owners apologized last week for their role in a federal lawsuit accusing developers of everything from intentionally destroying property values to intimidating residents.

“Had we understood these claims, we would have never participated,” in the federal complaint, reads a statement from Bella Collina property owners Bart and Kathryn Sutherin.

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In a previous post, I told you about a class action lawsuit against Bella Collina developers, alleging RICO. Since that time, a judge has denied the Plaintiff’s “shotgun” case, dismissing without prejudice. The Plaintiff could ultimately file a complaint worthy of due process, although nothing has been filed to date.


While the Defendants claim property owners are disgruntled, high net worth individuals engaging in strategic default, Plaintiffs continue to allege retaliation and harassment. 

The legal battle continues, as Bella Collina’s new owners forge ahead with plans to resurrect the development. 

Developer, homeowners at odds with plans for former Edmond golf course (OK)

By Eriech Tapia For The Oklahoman Published: February 27, 2018 5:00 AM CDT Updated: February 27, 2018 5:00 AM CDT

EDMOND — Future plans for the former Coffee Creek Golf Course are beginning to formulate as the developer and homeowners tee off.

“The golf course is going away,” said Developer Kyle Copeland, who owns the former golf course property.

Neighbors in the area are opposing any development on the golf course that could affect the view out of their back doors.

While no official plans have been drafted by Planning Design Group, a land planning group in Tulsa that Copeland hired, developers are hoping to have five different categories of zoning in the final plan.

But those plans don’t seem to include the one element nearby homeowners desire.

“We only want a golf course,” said Tonya Coffman, president of the Coffee Creek Homeowners Association.

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A new land owner has purchased Coffee Creek golf course. He wants to develop the land, and he and the Planning Commission in Edmond are floating ideas about how to proceed. As usual, neighbors adjacent to the golf course protest any and all plans for change. 

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Creekside Golf Club owners sue homeowners association over spending

Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal Published 4:19 p.m. PT Feb. 19, 2018 | Updated 6:48 a.m. PT Feb. 20, 2018

Creekside Golf Club’s owners have asked a judge to remove the board of an adjacent homeowners association and put the HOA into receivership.

It’s the latest volley in a two-year legal battle that will decide whether the club’s owners, developers Larry Tokarski and Terry Kelly, can close the South Salem championship course and turn it into a residential subdivision.

The developers say the six members of the Creekside Homeowners Association Board, all of whom own golf course-view homes, illegally used the association’s reserve account to pay for an April 2016 lawsuit alleging the course must remain open indefinitely.

That bankrupted the association, raising monthly assessments for the many homeowners whose property values would not be affected by the course’s closure, the lawsuit alleges.

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Litigation involving Creekside Golf Club is taking an ironic twist. The owners of the golf course, Developers Larry Tokarski and Terry Kelly, also happen to own property in the HOA. So the developers are suing the board members of the HOA, all of whom happen to own estate homes with golf course views, for acting in their own self-interest to prevent redevelopment of the golf course. According to the report, the 2016 lawsuit that Creekside HOA initiated in an attempt to stop closure of the course, had disastrous consequences, bankrupting the association. 

The Plaintiffs ask the court to order the board members to personally reimburse $240K to the HOA and $525 to the developer for attorney fees.



University Park residents hope to buy back control

Purchase plan requires approval of a “recreation district.”

by: Pam Eubanks Senior Editor

Deborah Van Brunt had lived in University Park for eight years, but she felt foolish last summer when she learned the community’s star features — its golf course and country club — could be sold for development without any input from residents.

She signed off on it when she purchased her home, but didn’t realize it.

“It was humbling,” she said.

Van Brunt, however, is excited about what the future may hold. Residents could have the option to purchase the privately owned University Park Country Club through the formation of a recreation district.

If the deal goes through, they also will take over the developer-controlled homeowners association more than a decade early.

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Some homeowners are uneasy about the sale price of the land…but assuming there was a fair appraisal process, a recreation district may be the best option for property owners.

It’s a little unclear what the owners envision doing with the land, but it appears the District won’t be operating a golf course, even if they retain the clubhouse.


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