BUYERS BEWARE, developer makes promises to sell lots and never keeps them. He will tell you anything to sell the lot and then say it was not said. Make sure if you buy a lot, that you get everything in writing and then God help you. Even then you will not get what you were promised. No one has so don't expect it. We have been promised things like a place to park boat trailers, finished roads, park and common area for games, pool table and TV for the clubhouse and list goes on.
Development has the appearance it is only just getting opened, this is what they will try to tell you. Truth be known, it was started back in mid 90's. Will tell you they have had problems with the state, with state agencies being very slow at getting permits for things to be completed. This is not and has not been the case, Developer just doesn't put much effort or money back into park unless he has to. He does like to think of it as his own private leisure spot for sitting around and drinking.
When he does start to do something he never finishes it. The entire park is evident of that. Trash, junk, dead trees rusted out equipment are left every where. The grass is not mowed until it gets knee deep. Looks like a personal junk yard, but he insists that the owners to keep and maintain their lots to the letter.
Several Owners were shown in original plans a big beautiful clubhouse with stone face. But we ended up with a small metal barn that the roof leaks instead, which isn't even in the same location that it was intended to be. Then when it was built, the developer used it for his own sales office for the first two years and wouldn't let owners in the clubhouse or give them keys to it. But we had to pay him the maintenance fees to maintain it. His office is still there which the Covenants and Restrictions say, which he wrote and conveyed, cannot be there, "that it has to be on his own lot or lots". The Clubhouse sat for over two years without any furniture in it so we couldn't use it, then when we did force him to install furniture he put in used and was dirty and full of food crumbs.
The Developer is responsible for forming the board for the "Association" and he then chooses his board of directors. These are always people he feels will do what he says, and lastly he has even resorted to bringing in someone from outside the park because he has run out of owners that will do as he says. When a board member doesn't do or say what he wants he removes them and puts someone else into office. And trust us this has happened a lot. The lot owners don't have any say in how the money is spent from their maintenance fees, in fact he will not even show us where it is, how it is spent, or what it is spent for. The Covenants and Restrictions strongly say, again in his own words, "that the financial records are supposed to be available at any time to view and inspect and above all not to be spent for the use of developing the developer's lots."
Last year his partner (Joann M Conway) told us in July that the developer was not going to fix or repair anything from then on out. If we wanted anything fixed or repaired we would have to do it ourselves and pay for it. That was evident for he had never and still hasn't repaired the pump to the well since it broke in January of '08. Also the RV park is supposed to be a gated community, the automatic opener for the gate has been inoperable for a year and anyone can come in. This is not very safe or secure. In addition, we had to pay to have a pool company to come out and close down the pool for the season, before it froze and broke something. He still hadn't done this the first of December. We had to winterize the well house and water tower because that was not done either. It is becoming more and more evident that there really will not be any more maintenance done at our resort by the Developer.
We have tried over the years for him to show us the records with no compliance to the Covenants and Restrictions. He states it is none of our business. We have formed a separate group of owners and hired a attorney to get him to show us the records and accounting. We started out with just a friendly request for a meeting between himself and the owners. He never even tried to meet with us, so have proceeded to go to the court system to force him to show us the financial records. He still will not show us where our money has gone or where it is going. His own lawyer wants him to sit down with us but still will not. We feel that he has spent the maintenance fees and not kept any records, therefore has no way of knowing where it went. In return he compares our RV park to another and wants to raise our fees to be equivalent to theirs which is twice what ours is. The other RV park has very different amenities that we cannot and will not ever have, so ours cannot be compared to it.
So this is why we say, BUYERS BEWARE, know about this up front with eyes wide open. We wished we had known all this and had this available to us to know the facts.
Common Group of Lot Owners