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Old 01-07-2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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CG demolishing buildings and stopping services

The CG we are in for about five months Knight's Key RV in Marathon Florida Keys was sold and will become a "high end" hotel resort. Like many of us here we made our reservations at the beginning of last season and paid a deposit. We also paid in full when we arrived back in Nov. Everyone knew it would happen but were assured this season would be OK, not looking good for the 2016/17 season.

Today we found out in less than two weeks they plan to bulldoze the restaurant, tiki bar, fish cleaning station and for whatever reason the employees work shop building. The restaurant houses the wifi equipment BTW.

So what should we expect or how can we prevent this? Whats next shut off the water and electric? Can't take the sewers away because there aren't any. Thought about a partial refund but then they may just offer to refund us for the rest of our stay and around here in January most places are already booked.
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That does not sound good at all.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:15 PM   #3
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Hopefully they will relocate the WiFi and rent a trailer for the shop.

A discount to some local resturants would be nice.

The change over to a resort was a long time coming. It started back before the housing crash.
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They'll probably have to shut off the power and water while they knock down the buildings. You might have the right to stay, but are you willing to fight it out in court without power and water? They've got time on their side, as eventually you have to leave anyways.

Hope it turns out ok, but plan for the alternative.
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That's a terrible and dishonorable way to treat people. Yes, time and leverage power appears to be on their side in this situation. You may want to consider this option...
Accurately get the names of the primary individuals and the company they represent and then take your story to the local TV news stations and newspapers about this story. It appears that the company involved is in the hospitality business, and yet their treatment of their current guests is anything but honorable. Above all, make sure that you gather all the facts (not rumors or heresay) ahead of time along with a supporting cast of guests. Who knows, the local news may want to make a story... or not.

In any event, a partial refund for the remainder of the stay is in order for the loss of amenities. I would suggest a minimum of 30% as a staring figure.

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I just went on their site and it was letting me make a reservation for April, with a list of available sites. Perhaps it would have declined it, if I actually made a reservation?
Could it be a rumor as to what's happening in less than 2 weeks ?
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They don't have OTA TV, let alone a station. I think the local paper is twice a week.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:14 PM   #8
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I just went on their site and it was letting me make a reservation for April, with a list of available sites. Perhaps it would have declined it, if I actually made a reservation?
Could it be a rumor as to what's happening in less than 2 weeks ?
No rumor. The staff was at meeting the day before. Guess they are already letting go eight people.

AFAIK they will still operate the CG until Dec 31. But I would not bet on it. The story is the building (s) will not meet code so they can't get insurance. Right, why not just lock the door? Why the emergency demolition. The excuse for the tiki bar is they forgot or screwed up the license so they can not buy alcohol. So why take it down and not remove the equipment and still let guests gather there?

Something is fishy here.

The power feed to the buildings appears to be separate from the campsites, not sure on the water.

We have been coming here for twelve years and this is the third "sale". The others fell through for different reasons. One I believe was a Ponzi scheme. This one is for real and a done deal. We are looking for other options nearby but they are limited and some very expensive.
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I'd enjoy the rest of my stay and look for alternatives. Not healthy to get upset over rented space.
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I was wondering for a while who AFAIK was. That's a real bummer. I would hope you will get a sizable rebate on what you paid for your site, considering they're demoing the campground around you. Best of luck, especially considering how limited your options are down there.
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They obviously are not concerned about your repeat business......
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The CG we are in for about five months Knight's Key RV in Marathon Florida Keys was sold and will become a "high end" hotel resort. Like many of us here we made our reservations at the beginning of last season and paid a deposit. We also paid in full when we arrived back in Nov. Everyone knew it would happen but were assured this season would be OK, not looking good for the 2016/17 season.

Today we found out in less than two weeks they plan to bulldoze the restaurant, tiki bar, fish cleaning station and for whatever reason the employees work shop building. The restaurant houses the wifi equipment BTW.
Don't know if you seen my post on this resort right up the road from you Mark Point of View RV Resort sold! , sad They plan to do the same!
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I would be filling my freshwater tank! Good luck.
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All I can say is you got to love developers and making way for more people. Makes me sick what I see going on everywhere I go.
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