Kingwood Owner’s Meeting Highlights – Tough Questions Asked!

Meeting Details

  • Time – 16:00
  • Date – April 1st 2019
  • Location – Reunion Grande
  • Invitees – Homeowners And Members by email
  • Speakers – Kevin Baker, Michael Mancke, Bev Kelber
  • Kingwood’s first member presentation since their acquisition of Reunion Resort on February 8th 2019

Key Points

  • Welcome to Kingwood Team
  • introductions of Kingwood
  • Kevin Baker describes ease of getting improvements approvals
  • Overview of the Kingwood Collection with a heavy focus on the Plantation on Crystal River (in Florida).
  • Reunion is admittedly the flagship of the Kingwood group’s collection
  • Short term expectations (see below)

Short Term Expectations For Reunion

  • Water park expansion designs are under way. New slides, wave pool, putt putt
  • Eleven lounge improvements and music
  • Condos, single family homes and townhomes
  • Accelerated marketing of the Reunion Resort official Rental Program
  • Reciprocal member discounts at Kingwood, Achasta and Plantation resorts
  • Reunion members gain Golf and swimming pool privileges at Kingwood, Achasta and Plantwood

Questions from owners and members?

  • MEMBER QUESTION
    Any Resort landscaping improvements planned?
    ANSWER
    Yes but prioritizing will dictate progress and the priority order will be shared at a later date. Palmer bunkers will improve this week however.
  • MEMBER QUESTION
    Any plans to promote development of vacant lots?
    ANSWER
    Kingwood is finalizing the builder program to bring more builders to finish off undeveloped lots.
  • MEMBER QUESTION
    Will architectural review processes be improved to speed up?
    ANSWER
    Kingwood will look into it.
  • MEMBER QUESTION
    Ground staff appear to be staffed at 50% capacity. Course conditions appear to be slipping.
    ANSWER
    Whatever is needed will be provided to Resort management. It won’t happen overnight but they are committed
  • MEMBER QUESTION
    How can owners communicate with Kingwood management on an ongoing basis.
    ANSWER
    Bev Keller replied rrmembership@reunionresort.com is the place to contact.
  • MEMBER QUESTION
    Request to clarify the role of the advisory board of governors.
    ANSWER
    Contacts are on the website.
  • QUESTION
    Is the 400 unit hotel still under consideration.
    ANSWER
    Yes, talking to architects.
  • QUESTION
    Why add more renters than residents.
    ANSWER
    We value all inputs.
  • MEMBER POINT
    Golf course door locks do not work on the course rest rooms.
  • MEMBER POINT
    Owners often receive info from Encore and Spectrum. If owners in these new areas take out membership they can have access to Reunion amenities but reunion members do not have access to their amenities.
  • MEMBER QUESTION
    Can day guests be coached to repair their divots on the courses. Marshall’s are not active around the course.
    ANSWER
    Kevin Baker will take up with the rangers.
  • QUESTION
    Can sidewalks be finished to stop pedestrians having to take to the streets.
    ANSWER
    Did not hear an answer
  • MEMBER POINT
    The ancillary areas of the courses are in poor condition with dead shrubs and trees.
    ANSWER
    Ongoing improvements will be made
  • QUESTION
    Will the Encore multiple advertiser signs be removed from Sinclair Rd etc.
    ANSWER
    The CDD will address the signs that need to be removed.

Overall thoughts on the Town Hall Meeting

We had hoped to learn more about Kingwood’s future plans for the Reunion Resort and in particular its current and future vacation rental home owners.

Having said that, the Kingwood management team showed ambition to invest and grow the resort as we would all hope for. Their appointment of Kevin Baker as ongoing General Manager speaks volumes for their desire to keep Reunion Resort’s best people in the business.

Bev Kelber also steps up in a combined membership/rental role. Michael Mancke made no secret that Kingwood would be driving harder to attract more home owners into the Reunion Resort official rental program.

Don Harding and AOBG members did a great job on explaining the role of the AOBG.

Despite lots of very tough questions, I thought that Kingwood’s team presented themselves very well at their very first interaction with Reunion Resort members and owners.
Naturally people want better golf and improved amenities and it can’t be performed overnight, but our beautiful resort looks like it has an owner that cares, and has a passion to put the jewel back in the crown of the best luxury golf community in Central Florida!

“There’s nothing else in the world quite like Reunion Resort…” 
Michael Mancke – Kingwood Resorts

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