Encore’s Clubhouse Construction About to Commence

I saw a press release today detailing the high demand for the Encore Club’s homes over on their brand new Sinclair Rd development.  With sales of 40 homes in November, you kind of think they’ve got something right with their business model.

A stunning landscaped paradise, luxury vacation homes and a beautiful water park, all within easy reach of Walt Disney World and Interstate 4.
(I know a place just like that too!)

Good luck Encore, I hope you do well with this familiar formula, but if you look after your members well, ensure that the resort amenities are available to all rental guests, you might teach a few people how to run a resort!

Reunion Resort’s Encore Club Update

Progress over the opposite side of the 429 Toll Road is turning the Encore Club into a visible reality!
300 acres of abandoned Citrus plantation are now the basis of Reunion’s Resort within a Resort.  The Encore Club at Reunion will be operated and managed independently, offering all resort guests staying at the Encore Club at Reunion access to the resort’s amenities, including their own water park and sports facilities.

If you’d like to see a quick update on how the resort is beginning to shape up, visit the Encore Club Orlando Blog to view this month’s aerial shots!

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Encore Club At Reunion – Aerial Shots

Some fantastic Aerial shots from the Encore Club Orlando Blog By Jeeves.
Taken late October, these images show that ground works are well under way at the 300 acre site by the intersection of Sinclair Rd and N. Old Lake Wilson Rd.

For a detailed analysis, please visit the Jeeves blog post for an insight into each image!

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View all of the Encore Club model homes at totalorlando.com

Reunion West CDD Landowners Election on November 13, 2014

I just wanted to make you aware of a very important vote that will affect all landowners and homeowners on Reunion Resort’s west side.
I also wanted to mention that I have personal faith in Encore’s Jim Bagley to be a genuine prospect for a brighter future for homeowners at Reunion Resort.
With Jim, I believe that we have an opportunity to ensure that we have an excellent CDD board, with a member that will influence and shape the future of the resort with every stakeholder’s interests at heart.

Encore Funds owns the majority of the undeveloped land within Reunion West CDD.  Encore is currently developing Encore Club within Reunion West CDD.  Encore wants to be the driving force into the revitalization of Reunion by developing new properties that add to everyone’s  property value and add to the aesthetic beauty of Reunion.

On November 13, 2014, at 2pm, in the Heritage Crossing Clubhouse, there will be a landowners election for 3 seats on the Reunion West CDD Board of Supervisors.   This election is critical to the property owners within Reunion West but also affects all property owners within Reunion.

Encore is asking for your support by requesting a proxy for your vote to Jim Bagley so Encore can nominate candidates to the Board of Supervisors that support Encore’s efforts to create value to everyone within Reunion West.

Most of us understand the history of Reunion and the Election on November 13, 2014, will offer the residents of Reunion West two choices.  Lubert Adler, and its affiliates LRA Orlando LLC, are attempting to secure candidates for the 3 open Board seats.  Encore is attempting to nominate candidates to secure the 3 open Board seats.

Encore is investing significant capital into the creation of value for all in Reunion West.   I hope you will name me as your proxy holder so I can vote to insure the long term success for Reunion West.  You are also welcome to attend the landowners meeting on November 13, 2014, and cast your ballot in person.

A link to the Proxy form is provided here and below.
Please contact Jim at 407-446-8250 if you have any questions.

Jim Bagley
Encore Funds
1530 Celebration Blvd, Suite 405
Celebration, FL 34747
(407) 566-7171 Office
(407) 446-8250 Cell
(407) 566-7173 Fax

Click this link to download and print the Proxy Form

Thank you for your support, and please encourage your fellow home owners to consider using their important Proxy vote to secure a better future for Reunion Resort’s private owners.  (And yes, I have already sent my proxy to Jim!)

Questions Sent To Carlton Grant – October 10th 2014

UPDATE: Please read the official response from Carlton Grant received after precisely two months on Dec 10th 2014.

Click this PDF link:  Response From Carlton Grant
lease make any comments below this blog post.  We’d love to hear your thoughts!

On Friday October 10th, I had a call arranged with Carlton Grant (General Manager of Reunion Resort), regarding my open letter posted earlier this month.

Just before the call, I mailed over most of the following points to help the conversation stay on track.
As a result, Carlton asked for a postponement of that call in order to clarify the points with other members of his team.
Hopefully, we can get some great answers back to some important questions.
Due to the fact that it has been a while since that call was cancelled, I thought it might help to make everyone aware of the questions currently raised about matters affecting owners;

  • Are there any private rental owners or property managers on the ABOG?
  • Will house guest contact details for house guest privilege cards be used by Reunion for marketing purposes?
  • Private Rental owners generally feel ‘unwanted’ and ‘unappreciated’ by the resort management. Assuming that they continue to remain private owners, is that belief correct?
  • Is the ‘Resort spend’ by private owners’ guests of value to the resort?
    Are the positive posts and links about Reunion amenities on owners’ websites of value?
  • Will the management adopt consultation processes with members for major changes that affect membership?
  • Will the resort open up membership opportunities (This was badly worded, but should have asked whether Reunion will relax the access rules and processes for private rental home guests).
  • Is management planning to further restrict access for private rental guests
  • Would you prefer us to leave our memberships
  • How will reunion win hearts and minds
  • Have condo owners been offered the same enhanced deal as estate home owners
  • Have existing reunion program owners been offered the enhanced package
  • Which Pools are under the control of Reunion CDD.
    • ANSWER: George S. Flint, District Manager of the CDD confirmed that the following facilities are under the control of the CDD:
      • Seven Eagles: Pool, Spas, Fitness Room, Game Room, and Linear Park
      • Homestead: Pool
      • Carriage Point: Pool
      • Heritage Crossing: 2 Pools
      • The Terraces: Pool
      • Horse Stables
  • If they are under the control of the CDD, is it also correct, that restrictions can not be placed on these areas by Salamander?
    • ANSWER: George S. Flint, District Manager of the CDD confirmed that Amenities under their control may be used without restriction by any resort guest, including non members.
    • George also kindly confirmed that no plans currently exist to hand control of the CDD amenities to Salamander.
  • Could you clarify the following comment on the HOA FAQs for Villas North
    • Q: Am I required to pay rent or land use fees for recreational or other commonly used facilities? If so, how much am I obligated to pay annually?
    • A: All facilites are available for regular use by owners, their families, guests and invitees, at no additional charge to the owners.
    • ANSWER: Oraine Williams confirmed that the FAQ was incorrect
  • Does the above FAQ Answer apply to all Condo owners in the Resort?
    • ANSWER: Oraine Williams confirmed that the FAQ was incorrect

My fairly straightforward questions were sent to Carlton on Friday October 10th.
On October 21st, I was advised by Carlton that he is preparing the various questions posted in my email.
As of December 6th 2014, I had not had any answers from Reunion.
Thanks as always to Oraine Williams (Aegis HOA) and George S Flint (CDD) who were very prompt with answers to some of the questions while we awaited Carlton Grant.

I will update with any further developments.

Encore Club At Reunion – Video Preview

The Encore Club at Reunion is inching closer to its opening in the Summer of 2015.
Located in the Northern corner of the intersection between the I-4 and 429, the Encore Club is a privately managed ‘Resort within a Resort’.

Take a look at the new promo video

Useful Encore Related Links
Encore Club at Reunion Official Website
JeevesFloridaRentals.com Official Encore Club Rental Home Partner

Reunion Resort Communal Pool Access – Member Cards Now Required

One keen eyed owner sent this image in to me.
Signs are now springing up at the communal pools with the following reading;

The use of this Pool is exclusively for
the following guests with approved resort cards;

Reunion Resort Members
Official Reunion Resort Villa and Home Rental Guests
Official Reunion Resort Registered House Guests
CLUB WYNDHAM & WorldMark By Wyndham Guests
Reunion Resort Preferred Partner Rental Guests

Almost all of the resort pools are expected to gain the signs, with the exception of pools operated by the CDD (ie Seven Eagles).

It really does look as though the resort is intent on breaking any goodwill that ever existed between private vacation home owners and the resort’s current management.

Owners of pool homes will probably not even notice the new changes, as they and their guests opt to make use of their home’s private luxury pools, but beleaguered condo owners without membership will now have to face up to life of owning a home in the Resort without access to its nearest pool.

My thoughts continue along the lines of “Reunion continues to alienate itself from loyal owners that have supported the Resort through many desperate years!’

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