The owners of a 407-acre RV park planned to petition the Venice (Fla.) Planning Commission today (March 18) for permission to be annexed by the city of Venice, according to the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune.
The Caribbean Bay Club, a lakefront resort on Knights Trail Road, formerly known as Stay-N-Play RV Resort, is being transformed into a luxury motor-coach resort, according to attorney Jeff Boone, who represents the owners.
Current zoning allows the owners to develop 598 sites on the property, which is just east of Interstate 75, fronting a man-made lake.
“These are aimed at the high-end motor coaches, the $500,000 to $2 million motor coaches where people will buy their spot,” Boone said. “Just a totally different concept than what they’ve had there.”
The previous owner had sought to expand under the auspices of Sarasota County. In January 2001, the Sarasota County Commission granted a special exception allowing for a 200-unit expansion to its current size but balked at allowing year-round occupancy of 50 of the development’s park models, which remain on site year round.
If the city of Venice annexes the property, those park models will all be removed within three months, according to the annexation agreement.
The Caribbean Bay Club limited partnership also will redo landscaping and buffering for the resort, as well as pay the city $1,629 per home site to hook up to city water.
At one time, owners envisioned an ultimate build-out of the RV park at 1,200 units. Boone couldn’t say how large the resort might become under new ownership.