FLORIDA – Weeds, frustration grow at shuttered Land O’Lakes golf community

Tampa Bay Times:  Weeds, frustration grow at shuttered Land O’Lakes golf community
Real estate agents have seen a decrease in property values since the golf course stopped being maintained.
By Ayana Stewart, Times Correspondent
Thursday, August 14, 2014
LAND O’LAKES — On a sunny Sunday afternoon in early August, Plantation Palms Golf Club has two cars in its large parking lot. The 165-acre course is overrun with weeds. The clubhouse, which once boasted a restaurant and golf shop, is locked. The greens are completely empty.

Nine miles away in Wesley Chapel, golfers mill around Lexington Oaks Golf Club, riding on golf carts and teeing off on the course’s putting greens. Two upscale courses in prosperous neighborhoods, yet one fails. What gives?

In 2011, Mitch Osceola, Jayson Ray and Steve McDonald purchased Plantation Palms under the corporate name MJS Golf Group LLC. At one point, the company owed Pasco County $83,000 in back taxes. According to county records, five liens have been filed against the company this year.  Read more:

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