Villager claims developer abandoned promise of restaurant on demolished country club site

A villager claims the developer is abandoning a promise of a restaurant on the demolished Hacienda Hills Country Club site.

The unveiling of a site plan for an apartment complex on the Morse Boulevard property will take place between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25 in room 102 of the Sumter Villages County Service Center at Pinellas Plaza. Villagers living within 500 feet of the Hacienda Hills Country Club site were invited to the meeting by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold.

Evelyn Krawczyk, who lives on Presa Place, not far from the old country club, says there is a notable absence from the developer’s sitemap – a restaurant.

The proud Hacienda Hills Country Club was closed in July 2020.

She researched the county’s transcripts and records and obtained documentation of pledges from Villages Vice President Martin Dzuro and others who had promised – officially – that a restaurant would be located on the site to include apartments, a swimming pool, sports fields and a Piste promenade.

Marty Dzuro speaks at Sumter County Committee meeting on October 27
Marty Dzuro speaks at the Sumter County Commission meeting on October 27.

“We want these residents (around Hacienda Hills) to have a new sustainable restaurantDzuro reportedly said at an Oct. 27 meeting of the Sumter County commission.

She said her promise can be clearly heard in the audio recording of the meeting available on the Sumter County website.

Just over a year ago, enraged residents were dismayed when the Equipment Authority Committee voted 4 to 1 to hand over hundreds of equipment privileges to future residents of the Hacienda Hills site apartments.

At the time, a representative of the developer also told AAC that the apartment complex would include a swimming pool open to all residents of the Villages as well as a restaurant.

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