Park Consultant Gorin Buys Florida Resort
In an unexpected twist for one of the more high profile personalities in the RV park and campground business, consultant David Gorin and business partner Ed Rymer purchased the 115-site Holiday Cove RV Resort in Cortez, Fla., from Federal Resort Properties on Sept. 20 for an undisclosed sum.
Plans call for the new owners to immediately renovate the clubhouse and bathrooms and keep the resort open to the public into 2008, after which they anticipate converting the Bradenton-area, Gulf Coast facility into condo format. “The earliest we will put it on the market will be the fall of 2008,” said Gorin. “That could change, depending upon how we perceive the market to be. We have a long, long list of people who are interested in acquiring a site.”
Lots at Holiday Cove, which currently features 30 boat slips and docks providing Gulf access, will start in the low $100,000 range and run up to $150,000 nearer the canal.
“This is a great location for us,” said Gorin, who described his purchase as “an old Florida resort – warm, comfortable and not over the top. There is a segment of folks who just want to be near the beach and that environment. This is a beachy community. You can walk around all day long in sandals, bathing suit and T-shirt and be overdressed.”
The resort has “a strong winter business among snowbirds and summer business among Floridians who want to bring their boats with them,” said Gorin, a former president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), adding that the resort eventually will join Best Parks in America, a marketing group of which Gorin is a co-founder.
Why buy a park after all of these years of industry involvement? “I did it because I have talked a good game all these years but not put into practice what I preach. I have told all my clients this is a good business to be in, but it is hard to say that when I’m not in it myself,” he explained. “In a year or two, when this is going the way we want it to go, I think my value as a consultant to people will be much greater.”
While maintaining his current office in McLean, Va., Gorin will continue to serve as an ARVC lobbyist and as executive director of the Virginia Campground Association.