New owner to spruce up Plantation Inn


Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 10:39 p.m.

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To-do list

A few of the renovations planned for the Plantation Inn and Golf Resort:
-Work on the golf course and driving range will begin in March
-Room upgrades will begin later this year
-60 new guestrooms are planned -Copy here heregg here

The Plantation Inn and Golf Resort in Crystal River has been purchased by Dallas-based Prism Hotels and later this year will undergo major renovations.
Officials said guests and golf players will be minimally affected during their planned stay there.
The resort is a popular destination for Gainesville-area anglers and divers.
According to Clifton Bond, who has been general manager of the 143-room resort on the river for two years, work on the golf course and driving range will begin in March, and room upgrades will begin later this summer.
Prism plans to spend $6.9 million on the work, which includes the addition of 60 new guestrooms and 5,000 square feet of more meeting space. There is now 8,000 square feet of meeting space.
Gary Mertz, chief operating officer for Prism, said all work should be completed by December, and the way it will be done "won't get in the way of guests and their activities."
He said special care was being taken with environmental permitting, since the property is located on a peninsula on the river.
The new addition will blend into the Old South architecture, which includes two large manor houses, 12 villas and five condominiums.
"That's important to us," he said. Prism is very familiar with the resort, which the company has managed for six years. Plantation Inn is the only Florida resort it owns, even though it manages several other hotel complexes.
The Plantation Inn and Golf Resort was built in 1962 along the banks of Crystal River. In 1975, W.W. Caruth Jr. purchased the property. Following that there was a series of renovations and additions, including a major update in 1997.
The 232-acre resort includes 27 holes of championship golf (par 72 18-hole plus nine-hole executive course for training and practice), a pro shop/bar, a 100-seat restaurant, fully equipped dive shop, a small marina, boat rentals and a boat ramp.
Marina Blomberg can be reached at (352) 374-5025 or blombem@gvillesun.com

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