Topping their list of concerns was news that long-time General Manager, Chuck Eade, was handed his walking papers.
When the Legg Mason group folded, Chuck Eade
assumed management for the closed Belleview Biltmore Hotel property, supervising security, maintenance and grounds crews, in addition to his
responsibilities at the golf course.
Under Mr. Eade's
management, the golf course conditions improved so much that it was named the second-best public golf course in Pinellas County this year, second only to the famous Innisbrook Resort.
Members worry that without Mr. Eade's
experienced leadership, the golf course conditions will suffer, as will member services and food quality.
In addition to Chuck Eade's
termination, members are concerned about rumors that KAWA's Raphael and Daniel Ades plan to continue to manage the golf course, even if the property is purchased by the Belleview Biltmore Partners
did not address these individual concerns, Richard Heisenbottle did assure attendees at the commission meeting that there was absolutely no truth to these rumors and that as soon as the deal closes, KAWA
and the Ades brothers' connection with the properties will be completely severed.
said they will not have any role whatsoever after the property purchase closes.