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Dore Pines Mobil Home Estates  © 2014

 

Dore Pines - Mount Dora, Florida

A native of Vermont and owner/operator of a summer camp, had decided to seek investment in Florida. He formed a partnership of several people, they selected and purchased a large piece of land in Lake County just east of the Mount Dora city limits. Rezoning of the land from agriculture to mobile home zoning was in June 1971. When arriving on site August 1, 1971, land clearing and mowing of the central portion had already been started. The necessary engineering was completed and streets laid out, ground was broken in April 1972.

HISTORY OF DORA PINES

MOBILE HOME PARK

The first mobile home was moved in, May 1, 1973.  A convenience store was, where the present office is located, opened to its first customer May 28, 1973.

The area set aside for RV's received its first tenants, the plan called for about one hundred hook-ups for RV's in the area near Wolf Branch Road. The front portion of the park, including all lots to the dividing line of the drainage creek, was to be for people with children and was described as the "family area". The balance of the lots were to be for an adult area for retired people. There was construction of a well and sewer system with lines available to hook-ups, and a 150 foot TV antenna with cables to most lots. Sumter Electric and the telephone company installed underground lines, and roads were completed to give access to all anticipated lot growth for the future.

There was a 24' wide mobile home on a lot near the intersection of Brookside Circle on Stacey Drive, which was used as a temporary clubhouse. It had a pool table and a ping pong table which were placed in the clubhouse. The triangle bordered by Stacey, Lamplight Circle, and Brookside Circle (which was then called Clubhouse Drive) was the planned location for the adult recreation center with clubhouse, shuffle board, tennis courts, swimming pool, etc.

The park was taken over by a new owner and the zoning was changed to real estate subdivision with lots being sold. Four of the new residents formed a Homeowners Association in the fall of 1974. All residents were invited to join. Bylaws were agreed upon and, to raise a working fund, dues were set at $12.00 per year with a $5.00 initiation fee. In October 1974 a number of things changed. The old clubhouse was removed and a new one was placed at the park entrance, the RV park was closed, and the mobile sales office was removed which had been across from the present office.As we progress through the years we have maintained a nice community full of friends and smiles.

The Home owners Association progressed to a point of operating independently from 1983 on, we have progressed to a point of being a financially sound non—profit corporation, and consider our park a unique entity.

Looking back, it hasn't been easy to get our association to the point we are now. There have been many struggles, law suits, and disagreements over the years.

Nothing has been done quickly. With every idea presented there is discussion, sometimes several votes taken, more investigation, more discussion and finally a decision is reached. This happens countless times, from important issues such as buying Hospitality House to less important issues such as choosing a color to paint the clubhouse.

People elected to the Board are not experts in management and most have never done anything like that before. They try to look at all sides of an issue to make the best decision. We have been fortunate that all the Boards have done their best to improve Dora Pines and have been fiscally responsible so that we are in good shape financially now.

Volunteers have been extremely important to Dora Pines. The mowing has always been a paid position but maintaining the landscaping, painting, small repairs, minor electrical and plumbing work has been in the capable hands of volunteers. There was even a special Work Day in the l990's to take care of such things. As we progressed into the 2000's, now some of that work is done by paid labor now, but we have been lucky to have residents skilled in electrical and carpentry jobs which has been a big saving while providing community pride.

The Activities Club was an important part of our social life for many years. They were in charge of dinners, parties, trips, and all types of sports activities (ping pong, pool, golf, shuffleboard, boccie ball). Interest in having a separate club over the years and the Women's Club took over the entertainment part in 2005. Other activities just go on by themselves without a governing body. Day trips and restaurant tours are popular with the Women's Club. They have been a part of Dora Pines almost from the beginning, starting in 1979. The Woman's club puts on a monthly dinner, Newcomers Reception, kitchen supplies, annual Rummage Sale, and various other activities. They contribute to charities and improvements to Dora Pines.

The Men's Club was organized in 1998. They prepare many meals and use the proceeds to remodel and enhance our common property, including a major renovation of the clubhouse kitchen and new signs.

As we progress through the years we have maintained a nice community full of friends and smiles.

  Florida retirement living has always had a certain magic to it since people "Discovered" Florida in the late 1800's. Today, Florida is a retirement mecca. Warm winter sunshine, glistening white beaches, and rolling plush citrus regions, lure retirees from the cold forbidding northern winters. A very interesting trend has developed in Florida Retirement Living. This trend is toward Mobil Home Living. Most mobil home living is concentrated in mobil home communities that offer a verity of amenities and services for their residents.

 One of the finest of these communities is Dora Pines Mobil Home Estates.  

  Florida retirement living has always had a certain magic to it since people "Discovered" Florida in the late 1800's. Today, Florida is a retirement mecca. Warm winter sunshine, glistening white beaches, and rolling plush citrus regions, lure retirees from the cold forbidding northern winters. A very interesting trend has developed in Florida Retirement Living. This trend is toward Mobil Home Living. Most mobil home living is concentrated in mobil home communities that offer a verity of amenities and services for their residents.

 One of the finest of these communities is Dora Pines Mobil Home Estates.

 
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