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Conceptual plans presented for Quarterdeck renovation

NISSWA – Quarterdeck Partners LLC presented preliminary concepts Monday to the Cass County Planning Commission for converting their existing resort and restaurant on Gull Lake to a lodge, conference center and new restaurant.

The firm released information Wednesday with conceptual photos of the planned lodging facility.

Quarterdeck Partners purchased the 27-acre property on Gull Lake in April 2012 from long-time owners Alan and Jane Gunsbury.

During his first year managing the resort and restaurant, Quarterdeck Partners manager Tom Steffens said Gull Lake neighbors expressed excitement about having the restaurant back. They also appreciated the new docking system but expressed wishes for a greater choice of lodging floor plans, he said.

Neighbors sought a smaller villa option on a single level and suggested a four-season indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness center, tennis court and banquet room to accommodate groups of 100 or more, he said.

To fulfill these requests, Quarterdeck Partners have aligned themselves with SunStream Hotels and Resorts, a Fort Myers Beach, Fla., headquartered business.

SunStream’s president, David Lawrence, is originally from Minnesota.

“Gull Lake is part of my family history. Growing up, our family always enjoyed staying at various Gull Lake resorts,” Lawrence said.

“SunStream Hotels and Resorts has over 26 years of experience in development, real estate and hospitality management. We not only develop hotels and resorts but also operate them once completed. With over 400 employees in Florida alone, SunStream consistently delivers quality products that exceed expectations of owners and guests,” he added.

Until construction begins on the new lodge, Quarterdeck Resort will continue its normal operations through 2013.

Quarterdeck Partnership plans to submit development applications to Cass County within the next month, according to Steffens.

Once county approval has been obtained for the new development, the older existing cabins, lodge and the restaurant will be razed to make way for the new lodge, a new restaurant and outdoor patio and a new dockage system to welcome restaurant and fuel patrons as well as lodge guests, Lawrence said.

SunStream acknowledges the importance of protecting the environment’s natural resources and has been recognized for other environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in Florida, he said. The same philosophy will be used during the construction of GullView Lodge, according to Lawrence.

Plans for the lodge include 68 guest suites, with studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 355 square feet to 1,354 square feet. All suites will be fully designer furnished, including linens and housewares, Lawrence said. Prices are expected to start from the mid $100s, including the use of a boat slip. The GullView Lodge concept is that of a commercial condominium, whereby purchasers will be able to occupy their suites up to six months of the year at times of their choosing. During periods when not owner occupies, the suites will be rented by other lodge guests.

Planned amenities in the lodge include a four-season indoor/outdoor pool on the lower level, a guest reception lobby on the main level and a conference/banquet facility on the third level. All will have lake views. Also planned are a fitness center and game room overlooking the pool and an outdoor tennis court and an outdoor children’s playground.

Information about SunStream and their portfolio of hotels and resorts is available on their website,