Owner FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The Resort

What is Blue Tree Resort?

Who owns Blue Tree Resort?

What is Blue Tree Resort at Lake Buena Vista?

What is Westgate Blue Tree?

Who operates the Resort?

 

The Association

What is the Association?

What does the Association do?

What is the responsibility of the Association?

Why does the Association own the property?

Does the Association have anything to do with Westgate Blue Tree?

Why do we keep hearing that Westgate Blue Tree’s maintenance fees are less than ours?

Why are there two Owners Associations?

 

The Board of Directors

What is the Board of Directors?

Who is on the Board of Directors?

What does the Board do?

How are Board members compensated?

Do the Board members have connections to companies related to Blue Tree Resort?


Blue Tree Resort

What is Blue Tree Resort? Blue Tree Resort is a vacation ownership, or timeshare, property located in Lake Buena Vista, (Orlando) Florida, within 2 miles of the Disney World property.

 

Who owns Blue Tree Resort? There are two entities that own separate portions of the property: Blue Tree Resort at Lake Buena Vista and Westgate Blue Tree.

 

What is Blue Tree Resort at Lake Buena Vista? Blue Tree Resort at Lake Buena Vista is a timeshare condominium that consists of 275 occupancy units. These units are owned collectively by the Blue Tree Resort Condominium Association, Inc. (the Association), and managed under contract by SPM Resorts, Inc. This portion of the Resort is primarily “sold out”, with over 75% of the unit-weeks owned by individual owners. Most of the remainder is owned and is being sold by the Developer. The Association also owns most of the “common areas”, which include parking and roadway areas, recreational areas such as the pools, tennis courts, etc., and landscaped areas.

 

What is Westgate Blue Tree? Westgate Blue Tree (Westgate Blue Tree Orlando, Ltd.) is a timeshare-only development that consists of 119 occupancy units. This portion of the Resort is in an active sales period, with only a small portion of the total unit-weeks sold to individual owners. The remainder of the units are owned by the Developer, Westgate Resorts. Westgate Blue Tree also owns the “commercial” structures on the property, or those not designed for occupancy. The entrance roadways are also owned by Westgate Resorts, with easement rights to all visitors. Westgate Blue Tree has a separate owner’s association, Westgate Blue Tree Resort Owners Association, Inc.

 

Who operates the Resort? Most of the Resort is operated by SPM Resorts, Inc., since the majority of the occupancy units are owned by the Association. The Association is also responsible for operating and maintenance of most of the common areas, which include parking and roadway areas, recreational areas such as the pools, tennis courts, etc., and landscaped areas. Westgate Resorts operates the remainder of the Resort, including the occupancy units that are part of Westgate Blue Tree and the commercial structures. The entrance roadway is also owned and operated by Westgate Resorts.

Blue Tree Resort Condominium Owners Association, Inc.

What is the Association? The Association is a not-for-profit corporation of which every unit-week owner is a member.

 

What does the Association do? In short, the Association operates the vast majority of the Resort. They do this through professionals contracted to operate the property in a competent and cost-effective manner. The Association is not involved in real estate transactions such as timeshare sales or re-sales, nor are they involved in any financing of such sales.

 

What is the responsibility of the Association? It is the responsibility of the Association to operate the timeshare condominium, including the common areas. These operational responsibilities include housekeeping, maintenance, reservations, billing and collections, preparation of and operation within a budget, and complying with the laws of the state of Florida.

 

Why does the Association own the property? The Association is made up of every owner, who collectively own the property. Because the Blue Tree Resort is mostly sold to individual owners, the Resort was “turned over” from Developer to Owner control in 2000. The owners elect a majority of the members of the Board of Directors. This is in accordance with the Florida laws governing timeshare condominium operations. These same Florida laws require that a timeshare condominium that has “turned over” to Owner control can never revert back to Developer control.

 

Does the Association have anything to do with Westgate Blue Tree? Legally, no. However, on a practical basis, we are working as hard as possible to co-exist on the property and act in the best interests of the owners.

 

Why do we keep hearing that Westgate Blue Tree’s maintenance fees are less than ours? Westgate Blue Tree has a separate owners association, Westgate Blue Tree Resort Owners Association, Inc. This Association is not “turned over” and is under Developer control. The Developer subsidizes the budget of this Association, keeping their maintenance fees artificially low in order to optimize sales.

 

Why are there two Owners Associations? Under Florida law, a Developer has 7 years from the time a timeshare condominium plan is begun to “declare” the various phases of the property to the Association. The Developer did not declare all parts of the property within this timeframe. Therefore, the Developer created a separate Owners Association in order to sell the remaining portions of the property as timeshare.

The Association Board of Directors

What is the Board of Directors? The Board of Directors is a group of people who oversee the operations of the Association and the actions of the management company.

 

Who is on the Board of Directors? The Board of Directors consist of three individuals. Two of the individuals were elected from among the unit owners by the unit owners. The third seat is held by the Developer and can not be elected by the owners. John Sgarlata and James Bonds are the owners who serve on the Board. The Developer’s seat is held by David Seigel, President and CEO of both Westgate Blue Tree and Central Florida Investments, Inc. (CFI), owner of Westgate Resorts.

 

What does the Board do? The Board of Directors meets as needed to make major decisions regarding the resort, including voting on major or significant unplanned expenditures, providing direction and oversight to the management company, reviewing the financial status of the Resort, and reviewing and approving the annual budget for the Resort.

 

How are Board members compensated? The owners who serve on the Board, Mr. Sgarlata and Mr. Bonds, receive no compensation for their service. In fact, they must take time off from their regular jobs to fulfill their commitment to Board service.

Mr. Seigel is not compensated by Blue Tree Resort for his service on the Board. Mr. Seigel receives compensation from the CFI/Westgate, of which he is President and CEO.

 

Do the Board members have connections to companies related to Blue Tree Resort? The Owners who serve on the Board have no connections to any other companies in the hospitality or service industries. Mr. Sgarlata is a program analyst for a government contractor. Mr. Bonds is a manager for a major medical products company.

However, Mr. Seigel is the President and CEO of Central Florida Investments, Inc. (CFI). Among the many holdings of CFI are Westgate Resorts, Westgate Blue Tree, and CFI Resort Management, the company that Mr. Seigel has proposed to manage the Resort. Mr. Seigel has significant interests in Blue Tree Resort related to maximizing his business investment.