About Us

Welcome!

Betmar Acres is a manufactured home community located in Zephyrhills, Florida which consists of over 1,600 homes set among landscaped common areas, community buildings and recreational amenities. It is a community of warm friendliness with many activities and social events.

History

In 1966 Florida boasted had only four mobile home parks. Seizing an opportunity, Mr. M. H. Meengs bought 200 acres of farmland along Highway 54 in Zephyrhills, including a caretaker’s home, which is the present Betmar realty office. Mr. Meengs and his partner, George Sprinkle, named the park Betmar for their wives, Betty and Mary, respectively.

Over the years, additional sections were added to the park. Today, we have approximately 440 acres, nearly 1,700 residences, 2 swimming pools, 27 holes of golf, 24 covered shuffleboard courts which host state-wide tournaments, 3 very active clubhouses, tennis and pickleball courts and much more!

Fifty years later, Betmar remains a very special place to call home with a true, family atmosphere among our residents.

Rules & Regulations

Betmar is a deed-restricted community. Each household must have at least one resident 55 years of age or older living in the residence.

The following rules and regulations have been established for the benefit of all residents.

  • No persons under 22 years of age are allowed as permanent residents and may not remain in the park in excess of ninety (90) days in any 365-day period. No person under 22 may attend school, public or private, or be home-schooled, using Betmar as a residential address.

  • An adult, as specified in club rules, must accompany all children using any Betmar recreational facility.

  • Pets are allowed only in designated pet sections. When off an owner’s property, pets must be on a leash and droppings must be picked up.

  • To prevent property damage and the spread of disease, owners, renters, and visitors shall not feed wild animals. Bird feeders on private property are allowed.

  • Owners shall keep their premises in good maintenance and repair.

  • Check with the Betmar Office for area restrictions and exact setbacks as stated in the covenants for each area before installing new or replacement homes, sheds, or any other structures. Should an owner sell their property, all restrictions shall apply to the new owners.

  • Conduct: Each person shall conduct him or herself in a lawful manner. Illegal conduct, profanity, vulgarity, or offensive activity of any kind, as well as nuisances, whether consisting of noise, smoke, fumes or other annoyances are prohibited. Shirt and shoes are required at all times in any Betmar building.

  • Only single family mobile homes of one story, less than 12 months of age, and previously not titled will be permitted to be placed in Betmar. All mobile homes are required to have a carport and a paved driveway to the street, which must be completed within one year of placement of the mobile home. No canvas or vinyl temporary structures are allowed.

  • No commercialization of lots or mobile homes is allowed.

  • All lawns must be properly maintained. If a lawn is not maintained during the absence of an owner, the owner will be contacted and given ten (10) days to comply. If after 10 days no corrective action has been taken by the owner, Betmar will arrange to have a contractor maintain the lawn and the owner will be charged an amount specified by the Board of at least $100.00 for each occurrence.

  • Fruit trees must be maintained year round by stripping the trees and picking rotted fruit up off the ground. The owner must make arrangements to do this or have it done. As with the lawn maintenance requirements above, notice will be given and the owner will be assessed a fee if the owner fails to properly maintain the fruit trees.

  • All seasonal residents and all renters should inform the Betmar office when arriving for the winter and when leaving the park for the summer. Please make sure your emergency contact and lawn care information is up to date. Please be sure all belongings other than cars and or golf carts are stored inside to prevent property damage in the event of a storm.

  • All lot owners shall abide by the deed restrictions and all Pasco County regulations for their area.

  • Golf Cart use: Outside of the golf course, all operators must obey established rules. Minors must be 16 years of age and be in the possession of a valid driver’s license to operate a golf cart here in Betmar. Golf carts should be equipped with head and taillights and can only be operated on Pasco County roads between dawn and dusk. Drivers of golf carts must abide by posted Cart Path Priorities as follows: 2-wheeled bicycles, 3-wheeled bicycles, and pedestrians, followed by golf carts. Golf Carts must move completely off of the path to give priority to the above users.

 Bicycle Use: Riders must abide by the above listed cart path priorities. Riders are required to travel in the same direction as motor vehicles and to obey all established traffic regulations. Bicycles should be equipped with proper lights and reflectors to be operated after dark.

 

  • Walkers: For your safety, all walkers must walk facing on-coming traffic. During periods of low visibility and from dusk to dawn, light-colored or reflective clothing should be worn. Carry a flashlight and or a reflective device to enable others to see you easily. 

  • The memorial walkway is for walkers only; no golf carts, bicycles, roller blades or skateboards are allowed. Wheelchairs are allowed. 

  • Vehicles belonging to residents and their guests must be parked on the owner’s property. Temporary, overnight parking is allowed in parking lots only after notifying Betmar Security by calling 395-3010 during the day and 782-4253 at night. No vehicles will remain parked on the streets in Betmar for any reason.

Approved: Betmar Owners Board, February 16, 2012

Harry A. Taylor, President

Board of Directors

Betmar’s Board consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four  Directors, each elected to Chair a specific department (Activities, Communications, Finance and Properties.) These 4 elected Directors then appoint a Vice Chairman for their department.

Location

  • Located in sunny Zephyrhills, Florida which is 45 minutes northeast of Tampa. Close proximity to all that Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater have to offer, but rural enough to be relaxing and set your own pace. (Click here for link to google map)

  • 45 minutes to gulf beaches.

  • An hour’s drive to major attractions such as Busch Gardens, Disney World, Epcot and other Orlando theme parks. Florida residents are frequently offered discounts to these parks.

 

Ownership

  • Individual lots belong to the homeowner, are not leased or owned as a share of the whole. Betmar has approximately 40 acres of Association-owned common grounds which include our Clubhouses, golf course, swimming pools, tennis and pickelball courts and other facilities.

  • Our very reasonable annual fees are due to the park's non-profit status and the commitment of many resident volunteers who work tirelessly to contribute to the many activities available to our residents.

  • Tax advantages due to the park's 55 and over corporate structure.

Activities in the Park

  • Recreation and sports, such as Golf, Tennis, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Miniature Golf and Darts

  • Social events, such as monthly dinners and breakfasts, music everywhere and theatre and Holiday events.

  • Clubs that each cater to specific interests, such as Gardening, Chorus, Theater and Dance and many others.

  • Bingo

  • And much more. Check out the Clubs and Calendar pages for an overview of club and activity opportunities within the park.

Facility Highlights

  • Three Community Buildings: These buildings are used for many Betmar activities such as monthly dinners and breakfasts, theatre and chorus performances, weekly dances, club meetings, card and other games and much more.

  • Three 9 Hole Golf Courses: A Golf Club 900+ members strong supports and maintains 3 Executive Golf courses open to members, with guest privileges available for a small fee.

  • Two Swimming Pools, each with a Therapeutic Whirlpool are available to members of the Aquatic Center Swim club and their guests.

  • Shuffleboard Courts: Betmar Shuffleboard offers one of the best facilities in central Florida, with 24 courts under cover. The Club hosts local, area and state tournaments on a regular basis

  • Bocce Ball courts open to all residents.

  • A Gazebo and a Pavillion available for Club and individual resident functions

  • A Dog Park for our four-legged residents

HOPA   (the 55 & Older regulations)

HOPA – the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 – allows Betmar residents to protect the lifestyle they desire when moving into the community.  The law requires that one person living in each home in the Park must be at least 55 years of age. Betmar is required to verify this information by a conducting a bi-annual verification survey and maintaining up to date records. Currently, a person under the age of 22 is not allowed to reside in Betmar for more than 90 days in any 365-day period and is NOT allowed to attend school or be home-schooled using a Betmar residence as an address of record.

 

 

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BETMAR BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER OFFICIALS

BETMAR OWNERS, INC.

President......................................................... Richard Heon

Vice President.............................................. Bill Robertson          

Secretary......................................................... Teresa Kuzmenko

Treasurer....................................................... Paul Gillissen

Activities Chairman.................................. Judi Gearsbeck

Activities Vice Chairman....................... BAD Carroll

Communications Chairman................. Linda LaFayette

Communications Vice Chairman...... Jimmie Stokes           

Finance Chairman..................................... Denise Erickson

Finance Vice Chairman.......................... Shelley Jewel

Properties Chairman............................... Jack Shay

Properties Vice Chairman.................... Bob Coutz

 

BETMAR ACRES CLUB, INC.

Chairman........................................................ Linda LaFayette

Vice Chairman............................................. Bill Robertson          

Director........................................................... Richard Heon

Director........................................................... Teresa Kuzmenko

Director........................................................... Paul Gillissen

Director........................................................... Judi Gearsbeck

Director........................................................... BAD Carroll

Director........................................................... Jimmie Stokes

Director........................................................... Denise Erickson

Director........................................................... Shelley Jewell

Director........................................................... Jack Shay

Director........................................................... Bob Coutz

BETMAR SECURITY

Security Chief .............................................. 778-3010

Security Daily Patrol................................ 395-3010

Security Office (10 pm to 6 am)........ 782-4253

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chairman........................................................ Darlene Glinski

Vice Chairman............................................. Mike Withers

Treasurer....................................................... Glen Marcum

Secretary......................................................... Fancheon Muir

Trustee............................................................. Barry Mohlman

 

CLUB HOUSE SUPERINTENDENTS

Apache Clubhouse.................................... Tony Pettola

Clubhouse 2.................................................. Tony Mastrogiacomo

Clubhouse 3.................................................. Jim Kollege