One of Longboat Key’s landmarks, The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, will be closing Sunday, Aug. 15, after 41 years of operation.
As of Sunday, all hotel/resort operations and on-site businesses will close after Judge K. Rodney May ruled Monday in bankruptcy court that the Colony’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization with its unit owners will be converted to Chapter 7 liquidation.
The resort, hailed as the first tennis-centric resort in America, opened in 1969. Three years later, Colony owner and Chairman Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber turned the Colony into the first condominium-hotel rental partnership agreement in the state. In 2004, Tennis magazine named the Colony the No. 1 tennis resort in the U.S. for eight consecutive years.
Colony General Manager and President Katie Klauber Moulton told The Longboat Observer this week she and her family are proud of the legacy they have created.
“What’s really important is my family spent 40 years creating a very special place that became a world-renowned destination,” she said.
Klauber also expressed pride in his life’s work.
“I am proud of what we have built and the millions of visitors we have welcomed to the Key,” Klauber said. “I am committed to seeing that this gem on the magnificent shores of Longboat Key is preserved and revitalized, and I hope to watch the Colony move into a new and exciting era where countless more memories can be made.”
Also this week, longtime Colony visitors shared their favorite memories of their time at the Colony.
Betty Burk, who travels from Paris to the Colony for family reunions, has been visiting for 31 years. She called the Colony’s closing “devastating.”
And Lynn Wexler, a Las Vegas resident who has been coming to the Colony for 30 years, said the Colony is unique in its down-to-earth family lifestyle.
“This place is about real people who play with their kids in the pool and where people can relax and know their children are safe. I attribute that to Dr. Klauber’s vision for that and I will miss it terribly,” Wexler said.
Now it’s your turn. What are you favorite memories of the Colony? Leave your Web comments below.
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- Great place and great man in Murf Klauber. The Key owes him a lot.
- I agree with colin barrett ,having had many wonderfull holidays at this very special place i only hope that it can somehow return to its former glory,in the meantime we will miss it.
- My wife and I visited the Colony for the first time in 1984. It was love at first sight. We've visited often with our two children, who are now both over 40. We have had anniversaries and important birthdays there. Every time we are close to the Colony on a Sunday we ate brunch in the beautiful dining room. Our hope is somehow it will open again.
- We are so sorry that the Colony is closing. Our family has been going there for years. Best of luck to the Klauber family and we hope we can make some new memories there.
- Katie & Michael Moulton were instrumental in getting us to move from London to Sarasota - in part because of The Colony Bar nightlife! Julian Parry & Emily Walsh's wedding - beyond magnificent & fabulously fun. Oscars Sleepovers & my 40th slumber party - priceless! We will miss The Colony terribly.
- if doc and his daughter had been honest with the condo association owners, the colony would not be closing.......greed and dishonesty once again have killed the golden goose........
- PS To which of course I should have added that my son who made that first ever visit with us to the Colony those 30 years ago, married his beautiful wife,where else, but on the Colony beach, in Nov 2007.
- Count me in.....we also first visited the Colony from the UK 30 years ago, staying a couple of nights on our first visit to Fl. On our second visit the following year I had my first tennis lesson there and was caught by the bug to the extent that I now play 3 or 4 times every week of the year!
We loved the place so much that after several years we eventually bought a place next door where I still remained on call to play guests.
Certainly Murf Klauber didn't get everything right in his relationship with the owners,(particularly after 9/11 etc.) ,but as a' want -to be-there place' it was near perfect for us Brits
Good luck to the unit owners in finding the right partner to take the Colony forward for the next 30 years and also to Murf Klauber in his newly found retirement..
- If people only knew what really went on there they would be shocked.
- Out of the Colony's ashes may a phoenix rise. RIP.
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