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30 Years in the Making – Sunwest Park Set to Open on the Nature Coast

HUDSON (PASCO) – Rumors of Six Flags coming to Hernando County are still just that, rumors, but something is coming to life this Saturday at the old Sunwest Mines, that just might make you forget you ever heard the words Six Flags.

Land developer John “Gary” Grubbs set out over 30 years ago to create a paradise on the west coast of Pasco County. The first phase of the dream comes to fruition tomorrow, when the gates open to a Sunwest Park, a new 60 acre spring fed beach park, situated on a former mine pit.

Grubbs and Real Estate Broker, Buddy Selph took RNRF on a private tour of the facility yesterday and the experience no less akin to that of a 6-year-old boy showing you his new train set on Christmas morning.

“It’s been a long time but in the end its perseverance; we’ve been asking ourselves is this real? Is it really happening,” says Selph.

The 20 million dollar project will feature crystal clear spring water, an aqua park, kayaking, beach volleyball, and much more. Grubbs says he plans to feature world championship volleyball tournaments with its multiple nets and high quality imported white sands. Food concessions and restroom facilities are on site but parking will be limited until the second phase of the park in complete.

Future plans for the park include a Hotel, situated directly across the street from the beach, retails stores, and restaurants.

The second part of Grubb’s dream, Sunwest Harbourtowne Resort can only be compared to something from the Gold Coast of Florida. Just northwest of the beach, a saltwater channel leading to the Gulf, separates the park from a much larger mine pit which will be the future home of a luxury hotel, restaurants, shops, upscale residential housing, a golf course and even a large waterpark.

Grubbs estimates the combined cost of Sunwest Park and Harbourtowne Resort will exceed a billion dollars to complete.

Sunwest Park is located just 3 miles south of County Line Road off Phelps Road in Hudson.

A fireworks display will be held at 9:30 pm Saturday evening. The park will be closed Sunday but will reopen Monday July 6th and there after 7 days a week from 12-9 pm daily.

Follow this link for hours, pricing and a full list of amenities:

Follow this link to watch an amazing conceptual video for plans to the new Sunwest Harbourtowne Resort: SUNWEST HARBOURTOWN RESORT VIDEO

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  • I have done millions in Business with Gary, if you SAY you got screwed it is because you screwed yourself. Made good money with Gary, all you non believers need to dip into your wallets and take a chance on something other than Bitch, complain and moan.

    Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 4:24 pm
  • Much rather see a Six Flags than to see another mall or plaza or more houses. Like we really need another one of those. A Six Flags will bring jobs and boost tourism to that area. Disney World is played out. Its dying. Its a new day. Its a new era. Its our time now! Bring it on!

    Sunday, 17 April 2016, 11:56 am
  • I bet none of the kids in these photos gave 2 shits that day who owned the land and who was the reason they are having a great time.

    Friday, 10 July 2015, 8:45 am
  • I’m pretty sure it is salt water. That’s because even though it’s spring-fed, it is connected to the Gulf somehow… Through an underwater/underground cave system if I remember correctly. This is based on what I heard when I went there in my younger days, LOL!

    Thursday, 9 July 2015, 6:56 pm
  • Your own…

    Thursday, 9 July 2015, 2:30 am
  • Do they have lounge chairs or do you bring your own??

    Monday, 6 July 2015, 11:59 pm
  • Went there today…told people to leave because of so called thunder storm….I stayed…NO storm…looks like ALL the kids that work there are connected to someone…other than the rules it’s not bad..

    Monday, 6 July 2015, 6:18 pm
  • We shall see whats in store. Thats all we can do enjoy it while its here. Maybe it will bring jobs

    Monday, 6 July 2015, 2:44 pm
  • Not familiar with all the back story on Grubbs but I love his vision!!! Can’t wait to visit the new park with my kids!!!

    Monday, 6 July 2015, 8:55 am
  • The Hernando County Dredge overruns gave Grubbs $17 million of the 20. They ought to give Hernando County residents free admission for life.

    Sunday, 5 July 2015, 7:12 pm
  • Gary Grubbs said he’d paint my fence, BUT HE NEVER DID!

    Sunday, 5 July 2015, 4:47 pm
  • I was hearing today that is salt water I don’t know how its an old lime rock pit but that’s what I heard. If it is that will suck.

    Sunday, 5 July 2015, 1:15 am
  • Yeah something tells me it won’t be as fun as when we use to sneak in there when I was in high school in the late 70’s it was cool place them

    Saturday, 4 July 2015, 6:08 pm
  • Yes Shell that’s what it’ll mean more empty buildings and drugs and prostitution. The biggest reason is because the people that do have homes and commute to work for their job’s, because the homes are cheaper would rather spend their money. If they do have any somewhere else and not here where they live and that is the biggest reason nothing changes.

    Saturday, 4 July 2015, 4:59 pm
  • Can’t wait to see it! We used to swim there as teenagers in the 70’s when it was illegal! hope they did something about that road getting in; was quite choppy.

    Saturday, 4 July 2015, 11:29 am
  • If he is a Shady buisness person why would the county even take a chance on someone like him especially when the county has the highest drug,homeless and prostitution rate probably in the whole usa. My guess he will take the all the money file bankruptcy on it and let it go back it will end up being more empty buildings abandoned for drug users and homeless. it won’t be open long if these things are true enjoy it while you can.

    Saturday, 4 July 2015, 9:47 am
  • Oh shit if that’s true Hudson, Port Richey, New Port Richey,Elfers and Holiday are screwed. *****Our county is the third county in the state that has the most homeless and unemployed, and underemployed******.Things have only gotten worse in the last 20 plus years. We’re also very high on the list in the ENTIRE USA!!!!!!!! It’s pretty sad when JCpenney, Macy’s, Body Central,and some other stores leave Gulf View Square Mall and then I hear from an from an fly on the wall that Bath and Body Works may close too!

    Saturday, 4 July 2015, 12:20 am
  • Country coming to town yippee Crooksvilles finest. Search all his old deals and you’re sure to be amused. Being paid for years on contracts for disaster clean up and recovery many millions of dollars and only having to be ready for action….then hits the BK button.

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:47 pm
  • I used to go to that mine when I was 7 years old and the drag line operator “crane” would stop just looking enough to climb aboard! It was actually a pretty dangerous machine, open gears and cables. My parents owned the first flea market just down the road next to the Red Barn Bar, lol if you want to call it that! My parents also started the wagon wheel flea market in Pinnellas Park, but has nothing to do with this. I used to go to this mine a few years back and get crushed limerock, his secretary was a girl named Sandy and she was absolutely stunningly beautiful! I wonder if that was the one that got the jeep repoed?? Lol , that’s what she used to drive then. I also gave her a puppy, a lil chihuahua, hope he is still doing good. But that place has a history of partying and a place to go that goes back all the way to the early 70s! Also used to be popular to nudist’s to!

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 8:53 pm
    • Im Ramona Mcdowell Daughter I Think I Know You And Sister Patty

      Thursday, 8 October 2015, 2:23 pm
  • Gary Grubbs is the shadiest business man I ever dealt with. He absolutely does not pay his bills. Tried to make a country music album. Stone Crazy Love. He is a bad business man and an even worse singer.

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 8:46 pm
  • My understanding it’s not only owned by Grubbs, it’s also owned by Pasco County, anyways it’ll be a great addition to the community. Looking forward to checking it out and watching the progress of seeing it built up and generate jobs for the surrounding communities.

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 7:52 pm
  • Wasn’t he in hernando county back in the 80’s,90’s and there may have been some shinanagins going on with his business back then???

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 7:47 pm
  • He is a good old boy. Anything else

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 7:20 pm
  • You people from New Port Richey think you’re something with your fancy-pants shopping mall, rolling sand dunes at Hudson Beach and exquisite Olive Garden– and now with your luxurious spring-fed water park resort. Well, just you wait– Six Flags is coming to Hernando, it is real, and it will be spectacular! I have faith we will new have a new attraction which will rival Walt Disney World!

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 7:06 pm
    • Pipe dream. They’ve been saying that for DECADES. It’s not happening. This county doesn’t need an over hyped, over priced cheese ball tourist destination to pollute the wetlands, waterways and highways with burger wrappers, disgusting sugar coated half eaten elephant ears and cars causing miles of traffic jams filled with fat people in SUVs bringing their brood of fat kids from out of state to ride the Batman coaster or Slip N Puke Swing-O-Tilt. You’ll then be complaining about the cloudy brown water that used to be the crystal clear Weeki Wachee River. Grow up. We don’t want that in our back yard. If you want to ride a sky tram or haunted house ride, go to Disney.

      Monday, 6 July 2015, 8:15 pm
    • Six Flags, Wow REALLY people still believe in this HOAX, Look it up

      Friday, 17 July 2015, 12:22 am
  • Why is Hernando County and or the State of FL Highway Patrol enforcing no parking on the spacious shoulder of South bound 19 south of Cortez? Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is turning away an additional 50 to 75 cars each weekend day and fewer on weekdays. Would like to know the reason this is being done? When Sun West Park is fully operational in 2016 Weeki Wachee Springs will probably have to resort to discount admissions to fill the park-lot. Yet another terrible Decision by the park. But he way is the troubled general manager still at the helm?

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 7:04 pm
  • Gary Grubbs is the biggest con artist I know! He tried to to default on paying my company $180,000, on a landfill project in Belleview, Florida. We were forced to put a claim on the projects bond which, in turn then forced him to pay!
    He’s always trying to be a big shot… he gave his office manager a new jeep for her b-day! All was good until the repo man showed up a few months later to repo the jeep…for non-payment! Don’t let this man con you or our community, there is always an ulterior motive when it comes to Grubbs!

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 6:02 pm
  • Is there a season pass for the year

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 5:27 pm
  • So that bankruptcy that he does on a regular basis and the unpaid taxes make him even richer. What a scam artist.

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 2:37 pm
  • $5.00 parking

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 2:11 pm
  • Hi is it free to go to the park and go on the water toys?

    Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:50 pm

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