Dam

Hiawassee, GA

#21 Mar 2, 2013
Money man wrote:
To keep Hiawassee afloat much less get back on its feet, the community as a whole must turn to those who think outside the box and have the money and experience to make things happen.
Richard and Dana were rare examples. They spent a lot of money trying, but failed.
There's no one left to take their place. Rigor mortishas set in (in more ways than one).
The 25 to 40 age group who normally get involved in cultural and social matters, are too busy just trying to keep their financial heads above water and retirees aren't willing to fight uphill battles against the few who are so terrified of change.
"...I hope someone does something," is the most often heard expression.
Sad, really.
Damn, Dumbo, you remember "Rigor mortishas" hosting those late night scary movies? Was she hot or not -- that revealing black outfit, that decolletage...?

By the way, isn't "You're an idiot" the most frequently heard expression?
Money Man

Young Harris, GA

#22 Mar 3, 2013
olympic angels wrote:
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the customer base is gone.
No, it's still here - they're sixty and up, and retired. They have the disposable income but the only thing here to spend it on is eating out.

The vital demographic (25 to 50 year-olds with an average or above average income) to the future of a community is small and growing smaller, proportionate to the total age of the population which averages 57!(I started to say the rate of increase of younger people is decreasing, but that would confused many readers. ;o))

Any business that might open here MUST cater to the retirees, if they want to stay around past the grace period on their lease! For that reason it makes no sense for Towns to have two senior centers and an expensive ball park for children when what is already here isn't used very much. The indoor rec center is slightly on target however, at least teaching yoga and offering bridge lessons to that group, in between babysitting children when school is out.

To succeed, and in our case, survive, the town MUST give the seniors a reason to spend their money HERE and to get them to do that, there must be a reason. Bridge (so 50s) and yoga (so 60s and 70s) isn't a big draw.
I am

Pendergrass, GA

#23 Mar 3, 2013
Money man wrote:
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No question but that the bubble burst cost us, including Scotty, dearly. More like everything because it was all Towns County had going for it and too many locals believed it would last forever.
Guess what? It didn't (du).
The market here will never return to what it once was. The ONLY way it can recover is to offer outside buyers in the 25 to 50 year old range a reason to move here. That means starting from scratch because there's nothing here.
Conseratives don't want change nor do they condon additions, outsiders, liberals or anyone who doesn't think and act exactly like they do. They'd rather let the county turn to dust than change their way of thinking, their lifestyle, their social customs, their control of everything.
And finally - no, I am not a banker! I'm a money manager with one client - me (which includes my wife and our parents)!
I am sooooooooo jealous, you manage your wifes and parents money!!

For your parents sake I hope you don't squander all their money before they are gone.

Ever consider getting a real JOB and earning money to add to what your family has. Sorry, that was stupid question; you wouldn’t have time to trash Towns County on topix.
Money Man

Young Harris, GA

#24 Mar 3, 2013
I am wrote:
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I am sooooooooo jealous, you manage your wifes and parents money!!
For your parents sake I hope you don't squander all their money before they are gone.
Ever consider getting a real JOB and earning money to add to what your family has. Sorry, that was stupid question; you wouldn’t have time to trash Towns County on topix.
With your attitude, no wonder Towns is heading downhill.
Laughing Out Loud

Blairsville, GA

#25 Mar 3, 2013
olympic angels wrote:
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the customer base is gone. during boom time there were folks from every where. they gone an want be back. i see no future for that location. when i was there i saw NOTHING that impressed me. just another dive. they liked me so good it would take me at least 30 minutes to get a drink, an i was droping 10 for a tip. when i started talking about doing a motor cycle jam there they went totally crazy, they started calling the police an making me leave.
so i exposed them on their liquor licenes, an proceeded to shut them down.
The only thing you likely have exposed is yourself during a drunken stupor.
olympic angels

Salt Lake City, UT

#26 Mar 3, 2013
Laughing Out Loud wrote:
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The only thing you likely have exposed is yourself during a drunken stupor.
exposed your physco ideas an got'em on permaent record.
heres lol at you.
the stroy

Marble, NC

#27 Mar 5, 2013
Guys some guy name mitch jones owns the place fm TN and he won't put no money into anything. Their checks bounce but he has some fancy yacht!
olympic angels

Salt Lake City, UT

#28 Mar 6, 2013
the stroy wrote:
Guys some guy name mitch jones owns the place fm TN and he won't put no money into anything. Their checks bounce but he has some fancy yacht!
he bought it at auction, be intresting to see what he does.
Ummm

Franklin, NC

#29 Mar 6, 2013
It the old YC going to open in April?
Not Important

Knoxville, TN

#30 Mar 7, 2013
Interesting website. Lot's of garbage and soap box. the renovations stopped due to the resort being sold out the month of February and the staff focused on customers. I enjoy watching uninformed posts eat their words when the new restaurant and sports bar opens. #eatingcrow
Comment

Young Harris, GA

#31 Mar 8, 2013
the stroy wrote:
Guys some guy name mitch jones owns the place fm TN and he won't put no money into anything. Their checks bounce but he has some fancy yacht!
A check with the Georgia Secretary of State's office can tell you who owns it, if it's all that important.
Tipping point

Dawsonville, GA

#32 Mar 8, 2013
Not Important wrote:
Interesting website. Lot's of garbage and soap box. the renovations stopped due to the resort being sold out the month of February and the staff focused on customers. I enjoy watching uninformed posts eat their words when the new restaurant and sports bar opens.#eatingcrow
Your statement about re-opening as a new restaurant may be true. I am going to call bull on the rest. Some of us drive by everyday and know better. Eat this.
sports 2

Columbus, GA

#33 Mar 8, 2013
Not Important wrote:
Interesting website. Lot's of garbage and soap box. the renovations stopped due to the resort being sold out the month of February and the staff focused on customers. I enjoy watching uninformed posts eat their words when the new restaurant and sports bar opens.#eatingcrow
is that a sports bar or an upperclass bar by Portofinos.
Add-on

Young Harris, GA

#34 Mar 8, 2013
sports 2 wrote:
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is that a sports bar or an upperclass bar by Portofinos.
It's a nice restaurant that boasts of having a "bar," but it really isn't one, more like an unscale version of what the Yatch Club was and the one at The Oaks is. If they reopen the YC, I hope they get a designer who actually knows what one looks like on the inside.
nostradumbass

Mobile, AL

#35 Mar 10, 2013
Money man wrote:
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Bob Clouer built it and when he left Hiawassee, sold it to Dana and Richard, who were from Atlanta, not Florida, although they did have a place down there. They loved the area and the people but it was always an uphill struggle to get anything done here. They went around the liquor laws and got it designated a resort so they could get a state pouring license. They also got the TVA to ease up on lowering the lake as much and doing it later in the year.
No, they were both residents of Florida. I worked with Richard in the 80's as he was aggressively acquiring real estate in Northern Leon County (Tallahassee). I've known Dana just as long.
olympic angels

Salt Lake City, UT

#36 Mar 10, 2013
sports 2 wrote:
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is that a sports bar or an upperclass bar by Portofinos.
highest of local class. for them thats the big, big time. lol, ifthey only knew. really its just a dive.
Not

United States

#37 Mar 11, 2013
Not Important wrote:
Interesting website. Lot's of garbage and soap box. the renovations stopped due to the resort being sold out the month of February and the staff focused on customers. I enjoy watching uninformed posts eat their words when the new restaurant and sports bar opens.#eatingcrow
Well the place has not been "Sold Out" the past two weeks. It looks like every other business in Towns County, EMPTY. There has not been a thing done since January. Big storage boxes and windows boarded up. Scrap and junk laying all around the building. I won't be renewing my boat slip until I see some movement. I haven't seen the short guy who runs the place either. Big Smile and bigger line of Bull
Value added

Young Harris, GA

#38 Mar 11, 2013
Not wrote:
<quoted text>Well the place has not been "Sold Out" the past two weeks. It looks like every other business in Towns County, EMPTY. There has not been a thing done since January. Big storage boxes and windows boarded up. Scrap and junk laying all around the building. I won't be renewing my boat slip until I see some movement. I haven't seen the short guy who runs the place either. Big Smile and bigger line of Bull
"Sold out" since long before January! No one will pick up the lease and renovation costs, according to the people next door. While you were there, did you notice, it looks as though they were planning on putting a wall up between the restaurant and bar.
Huh

Kathleen, GA

#39 Mar 11, 2013
Not wrote:
<quoted text>Well the place has not been "Sold Out" the past two weeks. It looks like every other business in Towns County, EMPTY. There has not been a thing done since January. Big storage boxes and windows boarded up. Scrap and junk laying all around the building. I won't be renewing my boat slip until I see some movement. I haven't seen the short guy who runs the place either. Big Smile and bigger line of Bull
I'd be concerned about the "staff" doing the renovations as the poster stated. Plenty of contractors around out of work with licenses and insurance to do commercial work.
Gadabout

Braselton, GA

#40 Apr 24, 2013
Remember wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for the update. Maybe Dana and Richard will buy it back. I remember they did a wine show one year and had a Jazz show a couple times. I think they had the Gainesville Symphony at Christmas over in the Theater. Classy stuff. This town could stand a little culture. Not all of us like Banjos, fiddles and nasal screaming.
Get rid of the red necks, C. Hooper, front desk trash and family members from bar drinking profits.... No class here. Karma did her thing ... buiness is a failure

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