Fun in the sun — plus exercise, too

Some residents of Betmar Acres, in Zephyrhills, hit the pool three times a week to work out and have fun at the same time. Laughter, cheers and good-natured teasing fill the air at the heated pool, while the players hit large colorful balls around, in water volleyball games. About two dozen players jump, dive, swing and swat — in friendly games that give participants a nice workout, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills a hotbed for shuffleboard

The Betmar Acres community customarily hosts one of the state’s largest three-day shuffleboard tournaments every January, and this year was no different. The Florida Shuffleboard Association (FSA) Betmar Winter Open Tournament drew 50 men’s doubles teams and 34 women’s teams — 168 players total — all competing for a state championship and point positioning. Tavares, Deland, Leesburg, … [Read more...]

Shuffleboard player joins ‘1,000 points’ club

Zephyrhills’ Earl Ball has achieved yet another milestone in what’s been a lengthy and historic shuffleboard career. Ball, a resident of Betmar Acres, recently became just the third player to amass 1,000 career points within the Florida Shuffleboard Association (FSA) — joining Clearwater’s Glen Peltier (1,364 points) and fellow Betmar resident Joan Cook (1,049 points). To honor the feat, … [Read more...]

Seasonal residents find plenty to like about life in Zephyrhills

Motorists cruising through Zephyrhills along State Road 54 or U.S. 301 may not realize what a mecca the city is for residents wanting to escape winter’s chill. If those passing through took a closer look, however, they’d observe the myriad mobile home parks dotting the community. There’s Betmar Acres, at 37145 Lakewood Drive, which founder M.H. Meengs and his partner, George Sprinkle … [Read more...]