A former Tampa Bay Lightning player says he is not the new owner of a Zephyrhills recreational vehicle park.
Colonial Four RV, a community located at 6991 Fort King Road, sold Monday for $875,000, according to a release by Marcus & Millichap regional manager Richard D. Matricaria. Geared toward the 55 and older crowd, the park dates back to the 1970s, and has a mix of both seasonal and permanent residents living in 57 rental sites on 5 acres of land.
The sellers, according to county property records, are Bruce and Darlene Flansburg, who originally purchased the park in 2007 for $700,000. The seller, however, is not so apparent.
The real estate brokerage did not release the name of the seller, except to say that it’s a “well-known sports figure looking for a local investment,” Dan Mulkey, Marcus & Millichap’s vice president of investments, said in a release.
Property records show the purchaser to be a company called White Marlin LLC, which was created last March. State corporate records, however, show no managers as part of the company, and only gives a physical address on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in New Tampa.
One company that uses the same address is Neckar Hockey, a youth sports training company run by former National Hockey League defenseman Stan Neckar, who finished his career with the Lightning in 2004 after the team won the Stanley Cup. He was traded to the Lightning in 2001 in the same deal the hockey team picked up popular goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who now plays for the Chicago Blackhawks, according to Neckar’s website.
Neckar, however, told The Laker late Wednesday that he was not the property buyer, and was unsure why White Marlin is using the same address. Neckar said he did have a business partner, another former hockey player he did not name, but verified with him that he’s not the buyer either.
Neckar, born in the former Czechoslovakia, moved to Tampa permanently in 2006 with his wife and four kids, according to his business website.
Mulkey told The Laker Thursday that at the request of his client, he could not release the name of the sports figure, but did say “it is not who you thought,” regarding Neckar.
The address for White Marlin matches a post office box with a Pak Mail location in New Tampa. One other company that has used the same address in recent years is a New Tampa company called Mobile Cigar Lounge Co., which — according to its website — is a co-owned venture between Neckar and fellow Lightning teammate Dave Andreychuk.
Many of the people who settle at Colonial Four are winter residents from Canada, according to a release. The new owner, whoever it is, has plans to upgrade the community in the near future.
“His plans include bringing in additional permanent units, thereby stabilizing the park’s annual income,” Mulkey said in a release. “I feel confident he will be pleased with this purchase.”
Updated 6/4/2014, 6:30 p.m., to reflect comments from Stan Neckar; updated 6/5/2014, 1 p.m., to reflect comments from Marcus & Millichap and to include information about other recent uses of the business address.