Amelia Island Co. in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Amelia Island Co. owns all of the resort and recreational facilities and amenities on Amelia Island Plantation, including the Amelia Island Club.

Palm Coast, FL – November 13, 2009

By Michael Parnell, News-Leader
Amelia Island Co. has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. There will be “business as usual” at the Amelia Island Plantation resort while the company reorganizes and firms up its finances.

Amelia Island Co. announced Friday it has signed an agreement with a new investor group, Red Maple Investors, LLC (RMI), to help ensure the future of the 1,350-acre resort.

The investor group, all residents of the island, "delivers immediate interim financing and long-term financial planning and expertise while assuring the uninterrupted operation of the resort," a press release stated. As part of the agreement, the Amelia Island Co. will restructure its debt and liabilities in bankruptcy court.

"We’re pleased that RMI truly believes in our vision for the future, as well as our commitment to a resort community that exists in harmony with nature," said Jack Healan, president of Amelia Island Plantation, in the press release. "The resources they bring to our relationship will provide the continued high-quality service of the resort that our leisure and conference guests have come to expect when they visit us and that our club members and property owners enjoy every day."

RMI is a group of high net-worth Amelia Island Plantation homeowners investing in Amelia Island Co. with the goal of building a financially healthy company. The group was formed and is led by 19-year resident Robert C. Smith.

Toby’s Commentary: Chapter 11 is reorganization; not necessarily a bad thing. The fact that residents are stepping up to the table is very positive. It looks like another case of worn out or used capital being replaced by fresh capital. We will be seeing a lot of this.
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  1. Bill Wynn
    Bill Wynn says:

    Amelia Island Bankruptcy

    My only question is, "I wonder how much of the profit margin was skimmed off the top by the upper executives of the corporation?" Maybe the top exec’s need to be brought to realty and make a reasonable salary not an excessive salary. Most top exec’s get excessive salaries and bonuses.

    It appears that this is happening in many, many corporations.

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