The legendary Tiki Bar was dismantled Thursday.
The infamous watering hole by the swimming pool at Orange Blossom Hills Country Club was taken down as part of the larger remodeling project at The Villages’ original country club.
“So many people used to meet and greet at the Tiki Bar. It is kind of a symbol of something that we will not have anymore and it is kind of sad,” said longtime resident Rita Burrows.
Villagers on the Historic Side of The Villages fondly remember years gone by at the country club and in particular recall conversing with Villages founder Harold Schwartz.
Orange Blossom has been closed for more than a year.
It is expected to reopen this fall after completion of remodeling work.
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To take a peek at architectural drawings for the revamp Orange Blossom, follow the link below: