Two years after the county filed an injunction trying to force a lakefront venue to shut down over a planning and zoning issue, the doors are open and the season is about to begin while the legal wrangling remains to be resolved.


Two years after the county filed an injunction trying to force a lakefront venue to shut down over a planning and zoning issue, the doors are open and the season is about to begin while the legal wrangling remains to be resolved.

In spite of the stalled court case, business at Lazy Gators is expected to be brisk.
The legal problems stemming from a planning and zoning dispute between Gary Prewitt/Glacier Park Investments, LLC who owns Lazy Gators and Shady Gators, and the county hasn’t put a damper on the business. Until he is forced to do otherwise and as long as he has the necessary state permit to continue to operate, the venue will be open welcoming crowds of guests who enjoy the poolside atmosphere with a view of the lake.

The properties are located at the 7-mile marker by water and off Sweet William Road on Horseshoe Bend by land.

For the last several years, Lazy Gators has been operating under a catering permit issued by the state. The catering permit allows Prewitt to continue to operate even though he is at odds with county over the zoning of the property.

In the meantime, a lawsuit filed by the county at then end of 2010 asking the court to issue a restraining order to shut the business down until the zoning issue is resolved, continues to  languish in the Camden County court system.

The Lazy Gators property is currently zoned for residential use only. The 1.3 acre parcel where Lazy Gators sits takes in about 1,000 feet of shoreline. Prewitt has built a pool, tiki bar and cabanas.

Lazy Gators sits next door to Shady Gators with Camden on the Lake as a neighbor.

Attempts by Prewitt to re-zone the property to allow for a commercial entertainment venue through the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission and the county commission have failed — as did a move to have the property annexed into the village of Sunrise Beach, located across the lake from the property.