Walt Schafer had a dream: for years the Dexter businessman dreamed of building a lake
near his home. By 1960, salesman Boyd Baker arrived to share Walt's vision. The two
partners formed Happy Acres, Incorporated, to develop a recreation and retirement area, and
Diamondhead Lake was created by damming up Long Branch Creek.
The early years of Diamondhead Lake were tumultuous as developers failed to move
the project ahead as promised. In 1965, the Long Branch Maintenance Corporation (LBMC)
was formed to protect the interests of lot owners during litigation between developers and
contractors. In 1978, after the developers went into
bankruptcy, Long Branch Maintentance Corporation emerged as the owner of all
common lake properties, including the roads, lake, parks, access areas, maintenance buildings,
Pasture Golf Association (PGA) golf course area, administration building, and water facilities. LBMC is
a homeowners association, not a real estate developer.
As Diamondhead Lake celebrates its 45th anniversary, we have
three entities working to improve the community. The Diamondhead Sanitary
District (DSD), formed in 2002, operates the sanitary sewer system. The Diamondhead Lake
Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) oversees projects to remove silt and prevent additional
runoff from entering the lake. These boards work in close cooperation with the LBMC Board to improve
Diamondhead Lake infrastructure, helping to ensure the vitality of our community. At the direction of the
membership, in 2012 LBMC completed a major project to rehabilitate the roadways and drainage ditches
in our community. We now have good hard surface roads. We approach the half century mark looking forward to Diamondhead Lake continuing as
a vibrant, fun-filled place to live and play.