WIMAUMA – This community once considered "country" with a capital "C" now may be in the sights of residential developers, but the pending population surge is not the first time a Wimauma wave has been anticipated.
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As large, upscale residential enclaves, such as Valencia Lakes to the west and Lake Toscana to the south, take shape, waiting for an influx of newcomers, their builders are not the first entrepreneurs to envision multiplying rooftops and bustling commerce in the hinterlands.
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Fraudulent practices. Grandiose inflation of values. Multiple misrepresentations to regulators and to the public.
Shades of those fast and loose days in the 1990s! It sounds like Enron Corporation or maybe WorldCom or perhaps Tyco International; bullet points in a story of big money disappearing into who knows whose pocket.
And, to a degree, it is. But this flim flam was a lot closer to home and preceded those world-class deceptions by a good 30 years.
It almost but not quite doomed Apollo Beach, once a gleam in the eyes of several key men given to thinking big, risking big, and today a bustling community wondering if it can become a full-fledged city.