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Community In Retrospect

Community In Retrospect
Yesterday’s Development Marketing Produces Rich Memories
“Large lots”…“Easy terms”… “Something New Under the Sun”… Sounds like a contemporary real estate sales pitch for any oncoming subdivision here. But, actually, those teasers are a century old and not exactly for this community

Aug 17, 2006, 20:59

Community In Retrospect
Today’s Proposed Development in Wimauma Area Mimics a Century Ago
Wimauma Public School
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.

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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Oct 13, 2005, 23:03

Community In Retrospect
Bad Business Threatened Early Apollo Beach

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.

Jul 28, 2005, 22:38


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