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How it began…
Not long ago in a place not so far away, lived a young man with great vision and strong beliefs. This man was taught at an early age from his parent through example setting, that nurturing family and helping the community were of utmost importance. In his young adult years, by taking these teachings and life lessons seriously, he plotted his course and created the foundation that would help him achieve his goals.
The young man set his eyes on assisting the community and shared a vision with neighbors and business partners of what a community would become. By embracing all members of the community he shared his belief that everyone should be treated with respect, dignity and fairness; these same things that his parents showed and taught him from an early age.
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While walking the path of achieving his community goal he also started his family life. He always knew that he wanted a large family, one with many children and grandchildren. Deciding on where to raise his family was as strong of a goal as knowing where he would best serve the community. He needed to ensure that he secured the right property that would provide him and his family with years of enjoyment, comfort and memories. He found this serenity on the shores of Lake Lizzy on Pine Grove Road. The young man stood on this land and these shores and knew this land was that place of serenity.
He envisioned teaching his children the same life lessons he had been taught by his parents. He would teach them how to care for, fix and maintain the property. They would learn to fish and spend summers swimming, boating and enjoying the lake. This would be the place where they would bring their friends. This was a place where he could watch his family grow and prosper, and pass on the teachings and lessons of life that ran deep inside him…
The land is conveniently located five miles to the East of the city of Saint Cloud and approximately 30 minutes from Disney World, 20 minutes from Medical City and 40 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Just north of the highway and on the east side of Pine Grove Road you will find the 40-acre group of parcels that are beautifully situated on Lake Lizzie. Lake Lizzie is one of 7 lakes which form the Alligator Chain of Lakes. Highway 192/441, actually splits the chain in half as it runs from Saint Cloud to Melbourne. The waters are incredibly clean and pure with no pollution from sewage or agriculture. Lake Lizzie provides good speckled perch fishing from November through March. Bass fishing potential is high as well. The East side of Lake Lizzie is protected by Florida state preserve.
…The man and his wife now have several children and grandchildren. His reputation and his business successfully serve the community and have a stellar reputation for living up their promise to the people of the community. The children have now grown and are also great contributors to the community and continue to pass on the lessons and teachings of their parent and grand-parents to their own children. The skills and education that the children have acquired have helped the family contribute in making the land on the shore of Lake Lizzie become the magnificent, award winning property it is today. It is now time to pass on the great vision and strong beliefs that this land has witnessed over the years and will be integral in producing such grand memories over the next decades to come…
About Lake Lizzie
The Alligator Chain of Lakes is one of the cleanest lake groups in Florida. It is feed by 5 Springs and is the only lake that has real sand on the bottom. Alligator Lake is a fantastic destination for the entire family and offers amateur or professional anglers plenty of opportunities. The lakes produce record bass catches, and anglers can also fish for bluegill, black crappie and reader sunfish.
The Alligator Chain Of Lakes provides anglers with ample fishing opportunities as its five lakes interconnect. The chain is composed of Alligator Lake with 3,406 acres, Lake Lizzie with 792 acres, Coon Lake with 148 acres, Trout Lake with 273 acres and Lake Gentry with 410 acres. The chain also connects with the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes thus allowing anglers to experience the fishing opportunities that both chains offer.
A variety of amateur fishing competitions have been hosted on these lakes, including the popular Big Fish Open. The Big Fish Open is a recreational catch-and-release amateur tournament for children and adults held every fall as part of Kissimmee’s Great Outdoor Days.
In 2000, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a lake draw down and enhancement project on the Alligator Chain of Lakes, which improved aquatic habitats and stimulated growth of aquatic vegetation.
About Saint Cloud & Medical City Corridor
St. Cloud is a city in northern Osceola County, Florida, United States. It is located on the southern shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga in Central Florida, approximately 26 miles (41.8 km) southeast of Orlando. The city population was 35,183 in the 2010 census, and 40,918 in the 2013 census estimate. The city is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford metropolitan area.
St. Cloud was originally founded as a retirement community for Civil War union veterans, gaining the nickname "The Friendly Soldier City".
During the 1870s, Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia took an interest in developing the region while on fishing trips with Henry Shelton Sanford, founder of the city of Sanford. Disston contracted with the Florida Internal Improvement Fund, then in receivership, to pay $1 million to offset its Civil War and Reconstruction debt. In exchange, Disston would be awarded half the land he drained from the state's swamps. He dug canals and, in 1886-1887, established St. Cloud sugarcane plantation, named after St. Cloud, Minnesota, although many long-time locals state the town was named after Saint-Cloud, France, located fairly close to Paris.
Diston opened the Sugar Belt Railway to the South Florida Railroad in 1888 to carry his product to market. But the Panic of 1893 dropped land values, and the Great Freeze of 1894-1895 ruined the plantation. Disston returned to Philadelphia, where he died in 1896. The Sugar Belt Railway merged into the South Florida Railroad. An attempt to cultivate rice in the area failed, and for several years the land remained fallow. Then in 1909, 35,000 acres (14,000 ha) were acquired by the Seminole Land & Investment Company as the site for a Grand Army of the Republic veterans' colony. St. Cloud was selected because of its "health, climate and productiveness of soil." It was first permanently settled in 1909 by William G. King, a real estate manager from Alachua County who had been given the responsibility "to plan, locate and develop a town."
On April 16, 1909, the Kissimmee Valley Gazette announced the “New Town of St. Cloud,” a “Soldiers Colony” to be near Kissimmee. The newspaper called the purchase by the Seminole Land and Investment Company “one of the most important real estate deals ever made in the State of Florida.” It was reported that the officers of the company had searched all over Florida for the perfect site for a veterans’ colony, particularly one especially suited for “health, climate, and productiveness of the soil.” It is believed that many of the streets were named for states from which the Civil War veterans had served, but the street names were already assigned to the platted land before settlement occurred.
On June 1, 1915, the Florida Legislature incorporated St. Cloud as a city. Its downtown features landmark buildings by the Orlando architectural firm of Ryan & Roberts, a partnership consisting of two women. The buildings by Ryan and Roberts and others in the downtown area are predominantly Spanish Revival.
In recent years, St. Cloud has tried to separate itself from neighboring cities, and particularly the theme parks, by promoting an image of small-town life, as well as attempting to make itself economically less dependent on Kissimmee. On March 6, 2006, St. Cloud introduced CyberSpot, a program which gives residents free high-speed wireless Internet access. The city then ended Cyberspot, quoting "it's too costly". The city is served by the Osceola Library System.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.2 square miles (24 km2), of which 0.11% is water. St. Cloud is located on the southern shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga, a water body which is exceptionally clear, with good visibility to depths of 7 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 m). East Lake is nearly circular in shape and covers approximately 12,000 acres (49 km2). It is a perfect example of what is often called a "dish-pan" lake. It produces many trophy bass annually. A familiar sight along the shores of East Lake Toho is the rare, protected Florida sandhill crane.
The major highway is U.S. Route 192 running in tandem with U.S. Route 441 east and west. This six-lane road is intersected by avenues running north and south. Many have names of US states in no particular order.
Orlando's Newest Attraction is Medical
By JONATHAN VATNERSEPT. 7, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. — Just off State Road 417, a five-minute drive east from Orlando International Airport, a 650-acre parcel of land is fast becoming a $2 billion medical campus, including a medical school, research laboratories and hospitals.
Three years ago the Lake Nona medical city, as it is known, was nothing but a pasture and a promise. Its accelerated creation is the product of hundreds of millions of dollars in government, nonprofit and private investment at a time when Florida’s housing-based economy has been spiraling downward.
“We are working at warp speed here,” said Dr. Deborah C. German, the dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida, which opened on the Lake Nona campus last month. “Three and a half years ago, the architects weren’t even chosen. Now it’s fully operational.”
The history of this “city” began with a missed opportunity. In 2003, Jeb Bush, the governor at the time, announced plans to court large biomedical companies with government incentives, in an effort to attract higher-paying jobs to Florida. The Scripps Research Institute, based in the La Jolla area of San Diego, accepted $579 million in grants to open a location in Florida.
Orlando business leaders argued that the city would be an ideal place for the Scripps research park, especially the area around Lake Nona, in the relatively undeveloped southeastern quadrant of the city. Except for the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, a gated community with a golf course by the noted designer Tom Fazio, most of the land sat empty, dotted with a smattering of cows left there for tax reasons (agricultural land in Florida is taxed minimally).
The Tavistock Group, which owns the country club and much of the empty land, set aside about 650 acres for a planned medical city, complete with retail stores and housing. “It’s close to the airport and it has good weather,” Dr. German said. “And there are resorts for kids.”
Orlando was already a major draw for doctors. It was the No. 1 destination averaged over the past 13 years by the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association. “Orlando is a destination for relatively half the medical meetings in the U.S.,” said Eric Ushkowitz, director of BioOrlando, a unit of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.
Eric Ushkowitz of BioOrlando with Dr. Deborah C. German, dean of the medical school. “We are working at warp speed here,” Dr. German said. Credit Todd Anderson for The New York Times
But Orlando lost the Scripps deal to Jupiter, Fla., a decision it said was due in part to its lack of a medical school, a crucial breeding ground for scientists and the core of any medical campus. So three years later, when the Burnham Institute for Medical Research agreed to build in Florida in exchange for a $310 million incentive package, Orlando’s chances improved when the University of Central Florida agreed to build its medical school at Lake Nona.
The Tavistock Group donated a portion of the 650-acre parcel for the institution to build on, and enough money was raised from the local community to pay tuition and living expenses for all 41 members of the charter class. That financing put the medical school on the map.
The medical school should be appealing to future classes for other reasons. The library, for example, has beautiful views and a notable absence of books. Students are instead given Apple iPods with access to online databases.
As soon as the medical school was approved in 2006, the Burnham Institute (now called the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute after a recent $50 million donation by the billionaire T. Denny Sanford) chose Lake Nona for its new home. The building, which opened last year, contains one of the country’s few robotic high-throughput screening centers — machines that can run a huge number of biological tests very quickly.
Even so, $310 million was a large amount of government spending for just 300 well-paying scientist jobs. Adding up all the life-sciences incentives that Florida doled out, the total far exceeded a billion dollars. When the economy faltered, those incentives all but dried up. If the Sanford-Burnham Institute and the College of Medicine could not attract further development, the incentive money would not have been justified. “We can’t spend another billion dollars to recruit research institutes,” Mr. Ushkowitz said.
So far the gamble has paid off. The announcements of the medical school and research institute began the hoped-for clustering effect, in which a variety of medical institutions scooped up neighboring plots to foster collaboration.
The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando rented lab space at one of the medical school buildings. A Veterans Affairs hospital is being built, along with a V.A. medical simulation training center. The University of Florida will open a research laboratory, and four incubator buildings for start-up biotech companies are in planning stages.
Also, Nemours, a children’s health care provider with a hospital in Wilmington, Del., and clinics in Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, had bought land for a hospital elsewhere in Orlando in 2006 before it heard about the medical city. Those plans were scrapped and in 2009 the hospital broke ground at Lake Nona. The hospital, which plans to make use of Orlando’s warm weather with rooftop healing gardens, will open in 2012. Ronald McDonald House Charities is also considering opening a facility on hospital grounds.
“A lot of Sanford-Burnham researchers have similar interests with ours,” said Roger Oxendale, the chief executive of Nemours. “A lot of the questions they’ll be asking about diabetes and obesity, they’ll be asking with respect to childhood diseases. I think we haven’t realized the potential of these partnerships.”
Correction: September 10, 2010
An article on the Square Feet page on Wednesday about the growth of a medical campus in Orlando, Fla., misstated the city’s ranking as a destination for medical meetings. It was the No. 1 destination averaged over the past 13 years, not 13 years in a row, according to the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association.
A version of this article appears in print on September 8, 2010, on page B5 of the New York edition with the headline: Orlando’s Newest Attraction Is Medical.