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With the flick of a blinker and a quick merge off the highway, tourists can go from sitting in traffic to getting up close and personal with an alligator in less than five minutes.
Tourists can tick off an item on their Florida vacation to-do lists by stopping by GatorWorld Parks of Florida in Wildwood, which sits a mile off Interstate 75 in Sumter County.
A fourth town square south of State Road 44 is part of a 30-year road construction agreement approved Tuesday by the Sumter County Board of Commissioners.
The town square’s location is not specified on a map of future road construction, but the agreement also calls for The Villages Land Co. and The Villages Development Co. to build roads and be reimbursed by the county.
Sumter County is a fast-growing medium-sized county with a population upward of 125,000 and contains the largest portion of The Villages® community. Nestled between large Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) Orlando and Tampa, Sumter County offers an alternative lifestyle for its residents. The county has become the 7th fastest growing county in the nation and the fastest growing county in the State of Florida. Over the past four years, The Villages MSA remained the fastest growing MSA in the United States. With growing manufacturing, distribution, and agriculture industries in the county, there is an opportunity for additional multifamily development in the market to capture the demand for market-rate housing for workers.
The MAKE MORE Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector.
It intends to serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector. Join in-depth discussions as we build a road-map to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging our resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector.