A secret to most, Florida has a rich history of cattle-raising, which means it also had – and continues to have – a large contingent of cowboys, known locally as Florida Crackers (for the sound made by their whips). Located just one hour east of Sarasota and Bradenton and one hour north of Fort Myers, Arcadia sits in the middle of Florida cowboy country and it is a place where the Old West meets the Old South. Rodeos and other competitions are common, and the town also hosts the De Soto County Fair in January and the Watermelon Festival in May. It's also known for its peaceful orange groves, streams built for canoeing and woods made for camping.
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Also known as the "Gateway to Stump Pass", Grove City is a small, waterfront community in Southwest Florida. Residents of Grove City really enjoy this small community nestled between Englewood and Boca Grande. It shares a close proximity to many barrier islands such as Palm Island, Knight Island, Don Pedro Island, Little Gasparilla Island and Gasparilla Island (the community of Boca Grande). It is sometimes referred to as "Grove City on the Gulf" due to the fact that there are so many waterfront properties.
Many Grove City businesses are family-owned and operated and will go the extra mile to make sure that the people who reside in this community will find what they need -- right in their own back yard.
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North Fort Myers is the community known as the “Gateway to Lee County”. It is the largest unincorporated area in Lee County. Expanding 70 square miles, from the northern shore of the Caloosahatchee to Charlotte County, Cape Coral west, and east to Alva. The area encompasses a very diverse community that is emerging from a quiet rural lifestyle to a growing business community. It boasts an affordable opportunity to enjoy the wonder of the Southwest Florida lifestyle, while providing close proximity to major services, cultural and entertainment offerings, and potential for solid economic growth.
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North Port is a growing community with easy access to shopping, entertainment, beaches, golf courses, water sports, cinemas, theaters, restaurants, sports arenas, dog track, floating casino, and more. It is strategically located on the west coast of Florida, between Tampa and Ft. Myers. It currently has two exits on Interstate 75 that are within city limits; North Port’s stretch of U.S. 41 is attractive and booming.
North Port is only minutes away from some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, including Stump Pass State Park, Siesta Key, and several others on Manasota, Casey, and Longboat Keys. Its people also enjoy access to three international airports in the area: Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, and Tampa.
The Florida sunshine and warm climate allow residents and visitors alike to enjoy a high quality of life year-round. Golfing, boating, kayaking, nature walks, and horseback riding can all be done in and around North Port.
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Osprey, Florida is located in Sarasota County Florida. It is just south of Sarasota in what's referred to as "unincorporated" Sarasota County. Osprey is a diverse community with multi-million dollar homes located on the Intracoastal Waterway and mobile home parks just up the road from the same luxury homes.
Many restaurants can be found in Osprey everything from fresh mahi-mahi or grouper sandwiches to fine dining or pizza.
For shopping, there are several areas including the Osprey Village shops, Blackburn Point Plaza and Southbay Shopping Center. Virtually all of the shopping in Osprey is on Tamiami Trail - US 41. Several of the local restaurants are on "the Trail" and some waterfront dining is available at Spanish Point or on Blackburn Point Rd.
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Found along Florida's welcoming Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte is located about halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers, perfectly positioned to offer every manner of water-borne activities. It has more than 165 miles of waterways, providing access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico and many more miles of natural shoreline bordering Charlotte Harbor and the Peace and Myakka rivers. But that's not all. Seven of the 21 golf courses located in Charlotte County are found in Port Charlotte. Charlotte Sports Park is home to spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tippecanoe Environmental Park offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing through 380 acres of scrub and pine flat-woods.
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Punta Gorda is a charming, historic yet thriving small city. It is a friendly community with a remarkable past and an exciting future. In addition to its beautifully restored historic district, Punta Gorda offers many natural attractions, waterside shopping and leisurely strolls along the Harborwalk and at Fishermen's Village on Charlotte Harbor. Easily reached by I-75 along Florida’s south-central Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda features streets lined with huge royal palms, old Florida-era tin-roofed homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, and street lamps and benches that leave an almost tangible old-Florida atmosphere. The A.C. Freeman House Museum is an authentically restored and furnished late Victorian-era home. Near the historic district of Punta Gorda, you will find Fishermen's Village. This unique waterfront destination includes gift, clothing, and specialty shops, seven restaurants, a military heritage museum, a 98-slip marina and fully furnished luxury villas.
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Rotonda West is located between Englewood and Port Charlotte, on the Cape Haze peninsula in Charlotte County on the Gulf Coast. It is an area that has seen some growth, particularly during the past five years.
Rotonda West is a favored location for many reasons - it has glorious year round weather. It's a short drive or for those preferring the relaxed pace of life, a bike ride from the beautiful white sandy beaches at Englewood Beach and Manasota Key. Gasparilla Island and the quaint and attractive town of Boca Grande, are well worth a day’s exploration. Favored activities apart from
the superb golf courses include tennis, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and other waterspouts.
The area has plenty of wildlife ranging from wild boar, otters to bob cats and an abundance of bird life including eagles. You can enjoy a range of activities including canoeing, kayaking, searching for seashells or just relax and marvelling at the exotic sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
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Helgemo Team’s Community List: Lake Suzy, Arcadia, Grove CIty, North Fort Myers, Burnt Store Marina, Venice, Osprey, Gulf Cove, South Gulf Cove, Rotonda West, Rotonda, North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda.