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Florida Boom Sidewalk
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 28° 48.290 W 082° 34.508
17R E 346284 N 3187381
Quick Description: In downtown Homosassa Springs.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2013 8:57:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMHT02
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
Views: 7

Long Description:
The wide sidewalks of Homosassa Springs are a reminder of the 1920s Florida Land Boom in Citrus County. In 1924, at the height of the boom, the Florida West Coast Development Company bought several thousand acres in what is now Homosassa Springs and set out to create a "City Beautiful." Locally referred to as New Homosassa, the community was laid out with 80 to 100 foot-wide streets and nine foot-wide sidewalks. Also envisioned were plazas, parks, boulevards, a golf course, three country clubs, and 700 home sites. The city's ambitious plan reflects the aspirations of the City Beautiful Movement in urban planning. Popular during the late 1890s and early 1900s, proponents of this aesthetic believed that living in a beautiful, harmonious setting would lead to an improved quality of life. The grand plans envisioned for Homosassa Springs were quickly abandoned after the boom went bust in 1926. Most of the city's planned amenities were never realized, and only two commercial buildings and a few homes designed in the Mediterranean Revival style popular during the boom years were built. Today, this remaining portion of the city's original sidewalk reflects the City Beautiful aesthetic once envisioned for Homosassa Springs.
Marker Number: F-696

Date: 2010

County: Citrus

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: The Citrus Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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