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Commission Okays Rezoning for Upscale Restaurant

Commission Okays Rezoning for Upscale Restaurant

Fruitland Park’s city commissioners okayed a plan to rezone two properties on Rose Avenue south of County Road 466A at Thursday’s commission meeting. Both properties are currently zoned R2 Residential.…

A City’s History, Told by Two Buildings

A City’s History, Told by Two Buildings

  Fruitland Park — The struggle between progress and preservation in Fruitland Park comes down to a story of two buildings uniquely joined in a city that desperately wants to…

Fruitland Park Discovery Rocks Scientific World

Fruitland Park Discovery Rocks Scientific World

One hundred years ago this month, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia published Entomological News and Proceedings, the most prestigious scientific publication in its field. Arthur G. Reynolds of…

Who Was Orlando P. Rooks?

Who Was Orlando P. Rooks?

The Founder of Fruitland Park changed its name and its future Fruitland Park’s official web site, www.fruitlandpark.org, offers an “elevator pitch” of the city’s history under the “Visitors” tab. Here’s…

The History of Fruitland Park, Part 1

The History of Fruitland Park, Part 1

The History of Fruitland Park is the title of a book written by Leesburg Commercial reporter Lillian D. Vickers-Smith in 1928. We are currently transcribing that book for publication at…

The Farmers’ Meeting, October 4, 1913

The Farmers’ Meeting, October 4, 1913

From the Leesburg Commercial, Friday, October 10, 1913: The Farmers’ Meeting The meeting of farmers called for Saturday afternoon was held in the city hall and well attended. G.E. Winter, who…

Leesburg Packing House, 1913

Leesburg Packing House, 1913

From the The Leesburg Commercial, Friday, October 10, 1913: Leesburg Packing House Leesburg has long been known as a great orange producing section, and Leesburg oranges and grapefruit have justly earned…

History and Lore

History and Lore

By Steve Fussell A great big chunk of our history here has vanished before our very eyes. That says something painful about how we regard the past. It’s not like we…

Fruitland Park Road—466A—Then and Now

Fruitland Park Road—466A—Then and Now

“Now Leaving Sumter County Now Entering Lake County” That’s how the sign reads down the road on the right, where the gravel ends and the smooth pavement starts. A Florida…