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July 19, 2018

Business Florida 2018 - The Regions

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Festivals aplenty
Whatever the season, there is something worthy of public celebration at a South Central Florida festival: swamp cabbage (LaBelle), speckled perch (Okeechobee), caladiums (Lake Placid), sour oranges (Lakeport) and alligator hatching (Palmdale), to name a few. The four-day Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival drew 25,000 concert-goers in spring 2017 to the 800-acre Sunshine Grove site.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

New golfing challenge
Named to Forbes’ list of most eagerly awaited golf courses, Streamsong Black debuts in fall 2017 at Mosaic’s Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green. Designed by Gil Hanse, designer of the 2016 Olympics course in Rio de Janeiro and Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland, the par-73 course joins the acclaimed Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue courses at the resort.

Real Florida adventure
South Central offers a slice of “old Florida” and plenty of fun. Go antiquing in Arcadia; peruse one man’s collection of quirky sculptures at Solomon’s Castle near Wauchula; don a bright red nose in Lake Placid at a school where dozens of clowns have trained; paddle your way down the Peace River; get LOST (otherwise known as “take a hike along the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail”); learn about the first Floridians from the things they left behind now on display at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Clewiston; and stick around after dark to enjoy some of Florida’s best stargazing at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.

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