February 28, 2021

Business Florida 2021 - The Regions

East Central

Brevard • Lake • Orange • Osceola • Seminole • Sumter • Volusia

| 10/30/2020

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The Villages in Sumter County has once again been crowned fastest growing metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. According to Census Bureau data released in March 2020, The Villages has added nearly 40,000 residents since April 2010. What’s not to like about more than 50 golf courses and 90 miles of golf cart paths, three town squares, 89 swimming pools and an estimated 2,500 clubs and organized activities?

With 118 miles of Atlantic coastline, including Canaveral National Seashore and the nearly 1,000 inland bodies of water that give Lake County its name, there is plenty to see and do in Florida’s East Central region, from the bald eagles at Merritt Island National Refuge to rocket liftsoff at Kennedy Space Center. Daytona and Cocoa are the best known beaches in these parts, but there are dozens of others to choose from. If you have time to take a walk on the wild side … or better yet, paddle a kayak, visit the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. It is the only zoo in the country to offer guided kayaking tours around an animal exhibit. The zoo also offers Treetop Trek aerial adventures where you can zip, climb, crawl and careen through acres of lush landscapes.

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