Not many of you have probably heard of, much less passed through Ft. Meade. It is a little country town just south of Lakeland on Highway 17. It does have a traffic light and a McD’s, so it’s moving up in the world.
|Old country folk sitting around = Ft. Meade|
The way I initially got to know this little town was through writing high school sports for the Lakeland Ledger. Ft. Meade’s High School’s football field is one of my favorites in Florida because it epitomizes what high school football is supposed to be about. Tucked away. Small. Middle of a cow pasture. Ancient announcers.
I also pass through Ft. Meade a few times a year when I go mullet fishing. I would rather take the interstate, but my grandpa would rather take the back roads to Bokeelia.
One of the big industries in this part of Florida is phosphate mining. It has been and is a huge financial boon to Florida, especially in this part of Florida where tourism is non-existent. Mosaic is one of the companies who do a large part of the mining.
Mosaic, in it’s infinite wisdom, has decided to build a resort just outside of the Ft. Meade’s city limits called Streamson. They’ve slated it’s completion for 2013. I don’t know who is doing Mosaic’s surveying, but this deal has all the markings of failure. Apparently, other folks have reservations about this project as well.
“I’ve been watching it with amusement,” Dennis Mader, president of People Protecting Peace River, said of Streamsong’s development. “Their plan is to create a resort out of what I call the dead zone. All I can say is good luck if they truly think they can compete with Orlando or Miami Beach. I wish them well.”
I guess Florida sprawl will continue to happen. It’s inevitable. But in the cow pastures of South Central Florida. Really? In a one traffic light town. Really?