The villages are coming — at last.
Delayed by nearly 15 years of political and legal battles, efforts to get the design and building regulations in working order and an economic recession, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch — developers of the 48-square-mile Lakewood Ranch — broke ground Tuesday on its long-anticipated villages development.
Waterside, formerly called the Villages of Lakewood Ranch South, becomes SMR's first residential development in Sarasota County. Tucked on 5,490 acres southeast of the University Parkway and Interstate 75 interchange . . . MORE
In the context of today's tale of the first sighting of the Villages of Lakewood Ranch, one might do well to remember this exchange from 5 years ago: