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Posted on May 21, 2016
So you say you can’t bring the beach to Tallahassee? Don’t tell that to Crystal Lagoons.
Based on their website, Crystal Lagoons is an international company with offices around the world that has developed and patented a state-of-the-art technology which allows building and maintaining crystal clear lagoons worldwide at very low costs, offering idyllic beach lifestyle anywhere in the world.
And guess what? They just hired one of Florida’s most powerful lobbying groups, Ballard Partners, to represent their interests before the City of Tallahassee.
Lobbying records show Stephanie Grutman Zauder, with the Fort Lauderdale offices of Ballard Partners, is registered to represent Crystal Lagoons in a number of Florida cities which include Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee.
Also, state lobbying records show that Ballard Partners registered on February 4, 2016 to represent Crystal Lagoons before the Florida Legislative and Executive branches of government.
Chilean real estate developer Fernando Fischmann, a trained biochemist, developed a filtration and monitoring system that is the force behind Crystal Lagoons, now patented in approximately 160 countries.
Crystal Lagoons calls their product the world’s top amenity and boast they can “transform any destination into an idyllic beach paradise. Our unique concept and cutting edge technology allows building and maintaining unlimited sized crystal clear lagoons for practicing water sports and recreational activities, surrounded by picturesque sandy white beaches that can even be transformed into a winter wonderland in some locations, allowing year-round use.”
In 2014 Crystal Lagoons partnered with Metro Development Group to bring their lagoons to four planned communities in Hillsborough, Pasco and Lee counties.
One of the communities, Epperson Ranch in Pasco County, will be the first community in the U.S. to feature Crystal Lagoon.
Earlier this year a Crystal Lagoons project was unveiled in St. Johns County, near Jacksonville. Twin Creeks developer John Kinsey is contracting with Crystal Lagoons to build a 14-acre lagoon in a 3,000 home development.
Also, the City of Rowlett, Texas, just outside of Dallas, announced this past April that Crystal Lagoon would be a main focal point of a major development set to open in the next several years.
The project in Rowlett will be approximately 8 acres and hold 42 million gallons of water. The lagoon will be surrounded by a resort and marina, two condominium towers, luxury apartments, single-family homes and more than 1 million square feet of mixed-use retail, entertainment, and restaurant and office space.
Could Tallahassee be next? Stay tuned.
You can read more about Crystal Lagoons here.