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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

East Orange County residents protest two housing developments near the the Econlockhatchee River


Jay Zembower remembers a time when he and his friends could ride their horses from Seminole County down the Econlockhatchee River and through the wilderness to Deseret Ranches. White-tailed deer, alligators, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, sandhill cranes and black bears roamed through areas of pine flatlands, oak hammocks and lush foliage. It would be pretty hard to do that now, and as these pockets of wild green diminish, some residents feel local boundaries between rural and urban communities are going down as well. Next week, the Orange County Board of Commissioners will make decisions on the futures of The Grow and Sustany, two properties that combined would put about 4,000 homes on almost 2,000 acres in an environmentally sensitive area …
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