Lake Apopka North Shore
Eco-Tourism Strategic Action Plan

We have attached the Final Draft of the Action Plan in our Document Resources in our Resource Center tab. This project began in January 2013, when the City of Apopka presented two graphic plans of eco-tourism ideas for the Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area. The focus was placed on a conceptual development plan for the 625+ acres of land along Jones Road that St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) proposed as surplus. The plans were prepared for the Regional Summit on Land Issues Facing Lake Apopka, hosted by Lake and Orange County Commissioners on February 8, 2013.

The City of Apopka was awarded a Technical Assistance Grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) to conduct planning activities which evaluate the merits of eco-tourism planning for the Lake Apopka area. Green Mountain Scenic Byway is a stakeholder and attended the two planning meetings (January 27 and February 10, 2014.) The final draft of the plan will be presented to the City of Apopka on Wednesday, June 4th, at 1:30pm. We are fully committed to economic development through sustainable eco-tourism. We are not in agreement with the Conceptual Eco-Village plan. In fact, we are skeptical about the motives behind commercial development of this property.