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AUG 2014

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August 2014 35 station and laboratory in Eustis, which studied plant diseases and later pioneered research in the hybridization of citrus. In addition to the fruit and vegetables grown by local farmers, the town's economy included tourism. Hotels (the largest being the Ocklawaha Hotel), boating, parks, and clubs attracted visitors during the temperate winter months. Seeing an opportunity to serve the tourist market, Frank Waterman of the Waterman Fountain Pen Company built the Fountain Inn, a first-rate hotel in downtown Eustis. The hotel opened in 1923 and operated until 1936, when the impact of the Great Depression forced the establishment to shut its doors. In 1937, Mr. Waterman turned the hotel over to a group of local doctors for use as a hospital, which became known as the Waterman Memorial Hospital in honor of its benefactor. Florida Hospital Waterman, as it is called today, operated in the heart of downtown Eustis for more than 65 years before relocating in 2004 to its current location on U.S. Hwy. 441. Design And Implementation The city of Eustis was revitalized for the 21st century with the addition of a new downtown streetscape. The city began with a citizen-driven master plan for the downtown district. This plan extended to the limits of the city boundaries and provided a platform for addressing emerging redevelopment opportunities, ensuring that the community would be served with a vibrant urban center that is walkable, safe and viable for thriving businesses. Top Nutall oak trees were installed along the street, and Asiatic jasmine was used as the groundcover in the tree planters. New shops and restaurants have filled empty storefronts in downtown as a result of the new streetscapes. New infill development has moved in, providing housing, shopping and employment, improving the modern atmosphere downtown. Bottom Plantings of dwarf yaupon holly and agapanthus, flush corner ramps at street intersections, decorative bollards and historic architecture enrich the downtown's aesthetic. About 32,000 square feet of new paving was placed for sidewalks and brick furnishings, where visitors can find a bench and relax in the shade of a live oak.

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