Frostproof struggles with growing or disappearing

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There is no Wal-Mart or Publix here. No Chili's or Burger King. No mega subdivisions of cookie-cutter homes.

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Pooh-Bah

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Oct 1, 2007
 
It's too late to worry about it.
comedian

Apopka, FL

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Oct 1, 2007
 
Don't worry, growth has nowhere else to go, it'll eventually reach Frostproof.
florida native

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#3
Oct 1, 2007
 
thanks to our free trade which is putting citrus growers out of business because other countries keep under cutting us. our family farm is just breaking even, another slice of old florida disappearing rapidly. more weakening of america on the global front and over-developement will take it's toll on the natural resources of Florida.
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Oct 1, 2007
 
To all the people that hate growth so much, how long have you lived here? Aren't you part of the growth problem? I've lived in Florida for 25 years does that give me the right to tell everyone whose moved here in that 25 years to get the heck out of the state?
florida native

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Oct 1, 2007
 
born and raised in central florida, 4th generation floridian, take your growth back north with you
huff

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Oct 1, 2007
 
does any one know if that the same ben hill griffin that florida field is name after?
George

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Oct 1, 2007
 

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Frostproof seems like one of those places when they have their Christmas parade they get both police cars started and running at the same time and in the window of the gourmet food shop, they feature a jar of "Cheez-Whiz".
Marsalis

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Oct 1, 2007
 
huff wrote:
does any one know if that the same ben hill griffin that florida field is name after?
Kind of. Ben Hill Griffin III is the son of the man the stadium is named after. It's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field. Hill is Ben Hill Griffin IV.
Southwest Orange

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Oct 1, 2007
 
huff wrote:
does any one know if that the same ben hill griffin that florida field is name after?
That would be correct.
Annoyed

Decatur, GA

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Oct 1, 2007
 
What a boring and useless story...who cares about Frostproof. The 10 or 20 people who live there??

Since: Jul 07

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Oct 1, 2007
 
So, the wealthy and prominent family who has the most and really doesn't have anything to sweat tells all the folks who are losing their lively hoods not to worry, because 60 years ago this happened, and they survived just fine...except that half the town was lost, and the world doesn't work the same way it did 60 years ago. Nice to live in a protected world and see it through rose-colored glasses. Mind if we borrow those in the bread line? then maybe things wont' seem so bad. growth is inevitable, unless you actually fight against it. How you grow is what defines you as a town, and community. there is such a thing as "smart growth " and if you have the right-minded leaders, then it is possible to look forward to a future, instead of sitting in your porch rockers watching all your neighbors move away or die off.
If you have no businesses, you have no families, no families, is no schools, or groceries, or hospitals, etc, etc... town death sneaks up on you before you know what happened.
Good Luck, FrostProof
Troof

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Oct 1, 2007
 
Bye bye, Frostproof. Bye bye. BYE BYYYYYYYYYE!
Wow

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Oct 1, 2007
 
Annoyed wrote:
What a boring and useless story...who cares about Frostproof. The 10 or 20 people who live there??
That's an unkind thing to say. We natives and longtime central Floridians care about an old way of life that is disappearing. I miss driving down 27 and seeing nothing but groves. I realize you're probably from Ohio and couldn't care less about the way things were before your Super Walmart was built here for you, but how about thinking of someone other than yourself?
Troof

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Oct 1, 2007
 
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That's an unkind thing to say. We natives and longtime central Floridians care about an old way of life that is disappearing. I miss driving down 27 and seeing nothing but groves. I realize you're probably from Ohio and couldn't care less about the way things were before your Super Walmart was built here for you, but how about thinking of someone other than yourself?
Times change. Adapt or die.
FED UP

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Oct 1, 2007
 
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Times change. Adapt or die.
Yes, the Northern Plague stops for no one!
Sick of the North

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trip wrote:
So, the wealthy and prominent family who has the most and really doesn't have anything to sweat tells all the folks who are losing their lively hoods not to worry, because 60 years ago this happened, and they survived just fine...except that half the town was lost, and the world doesn't work the same way it did 60 years ago. Nice to live in a protected world and see it through rose-colored glasses. Mind if we borrow those in the bread line? then maybe things wont' seem so bad. growth is inevitable, unless you actually fight against it. How you grow is what defines you as a town, and community. there is such a thing as "smart growth " and if you have the right-minded leaders, then it is possible to look forward to a future, instead of sitting in your porch rockers watching all your neighbors move away or die off.
If you have no businesses, you have no families, no families, is no schools, or groceries, or hospitals, etc, etc... town death sneaks up on you before you know what happened.
Good Luck, FrostProof
If you have a problem with the belssings God has given them maybe you should look back at the past generations of your family and shun them for not sticking their necks on the line in a business as volitile as agriculture. The Griffin like many large ag families in Florida have had to endure hardships just as everyone else. Dont blame them for being blessed!

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Oct 1, 2007
 
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To all the people that hate growth so much, how long have you lived here? Aren't you part of the growth problem? I've lived in Florida for 25 years does that give me the right to tell everyone whose moved here in that 25 years to get the heck out of the state?
Fifth generation Floridian here. Take you growth back up North.

Biff ? My neighbor has a dog named Biff.
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FED UP wrote:
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Yes, the Northern Plague stops for no one!
The North stomped all over your Confederate butts the last time you all refused to adapt to change and evolve into a more sophisticated society. Some of the ideas posted by locals seem to indicate that not only would you prefer the North to go away, but you would just as soon turn back the clock to a time where slavery existed. Change is inevitable- if you resist it, you will fade away, just like this town.
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#25
Oct 1, 2007
 
Lake Letta disappeared. Why not Frostproof?
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#26
Oct 1, 2007
 
Wow I've forgotten how much I miss Old Florida. Growing up here was great. We knew all of our neighbors, we walked to school with no worries and going to UF, FSU and Miami football games since I was old enough to walk (I'm a UCF grad and fan now!)Someone said who cares well I do but change is going to happen but we will never forget the old days. Thanks to the Sentinel for bringing me back to those days!!

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