WESLEY CHAPEL — Construction is expected to begin next month on a Crystal Lagoon, an enormous swimming pool that will stretch the length of five football fields and hold 16 million gallons of water.
The lagoon — the first of its kind in the United States — will be a major amenity in a $100 million luxury home development in Wesley Chapel, an area popping with new growth.
The lagoon has been in the planning stages for more than a year. Metro Development Group, which is building the 1,500-home development called Epperson as part of the Connected City project, has secured most of the permits it needs.
Metro officials say they haven't yet determined where they will get the water to fill the lagoon, but Pasco County engineers don't expect it will have much effect on the local water system.
"Even though you see this big body of water it's peanuts compared to what would be used compared to golf courses or other comparable amenities," said Uri Man, Crystal Lagoon U.S. Corporation chief executive. "Our lagoons have a tiny carbon footprint if you compare it to pretty much anything else that you might consider." Click here to continue reading.