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Cory Lake expansion finally adds a pool

NEW TAMPA — With acres of lakeside homes and amenities, the upscale Cory Lake Isles subdivision is touted as an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts.

Initially configured for 800 lots, plans now call for Cory Lake Isles to have nearly 1,000 residences surrounding a 165-acre manmade lake complete with trucked-in sand on a waterfront beach.

Yet after 21 years of existence, the water-themed enclave never has had a community swimming pool, a familiar amenity in many developments catering to families and empty-nesters who enjoy spending time in the water.

That is about to change. Construction workers recently broke ground on a 5,000-square-foot, resort-style swimming pool with cabana adjacent to the lake and the community clubhouse on Cory Lake Drive.

The community will spend an estimated $1.4 million to build the pool and a water slide. The pool will have curved walls and hold up to 130,650 gallons of water.

“It will be more of a fun pool than a competitive (swimming) pool,” said Jim Harvey, president of Kolter Land Partners.

Kolter is a land acquisition and development company with corporate offices on Hidden River Parkway near Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75. Company officials will oversee the pool project.

The community pool aims to boost amenities for Cory Lake Isles’ newest neighborhood, Capri Isle at Cory Lakes. Kolter hired Ryan Homes to build 115 smaller, more affordable one- and two-story houses on small lots north of Cory Lake Boulevard near the Morris Bridge Road gate house. Houses are priced from the high $100s to high $200s, the Capri Isle website shows.

To win community support for the less costly homes, Kolter promised to enhance amenities in the community, which already has walking trails, a multipurpose field, community clubhouse, fitness center, roller hockey rink, canoeing and boat docks, and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

Work is underway after community leaders spent months discussing where to build the pool and who should oversee the project.

Cornerstone Solutions Group of Dade City is the builder, and completion is scheduled for early June, said Cornerstone project manager J. Cripe.

“Residents will be swimming in the pool this summer,” Harvey said. “It will create a festive atmosphere out there.

“It’s hard to believe Cory Lake Isles hasn’t had a (community) pool before.”

Cyril Spiro, a community leader, said the next big focus will be finding a new home for a playground displaced by the pool.

“I’m glad we are getting a pool for those who want one,” Spiro said. “But I’m disappointed we didn’t do the research for the ones who weren’t pleased with the pool location.”

In the 1980s developer Gene Thomason, a Cory Lake Isles resident, began excavating 600 acres of farmland west of Morris Bridge Road to create the largest lake in Tampa. It has five “islands” and 10 miles of shoreline.

By 1993, he had created a tropical-style community with spacious homes on brick streets, a wide collection of Canary Island date palms, and 17,000 acres of forest and wildlife preserve areas.

Lush landscaping along the entrance way and trails, as well as spots for anglers, canoeists and skiers on the manmade lake, appeal to nature lovers. But there are alligators and snakes, too.

“I haven’t seen too many people swimming in the lake,” Harvey said.

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