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Then and Now: Lutz’s Lake Devon Estates, 1987 and 2013

By 1987, this former citrus grove on Lutz Lake Fern Road just west of U.S. 41 was just one more victim of tough winters. Loch Devon Estates, the community advertised in the January 1987 photo, was developed in the early 1990s, and is today, a deed-restricted community of two dozen homes on half-acre lots. The market value of individual homes, some with direct access to 7-acre Lake Lutz, ranges from about $160,000 to $343,000, according to Hillsborough County Property Appraiser data. The Tampa Tribune file photo was taken to illustrate a story about the proliferation of “for sale” signs and other indications citrus growers were throwing in the towel. A 1985 freeze more severe than two earlier ones in the 1980s, struck Jan. 20-22. The effects were so severe because growers had yet to recover from the 1983 freeze, according to Florida Citrus Mutual’s timeline of the Sunshine State’s major freezes. Combined effects of the freezes of 1983 and 1985 added up to an “impact freeze situation,” the agency said.

George Wilkens

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