National Geographic : 1973 Apr
Port LaBelle-a totally planned community is emerging in the heartland of Florida. Here you'll discover a land that's truly unspoiled. A green land of fresh air, clear skies and clean water. Port LaBelle's natural environment gave our master community builders a beautiful head start. Here the land gives root to tall oak trees and flowering plants. Clean lakes and streams abound with fish. Year 'round temperatures average in the sunny mid 70's. So people who love the great outdoors can fish, boat, swim, hike, horseback ride, camp or picnic whenever they want. And that's how General Development plans to keep it here in Fresh Start Country. Excellent highways-and even a trans Florida waterway to the Atlantic and the Gulf - l ink Port LaBelle to all the sites and cities of the Sunshine State. Port LaBelle's just 30 miles east of Fort Myers. 117 miles northwest of Miami's Gold Coast. 91 miles west of Palm Beach. Only 120 miles south of fabulous new Disney World. The great Caloosahatchee River, which forms part of Florida's only cross-state waterway, borders Port LaBelle. Pleasure boats can cruise 30 miles east to the second largest freshwater lake wholly within the United States-Lake Okeechobee. Or, they can make way for the nautical fun of two oceans. Maybe your own boat will take you on these scenic voyages someday. Our Neighborhood Concept General Development believes in the "neighborhood concept." Homesites and homes will develop as neighborhoods. Each will have shopping facilities and an elementary school within easy walking distance. And the neighborhoods will cluster around the core of the community's impressive shopping center,with major stores, offices, repair services and restaurants. A Complete Leisure Community As a complete community, few places will match all that Port LaBelle offers. An 18-hole championship golf course-the ninth course we've built-is now being constructed for completion in 1973. Chick Harbert, former PGA champion and member of Golf's Hall of Fame, designed it. A marina on the river's shore will be ready in 1974 to take boats as big as oceangoing yachts. Also in 1974, we'll have the community tennis courts, swimming pool and clubhouse completed. And as the needs of the community increase with the population, medical facilities, schools, houses of worship and more will be built. Large Homesites plus All Utilities Every Port LaBelle homesite will include paved streets, sanitary sewers and community water. We'll put all utilities underground, leaving clear views of greenbelts and waterways. To allow lots of room for growing greenery, homesites are at least 10,000 sq. ft. Available in over 70 designs, there will be a Florida home for every buyer. With up to four bedrooms, they'll offer enough space for families of all sizes. Yet even a retiree can afford one of these luxurious homes. Central air conditioning is a standard. And private pools and patios are available. Entire families can soon enjoy Port LaBelle's new way of life. Pleasantly. Privately. Affordably. For you and your family, Port LaBelle could be the discovery of a lifetime. Lighted court at Port Charlotte. Riding at Port LaBelle. In the swim at rort Mvalanar. leelne on at rort mt. Lucle.