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A Daughter's memories, A Sweet Surprise

A check for $100,000 puts the juice back into the Citrus museum.

Towards the end of the 19th century, newly arrived settlers in Central Florida discovered that the fertile region running alongside the Indian River Lagoon was ideally suited to the growing of oranges and grapefruit. Commercial cultivation began on a large scale, and for the next half-century "Indian River" would be synonymous with some of the world's most delicious fruit. This began to change after World War II, when Florida's growing popularity as a tourist and retirement destination transformed Indian River from a minuscule county of 25,000 to its current population of nearly 140,000. With the widespread development of the past 50 years, many of the groves that were once a scenic part of the Vero Beach lifestyle have become the sites of new housing and shopping developments. 

Read the entire article in the January 2009 issue