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Lakewood Ranch Weathers Economic Storms

Lakewood Ranch

This story originally published on Nov. 19, 2019

This week on Florida Matters, we take a look into the development of Lakewood Ranch. 

We learn how a parcel of land the roughly the size of Manhattan turned into a new community just off Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Host Robin Sussingham has a one-on-one conversation with Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder -Manatee Ranch. 

RELATED: Decades-Long Brain Health Study To Be Housed At Lakewood Ranch

Jensen discusses the patience, planning and strategy it took to develop and finance the top-ranked multi-generational community in the nation, according to one study

"If you want look at the success in Lakewood Ranch, that lies in how it has been financed.  We have weathered a lot of economic storms over the 2 1/2 decades" Jensen said.

Listen to the show on WUSF 89.7 Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.  It's also on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 on Mondays at 10 p.m.

Christy Oshana is the Producer for Florida Matters, WUSF Public Media’s public affairs show.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.