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Ground Broken For Lake Byrd Shores

Highlands Today
Sunday, December 17, 2006

AVON PARK – David Tworoger certainly has a vested interest in the development on Lake Byrd.

Tworoger, the lead investor for Lake Byrd Shores, lives next door to the lakefront community. Ground was broken for the project Friday.

Tucked off of U.S. 27 in Avon Park, Lake Byrd Shores consists of 31 lots – lakefront and lake access – that ranged in the price from $79.000 to almost $300.000 and will be home to a neighborhood of deed-restricted, single family homes.

“Anytime we can add upscale residential development to our community, we look forward to it” said David Greensdale, executive director of the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce. “This will be a great asset to Avon Park.”

“Our main goal was to preserve the integrity of the neighborhood and to give our buyers the kind of life most people just dream about.” said Tworoger, the project’s lead investor. “I have grown up on this lake, and its history and beauty is close to my heart. We kept all of that in mind as we developed this concept.”

The project will include city water, city sanitary sewer, underground utilities for hurricane preparedness and more than $200.000 in landscaping and irrigation.

Tworoger’s history is intertwined with that of the lake. As a Florida native, he and his family spent many weekends throughout the year at the Church Camp and at their home on the lake next to where he is now building the community. His father, Tom Tworoger, first discovered Lake Byrd when he attended church camp at the Florida United Church of Christ Conference Center, of Lake Byrd Lodge, in 1959.

He later became a counselor at this camp and loved it so much that when he found his next big love –wife Leslie- he took her to the lodge for their wedding ceremony in 1971. More than 25 years ago, he realized his childhood dream of having a home on the lake when the Tworogers bought their house on Lake Byrd Boulevard.

Built in 1919 by the Pittsburg Real Estate Company, the camp Lodge was a replica of the eight-story log cabin at Yellowstone National Park and was used during World War II to train pilots. At the end of the war, the Florida Congressional Christian Conference bought the property as retreat for its parishioners.