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Desperate in Davenport
March 29th, 2016 12:38 PM

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A recent article in the Lakeland Ledger stated that residents of Haines City “are hungry for restaurants in this vicinity.”  Not fast food chains, but actual sit-down restaurants like those in Clermont, Kissimmee, Winter Haven and all other cities and towns surrounding the Four Corners area.  Well, Davenport is also desperate for those restaurants and retail shops that were proposed more than 13 years ago.

The Polk County Planning Council originally gave the green light to the Victor Posner City Center in 2003, when there were grand plans for not only an upscale shopping plaza, but restaurants, hotels, condos, residential homes, time shares and an outdoor amphitheater.  Construction did begin with several major retail chains, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, JC Penney and Target beginning in 2006 and we are certainly appreciative of many other retail stores there today, not to mention the long-awaited movie theatre that opened last year.  However, residents in this area feel they have been short-changed when it comes to shopping and dining out. 

Construction of both residential and short-term rental homes in Davenport have resumed with a vengeance.  The demographics in this area have definitely changed and the population growth is faster here than ever before.  Many communities are now fully residential, where Four Corners previously was known primarily for short-term rental vacation homes.  Davenport, as well as Haines City, residents are weary of fighting the I-4 traffic and Hwy. 27 construction to get to “restaurant row” on Hwy. 192.  Those restaurants are supported mainly by temporary vacation visitors, and still manage to be successful.  So, why are there no nationally known restaurants in Davenport, where more permanent residents would support them? 

It remains a frustrating mystery, and residents are becoming much less patient in waiting for those amenities promised over a decade ago.  Come on, Polk County.  Davenport is also “hungry” for those restaurants and getting desperate to dine out!

Written by Barbara Doeringer


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