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Exclusive: Construction tees up for $25M Lake Nona golf attraction

It’s official: ’s & Performance District is adding a new golf and entertainment element to the mix.

Franklin, Tenn.-based The Parkes Cos. last week was issued a permit valued at $10 million to begin work on Drive Shack, the new complex at 7675 Lake Nona Blvd., according to city of documents.

The project includes a three-story, 57,000-square-foot driving range entertainment facility that includes a restaurant, lounge, bar, hitting bays and meeting spaces, according to Orange County permitting documents. It will be built on a 15-acre site on the northwest quadrant of State Road 417 and Lake Nona Boulevard, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal. It will be similar to Topgolf, which plans to open an Orlando site on International Drive this fall.

A project manager at The Parkes Cos. wasn’t available for comment and it appears Drive Shack Orlando’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since September, as of the morning of May 22.

However, New York-based Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE: DS) is a new global golf entertainment company as announced last November by New York-based real estate investment trust Newcastle Investment Corp., which is managed by an affiliate of real estate firm Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG).

The Lake Nona site is the parent company’s first Drive Shack location and another one is in the works, Drive Shack CEO and President Sarah Watterson said during the company’s May 5 first-quarter earnings call. Here’s more on what Watterson had to say about the project during that call:

“On the entertainment golf business, we continue to be very excited and make strides in developing our global network of Drive Shack venues. In Orlando, we’re in the midst of constructing our first venue, with the goal being open in first-quarter 2018. We’re also very excited to announce that our second Drive Shack venue will be developed in Richmond, Va. … Our venues feature multiple stories of hitting suites, whether friends, family, coworkers or complete strangers are able to compete in various technologically-enhanced golf games while using TaylorMade clubs. Consumers who are seeking a good time, but maybe not looking to participate in the game, are able to enjoy food and beverage options from one of our many entertainment, restaurant or lounge areas.”

Each Drive Shack site is expected to cost $15 million-$25 million to build, and would generate about $3 million-$6 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a December 2016 investor presentation showed.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous is the project architect; Walter P. Moore is the structural engineer; ME Engineers is handling mechanical, electrical and plumbing; and Howe Engineers is the code engineer.

Meanwhile, Drive Shack in Lake Nona is the next piece of the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, which boasts the now operating $100 million U.S. Tennis Association National Campus; the soon-to-debut $1.4 million USTA Florida headquarters and U.S. Professional Tennis Association complex; and the $20 million Orlando City Soccer Club training facility.

Elsewhere in Lake Nona, global audit giant KPMG LLP is hosting a May 22 groundbreaking on its new $430 million Lake Nona training center and Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC expects big things for the next $300 million phase of its Lake Nona Town Center.

FRESH MARKET STYLE GROCER EARTH FARE IS COMING TO LAKE NONA

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Shopping center development anchored by Earth Fare, Inc., one of the nation’s premiere specialty grocers, located in the heart of the exploding area in southeast Orlando adjacent Lake Nona and Medical City. Positioned at the signalized southwest corner of the six-lanes Narcoossee Road and Tyson Road. Within 2 miles of the site, there are over 20,000 residential units either built, under construction, approved or planned. features some of the most advanced health, science and bio research facilities with companies such as Sanford-Burnham Institute, VA Health, , Florida Hospital, University of Central Florida Medical School and University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Opening second quarter 2018!!

Orlando ranks No. 2 in Forbes’ fastest-growing cities list

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The results are in: Orlando is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country.
According to Forbes, Orlando is No. 2 in the country, just behind Cape Coral, in its ranking of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan cities.

 Every year, Forbes compiles a list of America’s fastest-growing cities in an effort to give a “holistic picture” of places on the upswing.
 The magazine uses data provided by Moody’s Analytics to compare the country’s 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas in measures such as population, employment, wages, economic output and home values, coming up with a ranking of the top 25.

cities dominate the list with nine out of 25, more than any other state. Six of those cities are included in the list’s top 10.
The Cape Coral-Fort Myers area took the top spot, with a population increase of 3.39 percent and a projected growth rate of 3.61 percent for 2017.
The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area ranks No. 2 on the list, but was No. 1 in job growth for 2016 at 4.57 percent. That growth is expected to decrease a bit this year however, with a projected rate of 3.54 percent.
The Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach area, Jacksonville, the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area, and the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area also made the top 10.

Hemisphere Restaurant Now Open at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

A new defining dining experience offers unparalleled views and seasonal chef’s recommended culinary flights

, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following a successful $3 million re-design and soft opening, the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner, serving up neo-contemporary world cuisine alongside unmatched views from the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. The recently re-designed 3,000 square-foot restaurant seats 164 guests and playfully combines the adventure of flight with international flavors.

“Hemisphere was created for travelers and locals in search of an unforgettable dining experience offering fascinating runway views, thoughtful service, and an elevated level of cuisine and cocktails,” said Bruce McDonald, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. “We have embraced our unique location, with unrivaled, panoramic views of one of the most active international airports as the focal point of Hemisphere. Guests satisfy their inner curiosity with air and space travel among an upscale dining atmosphere.”

Hemisphere guests are transported into a world of travel-rich sights, sounds and tastes. The restaurant’s new design features floor-to-ceiling glass walls facing airport runways, inviting guests to gaze at planes etching through the starlit sky and rockets launching into space, McDonald continued.

Food & Beverage

Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients. Dinner highlights include Chef Powell’s signature pork belly with slow pickled blueberries, candied jalapeños and savory sunchoke purée.

Additionally, guests will enjoy a seasonal Chef’s Recommended Flight, a menu of signature dishes that will change with every new season. Avocado toast, kalbi short rib sliders, grilled fennel and apple and pork tamales are available now as part of the featured Chef’s Recommended Flight on the restaurant’s new dinner menu.

“We designed the Hemisphere menu with dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and brought out to the table on a flow throughout the meal,” said Executive Chef Powell. “This way, diners can experience more dishes, rather than sticking to an individual starter and main course.”

The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere, like the Very Long Layover featuring Lillet rosé, mineral water, lemon juice, grapefruit bitters, and lavender simple syrup. Wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe. Wine Flights rotate daily and guests may simply select a direction to travel: Up North and Down South.

Restaurant guests enjoy an easy and grand sense of arrival to Hemisphere with direct access into the Orlando International Airport and the Hyatt Regency hotel valet, followed by a brief elevator ride to the ninth floor and entry into Hemisphere. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests.

Hemisphere offers flexible seating to accommodate groups, as well as, small parties and single diners in its signature setting. Custom wine cuvees and lounge-style seating highlight the center of the restaurant and large custom aviation-inspired murals adorn the walls. The Upper Deck presents a unique setting for private dining and receptions with an eagle-eye view.

Paper Planes: A Local Art Installation

Following a local artist search, Damon Dewitt was hand-selected to craft the signature entryway art installation at the re-designed Hemisphere restaurant. Dewitt’s work, Paper Planes, is physically and metaphorically light and reflective evoking a nostalgic flight experience and embracing the sense of wonder and travel from the early years of commercial aviation. The art installation is showcased in the new entry of Hemisphere and follows the curvature of the signature spiral staircase to the Upper Deck. The handcrafted “paper” airplanes float on 15 rows of vertical, stainless steel wiring for a sleek yet simple display.

Hemisphere is open daily for breakfast from 5:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. on weekends) and for dinner Monday – Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit www.HemisphereRestaurant.com or call (407) 825-1234. Stay social on Instagram: @HemisphereRestaurant and Facebook: /Hemisphere Restaurant COM

 

About Hemisphere

With an active, upbeat environment, Hemisphere restaurant engages guests’ senses with seasonal menus featuring hand-crafted dishes that infuse local ingredients with modern world flavors. The restaurant is open for breakfast daily and dinner Monday – Saturday, with private event space available daily. It is located on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport with convenient access to downtown Orlando, the Interstate 4 business and tourism corridor, as well as the neighboring community. For more information, visit www.HemisphereRestaurant.com.

Lake Nona High School Student Athlete Standout,Anthony Queeley

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Lake Nona High School Wide Receiver, Anthony Queeley

It’s Friday Night. On the walk up, you can smell the hamburgers and hot dogs. You can hear the sounds of the marching band. It is high school football in the Sunshine State. After two last-minute victories this season, the Lake Nona Lions’ football team found itself sitting at 2-0 heading into district play. In the Lions’ second game vs Ocoee, Anthony Queeley led the Nona offensive attack vs. the Knights. Queeley had 12 receptions for 160 receiving yards with 1 touchdown. In just two games, Anthony led the Lions in receiving stats with 18 receptions, 234 yards, and the one TD. Although the LNHS football season is now over and ended with the Lions enjoying their first district championship, we wanted to take a look back and get to know one of the team’s standouts.

ORRA HOUSING MARKET REPORT – NOVEMBER 2016

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Orlando home sales, median price increase along with mortgage rate in November

Orlando home sales experienced a 7 percent year-over-year jump in November, along with a 9 percent increase in median price. The average interest rate paid by an Orlando home buyer is November is 3.82 percent, up from 3.57 percent.

Allyn Maycumber from the Maycumber Team of Keller Williams, points out that buyer demand lifted year-over-year sales despite a dramatic drop in the number of available for purchase that occurred in November.

“The substantial decrease in inventory — nearly 18 percent compared to November 2015 — can be attributed in part to the shifting of “Active With Contract” listings from the “Active Inventory” category to the “Pending” category within our local multiple listing system, a process that took place in November” explains Maycumber. “After adjusting for the elimination of “Active With Contract” homes, the November 2016 inventory is 12.40 percent lower than in November 2015 and more in line with the decreases we have seen this year.”

“The “Active With Contract” status was initiated by the multiple listing system in the spring of 2011 to accommodate the influx of short sales onto the Orlando area ,” continues Lazenby. “Now that short sales account for so little of Orlando area’s inventory, in fact only four percent in November, the status has been removed.”

The transfer of “Active With Contract” homes into “Pending” status also resulted in an increase of 9 percent when comparing the number of pending homes in November to the number of pending homes last month, and an increase of 19 percent in the number of homes flagged as newly under contract.

Median Price

The overall median price (all sales types and all home types combined) for the month of November 2016 is $200,000, a 8.70 percent jump compared to the $184,000 median price in November 2015. The median price is 2.44 percent below the October 2016 median of $205,000.

The Orlando median home price has now experienced year-over-year increases for the past 64 consecutive months; as of November the median price is 73.16 percent higher than it was in July 2011.

The year-to-year median price of normal sales increased 5.00 percent, while the median price for foreclosure sales increased 20.00 percent and short sales decreased 9.38 percent.

The median price of single-family homes rose 10.79 percent when compared to November of last year, and the median price of condos increased 16.00 percent.

Completed Sales

Members of ORRA participated in the sale of 2,481 homes (all home types and all sale types combined) that closed in November 2016, an increase of 6.71 percent compared to November 2015. Sales decreased by 8.15 percent in November when compared to last month.

Sales of normal homes increased 22.94 percent in November 2016, while foreclosures decreased 52.61 percent and short sales decreased 25.00 percent. Sales of single-family homes increased 8.42 percent year over year; condo sales increased 0.36 percent.

Homes of all types spent an average of 66 days on the market before coming under contract in November 2016, and the average home sold for 96.93 percent of its listing price. In November 2015 those numbers were 68 days and 97.00 percent, respectively.

The average interest rate paid by Orlando homebuyers in November was 3.82 percent. Last month, the average interest rate was 3.57 percent, while in November of last year homebuyers paid an average interest rate of 4.01 percent.

Pending Sales

Pending sales – those under contract and awaiting closing – are currently at 5,122. The number of pending sales in November 2016 is 1.18 percent lower than it was in November 2015 and 8.54 percent higher than it was in October 2016.

Normal properties made up 76.94 percent of pending sales in November 2016. Short sales accounted for 13.65 percent, while bank-owned properties accounted for 9.41 percent.

Inventory

The number of existing homes (all types combined) that were available for purchase in November is 17.96 percent below that of November 2015 and now rests at 9,270. Note: When adjusted for the elimination of “Active With Contract” status homes from of the active listings category within the local multiple listing service — a process that began in November — the November 2016 inventory is 12.40 percent lower than in November 2015.

Inventory decreased by 7.53 percent (755 homes in number) compared to last month.

The inventory of normal homes decreased 8.85 percent, while foreclosures decreased 70.47 percent and short sales decreased 51.69 percent.

The inventory of single-family homes is down by 19.12 percent when compared to November of 2015, while condo inventory is down by 14.44 percent. The inventory of duplexes, townhomes, and villas is down by 13.45 percent.

Current inventory combined with the current pace of sales created a 3.74-month supply of homes in Orlando for November. There was a 4.86-month supply in November 2015 and a 3.71-month supply last month.

Affordability

The November affordability index is 160.37, a tiny decrease from October’s 161.08 percent. (An affordability index of 99 percent means that buyers earning the state-reported median income are 1 percent short of the income necessary to purchase a median-priced home. Conversely, an affordability index that is over 100 means that median-income earners make more than is necessary to qualify for a median-priced home.)

Buyers who earn the reported median income of $57,494 can qualify to purchase one of 3,540 homes in Orange and Seminole counties currently listed in the local multiple listing service for $320,737 or less.

First-time homebuyer affordability in November decreased to 114.04 from last month’s 114.55 percent. First-time buyers who earn the reported median income of $39,096 can qualify to purchase one of the 1,593 homes in Orange and Seminole counties currently listed in the local multiple listing service for $193,868 or less.

Condos and Town Homes/Duplexes/Villas

The sales of condos in the Orlando area were up by 0.36, with 281 sales recorded in November 2016 compared to 280 in November 2015.

Orlando homebuyers purchased 229 duplexes, town homes, and villas in November 2016, which is 0.88 percent less than in November 2015.

MSA Numbers

Sales of existing homes within the entire Orlando MSA (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) in November (3,037) were up by 5.23 percent when compared to November of 2015 (2,886). To date, sales in the MSA are down 0.27 percent.

Each individual county’s monthly sales comparisons are as follows:

Lake: 18.89 percent above November 2015;
Orange: 2.88 percent below November 2015;
Osceola: 19.23 percent above November 2015; and
Seminole: 5.77 percent above November 2015.

Sanford Burnham’s shortfall

dry cleaners, day cares, and real estate offices are among businesses that would have benefited from a $4.8 million economic boost if Sanford Burnham had met job goals, according to a new analysis.

Lured to Orlando a decade ago with more than $350 million in incentives, the California-based medical-research institute fell short of its goal to create 303 relatively high-paying jobs. The institute’s shortfall of 64 relatively high-paying jobs takes a multi-million-dollar toll on the local economy annually, according to regional economic analysis by economist Sean Snaith, of the University of Central Florida.

Much of that is money that would have flowed through businesses in the burgeoning area.

“The impact here is on the household sector,” said Snaith, who sees incentives as worthwhile in some cases. “The employees who weren’t hired don’t spend on consumer goods, retail, restaurants, day care, doctors, transportation and mortgages.”

The state has demanded $77 million — half of its $150 million contribution to the incentives package — back from Sanford Burnham. But institute officials have said they owe nothing because their agreement only required attempting to create 303 jobs.

Orlando businesses aren’t alone in missing out on new customers, orders and commerce lost when incentivized companies fail to deliver on promised jobs. Eight research companies won $444 million in state innovation incentives from 2006-2008 — three times more than incentives awarded to 440 companies with Florida operations. The eight heavyweights of incentives are in Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Only one met or exceeded job goals, according to data from the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

“They all fail and it’s at a cost to the taxpayers,” said new House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who has vowed his chamber will fund no incentives. “It’s the taxpayers’ money and it could easily be going to something that would have a terrific effect on our state, such as world-class education.”

State officials say Gov. Rick Scott has reformed the incentive process by requiring companies to meet job goals and other measures before they get any payments.

Even without Sanford Burnham hitting full stride, Lake Nona is among Orlando’s fastest-selling developments. Where cow pastures had been just a decade ago, Lake Nona now claims a VA Hospital, the University of Central Florida Medical Center, the University of Florida Research Center and Nemours Children’s Hospital. Most had been discussed for various Central Florida locations before Sanford Burnham located in Lake Nona.

In the corner offices of a stone-trimmed shopping center near the entrance to Lake Nona, Keller Williams broker Allyn Maycumber speaks with a walk-in customer about Lake Nona’s vibrance and strong schools. But the broker is so busy he cuts the conversation short to leave for a client meeting.

Maycumber said the unfilled jobs at Sanford Burnham are still important because Lake Nona home prices, combined with Orlando taxes, community development fees and homeowner association fees put purchases out of reach for many buyers. Higher-paying jobs from Sanford Burnham would have brought in more buyers who could afford to purchase there, she added.

“I think it’s important to have that anchor [Sanford Burnham] because the houses are so expensive,” said Maycumber. “Prices are steadily going up to where it’s almost out-priced the first-time buyers. You have young people who have been priced out of the market here.”

In June, Sanford Burnham reported that salaries for its Orlando operations averaged about $64,000. Even though that surpassed Metro Orlando’s most recent median of salary of $51,077, the institute’s average paycheck is still not enough to afford a typical house in the Lake Nona postal zone, mortgage calculators show. Average October sale prices there averaged $375,000, far exceeding the Orange County average of $264,000 for that month, according to the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.

Housing would have been one of the biggest local beneficiaries if Sanford Burnham had succeeded with its jobs mission, said Owen Beitsch, senior director of economic and real estate advisory services for Community Solutions Group. But many types of also would have benefited, he said.

“When money has been misallocated, it leads to benefits not realized,” said Beitsch, who also teaches economics at UCF. The “opportunity cost” of jobs not realized “begs the question of how closely we make these evaluations initially, he said.

Situated on a Lake Nona street named for Nobel Laureate Frederick Sanger, Sanford Burnham is credited with forming the Translational Research Institute with Florida Hospital. It also helped cultivate a spin-off company, micro-gRx, which develops a “lab on a chip” for scientists to study live human cells in space.

In response to the state’s demands, the institute’s attorney wrote last week that Sanford Burnham had worked “very, very hard over the years” to live up to its agreement with Florida. And even though the institute worked for months to transfer its Orlando operations to the University of Florida, the letter stated it does not intend to cease operations in Florida in the coming months.

Snaith used modeling used by other universities and government agencies, with Sanford Burnham salaries and job numbers. He said incentives sometimes get compared to the parable of a farmer scattering seed and only some of it germinating while the rest goes to waste.

“I don’t think this is a seed that got trampled,” he said. “I just don’t think it bore as much harvest as expected.’

 

Mortgage rates keep rising after Trump’s election win

Mortgage Rate Trend Index

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nov. 28, 2016 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to surge last week in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election win.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan shot up to 4.03 percent, the highest since July 2015 and up from 3.94 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year home loans climbed to 3.25 percent, up from 3.14 percent last week and highest since January.

Long-term U.S. interest rates have climbed since Trump was elected Nov. 8. That is largely because bond investors believe the president-elect’s plan to cut taxes and spend massively on roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure could ignite inflation. When they foresee rising inflation, investors demand higher long-term rates and pay lower prices for bonds.

The yield on 10-year Treasury notes has risen from 1.87 percent on Election Day to 2.38 percent Wednesday.screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-8-20-36-am

The expectations of economic stimulus from tax cuts and higher infrastructure spending that are driving up interest rates have also pushed stocks higher. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 19,000 for the first time.

Still, rising mortgage rates pose a threat to the housing market. Low mortgage rates have helped fuel a rally in home sales. The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million – strongest pace since February 2007.

That’s also helped lift home prices. The median price of a previously occupied U.S. home has risen 6 percent over the past year to $232,200.

Higher mortgage rates, along with rising house prices, could eventually reduce demand for housing.

Typically, as mortgage rates rise, buyers feel more of an urgency to purchase a home before rates rise further. That can lead to a short-term spike in sales. But if rates continue to climb, many buyers, particularly those living in pricier coastal markets, could find it tough to qualify for a loan.

“Certainly there are households on the margin where the difference between 3.5 and 4 percent is the difference between qualifying for a loan and not qualifying for a loan,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at housing data provider Trulia.

Mortgage rates will likely keep rising until there’s some more understanding of where the economy and housing policy are headed, McLaughlin said. But he doesn’t expect U.S. home sales to weaken dramatically unless rates rise to 5 percent.

The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that fewer Americans bought new homes in October, though they are still 12.7 percent higher than they were a year ago. A tight supply of new homes has limited sales.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week.

The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year loans stayed at 0.5 point.

Rates on adjustable five-year loans climbed to 3.12 percent this week from 3.07 percent. The fee was unchanged at 0.4 point

Bulldogs can clinch playoff berth by beating Lake Nona

screen-shot-2014-11-17-at-8-12-17-amBulldogs can clinch playoff berth by beating

St. Cloud and Liberty put on quite a show Saturday in an explosive offensive show that matched two of the county’s best running backs in the Bulldogs’ Charles Robinson and the Liberty’s Markenzy Pierre.
Together, Pierre and Robinson rushed for more more than 500 yards and four touchdowns.
But, it was the passing of St. Cloud’s Colt Smith that made the difference as the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-0) remained undefeated in 7A-6 district play with a 41-26 win over Liberty (2-5, 0-3). The victory puts St. Cloud in the district driver’s seat with East River, a 36-35 winner over Lake Nona last week. Both teams are 3-0.

The Bulldogs can clinch a playoff berth Friday at Gannarelli Field when Lake Nona, 5-2 and 2-1, visits at 7:30 p.m. for a district showdown.

East River comes to St. Cloud on Oct. 28. The Bulldogs can win their second consecutive district championship by winning their next two games.

St. Cloud Coach Bryan Smart said that as challenging as facing Lake Nona will be on Friday, he is glad that his team won’t have to face Pierre, the Liberty senior, again.
“To be honest, I will be more than happy to see Markenzy graduate and take his talents to the next level,” he said.

Pierre, who finished with 292 yards on 33 carries, torched the Bulldogs for 208 of those yards in the first half and his 12-yard touchdown run late in the second period pulled the Chargers to within one at the half, 21-20.

Liberty took a lead in the second half when Pierre ripped off a 51-yard run and then scored from 12 yards out one play putting Liberty up, 26-21.
The lead would be short-lived.

After a 30-yard Seth Johnson kickoff return set them up at midfield, Smith needed just four plays to put the Bulldogs back in front as he hit Johnny Fritz on a 30-yard slant for a touchdown and a 28-26 advantage.

St. Cloud’s defense came up with a pair of stops before Jaylen Mallard and Robinson put the game away with a pair of long touchdowns covering 43 and 65 yards respectively.
Robinson almost matched Pierre’s totals in the game, toting the rock 27 times for 254 yards.
“We’re certainly happy to win the game and stay unbeaten in districts, but it’s never easy playing these guys,” Smart added.  “You are always going to be in for a fight against Liberty.”
Smart said that the Bulldogs can make their season over the next two weeks.

“We are 5-1 and very happy about that, but it all comes down to Friday night at home against a great Lake Nona team,” he said. “We need a great week of preparation for these guys. They are well coached and can score in a hurry. This is a great challenge for us, and we will be ready.”
The Lions have one of the top quarterbacks in Central Florida in senior 6-2, 228-pounder Michael McFarlane He has thrown for 1,482 yards and nine TDs and rushed for 744 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Bulldogs quarterback Colt Smith ranks among Central Florida leaders with 1,538 yards passing and 12 touchdowns. The Bulldogs boast three of the county’s top four receivers in Seth Johnson (36-662, 3 TDs), Johnny Fritz (16-349, 4 TDs) and Brandon Taylor (18-312, 3 TDs). Robinson has rushed for 798 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Welcome to Village Walk Lake Nona

A Pulte Homes family brand, DiVosta Homes has been constructing award-winning communities throughout Florida since 1960 and has been consistently ranked highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power & Associates.

DiVosta is best known for its “Walk” community concept – a unique neighborhood design where almost every home includes a lake view, and residents have easy access to the community’s Town Center via pedestrian bridges and “village walks.” The Town Center serves as a social gathering place and offers many unique conveniences and amenities. An onsite activities director helps to coordinate resident-driven programs and events.

virtual-tour-220601-03-1474443383 homes are beautifully landscaped and situated on home-sites facing lushly landscaped streets and include high standard specifications levels. Our experienced sales and customer relations personnel expertly guide the homebuyer through every phase. These high standards, construction, service, and neighborhood design make DiVosta “Walk” communities one of the most prestigious and sought-after places to live.

Move-in ready, this home has a new fence and custom painting done for you! Enjoy entertaining in the spacious, open-plan, four-bedroom,
two-and-a-half-bath, two-story home with 3008 square feet. Enjoy a glass of wine while watching beautiful sunsets overlooking the water.

virtual-tour-220601-06-1474443385This kitchen has dark 42-inch cabinets, subway tile back splash, under- and over-cabinet lighting and beautiful granite counter tops. With
stylish gray walls and large porcelain tile throughout the lower level, this home has a modern feel. The generous master bedroom is on the
first floor and has a large walk-in with custom closet system. Convenience is everywhere you look, with a home office area, mudroom and
laundry right off the expansive kitchen and great room. Upstairs there are three more bedrooms and a loft big enough for several uses at
once. The tile roof, brick paver drive, walks and patio add to the luxury feel of this Cypress model. Meander through this unique guard-gated
neighborhood full of waterways. Meet with friends at the 26,000-square-foot town center, where you have access to the clubhouse featuring
gathering and multipurpose space and a catering kitchen. The mail room, covered lanais, state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style
swimming pool, lap pool, six clay tennis courts, basketball court, full-time community activity director, tot lot and more all add to the value of
your new home

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