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Wesley Chapel's Crystal Lagoon officially opens

Posted at 6:27 PM, Dec 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-08 18:33:14-05

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — The 7.5-acre crystal-clear lagoon in Wesley Chapel is finally open to residents. 

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The project was shut down by Pasco County in May after fire inspectors discovered nearly 20 buildings on the site were built without county building permits. 

But now, after a long wait, residents can enjoy the lagoon — the first of its kind in the country. 

"It beautiful, it's definitely the reason why we came here," resident Sara Watlington said. 

The lagoon features a cabana area, a beach section and a swim up bar. 

"You just take the golf car from the house, come here and we're literally in paradise," Watlington said. Her daughter woke up early Saturday just to be the first in the lagoon.