|Village of Progresso|
|Lunchtime on the Lagoon - Huck and Tom?|
|A Park by the Lagoon|
About 1 mile north of the village is the entrance to Progresso Heights: www.progressoheights.com. An open gated entrance greeted us along with a copy of the recent HOA agenda (much time was assigned to delinquent HOA fees). We drove down the little-traveled road, through what appeared to be an old orchard, as we followed the signs to the community center and visitor information.
As we approached the community center we noticed the grounds were somewhat maintained--areas were mowed and others still had long grasses growing, the roadway itself was overgrown with grasses and at spots difficult to see where the road was, the maintenance area looked underutilized and there were at least 2 homesites that appeared abandoned mid-construction. The community center itself was shabby--the paint was faded, the landscaping was overgrown, and the pool was empty! Remember, this visit took place in January---the peak of the tourist and snow bird season. There was no one on the premises. Posted on the door was the maintenance crew schedule: 6 workers assigned to work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday--the rest of the week's schedule was blank--today was Thursday.
|Main Entrance Road|
|Following the signs to Visitors Center|
|Still following signs|
|Empty Community Pool|
Homesites....mostly in fields, some on the lagoon waterfront. There were a handful of constructed homes that were currently occupied--I say this because there were satellite dishes and vehicles at some of the homes. We are unsure how may sites are sold or for sale. We saw one couple walking, stopped to talk to them and discovered they were snow birds-only there for a few weeks and were waiting for family to arrive soon.
|View from Community Center to Lagoon|
|Vacant home next to Community Center|
|Maintenance Building/Orchard trees|
On to Progresso Shores, a little bit farther down the main ferry road, on the other side of the village of Progresso. This community is marketed a lot on the internet. The sign on the roadside points the way. We drove back to an area, adjacent to a cane field, and barricaded by a rock wall with gated entry points for each of the lots. One gate was open, a sign indicating Progresso Shores and another sign asking to ring the buzzer...we ignored the buzzer and drove on in. We passed 2 rock casitas enroute to a circular driveway in front of a home. Deciding we were trespassing, we made the turnaround and left. We drove along the entry rock barricade wall and quickly came to a dead end. As we turned around, we were greeted at the open gate by the owner/developer of Progresso Shores. He indicated there were 2 homesites already constructed and several more 2 acre estates for sale. We were invited to check out the website: www.progressoshores.com.
|Roadside Sign to Progresso Shores|
|Open Gated Entry to Developer's property|
|Driveway into Developer's Property|