GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - In Golden Gate Estates, you're used to driving long distances for recreation. But if you're not paying attention, you might just drive past some place special. Just off Oil Well Road, next to Palmetto Ridge High School is a quiet fishing hole, now open to the public.
"There isn't a better bass fishing lake in south Florida," said County Commission Jim Coletta, who helped make Big Corkscrew Island Regional Lake Park a reality, "now keep it a secret, we don't want word to get out."
Too late Jim. Annette Kniola and three of her kids were the first ever guests at the park. She has anxiously waited for Saturday morning for several years.
"I have to plan to keep (the kids) busy during the summer. And it's mostly in town. Whether its Sun and Fun, the beach, the movies, it pretty much entails going into town every time," said Kniola.
"There's no park, so having this is a huge opportunity for us."
All thanks to a donation to the county seven years ago. The 90-Acre lake is pristine for canoe fishing.
The reason it took seven years to get to this day is because the lake is landlocked. The county had to come up with temporary parking off Oil Well Road.
The next phase is a parking area and boat launch near the county fairgrounds. That's expected to be completed by the end of next year. County officials also hope to add a developed park in a 132-Acre area.