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Thirty five years ago, in Lake Jackson, Texas, a cute little red-capped beaver signaled the opening of a convenience store by Arch “Beaver” Aplin III and Don Wasek. Their humble enterprise has morphed into a Texas chain of 32 impressive, if not gargantuan, retail stores – featuring fuel, coffee, beverages, beef jerky, snacks, car washes, prepared foods and specialty gifts along with the “best restrooms” in America. Their #1 best-selling item is their proprietary caramel and butter-glazed corn puffs known as “Beaver Nuggets”. Beef jerky products are often a close second (Texas, remember).
Today, Buc-ee’s is breaking out of Texas for the first time and has its sights set on the I-95 Exit #323 at the International Golf Parkway entrance to the greater World Golf Village communities.

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For John and Dianna Singleton, love and family have deep roots right here in World Golf Village. In fact, after relocating from St. Augustine to Nashville, Tennessee nearly 600 miles away, the couple was eager to return to World Golf Village, which they were able to do recently.

John and Dianna’s love story has been nothing short of storybook material. The couple met through work seven years ago and in February 2012 John popped the question to Dianna – with a bang.

“He proposed in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World during the fireworks show,” smiles Dianna. In April 2013, the couple held their nuptials in a waterfront ceremony at the historic Castillo de San Marcos.

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If you haven’t already heard, Davidson Cares’ 5K & Kid’s Fun Run is taking over The Village on Saturday, February 8th! Get ready for an awesome day of family fun, delicious food, kid’s games and more all to support Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. A big thank you to Title Sponsor Mile Marker Brewing, who will be dishing out delicious brews after the race!

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Jan
 
14
 

When Jacksonville native Astreia Mitchell Bauer met her now husband Jesse Bauer twelve years ago, the couple had an exciting journey ahead. Through an overseas deployment, three children, and several moves, the Bauer family has come to settle in World Golf Village’s King & Bear and is loving every minute of it. We recently caught up with Astreia to learn more.

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The real estate market has been steadily improving this year and the so-called icing on the cake is the increase in new home sales.  At Davidson Realty, a whopping 45% of their closings in November were new construction, and they have closed 85 new construction sales so far in 2013.  A healthy real estate market is good for the economy and new construction is especially fruitful. According to the National Association of Home Builders, each new home provides approximately three new jobs for a year and an additional $90,000 in tax revenue. The Commerce Department reported that sales of new homes were up by 25% in October nationally.

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Feb
 
26
 

Arthur Carlo is a World Golf Village resident who has given back immeasurably to the community he calls home.  Art has served as the President & CEO of Cascades Homeowners Association since 2007.  We recently had the pleasure of talking with Art.

Q: How did you come to call Cascades home? My wife, Rosalie, and I wanted to live closer to our grandchildren.  We looked at several 55+ communities in Florida, including in Orlando and North Florida.  From the moment we drove into World Golf Village, we were impressed.  The landscaping and the planning gave the community a welcoming sense of arrival.  When we toured Cascades and learned about its amenities, it clearly was a notch above.  I call it a cruise ship lifestyle without the water. Then Rosalie fell in love with the kitchen and we knew it was home!

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Dec
 
27

Welcome Home to GroveWood

Posted by: Peyton Davidson in Neighborhoods, Videos
 

GroveWood has a sense of arrival that feels like a warm hug for residents of this King & Bear community in World Golf Village. Traveling the serene four miles from the King & Bear entrance to the “Welcome to GroveWood” sign is the perfect way to relax after a long day at work. As a GroveWood resident myself, I know first hand that as you take in the community’s natural beauty, you find yourself unwinding and feeling calm and centered.  Come along with me and Davidson Realty’s new construction expert, Jennifer Todd, as we explore the family-friendly streets and the buzz of new home construction in GroveWood.

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Jul
 
10
 

SUNP0009For a couple who thought they would never leave the Washington D.C. area, Allan and Audrey Freed are now among the biggest fans of living in World Golf Village.  It’s been seven and a half years since the Freeds moved into Turnberry and Audrey Freed recently answered a few of our questions, including exactly how they ended up in our neck of the woods. 

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May
 
21
 

PORTRAIT-WEBFor Jerry Shagam, “retired” is a relative term.  The Cascades resident “retired” to World Golf Village with his wife, Lynda, about four-and-a-half years ago from their long-time home in Long Island, NY but his calendar remains as busy as ever.  Jerry credits the abundance of social and recreational opportunities that The Cascades offers for keeping him active but it’s as much to do with Jerry’s outgoing personality and community-oriented spirit.  Jerry Shagam has never slowed down, and if you’re lucky enough to run into him at The Cascades Clubhouse for Tuesday morning coffee, maybe he’ll tell you a joke or his latest fishing story (and maybe even a catching story)!

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560367_10150705459604335_54830079334_9567396_1460993883_nWhen Dan Jenkins was running on passion and raw talent, he befriended his fellow Texan, the great Ben Hogan. Ben became his mentor and gave him lessons on the game of golf. At the crossroads of Dan’s golf ability – Ben wanted him to achieve more and tried to coax him to commit to the game. Dan, a bit frustrated with his swing, told Ben, “I just want to be a sportswriter – I’ve always wanted to be a sportswriter”.

As Dan tells it – Ben paused and riveted him with an amour-piercing look – held eye-to-eye for an uncomfortably long time – then simply said, “Keep working at it”.

The rest is history because Dan Jenkins went on to become the greatest and most revered sportswriter in America – always working at his craft.

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