Want to make your next development stand out? Try adding a little fun-in-the-sun pizzazz with a man-made lagoon where residents can suntan and splash around on warm, summer days. After success in South America and the Middle East, Crystal Lagoons, a company that builds manufactured oases for communities, is setting its sights on taking its water features across the United States. Local builders can work with the company to license the technology and include a lagoon in their developments. Crystal Lagoons already have five lagoons in Florida and Texas, but warm-weather states are not the only ones who can jump in on the fun: The company has some communities currently planned in California and Pennsylvania.
The water is a crystal, Caribbean blue, and the palm trees sway over white sand. The only things missing are the smell of salty sea air and the sound of waves slapping on the shore.
It’s not a real beach. It is an 8-acre, 16 million-gallon, man-made body of water about 25 miles from the Tampa coast. The Lagoon at Epperson, a community in Wesley Chapel, opened just over a year ago.
Crystal Lagoons, which began building these massive oases in South America and the Middle East, is now rapidly expanding into the United States. It has five lagoon communities open in two states, Florida and Texas, and seven more are expected to open this year, with California and Pennsylvania added to the mix.
“We’ve got 30 signed projects and it’s really been kind of an inflection curve in the last couple of years,” said Eric Cherasia, vice president of Crystal Lagoons.