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Sugarmill Woods
The gateway to Sugarmill Woods on US 19-98
The gateway to Sugarmill Woods on US 19-98
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Citrus
Area
 • Total 28.63 sq mi (74.14 km2)
 • Land 28.63 sq mi (74.14 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
82 ft (25 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 11,204
 • Density 391.39/sq mi (151.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-68950
GNIS feature ID 1867212

Sugarmill Woods is an unincorporated, census-designated place (CDP) in southwestern Citrus County, Florida, United States. It is situated a few miles south of Homosassa in the Nature Coast, and its planned community features two golf, swim, and tennis country clubs. The community is purported as one of the first developments in the United States designed to include a greenbelt behind most of its single-family residential lots.

Geography

Sugarmill Woods is located in southern Citrus County at 28°44′0″N 82°31′22″W / 28.73333°N 82.52278°W / 28.73333; -82.52278 (28.733285, -82.522829). It is bordered to the north Homosassa Springs and Lecanto, and to the south by Hernando County. U.S. Routes 19 and 98 (Suncoast Boulevard) form the western border of the CDP, and U.S. 98 after turning to become Ponce de Leon Boulevard forms the southwestern border. The Suncoast Parkway (State Road 589) has its northern terminus at US 98 just south of the Hernando County line and leads 55 miles (89 km) south to Tampa.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Sugarmill Woods CDP has a total area of 26.6 square miles (68.8 km2), all land.

History

Sugarmill Woods was created in 1972. It was the first residential area in the United States to incorporate "wildlife strips" or greenbelts in the planning of the community.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 11,204
U.S. Decennial Census

It is important to note that the CDP's demography is subject to seasonal migratory owners and their preferred registry locations. The CDP's occupancy increases significantly November through April.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2018 the CDP's population was 8,851. In 2018, 1,507 identified as Veterans. 49.9% of the CDP's residents are 65 and over, 38% are aged 18–64, and 12% are aged 17 or younger. The female population is 53%. The CDP is 90% White, 5% Latino, 3.4% Asian, and 1.6% Black or African American. The median household income for the CDP in 2018 was $48,433. Persons in poverty was 12.3%.

Education, emergency and medical services

Education

Sugarmill Woods is currently served by the following public schools: Lecanto Primary (Pre-K to 5th Grade), Lecanto Middle (6th-8th Grades), Lecanto High School (9th-12th Grades). High School graduation rates average 92%, while graduation with a baccalaureate-level degree averages 28%. Punta Gorda Developers, Inc., D/B/A Sugarmill Woods Inc., referenced plans for an eventual school in its original deed restrictions for Cypress Village, and sold a 20-acre (8.1 ha) tract located on W Oak Park Blvd to the School Board of Citrus County.

Law enforcement, emergency services, and hospitals

A Citrus County Fire Rescue and Sheriff's Office precinct is centrally located at 5000 Oak Park Boulevard (28°43′24″N 82°30′58″W / 28.723471°N 82.516229°W / 28.723471; -82.516229). The proximity of this precinct has vastly reduced crucial response times. In addition, the Sheriff's Office outfits and trains a Crime Watch volunteer detachment that regularly patrols the neighborhoods. In partnership with the Sheriff's Office, some of Sugarmill Woods associations use part of their annual assessments to subsidize augmented patrols for added security.

Hospitals

The closest hospitals with Emergency Rooms are Oak Hill Hospital (approx. 20 miles (32 km)) on Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville (closer to Weeki Wachee), and Citrus Memorial Hospital (approx. 22 miles (35 km)) in Inverness. Oak Hill Hospital maintains an active heliport when needed.

Transportation

Roads

Sugarmill Woods is served by Citrus County roads and US Highways 19 and 98. Oak Park Boulevard (CR480), Cypress Boulevard, Oak Village Boulevard, and Corkwood Boulevard are its main thoroughfares. While Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) are permitted on most of Sugarmill Woods' streets per Florida statute, there are no legally-designated streets or paths for standard golf carts.

Pedestrians and bicycles

Although stated as desired and planned by Punta Gorda Developer Jim Sanders, there are currently no sidewalks or bicycle lanes within Sugarmill Woods. A formal effort was launched in 2011 after a survey from the Sugarmill Woods Civic Association demonstrated a supermajority of residents in favor of adding bike lanes to sections of the main boulevards. While the project remains on Citrus County's pedestrian project, it has yet to appear on the Board of County Commissioner's (BOCC) agenda.

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