Judge Donald R. Alexander, who serves in the administrative lawdivision of the state government, has ruled Lake County should givea second five-year development extension to the Orlando owners ofthe tract, 25 miles west of Downtown Orlando.

The county refused the extension last September after thedevelopers failed to do anything with the prime dirt in theproject's 17-year planning history. The developers plan 800 homes,an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, and an undetermined amount ofcommercial and retail on the Lake Apopka site between County Road561 and County Road 455.

Environmentalists and local neighborhood activists who fought todefeat the project last fall are incensed with the judge's 29-pagedecision.

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