Cape Coral Living - - Features - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

An iconic wa­ter fea­ture is com­ing to North Fort My­ers. Clean and clear Crys­tal La­goons at the Bright­wa­ter com­mu­nity will be the size of 50 Olympic pools. The man be­hind the science is de­scribed as the Steve Jobs of South Amer­ica.

Slip­ping into a swim­suit and tak­ing a dip in the pool soon takes on a con­tem­po­rary def­i­ni­tion. Bright­wa­ter, a North Fort My­ers com­mu­nity near In­ter­state 75 that built out could ac­com­mo­date more than 1,200 new homes, will in­clude a man­made wa­ter fea­ture the size of sev­eral foot­ball fields or 50 Olympic-sized pools—which on a murky day may not be view­able end to end be­cause of its im­men­sity. Metro De­vel­op­ment Group in Fort My­ers is bring­ing Crys­tal La­goons to the Bright­wa­ter project. Crys­tal La­goons and its science are li­censed to Metro De­vel­op­ment by a Chilean in­ven­tor and en­tre­pre­neur, Fer­nando Fis­chmann, la­beled in the world business com­mu­nity as the Steve Jobs of South Amer­ica. There are huge Crys­tal La­goons in such places as Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia and In­dia. Spe­cial fil­tra­tion and other pa­tents held by Crys­tal La­goons can hold con­struc­tion and main­te­nance costs to a man­age­able price, of­fi­cials are say­ing. The man-made la­goon is fed by ground­wa­ter and mon­i­tored by au­to­mated sen­sors and flock­ing science that keep the wa­ter clear. Sand beaches sur­round the wa­ter, which opens more recre­ation such as yoga and wa­ter­slides. Home­owner fees will cover the costs of main­te­nance and ameni­ties.

Bright­wa­ter in­cludes hous­ing and a wa­ter fea­ture about the size of 50 Olympic pools. Las Brisas in Chile (pic­tured) is much larger.

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