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Original Carrollwood celebrates 50 years

Retired developer Matt Jetton walks along the pier at White Sands Beach on Lake Carroll in Carrollwood in March. Jetton, who grew up in Tampa, was Carrollwood’s first developer.


Retired developer Matt Jetton walks along the pier at White Sands Beach on Lake Carroll in Carrollwood in March. Jetton, who grew up in Tampa, was Carrollwood’s first developer.

CARROLLWOOD — Back then Bobby Darin and Frankie Avalon ruled the airwaves. Fidel Castro began his reign in Cuba. And the Los Angeles Dodgers were World Series Champions.

The year was 1959 and that was also when Matt Jetton started building the fledgling Carrollwood subdivision on about 300 acres in north Hillsborough.

The community eventually became known as Original Carrollwood and grew to more than 925 homes. To celebrate 50 years as a community, a weekend of festivities is planned for neighborhood residents culminating with the opening of a time capsule Sunday.

Mark Snellgrove is president of the Original Carrollwood civic association and has lived in the community since 1996.

He credits some of the success of the tight-knit neighborhood to community events and Lake Carroll, the centerpiece of the subdivision.

"We actually have three generations of families that live here," Snellgrove said. "In some cases the grandparents still live in their original house."

Original Carrollwood residents are welcome to participate in the celebration with events all weekend:

• The USF Jazz ensemble will perform starting at 7 tonight at White Sands Beach on Carrollwood Drive. Neighbors are encouraged to pack a picnic and drinks.

On Saturday:

• The Original Carrollwood Olympics start at 8:30 a.m. The event features tennis and beach volleyball tournaments at the Original Carrollwood tennis courts and White Sands Beach, 11613 Carrollwood Drive.

• An art show featuring resident artwork starts at 10 a.m. at the recreation center, 3515 McFarland Road.

• The Kid's Carnival featuring a rock climbing wall, face painting and more starts at 10 a.m. at the Original Carrollwood Park, 11430 Orange Grove Drive.

• A Street Festival featuring the band Crossfire starts at 7 p.m. at the recreation center.

The signature event might be unlocking the time capsule at 2 p.m. Sunday at the recreation center.

"We have kept it under lock and key up to this point," Snellgrove said.

The capsule was dug up a couple of years ago before construction of the new rec center. The foundation would have covered where the capsule was buried.

So what is inside?

"We can only speculate," Snellgrove said.

Jared Leone can be reached at (813) 226-3435 or

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Original Carrollwood 50 year celebration has events planned for neighborhood residents all weekend.

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Original Carrollwood celebrates 50 years 11/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2009 3:30am]
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