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Q&A: Largo's Eagle Lake Park now to open in 2010

Eagle Lake Park to open in 2010

When will Eagle Lake Park in Largo be finished? There's a St. Petersburg Times article from May 2004 about the park, stating walking trails were hoped to be open by late 2005, but they just started working on the park at the end of 2008. Any information?

When you drive by Eagle Lake Park, you might get the impression it's about to open. However, Eagle Lake Park, named in memory of the bald eagles that nested in the area for several years, is now scheduled to open in April 2010, according to a spokeswoman for Pinellas County.

Originally planned to open by the end of 2009, budget and personnel reductions, as well as landscaping establishment needs, pushed the date back.

The 163-acre park will include four ponds, more than 1,700 feet of wooden boardwalk over wetlands and a playground. Also open to the public will be the remaining 18 acres of citrus groves, along with the original home on the property that belonged to the Taylor family, a pioneer family that started homesteading in Pinellas County in the 1850s.

All about Dann Florek

Dann Florek has been on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for a long time. What can you tell me about him?

Dann Florek, 59, is one of those familiar-faced character actors who popped up on various shows and movies for years. He was in the movies Sweet Liberty, Moon Over Parador, Angel Heart and The Flintstones, among others, and had roles in such TV shows as NYPD Blue, The Practice, Wings and L.A. Law.

In 1990 he landed the role of Lt. (and later captain) Don Cragen in Law & Order. After four seasons his role was written out as the male-heavy cast was diversified. He did direct one episode of the show in 1994 and also did some film work, including a couple of Law & Order TV movies.

In 1999, Law & Order developed its first spinoff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Florek reprised his Cragen role, this time as captain of the detectives working sex crimes, and continues in the role today.

Florek was born Ezekial Dann Florek on May 1, 1950, in Flat Rock, Mich., and attended Eastern Michigan University before heading to New York City to pursue an acting career. He started in theater, with the Acting Company at Juilliard.

He used to be called Danny, but one day asked a secretary to "drop the y." She did, leading to the unusual spelling of his first name. His wife, Karen, is an artist. They have no children. He is an avid golfer and collects music memorabilia.

'Swingtown' won't be back

I really loved Swingtown last summer. Will they be bringing it back?

No. CBS decided not to do a second season.

Q&A: Largo's Eagle Lake Park now to open in 2010 07/12/09 [Last modified: Sunday, July 12, 2009 5:30am]

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