FROSTPROOF, FLORIDA- Nature lovers could find Frostproof, Florida the ideal place to live. First there is quite large Lake Reedy, which is substantially deeper than the famous and far larger Lake Okeechobee 67 miles to the south. On the west side of town one finds the somewhat smaller Clinch Lake.
Frostproof, with a population of around 3,000, benefits from the 26,000 acre Lake Wales Ridge State Forest to the north and the 4,805 acre Tiger Creek Preserve to the eat, which is protected by the Nature Conservancy. For 80 years Frostproof also has been known for what appears to be endless citrus groves and cattle pastures.
Frostproof, split in half by Route 17, has had several names over the years, but it was decided at some point the current name would be more memorable and help citrus growers market their produce when they shipped oranges and grapefruit north by train.
Baby Boomers who crave nature and seek the quiet life can still find everything one could want in terms of shopping just five or six miles to the west, along US 27, which has been turned into one very long strip mall, not an uncommon practice in Florida.
Wall Street is the main street downtown,and there is a bank at the corner of Route 17 and Wall Street. Apparently the regional television station, running short of feature stories, sends a crew over to Frostproof every eight or ten years to make fun of Wall Street.
One of the things that makes Frostproof special is the fact it is one of the last ‘old Florida’ communities, unspoiled by the rapid development found in other areas. Prices of homes and vacant lots on the lake remain relatively low by Florida standards.
Wall Street in Frostproof, Florida. A few blocks down the street one finds the large Lake Reedy. Frostproof is one if the last traditional Florida cities that has not been spoiled by aggressive development.