American media keeps praising Crystal Lagoons expansion across the United States
This time, the renowned American publication South Florida Business & Wealth highlighted Crystal Lagoons’ technology, describing it as a “clear concept”.
Two years ago, Greg Singleton, president of Metro Development Group, a major Florida residential developer, heard about Crystal Lagoons and was intrigued. Then, he saw photos of the massive, man-made turquoise lagoons at resorts and developments around the world – and people enjoying all kinds of watersports and activities in them – and was even more fascinated. But it wasn’t until he saw existing lagoons in Mexico and Chile in person that Singleton was sold.
“They showed us pictures, but you always wonder if the pictures will do justice to what you see,” he says. “You can touch up pictures and make them look nicer. I took pictures with my iPhone. The lagoons were visually stunning.”
Singleton contracted with Crystal Lagoons to help build lagoons at four upscale housing communities he is currently developing in Central Florida: one in northern Fort Myers, one in Hillsborough County and two in Pasco County.
The developments will be the first to feature the lagoons in the United States, although there are currently 300 projects in 60 countries worldwide, including UAE, Uruguay, Egypt, Peru, India, Panama, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.
Also coming soon: Crystal Lagoons in Orlando, at the $4 billion SoL? Mia in North Miami and the Hard Rock in Riviera Maya. The company is in negotiations for 35 more, including those in Hawaii, Arizona, Texas and Nevada.
The idea behind Crystal Lagoons came in 1997 from a Chilean biochemist turned developer, Fernando Fischmann, who was planning a development in Algarrobo, a small town on Chile’s central coast.
While the site featured breathtaking views of the ocean, the local shoreline was inhospitable due to its frigid waters and dangerous conditions. In fact, swimming was prohibited in the area.
Determined to offer homebuyers a way to enjoy swimming and watersports – and boost sales –Fischmann came up with the idea of building a large-scale lagoon filled with crystalline, warm water. He traveled the world in search of the technology to turn his dream into a reality. However, he soon learned that the technology simply did not exist.
Fischmann spent years researching until he came up with a way to build such lagoons at reasonable costs. The technology keeps the water clean but without the massive amounts of chlorine that would be necessary for a swimming pool.
Sales boom, Guinness record
San Alfonso del Mar was the first project globally that included this innovative technology, and it was a hit; the area quickly became the most successful second-home resort in the Southern Hemisphere, with units sold at unprecedented rates much higher than nearby competitors.
In 2007, Fischmann’s first project received the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest crystalline lagoon. That same year, he founded Crystal Lagoons Corporation to market his innovation for use in various real estate developments and industrial applications worldwide. Since then, the privately held company, now with offices in Miami and Amsterdam, has exploded in popularity.
The lagoons can be customized for different developers, featuring deeper sections for watersports, shallower areas for children and even swim-up bars.
Crystal Lagoons Corp. is an international innovation company, founded by scientist Fernando Fischmann, which has developed a patent-protected technology that allows the construction and maintenance of unlimited-size crystal clear lagoons at very low costs.