Nudist resort threatened by new neighbors next door

or decades, a nudist community has been surrounded by trees, offering privacy to its residents. Now, growth in the area may change things.

The Emerald Lake Resort was built near US-59 North in the 1980s.

The front and sides of the community are lined with a solid metal fence while the other two sides are filled with trees.

About 40 people live in RVs on the grounds full time, but throughout the year, guests from all over the county will come to stay.

The next phase of the 180-mile Grand Parkway highway is under construction just about two miles north of Emerald Lake.

"Everything is starting to explode in this area," resident Jonathan Lavergne said.

Shopping centers, office buildings and neighborhoods are now popping up all over the area.

Something else is moving next door to the secluded community, and recently, trees were cleared in the 40-acre lot.


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