Legoland Coming To Florida

By Katie Johnston

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Legoland Florida planners say they are counting on the well-known brand name to draw families to the new theme park when it opens south of Orlando in October.

Being built on the old Cypress Gardens site in Winter Haven, the park will be the largest of the five Legolands around the world and a 45-minute drive from Orlando attractions.

General Manager Adrian Jones said Wednesday on a preview tour that the park will incorporate as many as 50 million of the familiar plastic bricks in attractions geared toward children ages 2 to 12. It will also retain botanical gardens and the famous water ski show from Cypress Gardens, which was one of Florida’s first theme parks.

Legoland has not yet announced a firm opening date.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


Florida Teen Set on Fire

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP/The Loop) — Authorities say five Florida teenagers have been charged after they doused a 15-year-old with rubbing alcohol and set him on fire because he stopped someone from stealing his father’s bicycle a day earlier.

Michael Brewer was hospitalized with burns on more than three-quarters of his body after the attack at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex Monday.

The Broward County sheriff’s office said in a news release Tuesday that 15-year-olds Matthew Bent, Denver Jarvis, Steven Shelton and Jesus Mendez and 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis were charged with aggravated battery. Mendez is also charged with attempted second-degree murder because authorities say he flicked the lighter. Authorities did not know if the five have attorneys.

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