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  • 1980s - Service industry plateaus
  • 1982 – Disney World Epcot Center opens; Construction of Osceola Parkway impacted small businesses on 192
  • 1983 - Medieval Times Dinner Tournament (Kissimmee) opens
  • 1985 - Florida Growth Management Act adopted
  • Mid-1980s - Fisherman fought County on rise of effluent within Shingle Creek
  • 1987 - Fort Liberty (Kissimmee) opens; Dart Boulevard opens as a two mile stretch between U.S. Highway 441 and Buenaventura Boulevard; Fall Chase Master Plan approved
  • 1989 - Formosa Gardens Master Plan approved
  • 1990 - Universal Studios Florida opens; Disney builds additional hotels at lower per-night pricing, to out-compete Hwy 192’s hotels and smaller motels/hotels falling into decay
  • 1993 - Splendid China Theme Park Opens
  • 1994 - Xenorida Master Plan approved; Celebration construction begins
  • 1995 - Dart Boulevard extended and upgraded the road to a 12.4 mile, four-lane parkway with an interchange to Florida’s Turnpike, becoming Osceola Parkway
  • 1996 - Master Planning for Harmony begins; residents move in 2003
  • 1997 - CTS Investments Plan approved
  • 1998 - Animal Kingdom opens; Rise in Hispanic population-particularly of Puerto Rican descent
  • 2002 - Bellago Master Plan approved; Westside Master Plan approved
  • 2003 - Splendid China closes; Toho Water District by Florida legislature to provide water, wastewater and reclaimed water services
  • 2007 - First phase of City Center mixed use project completed in Kissimmee