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Updated: 05/02/2014 02:49:17PM

Streamsong opens on reclaimed mine site

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PHOTOS BY BRIAN ACKLEY

Mosaic's Executive Vice President and chief counsel Rich Mack addresses the crowd at Friday's grand opening.

Fort Meade had a contingent of local representatives on hand, including, from left: City Manager Fred Hillard, Southern Posh store owner Retha Crawford, Chamber of Commerce Director Priscilla Perry and R & S Pawn and Cigar owner Bob Sweeney.

Candace Seaborn, left, serves up a flute of champagne to Carol Acklery as part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at Mosaic's Streamsong Resort.

Affectionately dubbed by some as the Glory Hole, this lake is one of the several at Streamsong's Mosaic Lodge that offers guided bass fishing.

Past the lodge is the resort's two links style golf courses, as seen from rooftop bar Fragmentary Blue.

Bartow's Dawn Payne serves up the rooftop bar's signature drink called Pleiades, which includes vodka, grapefruit juice, and a cucumber slice, topped off with sauvignon blanc wine.

Architect Alberto Alfonso, right, tours thorugh the seven-pool Acqua Pietra spa.

A group relaxes as the edge of one of the many lakes on the property that will offer world-class bass fishing.

In one area of the lobby there is the remains of a Meglalodon which swam in waters that covered the former mine land millions of years ago.

There is an area set aside to pay homage to the site's past a working phosphate mine.

Mosaic's Vice President for Land Development and Management, Tom Sunnarborg, left, chats with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who grew up not that far from where the resort is now located.

Polk County Commissioner Melony Bell, center, a Fort Meade resident, shares a light moment with Mosaic's Rich Mack, left, and Tom Sunnarborg prior to the start of the grand opening festivities at Streamsong Friday.

Offcials from Mosaic and other dignitaries and invited guests help cut the ribbon during grand opening ceremonies at Streamsong Resort west of Fort Meade last Friday.

Wooden louvres open and close in the guest rooms to allow for as much or as little light as you'd like.

By BRIAN ACKLEY

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SOUTHERN POLK COUNTY — For the several hundred guests at the grand opening of Mosaic’s Streamsong resort Friday, the biggest challenge was simply trying to figure out what it was they were looking at.

Which is why the mining giant’s president, Jim Prokopanko, offered perhaps the perfect description.

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