Moon Lake, Florida

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Historical marker for the Moon Lake Gardens and Dude Ranch along Pasco County Road 587.

Moon Lake is an unincorporated area in Pasco County, Florida. Moon Lake Road passes through the area. Moon Lake was once home to the Moon Lake Gardens Dude Ranch, built between 1933 and 1937 by the owner of Clearwater, Florida's Fort Harrison Hotel, Ed Haley. The tourist resort included cottages, a casino, and gardens. The community has struggled with a high crime rate and bad reputation in recent years.[1] Moon Lake's elementary school scored an A on state evaluations. It has 75% of its population from lower income homes.[1]


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Coordinates: 28°18′01″N 82°36′17″W / 28.3003°N 82.6047°W / 28.3003; -82.6047