Dr. Philip Phillips was a pioneer in the citrus industry, responsible for several key innovations in the processing and packaging of orange juice. He owned thousands of acres of groves, stretching across nine Central Florida counties. Dr. Phillips eventually sold the bulk of his property to Minute Maid in the 1950's. The property he owned in southwest Orange County was sold to developers who built Bay Hill and other subdivisions.
The area has experienced explosive growth in the last 30 years, due largely to the location of two key local industries; defense and tourism. Initially, it was the construction of defense giant Martin Marietta (currently Lockheed Martin) that had the greatest impact on Dr. Phillips, but that was only until the arrival in 1971 of Orlando's most famous resident, Mickey Mouse. The impact of Walt Disney World on all of Central Florida has been huge, and nowhere is it more recognizable than in southwest Orlando and the Dr. Phillips area.
The Dr. Phillips area has been able to maintain its superb quality of life by timely upgrading the infrastructure and controlling growth. Many people move to the Dr. Phillips area due to the reputation of the public schools alone. Located on the eastern shore of the Butler Chain of Lakes, many residents are active in boating and water sports. The Dr. Phillips area also boasts a great town center and numerous first-rate restaurants on Sand Lake Road. The area has just welcomed a 43-acre, state-of-the-art county park, named after its namesake, Dr. P. Phillips.
The Dr. Phillips Rotary organization has been serving the community since 1979 and has been active in a number of area events. Community festivities include the Annual 4th of July Celebration sponsored by the Dr. Phillips Rotary and the high school drama club, and the Annual Dr. Phillips Founders Day celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Phillips.
For more information on the Dr. Phillips area, contact Wayne Weger at 407-221-4280