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CITY OF SAN ANTONIO
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City Commission and Staff
Gerald T. Buhr
Jerry Ennis, Public Works Technician
Daniel Ennis, Public Works Technician
Custodian of Records for the
City of San Antonio
Marissa N. Morales, CMC, City Clerk
P.O. Box 75
32819 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Antonio, Florida 33576
Phone: (352) 588-2127
Fax: (352) 588-2135
Written by William Dayton - reprinted with permission.
On February 15, 1882, two men walked up a pine covered hill in what was then the southern part of Hernando County. From the hilltop they looked down upon a large and exceptionally clear lake. Government surveyors in 1845 had missed the lake altogether and the area was virtually uninhabited so the men probably felt that they had discovered the lake. One of them drew a latin prayer book from his pack and read that the day was the feast of St. Jovita. He accordingly named the lake in honor of that early Christian martyr. The two men proceeded around the lake to the hilltop where St. Leo Abbey now stands and one of them decided that he would reserve that land for himself.
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