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Ex-Cypress Gardens workers hope for Legoland jobs
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Ex-Cypress Gardens workers hope for Legoland jobs

Winter Haven, Fla. (AP) -- Former Cypress Gardens employees are among the thousands of people applying for jobs at the new Legoland Florida.

The tourist attraction that opened in the 1930s abruptly closed in 2009, leaving 200 people unemployed. It will reopen as Legoland Florida in October.

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Many former Cypress Gardens employees say they're applying to be "Model Citizens," which is what Legoland employees are called. Legoland spokeswoman Jackie Wallace says the park has received more than 6,000 online applications for 800 positions.

The former Cypress Gardens employees say they hope to revive their family traditions of working at their old park, which had a 30-acre botanical garden, canals and a mile of shoreline on Lake Eloise. Some have struggled to find work since its closure.

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