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For immediate release - August 2, 2005

Seventh meeting added to Lake County’s comprehensive plan public participation tour

TAVARES — After overwhelming response at a public meeting held in South Lake County Monday evening, officials have scheduled an additional public forum to discuss the Lake County Comprehensive Plan on Monday, Aug. 15, from 6:30 to 8 pm. at Minneola City Hall, located at 800 N. U.S. Highway 27.

The second edition of the public participation tour for the comprehensive plan aims to encourage stakeholders to review and submit comments about policy direction of the newly drafted plan, titled Planning Horizon 2025.

The additional meeting will serve the communities of Four Corners and the Green Swamp, as well as the municipalities of Clermont, Minneola, Groveland and Mascotte. On Aug. 1, more than 100 residents from South Lake County attended the first of seven public meetings. During the first edition of the comprehensive participation tour in February, 170 residents attended the South Lake meeting. Several of the main concerns echoed from Monday’s South Lake meeting, included school capacity, transportation network and smart-building practices.

Reiterating his sentiments from this past June when the deadline for the online survey was extended for an additional week due to many last-minute responses, Gregg Welstead, Deputy County Manager, said, “We will not deny any community a chance to give us their valuable input on the new comprehensive plan. It is imperative that this new plan accurately reflect each distinct community’s needs.”

The six remaining public meetings, each from 6:30 to 8 p.m., are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 2, Lake Technical Center, Kenneth A. Bragg Campus, 12900 Lane Park Cutoff Road, Tavares
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3, Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg
  • Monday, Aug. 8, Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley
  • Tuesday, Aug. 9, Fruitland Park Elementary, 304 W. Fountain St., Fruitland Park
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10, Eustis High School, 1300 Washington Ave., Eustis
  • Monday, Aug. 15, Minneola City Hall, 800 N. U.S. Highway 27, Minneola

Required by state law, a comprehensive plan is the foundation for local planning as it acts as an outline of the community's vision and priorities. Together, citizens, municipalities, county government and other local and regional entities play integral parts in shaping what Lake County will look like 20 years from now.

For more information about Planning Horizon 2025, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/2025 or call (352) 343-9632.


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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