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For immediate release - Jan. 13, 2005

Lake County Days provides opportunity for citizens, local officials to meet with legislative delegation

TAVARES — Dozens of local officials, including several County Commissioners, will travel next month to the state Capitol for a series of meetings with the Lake County Legislative Delegation.

The annual event known as “Lake County Days” provides the opportunity for local elected officials and other community leaders to reiterate to state senators and representatives representing Lake County what they view as key issues in the upcoming legislative session. By sharing ideas, the group can collectively develop plausible resolutions to the problems facing Lake County.

Lake County Days 2005 kicks off from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Mary Brogan Art and Science Museum, located at 350 S. Duval St., Tallahassee, with a wine and cheese reception hosted by Sprint.

The event continues at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Governors Club, located at 202 ½ S. Adams St., Tallahassee, with a legislative briefing breakfast that includes a panel of speakers from the Florida League of Cities, Florida Association of Counties and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The full breakfast and briefing is hosted by Progress Energy and the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

The midday meeting scheduled for Feb. 17 is a barbecue lunch hosted by the Lake County Day Committee and the Board of County Commissioners. The luncheon will be held in the Capitol Courtyard outside the Capitol Building and will feature a barbecue prepared by Lake County Sheriff‘s Office staff and a performance from the Tavares Middle School advanced band.

The 2005 installment of Lake County Days wraps up Feb. 17 with an informative presentation by Volunteer Florida, “The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service” to explore how a volunteer center would benefit the citizens of Lake County. The volunteer meeting is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Leon County Volunteer Center, 918 Railroad Ave., Tallahassee.

Among the Lake County Board of County Commissioners legislative positions for 2005 are:

  • Increase state funding for public library operations and construction
  • Provide funding for a new Lake County Health Department facility
  • Support legislation that assists with funding county emergency operations centers
  • Support the funding for Hartwood Marsh Road, and county roads 466 and 470 improvements from two to four lanes
  • Support funding for U.S. Highway 441 enhancement project from Lake Boulevard to College Drive

The public is invited to participate in this exciting two-day event. For more information or to make reservations, call Wendy Taylor at (352) 343-9849 or e-mail wtaylor@co.lake.fl.us. All reservations are due by Feb. 6.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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