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For immediate release - Jan. 21, 2005

Lake County Commissioners earn Sierra Club award

TAVARES — A Central Florida environmental group recognized the Lake County Board of County Commissioners this week for their effort to protect natural lands.

Commissioner Catherine Hanson accepted an award from the Central Florida Sierra Club at a Wednesday night ceremony at Leu Gardens in Orlando. The honor was bestowed to the Board of Lake County Commissioners for their accomplishment of getting the land acquisition referendum on the ballot and passed, Hanson said.

“I thought it was pretty special that they recognized the impact it will have on Lake County,” she added.

The land acquisition referendum passed in the Nov. 2 election with a resounding 71 percent of the vote. The program will purchase more than $36 million of environmental and natural lands over the next 20 years to ensure the availability of natural resources in Lake County for future generations.

“In my opinion, it is always good to see a government doing something positive for the environment,” said Keith Schue, an active member of the local Sierra Club group that represents Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

“We also wanted to recognize Commissioner Hanson because she was so instrumental in getting the land referendum approved,” he added.

The award is expected to be presented to the rest of Lake County Board of County Commissioners at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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