TAVARES — Beginning Tuesday, March 2, meetings of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners will be available to view online live.
The Department of Information Technology (IT) has been investigating ways to webcast County Commission meetings to the public for more than a year. Due to limitations of in-house Internet bandwidth and server space, and the prohibitive expense of offers from private contractors, staff was struggling to find an economical solution.
Recently, IT staff from the divisions of Information Outreach and Programming & Application Support Services began experimenting with the Web site Ustream.tv. Similar to YouTube, as it provides free online video viewing services, Ustream provides a platform for live video streaming of events online.
“Webcasting makes board meetings more open and accessible to residents,” said Interim County Manager Sandy Minkoff. “After testing was completed this week, I’m excited to offer this new service to Lake County residents.”
As the County continues to evaluate the Ustream service, it is important to remember the webcasting of County Commission meetings is in a trial phase. If it does not work as expected, IT staff says they will continue to seek other viable options. Since Ustream is a free service, the webcasts of County Commission meetings will include advertisements. The County does not endorse or support the advertisements or the products or services they offer.
Regular scheduled meetings of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners are also available to view on a tape delay on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. on LSCC-TV, channel 13 (Comcast), channel 199 (Bright House) and channel 4 (Florida Cable).
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners normally meet in regular sessions the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month in the County Commission Chambers, located on the second floor of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.