TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Growth Management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division, released last week on its Web site 2006 aerial photography for the entire 1,156 square miles of Lake County.
Taken earlier this year, the aerial photography includes more than 2,800 images. The aerial photography was paid for by the Florida Department of Revenue. The Department is required by statute to provide county property appraisers with the photography every three years. The new Lake County GIS layer accompanies aerial photography taken in 2004, 2002 and 1998.
Aerial photography is a helpful tool for a variety of government services. From land planning to emergency services, the new layer assists with locating roads and structures. According to GIS staff, the aerial photography is also useful to citizens and businesses. Land owners often use the photography to learn more about their property. In addition, the collection of aerial photography found on the Web site also provides a unique historical perspective of how the County has changed over the past eight years.