TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners last week designated the community of Ferndale, located north of the Town of Montverde near Lake Apopka, as the second Community Enhancement Area (CEA).
A Community Development Block Grant will be used to fund the addition of ADA-compliant restrooms to the former fire station the neighborhood uses as a community center. The center, located at 15303 Ferndale Community Road, is also used as a polling station for two voting precincts. The project is expected to begin in October.
The community of Yalaha was designated as the first CEA in November 2005. The project for this community was to build a community center. The project was allocated $80,000 last year and an architectural firm is currently developing a site plan.
The CEA Partnership Program is managed by the Lake County Department of Community Services, Community Development Block Grant Program. The CEA program is designed to assist unincorporated communities with, at least, 51 percent low and moderate income residents, in Lake County, to improve their quality of life.
For more information about the CEA Partnership Program, call Bill Gearing, Community Enhancement Coordinator, at (352) 742-6515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CEA Partnership Program was established by the Board of County Commissioners in 2004. The basic purpose and goals of the program are:
• To create neighborhoods where people want to live by fostering positive community involvement, and physical and socioeconomic change.
• The approach to be used is based upon neighborhood-based planning and geographically coordinating delivery of services to the County's underserved communities. This approach will increase the sustainability of community improvements through increased community involvement and will maximize the use of scarce resources.
• Partnerships are an essential ingredient in the CEA Partnership Program, and will allow addressing a broad range of issues. The partners may include the public sector, the private sector, faith-based organizations and neighborhood activists.
• The goal is to empower people to help themselves through consensus building, education, initiating and implementing improvements, and analyzing consequences and successes.