TAVARES — The public is encouraged to attend a proclamation ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Wooton Park in Tavares to join several dignitaries in celebrating the fourth week of April as Lake County Boating and Waterways Week.
At the April 18 meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, the Board unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming the fourth week in April as the official Boating and Waterways Week in Lake County. During the celebration on April 26, Commissioners Catherine C. Hanson and Debbie Stivender along with Lake County Sheriff Chris Daniels, Lake County Water Authority Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Everly and Greg Mihalic, Director of the Lake County Department of Tourism and Business Relations, will speak about the importance of Lake County’s waterways and the impact it has on the local economy.
Due to construction on Main Street in downtown Tavares, residents should use Joanna Avenue to access Ruby Street.
Whether it is boating, canoeing or kayaking, the sparkling 1,000 lakes and rivers of Lake County offer an abundance of recreational activities.
“Lake County’s waterways are vital to the economic goals of the County as they provide a desirable outdoor experience for residents and visitors,” said Greg Mihalic, Director of the Lake County Department of Tourism and Business Relations.
To promote boating and waterway activities in Lake County, the Department of Tourism and Business Relations recently unveiled a new guide with boating safety tips from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, historical facts about the Dora Canal and St. Johns River and information about the Lake County Water Authority’s Hickory Point Recreational Facility.
The 20-page, full-color Lake County Boating & Waterways Guide also includes a comprehensive listing of boat ramps located in the County along with informative maps.
In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Water Authority, other agencies cooperating with producing the guide include the municipalities of Clermont, Eustis, Leesburg, Mount Dora, Tavares and Howey-in-the-Hills, the Seminole Ranger District of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Division, the Florida Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The guide is available free by stopping by the Lake County Welcome Center, 20763 U.S. Highway 27, Groveland, calling (800) 430-LAKE or logging on to www.lakecountyfl.com, keyword: boating.