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For immediate release - Oct. 27, 2004

Open Space Seminar to be broadcast on local TV stations

TAVARES — With a population increase of more than 5.5 percent annually, Lake County community leaders engaged in effective ways to preserve natural lands for future generations at an Oct. 18 Open Space Seminar. The seminar will be broadcast in its entirety on Bright House cable, channel 17, on Monday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. The seminar will also be broadcast in its entirety on Lake-Sumter Community College-TV, channel 13 on Comcast Cable, on the following dates:

  • Monday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. (Will end just before the broadcast of the County Commission meeting at 6 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. (Will end just before the broadcast of the County Commission meeting at 6 p.m.)
  • Friday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. (In the normal timeslot for the County Commission meeting.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. (In the normal timeslot for the County Commission meeting.)

More than 50 residents and local planners attended the seminar held at Lake-Sumter Community College, Leesburg. The keynote speaker for the seminar was former Jacksonville Mayor and current University of North Florida president John Delaney. Other speakers included:

  • Greg Beliveau — president, principal planner for Mount Dora planning firm LPG Urban & Regional Planners Inc.
  • Cecelia Bonifay — attorney for Orlando legal firm Akerman Senterfitt
  • Will Abberger — associate director for The Trust for Public Land
  • Clay Henderson — senior counsel for Orlando legal firm Holland & Knight
  • Jay Exum — principal planner, director of Environmental Services for Orlando planning firm Glatting Jackson
  • John Osborne — principal planner for Manatee County

Following the slate of speakers, a panel discussion with a question-and-answer session was conducted. Lake County Commissioner Catherine Hanson made closing remarks.

“The Open Space Seminar was a huge success as the community came together to better understand how we can preserve the natural beauty of Lake County,” Hanson said.

The Open Space Seminar was sponsored by Akerman Senterfitt, Commerce Park Investments, Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, Farner Barley and Associates, Inc., The Florida Planning & Zoning Association, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart Green Consulting Group Inc., Hartman & Associates Inc., LPG Urban & Regional Planners Inc., Yalaha Country Bakery and Steve Richey.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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