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For immediate release - September 6, 2005

Lake County, Fla., puts the spotlight on hometowns

TAVARES — From shiny classic cars to jumping largemouth bass, there’s plenty to do and see in Lake County, Fla.

Situated just to the west of Orlando and its tourist attractions, the serene and quaint environment of Lake County often goes unnoticed. But there is more than meets the eye in this natural wonderland of more than 1,000 freshwater lakes and endless acres of nature preserves and parks.

A recently introduced online magazine titled “Hometown Highlights” provides insight to some of the most popular attractions and best-kept secrets in Lake County. Five new articles were recently introduced to the online feature at www.lakecountyfl.gov/hometown_highlights/.

Fishing in Florida

Explore these articles and assist Lake County with letting Florida tourists know the unique vacationing opportunities available in this Central Florida destination. The five articles posted online cover a variety of topics including accommodations, restaurants, attractions, events, shopping and nature activities.

In the third issue of “Hometown Highlights,” staff from the Lake County Information Outreach Section details a broad range of places to see and things to do in Lake County. The following are excerpts from each article.

  • Fishing in Lake County — There’s a little-known secret in Lake County, Fla., that few local anglers would want anybody to know about. While many tourists and visiting fishermen to the Sunshine State choose coastal locations to drop a line, this Central Florida county of more than 1,000 named lakes offers some of the most diverse and abundant fishing opportunities in the state.
  • Lakeside Inn — The majestic yellow-splashed buildings of Lakeside Inn offer some of the best accommodations for weary travelers to Mount Dora, Fla. Steeped with 120 years of history, the 89 guest rooms have the romantic feel of a simpler era, yet offer the conveniences of modern times. From an Olympic-sized swimming pool to live jazz entertainment, the grand inn is more like a mini-resort.
  • Lake County Farmers’ Market — From fishing poles to greeting cards, the Lake County Farmers’ Market is a super warehouse of good buys and great deals. Located north of the City of Eustis on County Road 452, the market is open every Thursday at 8 a.m., except holidays and during the County Fair in April.
  • Mount Dora Museum of Speed — Fresh off from selling one of 19 original “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Chargers from The Dukes of Hazzard television show, one would think Kerry Bogard would be a little down. Not so when he has 27 more equally impressive classic cars tucked away in his Mount Dora Museum of Speed. The only classic car museum in Central Florida specializing in American-made muscle cars, the 6,000-square-foot showroom is a dream come true for motorheads.
  • Florida Black Bear Festival — Each year, a festival in Umatilla, Fla., pays homage to one of the town’s oldest residents, the Florida Black Bear. In the sleepy town of Umatilla, also known as the southern gateway to the Ocala National Forest, the black bear is a prominent figure. On the edge of the 389,000 scenic acres of the national forest, populations of the black bear are perhaps the greatest in this part of Central Florida.

For high-resolution photographs, log on to http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/media/pictures/. For more information about Lake County, Fla., call (352) 343-9609 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.com.

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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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