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For immediate release - September 2, 2005

Temporary parking lot in place for Agricultural Center renovation

TAVARES — Officials at the Lake County Agricultural Center are urging visitors to the center to be patient as the facility is renovated.

Construction began this week at the Agricultural Center located at 30205 State Road 19, Tavares. Unfortunately, due to construction the three driveways accessing the facility from Woodlea Road are closed. Visitors are encouraged to be safe when using the temporary gravel parking lot off Woodlea Road near the back of the Agricultural Center.

"The worst part is right now for about two weeks," said Deborah Boulware, Lake County Extension Service Director. "They are going to excavate a retention area across from the front building so they have to cut off access to the front of the building. Once that is done, the construction fence will be moved and we will have access again to the front of the building."

Lake County Commissioners and distinguished guests broke ground on Aug. 8 for the 1.2-million renovation project that will feature construction of a new lobby, classroom, restrooms and a covered driveway at that facility. The entire renovation project is expected to be completed in about nine months.

The Agricultural Center houses the Lake County Cooperative Extension Service, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences and the Board of County Commissioners. The trained professionals and volunteers of the extension service offer research-based education in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.

For more information about the Lake County Agricultural Center, call (352) 343-4101.

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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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