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Lake County to honor service of late community volunteer

RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2021

Tavares – Lake County will honor the service of local community volunteer Glenn Burns with a memorial at the Ferndale Preserve on May 11 at 9 a.m. Members of the family are expected to join Lake County Commissioners, friends and the community to honor his life and work advocating for and supporting our local treasures. The Ferndale Preserve is located at 19220 County Rd. 455 in Ferndale.

                Glenn Burns worked within our community to preserve a number of cultural, historical and natural locales around Lake Apopka and Sugarloaf Mountain. He was instrumental in supporting, acquiring, preserving and developing many natural areas in Lake County that are enjoyed by residents and visitors. For seven years he also served as a Councilman for the City of Montverde.

                Of the many projects he supported, Burns was best known for his advocacy and support of the Green Mountain Scenic Byway, which earned him the title of Green Mountain’s greatest champion. It was for this work that in 2017 the Department of Transportation awarded him with the Garry Balogh Inspiring Excellence Award.

                “Glenn embodied our County's identity "Real Florida, Real Close" and has left a legacy of conservation for generations to enjoy and uphold,” said Sean Parks, Lake County Board Chairman.

                For more information about the memorial, contact Bobby Bonilla, director of the Lake County Office of Parks and Trails, at (352) 253-4950 or [email protected].

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