Lake County history: Did you know?

Edgar L. Ferran’s move to Florida in 1884 was twofold. The doctor told Ferran they must move from Indiana to a warmer climate because his wife Lucy, or Lou, suffered from chronic bronchitis. Ferran had long been eyeing Florida. He’d seen the publicity proclaiming Florida’s healthfulness and vitality. And he also thought it was the place to build a future for his wife and four children. A fifth was born in Eustis.

Ferran is forever remembered in Eustis by the lakefront park that bears his name. His business, Ferran’s Department Store, was also a Eustis staple for decades.

He first set his eyes on Eustis in December 1883. And he was enamored with what he saw. He tried to transcribe his excitement in a Dec. 8, 1883, letter to his wife. Source

$10M hangs in balance at Lake schools after state audit’s warning over impact-fee spending

he Lake County school district could be on the hook for $10.3 million if the state determines that impact fees collected to offset costs associated with growth were improperly used to pay off debt.

A 15-page report released last week by the Florida auditor general’s office questioned whether impact fees the district collected in 2016-17 that went toward past debt rather than new school construction and improvements was permissible through county ordinances.

The challenge to the district, which is defending its use of the impact fees, comes at a tough time for the cash-strapped school system as the state shifts money toward charter schools. An adverse ruling from the state Department of Education could require the district to come up with another $10.3 million to backfill the money gap for future capital projects. Source


Clermont hills, lakes fuel outdoors lifestyle

Welcome to Florida’s “mountain country!” All right, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but Clermont’s rolling, hilly terrain in Lake County is a rarity among towns in the Sunshine State. In fact, South Lake Hospital’s Training Center is favored by training Olympians and nearby Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in peninsular Florida.

Clermont is a still-growing city. Suburban with a mix of burgeoning businesses and established farms, it’s rife with outdoor pursuits and many people choose to raise their families here. Source

Your perfect retreat is closer than you think. Lake County has something for everyone. Nature-lovers will find an abundance of options – like hiking through endless acres of preserves, viewing rare birds or paddling pristine Blueways. Anglers will be lured by the prospect of catching a trophy bass on one of over 1,000 freshwater lakes, while treasure hunters will enjoy finding that rare antique at the area’s many unique downtown districts. So come explore Lake County, and experience “Real Florida. Real Close.” Just 35 minutes outside of Orlando. Source

Also servicing the communities and villages of:

Alexander Springs, Astor Park, Bassville Park, Bay Lake, Blue Lakes Ridge, Camp Ocala, Carlton Village, Cassia, Castle Hill, Chain O’ Lakes, Cisky Park, Clay Island, Conant, Confer, Crows Bluff, Dalhousie Acres, Dona Vista, Dublin, Eldorado, Ellsworth Junction, Ethel, Florida Hills, Forest Hills, Fort Mason, Fullerville, Grand Island, Harbor Shores, Hawthorne, Howey Height, Johnsons Corner, Lake Jem, Lake Kathryn Heights, Lake Mack Park, Lane Park, Manhattan, Mid Florida Lakes, Mohawk, Montclair, Montverde Junction, Mosquito Grove, Mount Homer, Oakland Park, Orange Bend, Orange Blossom, Orange Blossom Hills South, Orange Mountain, Pine Hills, Pumpkin Center, Reavills Corner, Recreation Plantation Resort, River Forest, Roan, Saint Francis, Seminole Springs, Seneca, Silver Beach Heights, Skytop, Slones Ridge, South Clermont, South Pine Lakes, Sunnyside, Tuscanooga, Waits Junction, Wekiva, Whitney, Yellow Bluff

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