Park-goers invited to explore Ellis Acres Reserve and other parklands in August

July 25, 2017

PAISLEY, Fla. — Lake County Parks & Trails is offering free, guided events during the month of August, many of which highlight the unique natural resources of Ellis Acres Reserve in Paisley. The property encompasses nearly the entire western shoreline of Lake Akron and lands west to County Road 42. Many species of wildlife have been observed at the site including the Florida black bear, sandhill crane, white-tailed deer, Sherman’s fox…

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Lake County Commission to Discuss Tentative Millage and Adopt TRIM Rates

July 22, 2017

TAVARES, Fla. – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is wrapping up its budget workshops for Fiscal Year 2018 at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11 at the Board Chambers, located on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares. The board will discuss the tentative millage and adopt the TRIM (Truth in Millage) rates. TRIM rates can be lowered, but not raised, once placed on the…

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Lake County Emergency Management seeks groups and individuals to ‘Adopt an Emergency Shelter’

July 21, 2017

TAVARES—The Lake County Public Safety Department’s Emergency Management Division is inviting volunteers to help their fellow citizens during a crisis by signing up to “Adopt an Emergency Shelter.” The program offers an opportunity for civic, non-profit, faith-based, private or community organizations, and individuals to become involved in assisting the county’s nine primary and 19 secondary emergency shelters during times of disaster. “This program provides much-needed support for shelters during all…

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Lake County Fire Rescue paramedics participate in elite EMS competition

July 21, 2017

TAVARES, Fla. — A team of four Lake County Fire Rescue paramedics competed for the first time in Florida’s premier emergency medical services competition. Lake County paramedics Lt. Jason Rivera, Firefighter Gary Gratz, Lt. Albert Howard and EMS Chief Dan Miller were among more than 300 EMS leaders and personnel gathered in Orlando last week for the 2017 Bill Shearer International ALS/BLS Competition CLINTON. “The event was a great opportunity for…

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Lake County honors probation officers during Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week

July 18, 2017

TAVARES — During Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week July 16-22, the Lake County Probation Services Division will join agencies across the nation in recognizing the work that pretrial, probation and parole supervision professionals do for public safety. To further this effort, Probation staff was honored by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners with a proclamation during the board meeting on July 11. Lake County probation officers make over 10,000 face-to-face…

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Lake County Economic Development launches Summer Tech campaign

July 2, 2017

TAVARES — While Lake County might not be the next Silicon Valley, the technology industry is quietly playing a vital role in the growth of the county’s economy. From manufacturing to healthcare, software to agriculture, the sector has far-reaching impacts both countywide and regionally. “It is true that Lake County does not yet have a bellwether technology giant like Google driving the industry locally, however technology thought-leaders and companies are in…

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County seeks grant applicants for emergency food and shelter programs

July 2, 2017

TAVARES — Qualifying emergency food and shelter programs managed by local service agencies are encouraged to apply for $34,969 in federal funds awarded to Lake County through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. A local board made up of representatives from county government, United Way, The Salvation Army, and American Red Cross, as well as advocates for the homeless, faith-based…

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Lake County Fire Rescue launches HAZMAT Medic Program

July 2, 2017

TAVARES — When an emergency occurs and noxious gases permeate the air, Lake County Fire Rescue’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) is at the ready to respond and rescue citizens from danger. But what happens when the rescuers also need rescuing? That’s where the new Hazmat Medic Program comes in, aimed at ensuring firefighters are safely treated for toxic exposures at hazardous incidents, if and when necessary. “It is reassuring to…

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‘Hot Dogs, Cool Cats’ events offer free pet adoptions, hot dogs and popsicles

June 27, 2017

TAVARES — It’s the hottest event of the summer! Join the Lake County Animal Shelter and L.E.A.S.H., Inc. for “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats.” Hosted at the shelter, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, this fun-filled, ongoing event offers families pet adoptions at no cost from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and free hot dogs and popsicles between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats” will be held on the firstSaturday of the month throughout…

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Lake County Extension presents on Caribbean crops as part of Roots Up series

June 27, 2017

TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting “Saturday in the Gardens: Grow and Eat Caribbean Style” from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. In addition to its succulent citrus, Central Florida is the ideal locale to grow fruits at home. Discover Caribbean crops, plant them in your own yard, and eat them at your table…

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