The service eases parking woes in many cities and now downtown Mount Dora has its own valet parking.
Drivers can drop off their vehicles at the valet stand located adjacent to the pedestrian area at Alexander Street and 4th Avenue.
Valet Parking Executive Services plans to provide the service seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or until the last vehicle has left (see editor's note below). The valets will park the cars in a Highland and Camp Street lot and return them downtown when drivers are ready. The lot can accommodate over 200 cars.
The wait to retrieve a car is expected to be between five and ten minutes, but customers can eliminate the delay by using a texting feature alerting valets in advance to bring their car to the pick up spot, according to Marc Gorewitz, the company’s owner.
The cost of the valet service is $7 Monday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday the cost is $10. Some downtown restaurants, like Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant, will credit customers the valet fee, so diners should ask their servers.
Gorewitz is hoping to park 200 to 500 cars on weekends during the summer with five to seven valets working. He’s planning for 400 to 700 vehicles during weekends in peak season with eight to ten valets assisting customers. The company also provides valet services to restaurants in Dr. Phillips in Orange County.
Editor's Note: After article publication, readers have advised valet service hours have not been consistent. Customers can call valet company for current hours of operation.
Rumors have been buzzing for months. Now it’s official. Mount Dora’s cramped Post Office on Donnelly Street needs a bigger space.
The U.S. Postal Service moved into the approximately 5,900 square-foot space over 50 years ago. It’s now seeking at least a 9,000 square-foot facility to accommodate the needs of a growing community.
The USPS is requiring the space be within a mile radius of the 711 N. Donnelly St. site and be leased at a square-foot rate close to their current rate. Ideally, the space would have a loading dock or the opportunity to build one.
The USPS is expected to host a public meeting sometime this summer either at City Hall or Mount Dora Community Building. The date is to be announced.
Florida Hospital Waterman announced today an expansion at its Tavares hospital campus that will more than double the size of the Emergency Department and include the addition of a four-story patient tower dedicated to women’s services, pediatrics and future growth. The project will add more than 111,000 square feet of patient care space to the hospital including an expansion of the Emergency Department to 58 beds, and a 24-bed women and children’s unit on the second floor of the tower. Floors three and four will be shelled for future growth, and the structure will support an additional expansion up to six floors.
In 2016, Florida Hospital Waterman treated more than 65,000 patients in its Emergency Department. When the hospital moved to its new facility and current location in Tavares, the Emergency Department was built to accommodate 50,000 patients a year.
Since 2000, the population of Lake County has grown by nearly 50%, and it’s expected to grow by another 12% over the next four years according to 2010 Census data.
“We have experienced substantial growth in our Emergency Department over the past several years,” said Abel Biri, Chief Executive Officer, Florida Hospital Waterman. “As our community continues to grow, and more Lake County residents choose us for their care, we must expand to meet that demand.”
The hospital’s Emergency Department will grow from 35 to 58 beds. It will feature improvements in privacy and patient flow, and offer innovative treatment options for special patient populations like children, seniors and heart attack patients.
“More than 80% of the hospital’s patients originate in the Emergency Department, and Florida Hospital Waterman has placed a significant amount of emphasis on this area for a good reason,” said Floriano Putigna, Emergency Department Medical Director. The second floor of the new patient tower will be dedicated to a state-of-the-art women and children’s center. In partnership with Florida Hospital for Women and Florida Hospital for Children, the new center will include 24 beds for women’s services including labor and delivery, post-partum care, and inpatient pediatrics. The hospital’s current Center for Women and Children will be converted to a medical-surgical unit.
The Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation has pledged to raise $5 million through community donations to help fund the project. The entire project is expected to cost $70 million.
Construction is slated to begin in July with the expansion and new patient tower complete by the start of 2019. At that time, the existing Emergency Department will be renovated. The entire projected is scheduled to be complete by July 2019.
A groundbreaking at the hospital is scheduled for Thursday, July 6 at 9:30 a.m.
The long wait is over. Panera Bread fans can now get their fix of fresh pastries, warm chocolate chip cookies and crusty loaves of artisan bread. The national bakery-cafe chain opened its Eustis location at 17325 U.S. 441 today.
The 4,783 square-foot cafe offersa big selection of fresh breads, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Libations include crafted coffees, an assortment of teas, and frozen beverages. The location also features a convenient drive-thru and patio dining.
The restaurants hours are Monday through Satuday 6:30 a.m. through 9:30 p.m and Sundays 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Eustis Panera Bread is owned by Covelli Family Limited Partnership, part of Covelli Enterprises headquartered in Warren, Ohio. The company is the largest Panera Bread franchisee with over 200 locations.
Today, there are over 2,000 Panera Bread locations nationwide.
Even with their short stature, they have commanded a lot of attention. Last week walls were erected in downtown Mount Dora that made some residents and council members cringe. The three walls enclosed the public sidewalk in front of Cafe Gianni, significantly increasing its space for outdoor dining while obstructing pedestrians, strollers and wheelchairs from using the sidewalk. Read more