Furthering its commitment to remaining a no-kill shelter, Lake County will break ground on a new 31,000-square-foot facility in Tavares. The new animal shelter will feature an open-air cat porch, a dog viewing site and an area where animals and their potential owners can get acquainted. The new facility, will have the necessary amount of space to temporarily house hundreds of dogs, cats and other pets as they wait for adoption..
ABOVE: Rendering of new shelter
“Since our transition to becoming a no-kill community, we’ve struggled with overcrowding at the shelter,” said Lake County Animal Shelter director Whitney Boylston. “The new facility will allow us to better serve the pets as they wait for new homes.” After being designated as a no-kill shelter in 2017, concerns about overcrowding were quickly recognized by Lake County Commissioners, who approved the new facility last year. The new shelter, to be funded by Lake County’s penny sales tax, will also feature an education room, a surgery room, cat and dog isolation areas and adoption areas. Lake County invites the public for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility at 12280 County Road 448 on January 14 at 11 a.m.
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It's been a very long road, so to speak. Tavares is finally ready to celebrate the completion of its Ruby Street Stormwater Beautification Project downtown. The project was originally scheduled to be completed in October, 2017.
The comprehensive project was designed to improve and protect the water quality of Lake Dora, which was designated as an impaired lake by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to the implementation of new stormwater technology, Tavares replaced 80-year old drainage pipes and outfalls, which are expected to resolve the flooding issues that plagued Ruby Street during heavy rains. From a series of new “ponds” and wooden bridges, an 8-acre, walkable Ecological Park was created, which will serve as a sustainable stormwater treatment area. Floating flower and fauna mats will fill the ponds, which will also contribute to removing pollutants. This cutting-edge stormwater treatment “park” will create a scenic green space addition to downtown.
ABOVE: Rendering of beautification to Ruby Street.
The conclusion of the project includes beautification and streetscape of Ruby Street with hand-laid red brick and comprehensive landscaping.
The street party will take place on January 11 on Ruby Street across Sinclair Avenue at 6:00 p.m. with a ceremonial laying of the bricks and a shower of fireworks. Entertainment will follow which includes stilt walkers, karaoke, a strolling piano and live music featuring the 12-piece Blonde Ambition and Beemo, an indie rock-folk band.