- This month gorgeous wooden boats of yesteryear will once again line the shoreline at Wooton Park in Tavares. During the Sunnyland Antique BoatShow, hundreds of immaculate vessels will be available for drooling over throughout the three-day event. It you've never been, it's a must-see. Read more If you love sailboats, the Mount Dora Sailing Regatta is the following week on Lake Dora. The best spots to view the fleet of sails are Lighthouse Point and Palm Island. The 4th Avenue docks are closed for repair due to recent storm damage, so that vantage point is not available this year. Read more
- Mount Dora is about to get more artsy. Muralists and artists are being sought for paint four large trash compactor enclosures throughout downtown. The City is paying $1400 for each mural commissioned. Interested artists must submit their resumes and proposals by March 6. Read more
Eustis is calling on artists of a different kind. This month the city will once again host its annual Busker Festival where street performers from across the U.S. compete for cash prizes. Read more
- Anyone on a quest for fresh seafood and produce will find it at the Lake County Farmers Market in Eustis. The market is the biggest fresh produce venue in the county and happens every Thursday morning in Eustis. Read more
- A new Greek restaurant opened in Eustis in February. Gyro King is a small eatery that serves up traditional Mediterranean favorites. Read more - There's a new fitness option coming to the area. OrangeTheory Fitness is currently under construction in Mount Dora and will offer a different type of group fitness. Read more
- Good news for Lake County women. Impressive state-of-the-art mammogram technology will become available later this month when Serene Diagnostic Imaging Center opens in Tavares. Read more
- Visitors to the area will soon have another choice for accommodations. Home2 Suites, the extended-stay brand of hotels by Hilton, currently has a location under construction across from the Hampton Inn on U.S. 441 in Mount Dora. Stay tuned to Mount Dora Buzz on Facebook for more information.
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- Eustis' favorite waterfront park is getting some big improvements. Ferran Park is now closed while construction is underway. Some amenities and sections of some nearby streets are also closed. Read more
- City staff recently removed historic coping around family gravesites at Mount Dora's Pine Forest, a city-owned cemetery. The decision resulted in swaths of scarred earth and anger from residents. The practice has since been paused. Read more
- This month, Eustis voters were supposed to get their say on a referendum on the funding for the proposed new community/conference/sailing center. However, the vote has been postponed, possibly to August, due to an administrative error.
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A huge thanks goes out to the late Kevin McMurray and his wife, Amber, for their overwhelming generosity in donating the funds for Mount Dora Police Department to get a new K9 pup. The department no longer had a K9 officer after the two they had retired due to health reasons in recent years and later passed away. The story behind the McMurray's donation is sad, yet touching. Read more
The railroad that runs through Mount Dora and Tavares has sold and that affects the possibility of building theTav-Dora Bike Trail. Our readers have been vocally in favor of it, so Mount Dora Buzz has an update on its current status.Read more
Fresh, local organic produce can seem elusive, but Lake County does have some great organic farms. If you're searching for farm-to-table options, you'll want to check out the guide of local organic farms.Read more
February is Black History Month and Mount Dora is celebrating with a parade and festival on February 8. Check out the entertainment calendar for more information.
GeorgeFest, a festive three-day celebration of the nation's first president, will once again come to downtown Eustis this month. Stay tuned to Mount Dora Buzz's Facebook page for more details as they become available.
Mount Dora Marketplacebegan renovations on the small alley between the two buildings to allow better access to the outdoor seating area and to make the area more inviting to customers.
Next time you're in downtown Mount Dora and have time to explore, stop in to see Papilio'snew, larger location on Donnelly Street near 5th Avenue. The space has undergone a beautiful transformation.
Super Bowl may be over, but there's still some football news to spread.Mount Dora High Hurricaneshave a new football coach. Cameron Porch, was recently hired as head coach and a physical education teacher. Porch has coached at high schools in Georgia and North Florida.
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Love gyros? Downtown Mount Dora has a delicious new dining option. Mediterranean Kitchen offers fresh, build-your-own gyros, salads and bowls. The eatery is owned by very familiar local faces and experienced restaurateurs. Read more
Tavares has a new ethnic dining option in the heart of downtown. Asian Invasion is a new eatery offering Thai and Japanese dishes including sushi and more. The opening is welcome news after the closing of Lake Dora Sushi & Sake downtown. More info
A new, casual Greek restaurant is planning to open in Eustis. As more information becomes available, watch for the article on Mount Dora Buzz's Facebook pageandwebsite.
Mount Dora is moving forward with conceptual plans and design services to renovate Cauley Lott Park. The plan will involve community input and use a $200,000 grant to help fund the necessary improvements.
Last month the City presented the idea for an 18-24 court pickleball complex on a vacant site adjacent to Lincoln Park to the area's advisory committee. The idea was unanimously opposed by all of the committee's members due to the area's needs and priorities. Read more
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This area is made special by its many amazing people. This month's well-deserved kudos go to:
-Christine Palmer, the art teacher at Triangle Elementary, who was recently named Lake County Teacher of the Year. Read more
-Reverend Bobby Rowe, a Mount Dora High alum, who not only organized Mount Dora's annual Unity Walk and celebration, but is making a difference in kids' lives with his successful, free tutoring program for Mount Dora students of all ages.
-A shout-out also goes to the residents of Lake Gertrude that put forth an impressive effort to create a memorable community gathering to usher in 2020 at the lakefront. They succeeded in making memories for residents and strengthening their community.