American Independence festivities start early and span multiple days in the Golden Triangle area, so residents can celebrate in Mount Dora, Tavares and Eustis. It also means celebrants can enjoy impressive fireworks shows on three different nights. Please remember to bring your pets inside prior to local fireworks.
Eustis kicks off the celebrations with their Independence events on July 1 with a water ski show, plus live music and food trucks in Ferran Park. The evening ends with fireworks over Lake Eustis. Get the event schedule here. Next up is Mount Dora's Freedom on the Waterfront event starting at 5pm on July 3 with live music in Evans Park and Simpson Cove. At 9pm enjoy a fireworks show over Lake Dora.
Tavares will host a big downtown celebration on the 4th of July with its annual parade followed by a party with live music, lots of family entertainment, fireworks and more. Get the Tavares schedule of events here.
Last month, Mount Dora officially became golf cart friendly after a new city ordinance allowed specially-equipped carts on select Mount Dora streets. Licensed drivers must first get a permit for their golf cart from the City. Read more
W.T. Bland Library in Mount Dora has a couple of fun animal events for kids this month. First up is "Ferrell Outdoors: Who Left These Footprints?" on July 7. Later in the month another show "Central Florida Zoo: Creatures of the Night"will take place on July 21 at 2pm. No registration is needed for either event. The library is located at 1995 N. Donnelly Street.
Get your paddles ready! A new kayak launch and washing station is just about complete at Mount Dora's Palm Island Park on the shore of Lake Dora.
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Spanish Tapas lovers need to look no further than Tavares now. Ole Spanish Tapas Restaurant recently opened its doors and features a large menu full of traditional tapas and paellas. Read more
A new plant boutique is expected to open this month in downtown Mount Dora. Forage & Cultivate will be located on Royellou Alley and feature a variety of indoor plants and accessories.
Painting with a Twist, Mount Dora's "sip and paint" venue relocated from the shopping center at Eudora Road and U.S. Highway 44. Its new location is a free-standing building located at 4001 County Road 19A.
Watch for a new take-out chicken spot to open in the Fitness CF shopping center in Mount Dora. It's still in the early build-out stage, so we'll keep you updated.
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The Florida Department of Health issued a statewide malaria advisory following four confirmed cases of the disease in Sarasota County. Florida residents are encouraged to take precautions to help prevent the spread of the disease that is transmitted by mosquito bites. Read more
After an odd and messy month, Mount Dora City Council voted to bring in a conflict resolution professional to help improve communication and other issues uncovered in the results of a recent anonymous survey of the city's department heads about their boss, the city manager. Prior to the survey results, the mayor repeatedly sought the city manager's termination, but she lacked the support of the six other council members and some residents who consistently voiced their concerns about the way the matter was handled and the absence of due process. Read more or download the survey report here.
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he approval process for new developments depends on the type of project proposed. Check out the current list of local commercial and residential development projects here. As projects advance through the multi-step approval process, watch Mount Dora Buzz's website for more in-depth articles on some of the newsworthy developments.