The temps are warming up and the local public pools and splash pads are providing a fun way to cool off. All are now open for the season. Read more
Get ready for a new coffee spot...or two in Mount Dora. Foxtail Coffee, the regional chain of popular coffee cafes will reportedly open two new locations in Mount Dora. Read more
Artisans of 5th, the gallery shop featuring local artists, is relocating in July to 4th Avenue. Meanwhile, it will remain open at its 5th Avenue location until June 30. The artist co-op, which didn't have a lease, was required to move due to the pending sale of the Mount Dora Center for the Arts building. Read more
There will soon be another spot in downtown Mount Dora to satisfy your sugar craving. A new chocolate shop is planning to open in the Renaissance Building. Watch Mount Dora Buzz's Instagram page for updates.
Mount Dora's historic Lakeside Inn is one of the area's best known landmarks and sits on five acres of prime lakefront property. After 10 years of ownership, the inn's proprietor, who is also a Mount Dora resident, discussed the city's economy and future with Mount Dora Buzz. Read more
After extensive re-construction and improvements, the City of Tavares has opened its brand new docksnear Wooton Park. The docks were destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. In addition to slips available for day use, 80 leases are available to accommodate personal and commercial boats, as well as seaplanes. Read more
The 2021 Hurricane season outlook was released and is similar to last year's prediction so residents can expect a busier than usual season. Before the season is in full swing, the state's annual Sales Tax Holiday kicked off for residents to make their hurricane preparations. Learn more about this year's season and the sales tax holiday here.
This month's Day Trippin' location has a fun vibe, great shopping, diverse restaurants, breweries and lots of outdoor activities. Read more
A long last, Tavares opened its own history museum inside the City's train station at Wooton Park downtown.
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Lake Cares Food Pantry recently announced that its long-time executive director, Irene O'Malley will be retiring at the end of the year. Read more. She's been an amazing gift to Lake County and we wish her a very happy retirement.
Big shout out to all of the 2021 graduates who persevered through their last year of high school during an extraordinary year. The future is yours, so carpe diem!
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CITY HALL NEWS The hottest topic in the City of Mount Dora has been the Planning and Zoning Commission's proposal to increase building heights in downtown Mount Dora from 35 feet to 55 feet. Residents can weigh in at a special Town Hall meeting on the topic at Mount Dora Community Building on June 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Local government hours are returning to normal. Beginning June 1, Mount Dora City Hall is open 5 days a week. During COVID-19 the CIty had reduced its City Hall operations to 4 days a week. W.T. Bland Library has also resumed its pre-COVID-19 hours of operation.
Earlier this year, the City of Mount Dora sent out a Request for Proposals for a parking structure. G3 Development (Downtown Parking Solution MD, LLC) was the sole bidder on the expansive project. Mount Dora City Council approved beginning negotiations with the developer on their proposed five-level project that would include a parking garage and other mixed-use spaces. The large project borders commercial and residential areas and would encompass the city block from Third Avenue to the train tracks and from Baker to Tremain.
Be sure to check Mount Dora Buzz's government page regularly to find out what's happening at Mount Dora City Hall. .