South Lake is made up of the interconnected communities of Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Montverde in addition to the Four Corners area. Representatives of the municipal governments are ex-officio members of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce. South Lake residents and businesses enjoy a mutually-supportive community while appreciating the unique strengths and histories of each city and town.
The largest city in Lake County, Clermont is known as the "Gem of the Hills." Clermont has seen the greatest changes in recent years. The city's signature lakes and hills can be viewed from the iconic Citrus Tower, built in 1956. Clermont enjoys a thriving residential and business community, which includes a full complement of professional services and desired retail. The region's "health and wellness" identity is fully represented in Clermont, with lakes, parks and triathlons, as well as the complementary health institutions of South Lake Hospital and the National Training Center serving as pillars of the community. With the added foundation of academics provided through Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida, South Lake is preparing future generations for the workplace.
Mayor Harold Turville Jr.
Ray Goodgame, Mayor Pro Tem
City Manager Darren Gray
Located at the intersection of Highway 50 and State Road 19, Groveland's rich history is tied to the citrus industry and agriculture. The opportunity from having Highway 50 routed through the city, and the devastating freezes of the 1980s, which crippled the citrus industry, gave Groveland leaders the impetus to change and diversify. The city has grown and shaped its economic development efforts to capitalize on its close proximity to major transportation routes, such as the Florida Turnpike.
Groveland's popular Lake David Park is home to one of Central Florida's largest 4th of July celebrations. Park amenities include a boat ramp, fishing docks, trails and playgrounds in addition to a large skateboard park. The city's forward-thinking attitude is summed up in its motto: "City with a Future - Watch Us Grow!"
Mayor James Gearhart
Tim Loucks, Vice Mayor
Interim City Manager
Like much of South Lake's early settlements, Mascotte began as a small agricultural town that included a sugar-cane mill and later several fruit and vegetable packing-houses. Mascotte today is positioned for economic growth, with boundaries stretching from Sumter County to the west, Leesburg to the north and Groveland on the east. The city has a streamlined development process and a diverse workforce. Residential communities include modern subdivisions and affordable housing options. Always looking to the future, Mascotte is dedicated in planning for future parks and trails to further enhance the community's quality of life and ensure the city remains as closely-knit today as it was during its founding. As its motto declares: "The City of Mascotte, Celebrating Culture and Community."
Mayor Tony Rosado
Barbara Krull, Mayor Pro Tem
City Manager Jim Gleason
Minneola city government's community pride is apparent in its motto: "Delivering excellence." The city prides itself on balancing its small town feel with the needs of long-term planning. In a county with more than 1,400 lakes, Minneola's namesake waterfront, Lake Minneola, stands apart as one of the region's most beautiful lakes offering almost ever fresh water recreational activity you can imagine, including fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing and more. Surrounded by scenic byways and home to the iconic Lake Minneola Inn and its popular Tiki Bar & Grill, Minneola offers a quiet charm with access to desirable amenities. The city is proud to be home to Lake Minneola High School, a state-of-the-art marvel where students use iPads instead of textbooks and have cutting-edge educational opportunities to prepare for a high-tech workforce.
Mayor Pat Kelley
City Manager Mark Johnson
Defining itself as a sanctuary of "Old Florida" living, the Town of Montverde remains a pristine residential community, committed to comfortable living. Recognized the world over for its academically-acclaimed Montverde Academy, the town is home to students from across the country and around the world that come for the school's premiere college preparatory education and growing academic reputation. The Academy's beautiful, Spanish-Mission style architecture and immaculately landscaped campus reflect its surrounding namesake town's commitment to tradition, character and community. Located on the western banks of Lake Apopka, Montverde is dedicated to maintaining and improving its natural assets, the majestic oaks and harmonious natural environment. The town welcomes all with the motto: "My Montverde is your Montverde."
Mayor Troy Bennett
Billy Bates, President
Joe Wynkoop, Vice President
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