Clermont Mayor Gail Ash would like to share the following message:

Hello to our Clermont community,

We hope you are staying healthy during these challenging times. We are in week four of the governor’s stay-at-home order, which expires Thurs., April 30.

After careful consideration and discussion with City Manager Darren Gray, we have decided to reopen the city’s boat ramp and all city parks with select amenities starting Fri., May 1. Tennis courts will be the only sports courts to reopen at this time. Park hours will be from sunrise to sunset.

Park rangers and police officers will patrol these areas to ensure the public is following guidelines from the governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart from others) and not gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

All public restrooms will remain closed until further notice. The beach at Waterfront Park will remain closed, as well as Champions Splash Park, playgrounds, basketball courts, shuffleboard courts, ballfields and pavilions. All other city facilities also will stay closed until further notice, such as City Hall, Clermont City Center and the Clermont Arts and Recreation Center, including the aquatics center and the Clermont Performing Arts Center.

Our staff has been working hard to keep city services running smoothly online and by phone. We continue to answer questions on the city’s main line at 352-394-4081 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. City council meetings continue to be broadcasted live on the city’s YouTube channel,

We have been diligently communicating with local and state authorities, taking all possible precautions, and educating the public on our COVID-19 webpage,, as well as on the city’s Facebook page,, and on our new Nextdoor app page.

This is a strange time for all of us, but together, we will get through this. We ask that our community members continue to be champions for slowing the spread of this terrible disease, which has taken the lives of at least 10 Lake County residents and over 58,500 Americans.

We ask everyone to do their part by staying home whenever possible. When you must go out, we urge you to follow the CDC guidelines, including wearing a cloth face covering and practicing social distancing.

We are proud of our staff, residents, businesses and community for being champions and for stepping up to help each other during this difficult time.

Remember, we are here to serve you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

– Mayor Gail Ash

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