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Joinusas we continueourmissionofpr ov iding ex cellenceinhealthcar e. r fntb t ntntn REMEMBER WHEN | B3NEIGHBORS:David Willis plans new album WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014 www.southlakepress.com 50 NEWST AND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B5 CROSSWORDS B2 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN B3 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4WORD ON THE STREE T A2SOUTH LAKE PRESSV OLUME 99, NO. 26 5 SECTIOn N S 2008, Halifax Media Group All rights reservedwww. southlakepress.com PRSRT-STD U.S. Postage Paid Clermont, FL Permit #280 Postal Customer Clermont, FL 34711 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID DECISION 2014 GATHERING THE NAMES CAMPIONE POOLE PARKS ON THE BALLOTREPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 5 %  en Thuy Lowe, R %  en Corrine Brown, D %  en Glo Smith, RREPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 10 %  en Shyan Modarres, D %  en Daniel Webster, R %  en David Falstad, Write-in %  en William Ferree, D %  en Michael McKenna, DREPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 11 %  en Dave Koller, D %  en Richard Nugent, RGOVERNOR %  en Charlie Crist, D %  en Rick Scott, RATTORNEY GENERAL %  en Pam Bondi, R %  en George Sheldon, D %  en Perry Thurston, D CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER %  en Jeff Atwater, R %  en William Rankin, D LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comLake County Commis sioner Sean Parks was re-elected Friday with out opposition after the qualifying period for 2014 elections ended. Two candidates had led papers to run against Parks in the previous weeks but withdrew before the qualifying period ended. Orange County Sheriff Capt. Sandy Carpenter led paperwork in May to run against Parks and withdrew his bid less than two weeks later. Then John Stump, a Mount Dora man with close ties to CEMEX and its plans to develop a sand mine in south Lake County, led papers and then withdrew less than a week later. Emogene Stegall, super visor of elections, said it was unusual for two candidates to withdraw in a short amount of time. LINDA CHARLTONSpecial to the Daily CommercialSix candidates qualied for three seats on the Clermont City Council last week. Councilman Rick VanWagner was the rst to le for the mayoral seat. In the process he effectively leaves Seat 5, his current spot, up for grabs. In a previously published inter view, VanWagner said I am excit ed about this election. I feel Cler mont needs someone to take it to the next level and I want to be that Commission: Parks unopposed, Campione to face PooleSix square off for Clermont City CouncilSEE BALLOT | A2SEE COUNCIL | A2SEE COMISSION | A3 LINDA CHARLTONSpecial to the Daily CommercialFive candidates qualied for three seats on the Groveland City Council last week. Current Groveland mayor Tim Loucks and former Groveland mayor Mike Radzik are both running for the District 1 seat, which is the mayoral seat. In a recent interview Loucks named parks, the ooding is sues in the west part of the city, and the ongoing Eagle Ridge Re claimed Water Distribution Sys tem as top priorities should he be elected. In a prepared statement, he said, As your mayor, I will con tinue to bring civility, coopera tion and the ability to compro mise, while bringing the practice of healthy debate to our city council, staff and citizens. Loucks became mayor last year when then-mayor Jim Gearhart resigned, not long into his rst term. Loucks was already on the council and had been selected by council as mayor pro tem. Radzik had been mayor for one term when he was defeated in his bid for re-election two years ago by Gearhart. Now Radzik is ghting to get the mayoral seat back. Radziks stated goal, should he be elected, is to bring respectability back to the city at a time when we need good sound judgement, given the bright fu ture we have ahead of us, par ticularly with the DRI (the Villa City area development of regional impact). Radzik goes on to say that I believe I am the more capable and professional of the two of us, and I have more experience. Five qualify for Groveland electionsAs your mayor, I will continue to bring civility, cooperation and the ability to compromise, while bringing the practice of healthy debate to our city council, staff and citizens.Groveland mayor Tim LoucksSEE GROVELAND | A3 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comPlans for a massive development cov ering 2,467 acres in south Lake are almost exactly what Howard Kings great grandfa ther envisioned for the town he founded 130 years ago. Old Villa City was one of the most successful towns during that time, King said, bringing in afuent people from up north and included a church, hotel, post ofce, photography studio and 35 homes. But when The Great Freeze of 1894-95 set in, sending temperatures to19 degrees, it destroyed the citrus and vegetable industry in old Villa City, and 150 residents abandoned the town, including George T. King, who was vice president of sales for the Colgate Company. I think he would be pleased as punch if it went through, said King, who still lives in old Villa City. I think it would be exactly what he envisioned, except he had agriculture interests in mind. The new development, also called Villa City, would be located northwest of State Road 19 and east of State Road 33, directly south of the Florida Turnpike, according to planning documents led by the Villa City developer. The East Central Flor ida Regional Planning Council, made up of representatives from counties and cities, will make recommendations regarding the project, while the Groveland City Council will give nal approval. But no denitive timeframe has been set. However, pre-application documents An old town to rise again in south Lake LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Howard and Dodie King, and their grandson, Dalton Johnson, look over some memorabilia from the original Villa City.SEE VILLA CITY | A6

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A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 TAVARES Lake County included in new regional expressway authorityGov. Rick Scott on Friday signed Senate Bill 230 to create the Central Florida Expressway Authority, incor porating representation from Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties into a larger, regional tolling authority. Effective immediately, CFX takes over the existing Orlando-Orange County authority, which is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a 109-mile limited-access expressway system serving the four county jurisdictions, according to a press release from CFX. The authority will be governed by a nine-member board, with representatives from each of the four counties, along with the mayor of Orange County, the mayor of Orlando and three gubernatorial appointees. Under this new structure, we will have the opportunity to create a board with a majority of elected ofcials able to oversee toll collections and roadway operations while also providing direct accountability to our citizens, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said in the release. The rst meeting of the new CFX board will be in July. Meeting information will be posted on ExpresswayAuthority.com.LEESBURG United Way has three new board membersUnited Way of Lake & Sumter Counties has announced the appointment of three new community leaders from Lake and Sumter counties. According to a press release, the new board members are: %  en Joshua Blake, Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Marlene OToole, R-The Villages. Blake, a fth generation Floridian, is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Florida. He began his career with OToole as her local campaign manager. %  en Bryan D. Cornell, vice president/ district manager of Wells Fargo Bank, serving Lake and Sumter counties. Cornell, a Tampa native, received a bachelors degree in marketing from the University of South Florida. %  en Sumter County Tax Collector Randy Mask, who was employed with SECO Energy for 28 years. He served two terms as Sumter County Commissioner from 2004-2012. In addition, Mask is the owner of Mask Properties LLC.GROVELAND Officer uses stun gun on uncooperative suspectA Groveland police ofcer used his stun gun twice on a suspect last week after the man allegedly refused to cooperate during a vehicle burglary investigation. According to an ar rest afdavit, Cory Adam Byers, of Clermont, continued cursing at the ofcer during an investigation and while police tried to get him into the patrol car. The ofcer then used a stun gun on him. When that didnt work, he used the stun gun again. Still, another ofcer had to help pull Byers into the patrol car. Byers, 29, was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest. He was released from the Lake County Jail later Tuesday morning after posting a $2,000 bond. The incident occurred at the Days Inn in the 20300 block of U.S. Highway 27 about 12:10 / a.m. Tuesday. There have been a number of recent vehicle burglaries in the area, and an ofcer spotted a vehicle with its driver side open and a man inside. Byers allegedly jumped out of the car upon seeing the ofcer and refused to say who the vehicle belonged to. Area Briefs What south Lake residents are saying about the...PRISONER SWAPWhat do you think of the recent U.S. prisoner swap with the Taliban?That is the stupidest idea that Obama has ever come up with. The guy walked out. He was nobody important, and we released ve Taliban leaders that it took us forever to get. DALTON JOHNSON SANFORD The only thing I think is that it shouldnt have tak en ve to get our guy back, and I dont care what peo ple say, I dont think that man went willingly. Who would stay over there for ve years? COURTNEY ISHMAN MASCOTTE At rst I thought it was probably good, then I nd out hes supposedly a ji hadist. I think we should leave no American be hind. Hes an American. If you were a prisoner in Vietnam, you would do what you needed in order to survive. RICHARD HOFFMAN MONTVERDE Until we nd out all the facts about that sergeant its really hard to evalu ate the trade. Everyone is saying hes a traitor and all that, but we dont know that. STEVE SWART CLERMONT Word on theStreet Missing your South Lake Press? Call us. To request home delivery or to report a missed paper,call 787-0600 or toll-free at 877-702-0600. More information about circulation on Page A4 BYERS THURSDAY TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP: At 11 a.m., to guide parents and students through the process of applying, re ceiving and maintaining the Take Stock in Chil -dren scholarship for mid-dle school students and parents/guardians, 756 W. Broad St., Groveland. To register, call 352-429-5840.SHERIFF BORDERS IS THE GUEST AT SL912PROJ -ECT MEETING: At 7 p.m., at the Clermont City Center in downtown Clermont. Guests are asked to bring canned goods for local food pantries. An item of need is peanut butter. JULY 12STAR WARS DAYS SUM MER READING PROGRAM AT THE LIBRARY: From 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cooper Memorial Library in Cler -mont. Go to www.mylake -library.org for information.COOPER MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen is the book selection for the July book. Read the book and join the discus -sion at 5 p.m. at the Coo -per Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, sec-ond oor, Room 221, in Cl -ermont. For information, call 352-536-2275.COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE %  en Thad Hamilton, D %  en Jeffrey Obos, Write-in %  en Adam Putnam, R STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 8 %  en Dorothy Hukill, R STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 31 %  en Randy Glisson, R %  en Belita Grassel, R %  en Terri Seefeldt, R %  en Joseph B. Stephens, R %  en Jennifer Sullivan, R STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 32 %  en Larry Metz, R STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 33 %  en Marlene OToole BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 2 %  en Sean Michael Parks, R BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 4 %  en Leslie Shamrock Campione, R %  en Thomas Henry Poole Jr., No party LAKE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY AT-LARGE %  en Adam Scott Dufresne %  en Robert Alan Hendrick %  en Willard Garrison Ives Jr. LAKE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY DISTRICT 2 %  en Samuel R. Oppelaar Jr. %  en Lake County Water Authority District 4 %  en Doug Bryant NORTH LAKE COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES [NORTH EAST] SEAT #2 %  en Duane Keith Booth NORTH LAKE COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES [NORTH WEST] SEAT #4 %  en Vic Donahey NORTH LAKE COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES [NORTH WEST] SEAT #6 %  en Joyce Richey Huey COUNTY JUDGE GROUP 3 %  en Daniel David Archer %  en Terry T. Neal SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1 %  en John J. Ardizone, Nonpartisan %  en William John Mathias, Nonpartisan SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 3 %  en Jamie Maret Hanja, Nonpartisan %  en Marc Anthony Dodd, Nonpartisan %  en Tod Andre Howard, Nonpartisan SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5 %  en Nancy L. Muenzmay, Nonpartisan %  en Peter E. Tarby, Nonpartisan %  en Stephanie Ann Luke, Nonpartisan JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, FIFTH APPELLATE DISTRICT (JUDICIAL RETENTION) %  en Wendy W. Berger %  en Kerry I. Evander %  en C. Alan Lawson %  en Richard B. Ornger %  en William D. Palmer %  en Thomas D. Sawaya %  en F. Rand Wallis CIRCUIT JUDGE, FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT GROUP 3 %  en Denise Dymond Lyn %  en Mary Hatcher %  en Sandy Kautz %  en Bo Samargya GROUP 5 %  en Richard Tombrink GROUP 6 %  en Mark Jay Hill GROUP 10 %  en Jonathan Ohlman GROUP 11 %  en Richard Howard GROUP 12 %  en Don Briggs GROUP 18 %  en Lisa Herndon GROUP 21 %  en Brian Lambert GROUP 22 %  en Curtis Neal GROUP 27 %  en Carol Falvey GROUP 28 %  en Mark Anthony Nacke LAKE SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SEAT 1 %  en Melanie Rose SEAT 2 %  en Linda Kay Bystrak SEAT 3 %  en Daniel Robert Osborn SEAT 4 %  en Frank Paulhamus SEAT 5 %  en Betsy Farner CITY OF CLERMONT SEAT 1 %  en Timothy Bates SEAT 3 %  en Gail Ash %  en Rick VanWagner SEAT 5 %  en Tim Murry %  en Thomas Spencer %  en Diane Travis CITY OF GROVELAND MAYOR (SEAT 1) %  en Tim Loucks %  en Mike Radzik SEAT 5 %  en John Grifn %  en Eunice Garbutt SEAT 3 %  en Dina Sweatt CITY OF MOUNT DORA COUNCIL, AT-LARGE %  en Nick Girone %  en Marie Rich COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2 %  en Cal Rolfson COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3 %  en Ed Rowlett %  en Joe Runnels CITY OF UMATILLA SEAT 4 %  en Brian Butler %  en H. Scott Purvis SEAT 5 %  en Katherine Kaye Adams BALLOTFROM PAGE A1guy ... if we put both hands on the wheel, we can make this city economy robust. VanWagner will not face current mayor Hal Turville in the upcoming election, as Turville announced this week that he is not run ning. However, VanWagner will be facing former councilwoman Gail Ash. Ive been here now for 12 years, Ash said. Theres so many changes taking place here I think its al most like a blank canvas, to see what the residents want or need in the city. The mayoral race will be decided on Nov. 4, during the general election. Meanwhile, Tim Murry, Dr. Thomas Spencer and Dianne Travis are all seeking the seat currently held by VanWagner. In a statement, Spencer said I propose to not just serve as your representative, but even more im portantly, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. Travis said, Im very excited by the direction the city is going with the brand ing and all. I think I can help take it to the next level. Im an athlete and a business owner, which is something I think the city can use. Ive competed all over the world, and Im ready to be part of the team. Murry was born and raised in Clermont and subsequently had a career in the Air Force. On retirement I decided it was time to get back to the city and help people out, because I remember when I was growing up there wasnt much for the kids to do here, Mur ry said. I felt more can be done, and we need city of cials who can get out in the community and relate to the community. The three Seat 5 candidates will face off in a pri mary election on Aug. 26. If none of them receive a majority of the votes, the two top vote-getters will square off during the November election. Councilman Tim Bates (Seat 1) is running for re-election unopposed. COUNCIL FROM PAGE A1

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 Placey ouradher ea nd re ac ht heLocalMar ket!VE RY AF FO RDABLE!Call to da y3 52-394-2183 Ja sonCottoJulieKileyKrisMemoloMarianArmstrong rfrntb (352)242-4500 Parks said he is hon ored and humbled to be re-elected and emphasized it is not his commission seat, but the peoples seat. I love serving people and I will work even harder over the next four years, he said. He added there is much more work to do, from efforts to nding an alternative water source in the south Lake region to nishing the Wellness Way Sector Plan to focusing on transportation and road needs. The sector plan would transform 16,000 acres in the southeast corner of the county into a hub for hightech health care jobs and other industries, which would attract people who like to bike, walk and enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle. Wellness Way has been called the largest piece of undeveloped property left in Lake County. The tract runs east of U.S. Highway 27 along the Orange County border, running south from State Road 50 to U.S. Highway 192. This coming year I want to launch an inter-agency effort to study the entire upper basin of the Clermont Chain of Lakes to deter mine and help alleviate water level problems on the lakes, he said. Other county qualifying races to watch this election season include: Commissioner Leslie Campione, a Republican, will face Thomas Henry Poole Jr., senior pastor of Mount Moriah Church in Wildwood and son of Thomas Henry Poole Sr., a prominent NAACP leader and teacher who fought for civil rights after integration in Eustis. Poole is running as a candidate with no party afliation. Voters will pick the candidate during the general election on Nov. 4. In the race for School Board District 1, incumbent Bill Mathias is facing John Ardizone, who previously worked as a substitute teacher for Lake County schools, served as a police ofcer with the Los Angeles Police Department and managed a Ramada Hotel. Voters will decide the winner of the race during the Aug. 26 primary. In the contest for School Board District 3, Tod Howard, incumbent, has two opponents. Jamie Maret Hanja serves on many boards, including the Lake County Historical Society, and is vice chair of the Lake-Sumter MPO Citizens Advisory Committee and has served on the Lake County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Marc Anthony Dodd, a kindergarten teacher for the past three years, previously worked with the Walt Disney Co. Incumbent Kyleen Fischer has withdrawn from this race. Stephanie Ann Luke, an instructor of elementary education at the University of Central Florida will run against Nancy Muenzmay, director of Incubator Programs at Lake-Sumter State College and Peter Tarby, former Umatilla City Council member. For School Board Districts 3 and 5, the candidates will face off at the Aug. 26 primary. To avoid a runoff to the general election on Nov. 4, one candidate must get 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, according to the Super visor of Elections ofce. COMISSION FROM PAGE A1 I am much more rounded than he is. Two candidates are vying for the District 5 seat: incumbent John Grif n and challenger Eunice Garbutt. Long-time councilman Grifn says my platform is to keep taxes as low as I can and be sure the city has enough money to run on, with out being exorbitant. I always try to keep the millage rate as low as I can, because eventually it falls in the laps of the citizens. Garbutt says she is running be cause she wants to ensure that Groveland is a place where you can not only live, but work and play, and to ensure that theres reasonable growth that can not only accommo date the citizens of old Groveland, but the new residents as well. Incumbent Dina Sweatt (District 5) is running unopposed. I am running again because I want to make a difference, she says. I want to see Groveland grow, thrive and become all it can be. I would like to more events such as the Memorial Day program I cre ated. Groveland used to hold ski shows on Lake David. I would like to see that come back, maybe hold an Easter egg hunt, Halloween/fall car nival, a bigger and better farmers market. Groveland has the poten tial. All we have to do is tap into it. GROVELAND FROM PAGE A1 SUBMITTED PHOTO Lion Nick Jones, right, Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway and ofcer David Colon attended a recent Clermont/Minneola Lions Club meeting during which the club donated stuffed animals for police ofcers to carry in their cars for children.LIONS PRESENT GIFTS TO CLERMONT POLICE

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A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014Make local politics nonpartisanOrange County Commissioner Fred Brummers initiative to make constitutional ofces nonpartisan was met with two schools of thought. First, the Democrats were quoted as saying, Party afliations give voters more information. I say that information is specious at best. Charlie Crist was a Republican just a few years ago. I doubt many dyed-inthe-wool Democrats would have voted for him then simply because he wore the wrong party label. He also professed to be an independent. More than a few politicians change party affiliations. Besides, I hope Democrats vary on their ideas. I know they do not all agree or disagree on issues. I remember when they were called Dixiecrats and were extremely conservative. Now, most consider them liberal. Only the extreme, radical fringe and outliers in both major political parties are not open to fresh ideas. Political parties should be made up of people, not just lock-step ideas. Todays Republican just might be tomorrows Democrat. Voters should vote for the credentials and ideas of the person irrespective of any party. Second, the Republicans ar gued that most local issues are above party differences and taking them out of that fray lures more independent turnout. I agree. We sure need all duly registered voters turning out for our elections, not just the radicals and the party faithful. Every election needs to be open to all taxpayers. Nonpartisan ofces facilitate that freedom. I hope Lake County will entertain the idea that our public ofces ought to be nonpartisan. Our elected ofcials should be working to make government work for all, not just their party faithful. CHOICE EDWARDS | ClermontIn defense of the VAAs I sit here with my father watching the evening news, we are saddened by the attitudes being expressed toward the Veterans Administration medical services. My father is an 89-year-old World War II veteran who has consistently received exceptional medical care through his Veterans Administration benets. The James Haley VA hospital in Tampa has provided excellent medical care for my father since the 1970s. My father continues to receive wonderful care via the VA Homebound Primary Care program out of the Lecanto VA Clinic and also enjoys now having some doctor appointments scheduled at The Villages Outpatient Clinic. In a system as large as the Veterans Administration there are bound to be areas that are struggling more than others. However, I just wanted to take the time to praise the exceptional care my father has experienced in our local area and express our thanks to those who provide that care. SANDRA WOODARD | SumtervilleCartoon was misleadingThe editorial cartoon on June 7 was misleading and inaccurate. The man in the lab coat is supposedly a scientist reading from a book of science facts. The fact is, the climate changes. No one disagrees with that. The problem is the scientist is reading off supposed causes of this climate change. The actual scientic fact is, prominent scientists the world over disagree on what, if anything, caus es climate change. More than one third of scientists agree that carbon emissions and pollution have absolutely no effect on the world climate. Because the Republicans agree with these scientists and disagree with others, they are portrayed as ignor ing the facts. A scientic fact is one derived from repeatable, testable obser vation. There are no real facts concerning the cause of climate change, just guessing and speculation. Disagreeing with someones speculation isnt the same as ignoring a plain fact. JEFFREY SMITH | UmatillaAs voters an d citizens of a great Repub lic, we would like to think that ideas and character win elections. Too often, howev er, we are reminded that money is as essential to political success as the experiences and val ues of the candidates. Local developer H. Gary Morse delivered another such reminder recently. According to records with the Florida Division of Elections and the State Division of Corporations, Morse channeled nearly $70,000 to Gov. Rick Scott on May 29 through two dozen companies he owns or controls. And in 2012, the Morse family and its companies contributed $180,000 to Scotts political action committee, Lets Get to Work. Thats a quarter of a million dollars in two years to Scotts campaign. Its all perfectly legal, it seems. Separate business entities controlled by a single family can each contribute to a political campaign. But the timing of the donations is certainly curious. In January 2012, the governors ofce commissioned a review of the 1,600 special taxing districts in Florida, including the districts that comprise The Villages. For The Villages, those districts represent big money. There are at least 11 taxing districts in The Villages that collect money from residents and use the proceeds to purchase assets like golf courses and other facilities from the developer who built them Morse. In a 2012 article, Bloomberg News reported that Morse had netted $900 million from those transactions since 1992. In opening the review, the governors ofce expressed some skepticism about deals like those that enrich developers and may not serve an important public purpose. Several months later, the Morse family donations poured in. Whether Morses donations were meant to inuence the course of the review is up for speculation. Hes been a major Republican contributor in Florida for years after all, so Scott certainly isnt the rst member of the GOP to benet from the developers largesse. Yet we should all be concerned that anyone the Morse family or anyone else whose for tunes depend so heavily on government reviews and approvals can play such an important role in the political survival of our most important elected ofcials. Our nations campaign nance laws and rules have become watered down in recent years, and there are apparently enough loopholes in our state laws to allow wealthy donors to try to buy inuence as well. As the mid-term elections near, voters should take note of who is cozying up to candidates and decide whether these candidates represent the people or the special interests. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDSTEVE SKAGGS . ....................................... PUBLISHERTOM MCNIFF . .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITORSCOTT CALLAHAN . ................................. NEWS EDITORWHITNEY WILLARD . ........................... COPY DESK CHIEFGENE PACKWOOD . ...................... EDITORIAL CARTOONISTOPINION WHATS YOUR OPINION?The SOUTH LAKE PRESS invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public interest. Letters should be no longer than 350 words. They must be original, signed with the full name of the writer, and include the writers address and telephone number for verication. We reserve the right to edit for length to make room for more letters. Letters also will be edited for grammar, clarity, taste and libel. We accept no more than two letters per month from the same writer. No open letters, form letters or copies of letters to third parties will be published. We do not publish unsigned letters. Submissions are not returned. We retain the right to archive and republish any material submitted for publication.You can submit your letters by:Email (preferred) to: slpress@dailycommercial.comBy regular mail to:Letters to the Editor 732 W. Montrose St. Clermont, FL 34711By fax to: 352-394-8001EDITORIALSEditorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed.GUEST COLUMNSIf you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@daily commercial.com, or mail it to Letters to Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photograph to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OURVIEWIf you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veter-ans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to to www.lakeveterans.com. CALLING ALL VETERANS SOUTH LAKE PRESSYour community newspaper for more than 100 years.732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34712-0868 352-394-2183 Fax: 352-394-8001The South Lake Press is published weekly by Halifax Media Group at 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, Florida 34711. Standard mail postage (Permit #280) is paid at the United States Post Ofce, Clermont, FL 34711. The South Lake Press is mailed to subscribers and is also distributed at newsstand locations throughout the region.All material contained in this edition is property of Halifax Media Group, and is protected under the copy right laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. YOUROPINIONSLETTERS TO THE EDITOR Money plays in politics President wrong about prisoner swapsDuring a recent speech, President Obama spoke about prisoner swaps by presidents at the end of other wars. This is what happens at the end of wars, Obama said when he was asked about swapping American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for ve Taliban terrorists. That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. Thats been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And thats the right thing to do. For the record, the Revolutionary War ended in 1783 and Washington did not become president until 1789. The Constitution was not ratied until 1787, therefore the Colonies could not elect a president. Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865 and the war ended May 10, 1865. Franklin D. Roosevelt died and Harry S. Truman was president at the end of World War II. Its wonderful to have a sitting president turn professor and lecture us on our history in such a positive tone and be so positively wrong on all accounts. These are not misspoken words. These are outright foolish statements in defense ofa decision made by a head of state to justify actions taken in ofce. No excuse, sir. CORNELIUS A. KELLY | L eesburg LETTER of the WEEK FILE PHOTO

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Hostler, 96, of Paisley, died Sunday, June 15, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatil la.Thelma Marie HyattThelma Marie Hyatt, 92, of Lake Wales, died Monday, June 16, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lees burg.Robert Leon JacksonRobert Leon Jackson, 28, of Orlando, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funer al Home, Altamonte Springs.Robert Albert LongsonRobert Albert Longson, 90, of Leesburg, died Thursday, June 19, 2014. Becker Funeral Home, Clermont.Kathleen LoweryKathleen McClendonLowery, 75, of Leesburg, died, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Eastside Funeral Home, LeesburgIda Brooks ParhamIda Brooks Parham, 78, of Leesburg, died Sunday, June 15, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg.Joe D. PeacockJoe D. Peacock, 57, Okahumpka, died Monday, June 16, 2014. East side Funeral Home, Leesburg.Pete ReynoldsPete Reynolds, 74, of Fern Park, died Sat urday, June 14, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funer al Home, Altamonte Springs.Betty-Marie RugglesBetty-Marie Ruggles, 94, of Leesburg, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Page-Theus Fu nerals & Cremations, Leesburg.Avery James SandhoffAvery James Sandhoff, infant, of Bradenton, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Al tamonte Springs.Harry G. SwartzHarry G. Swartz, 84, of Leesburg, died Sat urday, June 14, 2014. Cremation Choices, LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comLake Countys Economic Development and Tourism Department is evaluating its economic incentive program to determine whether the countys resources are being used appropriately. County ofcials said a recent review of in centives granted to area businesses re vealed that, in some cases, county ofcials had insufcient infor mation to determine whether businesses met their targets for hiring as required by the grant agreements. According to county documents, six incentive grants awarded from 2004 to 2008 were found to have incom plete reporting. The department distributed $287,000 to create 78 jobs but could only verify 18 that were re tained for the required two years. Robert Chandler, the countys director of Economic Development and Tourism, said while incentives have been a mainstay of economic development, it is important to evaluate them. We dont have enough money in our incentive budget to play the big recruit ment game, he said. When you are talking about bringing in big companies you need millions of dollars to make a difference. For scal year 201314, the department re ceived $150,000 for in centives, according to Chandler. Chandler said the key to economic de velopment here is workforce and education, citing recent and continued efforts to partner with educational institutions. Chandler cited the Lake Tech Center for Advanced Manufactur ing, a partnership be tween the county and tech school to train workers in manufacturing, machining and welding, and the Part ners for Success pro gram, bringing the business and education community together. Sean Snaith, director of the University of Cen tral Floridas Institute for Economic Competi tiveness, said education can play an important role in economic development. I think in attracting businesses, having a skilled and dynamic workforce is probably more important than offering an incentive for individual projects, he said. However, he added incentives should remain an option. When you are talking about a limited bud get you want to look at what your return is TAVARESEconomic Development department evaluating incentive programSEE INCENTIVES | A8

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A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014indicate Villa City will be developed in four phases with phase 1 commencing in 2016 and project build-out anticipated in 2035. We have not received the application, said Fred Milch, who will oversee the Villa City project for the Regional Planning Council. The land has been purchased to my understanding. C. David Brown II, chairman of the Orlando law rm of Broad and Cassel, is listed as the representative of all 16 landowners in Villa City. He specializes in real estate, land use and government relations, the rms website states. Brown was the Central Florida nance chair for the gubernatorial campaign of Jeb Bush and is on friendly terms with golfer Tiger Woods, according to a story in the Tampa Bay Times. His real estate clients include the Saudi royal family, the newspaper wrote. King said to his knowledge Saudis have owned a lot of proper ty in the area for many years. If approved, the development would be annexed into the city of Groveland, Groveland city ofcials conrmed. When completed, the new development will include 1,610 single family dwellings, 900 multi-family apartments, 3,054 senior adult housing dwellings, ofces and an industrial park, 245,000 square feet of commer cial shopping and general ofce space and an 18-hole golf course, according to planning documents. Pre-application documents state the area is demonstrating a strong real estate recovery across land uses. Indeed, Groveland is seeing an additional 30 to 35 new building permits per month, according to Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks. In addition, from August 2013 to May of this year, the number of building permits has increased to 490, Loucks said. New construction has increased 175 percent. The population of Groveland could more than double to 21,000, according to City Manager Redmond Jones. On a big scale, (Villa City) could actually be a shining point to the region, Jones said previously in a planning meeting. But county ofcials and water experts expressed concerns about whether there will be enough water in the region to support such a massive development. They also worry about the additional trafc and whether the development was focused enough on job creation. Even King, an ardent fan of the Villa City idea, acknowledges that water is a concern. The South Lake Regional Water Initiative, consisting of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, the county and the municipalities of Clermont, Groveland, Minneola, Mascotte and Montverde, are working to nd an alternative water source to the upper Floridan Aquifer, where water is traditionally pumped from and is dwindling in the amount of reserves left. We have not yet identied the source of water we are going to use for our future demands, said Alan Oy ler, who represents the SLRWI. Depending on what quantity of water is available and what we will have to do, there may be water and there may not be. We are estimating we are going to use twice as much water as the Central Florida Water Initiative previously projected, he said, explaining it is estimated by 2035 those in the south Lake region will use an estimated 70 million gallons a day. The CFWI is working in conjunction with the SLRWI to nd an alter native water supply for the region. It raises the concern that we either need to nd a large (alternative water source) or nd a way to cut our demand, Oyler said. County Commissioner Sean Parks, who founded the initiative along with Loucks and is on the regional planning council, also expressed concerns about water resources. Parks said non-potable resources such as reuse and stormwater must be used for ir rigation on the development. Otherwise, he said, it should not be approved. Jones said previously early indicators have been that theres also interest to use alternative uses such as conservation, storm water capture, solar technologies and rain water reuse. Trafc also remains a concern. There is no way you can propose to build 3,000 homes and put X-amount in for non-commercial uses and not have an impact, said T.J. Fish, executive director of the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization. The MPO is tasked with reviewing the trafc impacts of the project. It is a matter of how much of an impact and what does it mean for the developer being responsible for mitigating the impact. Commissioner Leslie Campione expressed concerns that the development was more focused on residential growth. You cant nd a better location in Lake County that is a more centralized location, adjacent to a major transportation network, she said. That is the worst place for residential when you could be targeting these job opportunities we need to bring to Lake County. I hate to see it be rooftops when it could be true economic development. BeckyKinderKelly: AccountingManager. NativeofLeesburg.Proudmomandwife.BeckywasbornandraisedinLeesburgand spentmostofhersummersplayinginthe coolwateroffSkiBeachat Ve netian Gardens.Sowhenshehadan opportunityto re turntoLakeCounty someyearsago,shejumpedat thechancetocomehometothe peopleandplacesshelovedasa child.Nowshetakescareofthe customerswhomaketheDaily Commercialgreat,inacommunity thathasalwaysbeengreattoher andherfamily. ItspeoplelikeBeckywhodelivermore thannewsforthepeopleof LakeandSumtercounties. AHalifaxMediaGroupCompany Nobody deliverslikewedo. DISCOUNTVITAMINS4375S.Highw ay 27 Clermont,FL34711 352-394-8487 DISCOUNTVITAMINS (INTHEKINGSRIDGEPLAZA) Everything Discounted 20-50%WECARRYMANYMAJORBRANDS: rf nftbf$5.00OFFPURCHASE OF$25ORMORECoupongoodthrough8/1/14 bfbb tb 40%OFF LIFEEXTENSION EVERYDAY rf INCLUDES: GreenFees& CartFees. Va lidforupto4players.Notvalidwithanyotheroer. 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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A7 CHAMBERAWA RD S&NEWS www.southlakechamber-fl.com LakeMinneolaHighSchoolSeniorMarcelaSierra-Arcewasnamedthe Ap ril2014 OutstandingStudentoftheMonth.SomeofMarcelasachievementsareStudentClass Representative,ServiceCommitteeCo-Chair KeyClubSecretar y, FBLAHistorian/Vice President,NHSmember, Va rsit y Cros sCountry Te am,300+hrsofvolunteering,4.66GPAin honors cl assesandanAPscholarw/distinction.Shehaschosento at tendJohnsHopkins Universitytostud y Pre-Med.Marcelaispicturedholdingthe aw ardplaquewithherparents toherrightand aw ardsponsor We sleyReedfromAmeriprise Fi nancial. MinneolaCouncilo r KellyPriceofficiallyopenedthenewMinn eo laCommunityGarden, locatedonEastChesterSt.nearGrassyLakeRd.Shewasjoinedfortheoccasionbyf ello w MinneolaCouncilmembers,CitystaffandSouthLakeChamberAmbassadors.Ifyouoryour organiza tio n areinterestedinparticipatinginthisnewcommunityinitiativebygrowingfruits andvegetablesorganically pleasecontactMar y JaneLange at (352) 394-3598 x 2225. TheChambersHowardStocktonMemorialGolf To urnamentrecentlytookplaceon a perfect ChamberofCommerceweatherday at Sanctuar y RidgeGolfCourseinClermont.The annualtournamentisheldinhonorofformerChamberExecutiveDirectorHowardStockton, with a portionoftheproceedsgoingtowards a scholarshipnamedinhisme mo ry through theCommunity Fo undationofSouthLake.Picturedaretheteamsfromthetournaments ma insponsors,SchmidConstruction & CenturyLink.Man y thankstothemandtoallofthe sponsors,whosesupportallowsthisgreateventtohappeneveryyear! ChamberAmbassadorswelcomed KekesBreakfastCaf ow ners Ly a& Pierrede Fa brique alongwiththei r restaurantstafftotheirnewlocation at 2435SouthHighway27in Clermont (C lermontLanding ShoppingPlaza).Keke'sprovides outstandingmealswithfresh, qualityingredientsin a consistent mannertha t isuncommontofindin a casualbreakfastandlunch restaurant.Theyhaveawonderful assortmentofmenuitemswhich youcanalsoseeonline at www.kekes.com. JamesBurksfromSenningerIrrigationwas aw arded the Ap ril2014Chamber"Gemofthe Hills"Award at the Ap rilChamberBreakfast.SincearrivinginSouthLakeCountyin1996, JameshasbeenveryactiveintheCommunityparticularlyinregardstowaterconservation andwatersustainabilityeffortsforourarea.HehasservedontheBoardofDirectorsfor theChamberandforLakeSumterStateCollege,andcurrentlyservesontheBoardsfor NewBeginningsandtheCo mm un ity Fo un dationofSouthLake.Jamesispicturedabove withhissonMatthewandwifeShaunaalongwithCommunityRelationsChairMichelle MichnofffromBankFIRST. Tr ilog y bySheaHomesrecentlyhosted a SouthLakeChamberBusiness-After-Hours at their beautifulfacilityinGroveland.Over100SouthLakebusiness & communityleadersmingled andnetworkedpoolsideandweretreatedtodrinksandhorsdoeuvrescomplimentsof Tr ilog y. Fo r moreinformationaboutupcomingChamberbusinessmixers,pleasegoto www.southlakechamber-fl.comorwww.facebook.com/SouthLakeChamberFL. TheSouthLakeChamberin conjunctionwiththeClermont Po lice Departmentrecentlyoffered a Lunch nLearnprogramdealingwithCrime Preventio n forLocalBusinesses. Chiefof Po liceChuckBroadwaywasin at tendanceas Po liceCaptainsand otherOfficersfromhisstaffpresented tolocalbusiness ow nersandbank managersonseveraltopicssuchas: ho w tomaketheirbusinessesless at tractiv e tocriminals,ho w to spot suspiciousactivitiesandwha t todoin suchcircumstances,andalsoho w to bestworkwithlocalla w enforcement tomakeourentireSouthLake Communityasaferplaceforbusiness. Complimentar y lunchwasprovidedby Tr oy sCubanDeli.Man y thankstothe Clermont Po liceforthisinformative s essionandforalltha t youdoin servingandprotectingourarea! ChamberAmbassadors,CityofMinneolaofficials,andfello w Chambermemberswelcomed Deanand To nya Rowefrom4CPrintShoptotheirnewprintshoplocation at 407S.Disston Ave.inMinneola.Theyoffer dire ct-to-garmentprinting (t-shirts,tank s tops ,etc.)aswellas othertypesofsublimati on printingproducts(coffeemugs,licenseplates).Seeallofthe productstha t theyofferonline at www.4cprintshop.comorcallthedirectly at 352-6410472. NancyMuenzmay,theDirectoroftheLakeSumterStateCollegeBusiness IncubatorProgram,recently at tendedthemonthlySouthLake Yo ung ProfessionalsCoffeeClubandpresentedtothemabouttheinnovative businessincubatorprograminLakeCountyandho w itsupportsinnovation andentrepreneurialism.Theincubatorprogramoffersaffordableoffice space,specialtytraining,mentoring,andothereducationalservices.The CoffeeClubmeetsever y 2nd Fr idayofthemonthfrom8AMto9AM, at Cheesers Pa laceCaf(707 W. MontroseSt.Clermont)andallyoung professionalsareinvitedto at tend. Fo rmoreinformationontheSLYP,go towww.facebook.com/SouthLakeYP. ChamberAmbassadorswelcomedMaria Fe rnandezfromthe Fa ireld Inn&SuitesinOcoee,FLtotheSouthLakeChamberfamily.Recent internal&externalrenovationsaccompaniedthechangeovertothe Fa ireldInnbrand(formerlyaCourtyardbyMarriottlocation).Stopin toseethechanges at 10971WColonialDr,Ocoee,FL34761. Mariacanalsobereached at (407)573-1010oryoucangoto www.faireldinn.com TheSouthLakeChamberrecentlypresentedtheCommunity Fo undationof SouthLakeacheckfor$1,200,proceedscomingfromtheHowardStockton MemorialGolf To urnament.Thisannualgolfoutingisheldinhonorofthe formerChamberExecutiveDirector,whereaportionoftheproceedsgoes towardsscholarshipsforareastudents.GolftournamentchairGrant Tr ibble fromRaymondJamesispicturedwith Ti ffanyGay(center)andKathySmith fromtheCommunity Fo undation. CayleeSchultzfromEastRidgeHighSchoolwas aw ardedtheMay2014OutstandingStudentof theMonthAwardby We sleyReed,the aw ardsponsorfromAmeriprise Fi nancial.SomeofCaylees achievementsandactivitiesinclude:Girls We ightlifting Va rsityLetter,ClermontAllStarsCompetitive Cheerleading, Stude ntAidefortheGuidanceOfce,CapturingKidsHeartsClub(3years), Vo lunteer at theBestLi ttleThriftShop/Food Pa ntry(5hrs/wk),4.0GPAinadvanced&honors cl asses. Congratulations!To mEnglishfromCertiedMortgage Plannerswas aw ardedtheMay2014 ChamberGemoftheHillsAward at theMayChamberBreakfast.After arrivingtotheSouthLakeareain 1999, To mbecameveryinvolved withinourCommunityandhas servedontheChamberBoard,serves asaDirectorfortheCommunity Fo undationofSouthLake,isactive onthe Fi scalCommitteeforthe Fi rst UnitedMethodistChurchinClermont andiscurrentlythePresidentforthe Pigonthe Po nd.Heispicturedwith MichelleMichnofftheChairofthe CommunityRelationsCommittee. KBHomeSalesCounselorsAnneDempseyandMerc y Gomezwerewelcomedto theSouthLakeChamberwith a ribboncuttingceremon y held at theirbeautiful modelhomelocatedintheKBHome Overlook at VistaGrandeCommunity(11305 ScenicVistaDr.,Clermont).NestledbetweenLakeLouisaandLakeMinnehaha,this developmentofferslargehillsidehomesiteswithbeautifulviewsstartinginthelo w $200s. Yo u cancontactthem at 352-404-7966orvisitwww.kbhome.com. AidaVillarand Pe droVilla Fa nefromtheHarmonyAdultDaycareCenterwere welcomedbytheChamberAmbassadorstotheirnewlocation at 1172South GrandHighwayinClermont.Theyofferadultdaycareservicestothosein theSouthLakearea.Stopbytocongratulatethemandseetheirwonderful facility. Theyca nbereached at 352-431-1017 CornerstoneHospiceCEOChuckLeewasonhandwiththestaffand volunteersoftheMikeConleyHospiceHouselocated at 2100Oakley SeaverBlvd.inClermonttocelebratetheir30thAnniversarywiththe SouthLakeAmbassadors.Hospicecareallowsmanypatientstoremain intheir ow nenvironmentsurroundedbyfriendsandfamilywheretheyare comfortableandfreeofpain.Lovedonesshareinthecarewithguidance fromtheHospiceteamofprofessionals,ensuringafulllingalternativeto institutionalhealthcare.Seemore at www.cshospice.org. ClermontNissanManaging Pa rtnerJoe Wa gner GeneralManagerErnie Galarza,staff,andNissanOfcialswerewelcomedbytheChamber Ambassadorstotheirnewlyconstructeddealershiplocated at 16005State Hwy 50inClermont.Customerswhoshop at ClermontNissanaresmart for a reason, whichisthedealership s slogan;notonlybecausetheywillbe treatedwell,butalsobecausetheywillsavemoney Attendeesweretreated to a catereddinnerprovidedbyBeefOBradys. Sto p bytoseetheirselection rst-handorcheckthemoutvirtually at www.clermontnissan.com. OfcialsfromtheLake-SumterSCOREwerecongratulatedbythe ChamberAmbassadorsoncelebratingtheir50thAnniversary!SCORE isdedicatedtohelpingLakeandSumterCountyentrepreneurssucceed. Theyofferfreecounselingfromcurrentorformerbusinessmanagers andexecutivestohelpyoustartorgrowyour ow nsmallbusiness. To schedulean ap pointment,pleasecall352-365-3579orgotowww. lakesumter.score.org.

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A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 RonBecker,Director352-394-8228rf ntbt$675t Mon.Fr i.9amto4pm, Sa t. by appoint mentLAKECOUNTYS MOSTTRUSTED NAMEINHEARING AIDS www.lakemedicalhearing.com Alan Boone,HAS, BC -HIS President& Wi feLinda221N.USHwy27,SuiteH(AcrossfromtheCitrus To wer)CLERMONT243-HEAR( 4327 )2755 S. Ba y St.Suit eF(Acrossfrom Tr actorSupplyCompany)EUSTIS483-HEAR( 4327 ) on those incentives, he said. I dont be lieve they should be dis missed out of hand. Chandler said he hopes incentives will start to pay less of a role in economic develop ment. It is a net loss for ev eryone if everyone is playing the incentive game, he said. Instead, he said, the focus should be on providing a busi ness-friendly environment focused on service, resources, knowledge and facilitation. Currently, the county has 13 open incen tive accounts with eight different companies, worth $345,000. Those companies are obligat ed to create 142 jobs. Thus far, we have paid out $290,000 on the creation of 85 jobs, Chandler said. The company must create the jobs and hire before receiving incen tives. Commissioner Leslie Campione said incen tives are the least im portant factors that a business looks at. The benet of an incentive only lasts for so long, she said. The more important factors are your workforce and the cost of doing busi ness and transportation. Commissioner Sean Parks agreed. Business is relationship-oriented and by far having a climate conducive to business growth is much more import ant than incentives, he said. INCENTIVES FROM PAGE A5 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comWith a projected in crease of 400 students next school year, sever al Lake County School Board members say they must raise more revenue to pay for new classrooms and other capital needs, and bor rowing money is not an option. School Board Mem ber Tod Howard said not raising school impact fees could force the district to go to yearround school to accom modate the overow of students. But Howard said even impact fees are not the long-term answer. He favors a smaller tax on real estate transactions, but that idea did not pass the Florida Legis lature this year. Howard hopes it is brought back to the Legislature for consideration. I dont believe im pact fees are a sustain able model, he said. But short of us get ting a real estate trans action fee, we must im plement an impact fee at full funding. Our goal is to do the least harm to the economy of Lake County. Referring to impact fees, Howard said: As a scal conservative, we have to pay for the growth as it comes and that is the mechanism to pay for that growth. That is the only mech anism we have. I dont believe we have a choice but to fund growth at the amount that is re quired. Howard said in the south part of the coun ty, most of the schools are near capacity or over capacity. Sawgrass Bay Elementary is over capacity and has ve portables, he said. There is not a lot of room for growth. Grassy Lake is at capacity. The suspension of impact fees on new con struction since 2011 has affected the school districts funding. In October 2013, the County Commission voted to reinstate those fees at 25 percent beginning in January 2014. Those fees amount to approximately $2,573 per single family home. If real estate trans action fees cannot be adopted by the Florida Legislature, How ard and Board Member Bill Mathias are in favor of restoring impact fees to the full amount at $10,292 per single fam ily home. Separately, Board Member Rosanne Brandeburg said she was in favor of raising impact fees. Chris Patton, spokesman for the school dis trict, said it primarily receives its capital improvement funding from three sources: collection of impact fees, a 1.5 mill property tax and a one-cent sales tax ap proved by referendum. This does not include school district funding, which has an operating budget of $280 million from the general fund for daily school opera tions, Patton said. The capital funding has been reduced over the years because the stagnant economy has kept property values low and the Florida Legislature cut the maximum allowable mill age for capital purposes from 2 mills to 1.5 mills, Patton said. In the last ve years the school district has lost more than $67 million in capital property tax revenue. Board member Bill Mathias said in the history of impact fees the county commission has never granted the amount that would fully fund growth. I am going to ask for the full amount to pay for growth through im pact fees. However, I am completely open to alternative methods that may pay for growth, he said. If you dont ful ly fund growth while development is being built, then all taxpayers are going to be paying for it afterward. A consultant for the school district recent ly projected that by 2020, there will be an increase of about 2,297 new students in the schools, particularly in the southern part of the county. As a result, school ofcials see the need to build two new schools there within seven years. Brandeburg said she does not want the board to end up where it was in 2000, when it bor rowed more than $600 million over many years to build new schools. The school district is still about $446 million in debt because of this. We need the full amount, she said. Otherwise history is going to repeat itself, Unfortunately, we are not in a position to take on the debt that pri or school boards have taken on because of growth. If impact fees are not raised, the district would have to look at adding portables to already overcrowding campuses, Brandeburg said.School Board: Impact fees must be raised

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B1SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . .............................. 365-8268 FAX . .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL . ......... sports@dailycommercial.comSPORTSandLEISURE FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comFew people equate June with football, par ticularly in Florida. The heat and op pressive humidity so thick it creates sweat at the mere thought of go ing outside are often better suited to a day at the beach or napping in a living-room recliner. But for many area high school football players, June is a key month in their prepa ration for the upcoming season. Linemen and kickers go to camps around the country that teach technique and agility, and are trained by highly touted coaches and instructors. Skill-position play ers, however, can stay closer to home and take part in a variety of 7-on7 tournaments, which have grown in populari ty in recent years. Many coaches promote the tournaments as a meth od for evaluating play ers and building team chemistry. For local teams, the Central Florida Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes kicked off its second annual 7-on-7 passing league Wednesday at the Hickory Point Rec reational Park in Tavares. Ten area teams Eustis, Tavares, Mount Dora, Mount Dora Bible, Leesburg, Wildwood, Umatilla, South Lake, Lake Minneola and East Ridge are competing in the league, along with Class 8A state run ner-up Apopka and Or lando Agape Christian. Teams will converge on Hickory Point every Wednesday for the next four weeks, ex cluding July 2, to play in a round robin-style tournament. No ofcial scores are kept and no championship trophy is awarded, but that doesnt mean teams ar ent playing to win. Im sure some body on each sideline is keeping score, said Sammie Smith, Lake County representative for the Central Florida FCA. Theres a lot of pride out here, especially since players on these teams know each other so well. But the purpose of this league is to get the players out here and give them the chance to play some football. Coaches can use it to prepare their teams for the season. Were happy to have so many teams out here competing and work ing to become better players. Teams compete on a 40-yard-long eld. Each team is made up of a center, quarterback and ve running backs, tight ends and receivers. Running plays are not allowed and defen sive linemen are not permitted to rush the quarterback. On the other hand, the quar terback is required to throw the ball with in four seconds or the play is whistled dead. When the ball is snapped, receivers run patterns against seven defenders. While short passes are thrown, the setup is more con ducive to the vertical game and long passes. Even teams who are run oriented can gain from competing in sum mer passing leagues. At some point, were going to have to throw the football, Eustis Passing league helps teams prepare for season PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL A Mount Dora receiver drops a deep pass while covered by a Tavares defender during opening day of the second annual 7-on-7 passing league at Hickory Point in Tavares, on June 18. Mount Dora Bibles L.J. Smith looks for an open receiver. PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writerpaul.barney@dailycommercial.comA part of Ashour Peera always missed Lake County. So when the oppor tunity to lead the East Ridge football team be came available, Peera jumped on it. Peera, who spent the 2009-11 seasons as the defensive coordinator at South Lake, is re turning to Lake County as the new head coach of the Knights af ter stints at Mi ami Northwestern and Gateway High School in Colorado. Part of me always missed being in that area and just the com munities there, said Peera, who replaces Ken Knapczyk. Knapczyk coached the Knights for one season and re signed at the start of spring practice. I really missed it. I was glad to be able to get an oppor tunity to go back to it. While at South Lake, Peera served under Walter Banks, who is now the offensive coordinator at Montverde Academy. Banks was a big motivational factor for Peera to come back to Lake County. Hes a guy that real ly helped me with my coaching career and Ive picked up some of the things that I do from him, Peera said. Were going to continue our friendship while Im there. Peera left South Lake following the 2011 season to become an as sistant coach at powerhouse Miami Northwestern, the same school that produced former University of Louisville quarterback and 2014 NFL rstround draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater. Peera spent last season as the head coach at Gateway, where he led the Olym pians to a 6-4 record and a trip to the Class 5A state playoffs in his only year at the school. When Peera moved to Colorado, Gateway was the school most affected by the movie theater shootings in Aurora two summers ago. When Peera learned about the program and how the football staff was leaving, Peera said he felt like he needed to be there and try to do something for the community. While at Gateway, Peera had the largest signing class (11) in the state, with a couple more after signing day. The year before that at Miami Northwestern, he was part of the largest signing class (26) in the country. Getting his players to the next level is one of the coachs immediate goals at East Ridge. Peeras main focus is to make sure all his players are academically eligi ble and that theyre able to go to college and con tinue their education. I think the main thing is to instill the belief that every play er that comes through our program will have an opportunity to go to college, whether it be playing on the football eld or just being able to attend a community college, Peera said. Peera also wants to make sure the community gets involved in what his program does because theres been that gap between the program and the community. Those are the main things, Peera added. Its not the winning or the losing, our record goes on me. Whether we go undefeated and win a state championship doesnt guarantee that our kids go to college. Peera will get to tell his players that next week, when he is introduced to the team ofcially. Im very excited, Peera said. Ive heard a lot of great things. ... I think that the expec tation may not be high outside of our immediate community, and were going to change that pretty quick just by changing the train of thought.Peera to lead East Ridge High football program PEERA FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comJohn Meier has never worn a Leesburg Lightning uniform, nor has he ever recorded a hit for the team or thrown a single pitch. But many consider him just as important to the Lightnings success as their cleanup hitter and bullpen closer. Meier, known to his friends as Stats, is the only statistician the Lightning have ever had. Hes a longtime self-taught scorekeeper, beginning with countless youth-league games in 1996 and later mov ing on to Leesburg High School and Lake-Sumter State College games. In addition, Meier has been the ofcial statisti cian for the Florida Col lege Systems Activities Association state baseball tournament since 2001. His friends believe the names of nearly ev ery baseball player who grew up and played in Leesburg since 1996 can be found in one of Mei ers scorebooks. I think Ive done well over 1,000 games, Meier said as he went through his pregame ritual of setting up multiple com puters in the press box at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field. His focus is glued to the computer screens as he types in starting lineups, oblivious to the clutter and bustle inside the tiny room atop the ballparks main grandstands. A lifelong resident of Leesburg, Meier said he began keeping score at baseball games as a way to give something back to the community and to stay involved with a sport he loves. He is often one of the rst Lightning ofcials to arrive at the ballpark for home games. Mei er can be seen scurrying from the press box onto the eld and into both teams dugouts, looking for the lineup cards.John Stats Meier gives big-league treatment to local teams BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL John Meier keeps score during a June 18 game between Winter Park and Leesburg at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field in Leesburg.SEE STATS | B2SEE LEAGUE | B2

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Solution on page B7 Part of his game-day routine is to visit with Lightning Manager David Therneau. The two sit in the press box or in the clubhouse and discuss the status of each pitcher on the roster. Because the Flori da Collegiate Summer League requires teams to adhere to pitchcount rules, meaning pitchers must sit out a specic number of days depending on the number of pitches they threw in a game, Meier tracks each pitch with the precision and detail of a NASA engineer. While many see him sitting behind the sliding-glass windows in the press box or as the person who keeps track of balls and strikes, and ashes H or E for hit or error on the score board, Therneau knows Meier is much more. John is a huge part of our organization, Ther neau said. He keeps an accurate pitch count so I know who is available for each game, and he keeps a chart in the clubhouse for the entire pitching staff. Our pitchers can look at that chart and know if theyre eligible to pitch or if they need to go down to the bullpen and get some work in. Our best team is on the eld every night because of the things he does behind the scenes, said Therneau. Meier learned to use a scorebook by reading the scoring section of the baseball rulebook and listening to games on radio and televi sion. Even now, near ly 20 years after pencil ing in his rst marks in a scorebook, Meier still refers to the rulebook on a regular basis. I always learn some thing new, he said. Keeping score is not Meiers primary occupation hes worked for the city of Leesburg for 35 years but he takes the responsibilities that go with maintaining a statistical record of ev ery game seriously. Meier strives for perfection and is quick to let oth ers know when they are creating a distraction in the press box that might compromise his ability to be accurate. He works feverishly to record game statistics on his computer and on the ballpark scoreboard. It is not uncommon for Meier to update the ball-strike count on the scoreboard before the home-plate umpire has nished choreographing his call. Ive never seen any one keep a scoreboard like he does, said Robert Watkins, a Lightning fan from Eustis. You go to games at some ball parks and the score board is just out there. Not here. We always know what the count is and if a play was ruled a hit or an error. Theres no need to guess here. He could teach a lot of other scoreboard op erators a few lessons. Meier admits he often takes his work home. If he makes what he feels is a questionable ruling, Meier will think about it long after the game has ended. He is quick to second guess himself and will consult with coaches or STATS FROM PAGE B1 coach Mike Hay said. This can help start the process of creating a passing game. Even the defense, especially the secondary, can learn something and begin working on coverages. This is good compe tition and it gives us the chance to play against other teams. Well have a better idea where we stand when practice begins in August. Eustis opened play on Wednesday with a game against Leesburg and followed with a game against Lake Minneola. Teams hope to play at least three games a day. Hay said he isnt concerned about playing local teams, even longtime rivals like Leesburg, Mount Dora and Umatilla. Were not concerned about showing some thing to teams well be playing in the regular season, Hay said. With video and scout ing techniques being used today, there really arent any secrets nowadays. Everyone knows what we do and we know what they do. No one is out here trying to fool anyone. Players concur with their coaches about the league. They arent con cerned about going to the beach or to an area water park. I wouldnt want to be anywhere else, said Mount Dora center Brett Heggie. This is fun. We can start xing mis takes and do the repe titions that will help us get better. Were playing against other teams in stead of our own team mates. We want to play well, but the most im portant thing for me is to get better and get my self ready for our rst game. By playing in this league, we can start do ing that. BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIALLeesburgs Arkee Brown (11) pulls down an interception over a Eustis receiver. LEAGUEFROM PAGE B1Were not concerned about showing something to teams well be playing in the regular season. With video and scouting techniques being used today, there really arent any secrets nowadays. Everyone knows what we do and we know what they do.Mike HayEustis High School football coachplayers involved in a play to get their take on what happened. I might not have a seen a particular de tail of a play, Meier said. Ofcial score keepers have up to 24 hours after making a ruling to change the result. When I make a decision, it can affect a pitcher, a hitter, a bas erunner and a elder. I want to be right. They deserve that kind of effort from me. Friends say Meier has always demon strated that level of diligence. Roger Croft, a mem ber of the Lightning board of directors, said he recognized Meiers skills with a scorebook as far back as 1996. Without a doubt, hes the best statistician Ive ever been around, Croft said. Meier knows he will walk out of the press box one day, computers in hand, and stop crunching num bers. He does not know when that day will come and doesnt think it is in the foreseeable future. Until that day ar rives, Stats insists he will be in the press box at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field for as along as I am able. I like to think that Im contributing some thing to every team I work with Leesburg High School, LSSC and the Lightning, Meier said. For me, this a la bor of love.

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Ann DupeeREMEMBER WHENA weekly column that reprints some of the more interesting news stories that have appeared over the years in the pages of the South Lake Press.B3SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 www.southlakepress.comCOMMUNITYProudly servingCLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWSSTAFF WRITER . ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE . .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 EMAIL..... roxannebrown@dailycommercial.com %  en HOMETOWN: Richmond, Vt. %  en FAMILY: Wife Stacey, son Ethan and daughters Cameron and Lily What do you enjoy most about south Lake County? I like being located in an area of the state that is near anything we could want or need, but yet still not urban. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? Life is short, make the most of it! Its a classic, but so true. 2) Name a person or incident youve come across recently thats touched you in some way. Why did this person or incident impress you so much? My kids honestly inspire me every day. They are full of life and remind me to not take things so seriously. 3) Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. After a life-changing accident, I worked hard to greatly reduce my need for a wheelchair. 4) Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? Travel with my family! 5) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Find a cause that is important to you personally, see what kind of help is needed and jump in where you can. FROM THE FILES | 45 YEARS AGO 1969Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet YourNEIGHBORSTEPHEN ROCQUE Excerpts from the editorial by pub lisher George Du pee The East Central Flor ida Regional Planning Council has great plans for the orderly development of Central Florida. In our opinion there will be tremendous growth, far exceeding that envisioned by the planners. Regardless, it is inter esting to note what the council has in mind for Lake County. Its plan is to maintain the status quo, and if possible, to increase it. Somehow we are to provide recreational facilities for all of Florida and most of the nation. It is implied that we are to do this for free.43 YEARS AGO 1971Editorial comment from publisher George Dupee on Feb. 4, 1971: At long last Highway 27 is to be four-laned, south of 50 to the county line. It is, of course, too little and too late. The road should be six-lanes and it should be completed before Walt Disney World is open. From the report of Commissioner Jim Hoskinson, the 27 construction is to begin in February and be completed in 17 or 18 months. WDW is to open in eight months. Isnt that great planning? In the last few days we have heard one of our political leaders say that we do not want or need any fur ther growth in Florida. Maybe Senator Muskie of Maine is right, Flor idas border should be closed and no additional permanent residents permitted. Maybe he is right but we dont think so. There are only about six million people in Florida, which is about the population of Los Angeles County. As you look around Clermont and Groveland it does not appear that we are exactly over-crowded. How many acres of or ange groves now exist within the city limits? We are going to have growth, whether we want it or not. We must provide adequate roads, schools and public services. Clermont Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council jointly met to discuss secondary road needs for Cler mont, which were to be presented to the Lake County Commissioners March 1. The number-one priority was four-laning State Road 50 through Clermonts city limits, to include leveling, medians, protected turn lanes, an overpass at East Avenue, an underpass at West Avenue and ashing crossing lights at Bloxam Avenue and temporarily at East LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comLachlan Hovius is not afraid to push his limits. The 13-year-old Groveland resident has competed in more than 100 triathlons since the age of 5. And he simply never gives up when tested, he said. I take a step away and when I feel like I want to do it again, I go back and do it, he said. I keep going. Lachlan said he has learned much from his father, John Hovius, who has raced professionally in triathlons for 25 years, taking part in more than 700 worldwide. I have been in the same place with the same pain and same problems and explain how I got through, said John, who is now a professional international-level coach. Certainly, Lachlans per severance has paid off: He is a ve-time youth state champion for Florida and is ranked in the top three nationwide for triathlon. He is the youngest athlete to race pro class in the USA at the age of 13, and he recently earned ve wins during the AAA Youth Triathlon & Cy cling Race at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont. He came to watch racing as a newborn, John said. He wanted to do it and kept asking. The two often take part in races together. John says his son has beaten him sever al times. John said he is proud of his sons progress and how he has evolved in the sport. He will tell me when he needs recovery and what he needs to work on, he said. He is very tactically minded. Wearing a white T-shirt imprinted with the words 13-year-old triathlete loves to compete SUBMITTED PHOTOS ABOVE: Lachlan Hovius, 13, placed rst in a cycling race in Deland this past winter. His brother, Joel Hovius, 11, to his right, came in third. BELOW: From left, Hovius is pictured with his mother, Jodi Hovius, at the AAA Youth Triathlon and Cycling Race in Clermont in 2013. SEE TRIATHLETE | B4SEE HISTORY | B4

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Minneola Av e. ,C lermont,FL CremationChoicesDirectCremation$675PlusContainer RonBecker ,D irector352-394-8228921S.USHwy27,Minneola,FL Id rather be riding my bike, Lachlan takes the sport seriously like his father, who was inspired by his own father, a professional cyclist Lachlan said he likes the competition because you can push your limits of what you can do. We probably both have the same competitiveness, John said chiming in. It kept me going. During the school year, Lachlan, who attends Gray Middle School in Groveland, wakes up at 6 / a.m. and spends two hours swimming and running. When he returns home from school he bikes. And training does not stop during the summer months. Lachlan has been chosen to participate on a French professional triathlon team this summer. His father said he is the youngest international athlete to be chosen for the team. Originally from Australia, the entire Hovius family has embraced the sport. John said he met his wife, Jodi, 23 years ago while competing in a race. Lachlans brother, Joel, also races. Currently, John and his wife run their own AAA Tri Camp in Groveland, where they specialize in triathlon and cycling camps for all groups, clubs and teams, according to the camps website. John said athletes come from all over the world. A third of his clients go on to the Olympics and become world champions, including Charlotte McShane. He also hosts triathlon and cycling races for children and teenagers ages 5 to 15, and coaches an AAA team consisting of 135 kids. Asked what wisdom he imparts on his students and his son, John stressed the importance of eating healthy and not training too hard without enough time for recovery. It is a typical athlete mentality that you always have to work, he said. The harder you work, the more you need to recover. John said when students are struggling, he is honest with them. If they want to go fur ther, I help them to go further, he said. Lachlan said he aspires to participate in the Olympics one day. TRIATHLETE FROM PAGE B3 Avenue until the over pass is built.THE DREAM OF WILD KINGDOMThe Lake County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended granting a Conditional Use Per mit to Wild Kingdom Inc. Ron Groton of Clermont, representing the corporation, showed colored slides of the proposed huge tourist attraction, which will be located on 920 acres at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and State Road 19, to front on SR 19, approximately 8 miles north of Cler mont. Many species of wild animals will be viewed by various means of transportation, including a train ride, land rover ride and elephant ride. Several motels are planned, including a safari motel modeled after a motel in Kenya, Africa, from which the animals can also be viewed. (Four hotels were built on either side of US 27). Groton said Wild Kingdom is scheduled to open one year after Walt Disney World. A large crowd was present at the hearing. Howey-in-the Hills residents raised many objections. Effective April 3, the ANI (automatic number identication) and ONI (operator number identication) system will go into effect. The old method of dialing a long distance number was to dial 112, your digit number, area code and the seven-digit number of the person you are calling. The new method will speed service. All you need to do is dial 1, the area code and the seven-digit number.25 YEARS AGO 1979Chris Franklin, a student athlete at Clermont High School, was honored as one of Central Floridas top student athletes at an Orlando Downtown Athletic Club event. Clermont Little League Vice President Kenny Peacock announced the 1989 all-star team players that took on the league champion Reds and won the game, 26-17. All-star members were: Clermont Auto Athletics, Cody Loughlin, Joe Heath; Kiwanis Cubs, David Bradshaw, Mike Sheppard; Spiros Pizza Phillies, Eric Bressler, Shannon Dooley; Market Basket Reds, Steven Pender, Demetrius Woolfolk; BonJorn/Jones Twins, Logan Baker, Bret Jones and Elks Yankees, Diane Smith, Seth Thomas. A new shopping center, to be known as Clermont Pla za, is working its way through the permitting process to become a reality at the northwest corner of US 27 and Highland Avenue. It will include a Food Lion grocery store as the anchor store. A retirement reception will honor Clermont Elementary teachers Marion Ann Caldwell, Claydean Hogan, Adelaide Hall and Jennette Burton. Fred and Betty Plummer and Craig and Cathy Bishop par ticipated in the 7th annual Arthur Smith KDW (kingsh, dolphin and wahoo) shing tournament at West Palm, May 1819. Craig and Fred were pictured holding the 53 -pound, 61 -inch dolphin that Fred caught off his 22foot, 8-inch boat. The dolphin was big enough to win second place and a $27,000 Galaxy boat and $7,671 in cash. It took Fred 7 hours to get the dolphin into the boat, which was about 4 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Freds ghting chair was a 55-gallon drum and his pole holder was a deck shoe. He used 50-pound tackle and his bait was skirted ballyhoo. Betty Plummer drove the boat, one of 649 entered in the tournament. HISTORY FROM PAGE B3

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HERE WE GRO W AG AIN! Due to the suppor t of South Lak e County we hav e outgr ow n our cur re nt of ce space We ar e mo ving ar ound the corner to 221 Nor th Highw ay 27 Suit e G, Clermont, Fl. 34711 Our phone nu mber will re main unchanged (352) 989-5901. Our ne w ser vices include: Chriopr actic Adjustments DNA te sting fo r we ight loss perf ormance and disease pr ev ention. Join us as we contin ue our mission of pr ov iding ex cellence in healthcar e. r fntb t ntntn REMEMBER WHEN | B3 NEIGHBORS: David Willis plans new album WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014 www.southlakepress.com 50 NEWSTAND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B5 CROSSWORDS B2 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN B3 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4 WORD ON THE STREE T A2 SO UTH LAKE PRE SS V OLUME 99, NO. 26 5 SECTIO N S 2008, Halifax Media Group All rights reserved www. southlakepress.com PRSRT-STD U.S. Postage Paid Clermont, FL Permit #280 Postal Customer Clermont, FL 34711 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID DECISION 2014 GATHERING THE NAMES CAMPIONE POOLE PARKS ON THE BALLOT REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 5 Thuy Lowe, R Corrine Brown, D Glo Smith, R REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 10 Shyan Modarres, D Daniel Webster, R David Falstad, Write-in William Ferree, D Michael McKenna, D REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 11 Dave Koller, D Richard Nugent, R GOVERNOR Charlie Crist, D Rick Scott, R ATTORNEY GENERAL Pam Bondi, R George Sheldon, D Perry Thurston, D CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Jeff Atwater, R William Rankin, D LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@dailycommercial.com L ake County Commis sioner Sean Parks was re-elected Friday with out opposition after the qualifying period for 2014 elections ended. Two candidates had led papers to run against Parks in the previous weeks but withdrew before the quali fying period ended. Orange County Sheriff Capt. Sandy Carpenter led paperwork in May to run against Parks and withdrew his bid less than two weeks later. Then John Stump, a Mount Dora man with close ties to CEMEX and its plans to develop a sand mine in south Lake County, led papers and then with drew less than a week later. Emogene Stegall, super visor of elections, said it was unusual for two can didates to withdraw in a short amount of time. LINDA CHARLTON Special to the Daily Commercial Six candidates qualied for three seats on the Clermont City Council last week. Councilman Rick VanWagner was the rst to le for the mayoral seat. In the process he effectively leaves Seat 5, his current spot, up for grabs. In a previously published inter view, VanWagner said I am excit ed about this election. I feel Cler mont needs someone to take it to the next level and I want to be that Commission: Parks unopposed, Campione to face Poole Six square off for Clermont City Council SEE BALLOT | A2 SEE COUNCIL | A2 SEE COMISSION | A3 LINDA CHARLTON Special to the Daily Commercial Five candidates qualied for three seats on the Groveland City Council last week. Current Groveland mayor Tim Loucks and former Groveland mayor Mike Radzik are both running for the District 1 seat, which is the mayoral seat. In a recent interview Loucks named parks, the ooding is sues in the west part of the city, and the ongoing Eagle Ridge Re claimed Water Distribution Sys tem as top priorities should he be elected. In a prepared statement, he said, As your mayor, I will con tinue to bring civility, coopera tion and the ability to compro mise, while bringing the practice of healthy debate to our city council, staff and citizens. Loucks became mayor last year when then-mayor Jim Gearhart resigned, not long into his rst term. Loucks was already on the council and had been selected by council as mayor pro tem. Radzik had been mayor for one term when he was defeated in his bid for re-election two years ago by Gearhart. Now Radzik is ght ing to get the mayoral seat back. Radziks stated goal, should he be elected, is to bring re spectability back to the city at a time when we need good sound judgement, given the bright fu ture we have ahead of us, par ticularly with the DRI (the Vil la City area development of regional impact). Radzik goes on to say that I believe I am the more capable and professional of the two of us, and I have more experience. Five qualify for Groveland elections As your mayor, I will continue to bring civility, cooperation and the ability to compromise, while bringing the practice of healthy debate to our city council, staff and citizens. Groveland mayor Tim Loucks SEE GROVELAND | A3 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@dailycommercial.com P lans for a massive development cov ering 2,467 acres in south Lake are almost exactly what Howard Kings great grandfa ther envisioned for the town he founded 130 years ago. Old Villa City was one of the most successful towns during that time, King said, bringing in afuent people from up north and included a church, hotel, post of ce, photography stu dio and 35 homes. But when The Great Freeze of 1894-95 set in, sending tempera tures to19 degrees, it de stroyed the citrus and vegetable industry in old Villa City, and 150 res idents abandoned the town, including George T. King, who was vice president of sales for the Colgate Company. I think he would be pleased as punch if it went through, said King, who still lives in old Villa City. I think it would be exactly what he envisioned, except he had agriculture in terests in mind. The new develop ment, also called Villa City, would be located northwest of State Road 19 and east of State Road 33, directly south of the Florida Turnpike, according to planning documents led by the Villa City developer. The East Central Flor ida Regional Planning Council, made up of representatives from counties and cities, will make recommen dations regarding the project, while the Grov eland City Council will give nal approval. But no denitive timeframe has been set. However, pre-ap plication documents An old town to rise again in south Lake LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Howard and Dodie King, and their grandson, Dalton Johnson, look over some memorabilia from the original Villa City. SEE VILLA CITY | A6

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A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 TAVARES Lake County included in new regional expressway authority Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed Senate Bill 230 to create the Central Florida Expressway Authority, incor porating representation from Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties into a larger, regional tolling authority. Effective immediately, CFX takes over the existing Orlando-Orange County authority, which is responsi ble for the planning, design, construc tion, operation and maintenance of a 109-mile limited-access expressway system serving the four county juris dictions, according to a press release from CFX. The authority will be governed by a nine-member board, with represen tatives from each of the four coun ties, along with the mayor of Orange County, the mayor of Orlando and three gubernatorial appointees. Under this new structure, we will have the opportunity to create a board with a majority of elected of cials able to oversee toll collections and roadway operations while also providing direct accountability to our citizens, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said in the release. The rst meeting of the new CFX board will be in July. Meeting in formation will be posted on ExpresswayAuthority.com. LEESBURG United Way has three new board members United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties has announced the appoint ment of three new community leaders from Lake and Sumter counties. According to a press release, the new board members are: Joshua Blake, Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Marlene OToole, R-The Villages. Blake, a fth generation Floridian, is a 2006 gradu ate of the University of North Florida. He began his career with OToole as her local campaign manager. Bryan D. Cornell, vice president/ district manager of Wells Fargo Bank, serving Lake and Sumter counties. Cornell, a Tampa native, received a bachelors degree in marketing from the University of South Florida. Sumter County Tax Collector Randy Mask, who was employed with SECO Energy for 28 years. He served two terms as Sumter County Commissioner from 2004-2012. In addition, Mask is the owner of Mask Properties LLC. GROVELAND Officer uses stun gun on uncooperative suspect A Groveland police ofcer used his stun gun twice on a suspect last week after the man allegedly refused to co operate during a vehicle burglary investigation. According to an ar rest afdavit, Cory Adam Byers, of Clermont, con tinued cursing at the of cer during an investi gation and while police tried to get him into the patrol car. The ofcer then used a stun gun on him. When that didnt work, he used the stun gun again. Still, another of cer had to help pull Byers into the pa trol car. Byers, 29, was charged with ob struction and resisting arrest. He was released from the Lake County Jail later Tuesday morning after posting a $2,000 bond. The incident occurred at the Days Inn in the 20300 block of U.S. Highway 27 about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday. There have been a number of recent vehicle burglaries in the area, and an ofcer spotted a vehicle with its driv er side open and a man inside. Byers allegedly jumped out of the car upon seeing the ofcer and refused to say who the vehicle belonged to. Area Briefs What south Lake residents are saying about the... PRISONER SWAP What do you think of the recent U.S. prisoner swap with the Taliban? That is the stupidest idea that Obama has ever come up with. The guy walked out. He was no body important, and we released ve Taliban lead ers that it took us forever to get. DALTON JOHNSON SANFORD The only thing I think is that it shouldnt have tak en ve to get our guy back, and I dont care what peo ple say, I dont think that man went willingly. Who would stay over there for ve years? COURTNEY ISHMAN MASCOTTE At rst I thought it was probably good, then I nd out hes supposedly a ji hadist. I think we should leave no American be hind. Hes an American. If you were a prisoner in Vietnam, you would do what you needed in order to survive. RICHARD HOFFMAN MONTVERDE Until we nd out all the facts about that sergeant its really hard to evalu ate the trade. Everyone is saying hes a traitor and all that, but we dont know that. STEVE SWART CLERMONT Word on the Street Missing your South Lake Press? Call us. To request home delivery or to report a missed paper,call 787-0600 or toll-free at 877-702-0600. More information about circulation on Page A4 BYERS THURSDAY TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP: At 11 a.m., to guide parents and students through the process of applying, re ceiving and maintaining the Take Stock in Chil dren scholarship for mid dle school students and parents/guardians, 756 W. Broad St., Groveland. To register, call 352-429-5840. SHERIFF BORDERS IS THE GUEST AT SL912PROJ ECT MEETING: At 7 p.m., at the Clermont City Center in downtown Clermont. Guests are asked to bring canned goods for local food pantries. An item of need is peanut butter. JULY 12 STAR WARS DAYS SUM MER READING PROGRAM AT THE LIBRARY: From 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cooper Memorial Library in Cler mont. Go to www.mylake library.org for information. COOPER MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen is the book selection for the July book. Read the book and join the discus sion at 5 p.m. at the Coo per Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, sec ond oor, Room 221, in Cl ermont. For information, call 352-536-2275. COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE Thad Hamilton, D Jeffrey Obos, Write-in Adam Putnam, R STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 8 Dorothy Hukill, R STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 31 Randy Glisson, R Belita Grassel, R Terri Seefeldt, R Joseph B. Stephens, R Jennifer Sullivan, R STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 32 Larry Metz, R STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 33 Marlene OToole BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 2 Sean Michael Parks, R BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 4 Leslie Shamrock Campio ne, R Thomas Henry Poole Jr., No party LAKE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY AT-LARGE Adam Scott Dufresne Robert Alan Hendrick Willard Garrison Ives Jr. LAKE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY DISTRICT 2 Samuel R. Oppelaar Jr. Lake County Water Authori ty District 4 Doug Bryant NORTH LAKE COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES [NORTH EAST] SEAT #2 Duane Keith Booth NORTH LAKE COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES [NORTH WEST] SEAT #4 Vic Donahey NORTH LAKE COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES [NORTH WEST] SEAT #6 Joyce Richey Huey COUNTY JUDGE GROUP 3 Daniel David Archer Terry T. Neal SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1 John J. Ardizone, Nonpar tisan William John Mathias, Non partisan SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 3 Jamie Maret Hanja, Non partisan Marc Anthony Dodd, Non partisan Tod Andre Howard, Nonpar tisan SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5 Nancy L. Muenzmay, Non partisan Peter E. Tarby, Nonpartisan Stephanie Ann Luke, Non partisan JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, FIFTH APPELLATE DISTRICT (JUDICIAL RETENTION) Wendy W. Berger Kerry I. Evander C. Alan Lawson Richard B. Ornger William D. Palmer Thomas D. Sawaya F. Rand Wallis CIRCUIT JUDGE, FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT GROUP 3 Denise Dymond Lyn Mary Hatcher Sandy Kautz Bo Samargya GROUP 5 Richard Tombrink GROUP 6 Mark Jay Hill GROUP 10 Jonathan Ohlman GROUP 11 Richard Howard GROUP 12 Don Briggs GROUP 18 Lisa Herndon GROUP 21 Brian Lambert GROUP 22 Curtis Neal GROUP 27 Carol Falvey GROUP 28 Mark Anthony Nacke LAKE SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SEAT 1 Melanie Rose SEAT 2 Linda Kay Bystrak SEAT 3 Daniel Robert Osborn SEAT 4 Frank Paulhamus SEAT 5 Betsy Farner CITY OF CLERMONT SEAT 1 Timothy Bates SEAT 3 Gail Ash Rick VanWagner SEAT 5 Tim Murry Thomas Spencer Diane Travis CITY OF GROVELAND MAYOR (SEAT 1) Tim Loucks Mike Radzik SEAT 5 John Grifn Eunice Garbutt SEAT 3 Dina Sweatt CITY OF MOUNT DORA COUNCIL, AT-LARGE Nick Girone Marie Rich COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2 Cal Rolfson COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3 Ed Rowlett Joe Runnels CITY OF UMATILLA SEAT 4 Brian Butler H. Scott Purvis SEAT 5 Katherine Kaye Adams BALLOT FROM PAGE A1 guy ... if we put both hands on the wheel, we can make this city economy robust. VanWagner will not face current mayor Hal Turville in the upcoming election, as Turville announced this week that he is not run ning. However, VanWag ner will be facing former councilwoman Gail Ash. Ive been here now for 12 years, Ash said. Theres so many changes taking place here I think its al most like a blank canvas, to see what the residents want or need in the city. The mayoral race will be decided on Nov. 4, during the general election. Meanwhile, Tim Murry, Dr. Thomas Spencer and Dianne Travis are all seek ing the seat currently held by VanWagner. In a statement, Spencer said I propose to not just serve as your representa tive, but even more im portantly, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elect ed representatives. Travis said, Im very ex cited by the direction the city is going with the brand ing and all. I think I can help take it to the next level. Im an athlete and a business owner, which is something I think the city can use. Ive competed all over the world, and Im ready to be part of the team. Murry was born and raised in Clermont and subsequently had a career in the Air Force. On retirement I decid ed it was time to get back to the city and help peo ple out, because I remem ber when I was growing up there wasnt much for the kids to do here, Mur ry said. I felt more can be done, and we need city of cials who can get out in the community and relate to the community. The three Seat 5 candi dates will face off in a pri mary election on Aug. 26. If none of them receive a majority of the votes, the two top vote-getters will square off during the No vember election. Councilman Tim Bates (Seat 1) is running for re-election unopposed. COUNCIL FROM PAGE A1

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 Placey our ad her ea nd re ac ht he Local Mar ke t!VE RY AF FO RD AB LE!Call to da y3 52-3 94-2183 Ja son Cotto Julie Kiley Kris Memolo Marian Armstrong rf r ntb (352)242-4500 Parks said he is hon ored and humbled to be re-elected and em phasized it is not his commission seat, but the peoples seat. I love serving peo ple and I will work even harder over the next four years, he said. He added there is much more work to do, from efforts to nd ing an alternative wa ter source in the south Lake region to nish ing the Wellness Way Sector Plan to focusing on transportation and road needs. The sector plan would transform 16,000 acres in the southeast corner of the coun ty into a hub for hightech health care jobs and other industries, which would attract people who like to bike, walk and enjoy an ac tive, healthy lifestyle. Wellness Way has been called the largest piece of undeveloped prop erty left in Lake Coun ty. The tract runs east of U.S. Highway 27 along the Orange County border, running south from State Road 50 to U.S. Highway 192. This coming year I want to launch an in ter-agency effort to study the entire upper basin of the Clermont Chain of Lakes to deter mine and help alleviate water level problems on the lakes, he said. Other county qual ifying races to watch this election season in clude: Commissioner Les lie Campione, a Repub lican, will face Thomas Henry Poole Jr., senior pastor of Mount Mori ah Church in Wildwood and son of Thomas Henry Poole Sr., a prom inent NAACP leader and teacher who fought for civil rights after integra tion in Eustis. Poole is running as a candidate with no party afliation. Voters will pick the candidate during the general election on Nov. 4. In the race for School Board District 1, in cumbent Bill Mathi as is facing John Ardi zone, who previously worked as a substitute teacher for Lake Coun ty schools, served as a police ofcer with the Los Angeles Police De partment and managed a Ramada Hotel. Voters will decide the winner of the race during the Aug. 26 pri mary. In the contest for School Board Dis trict 3, Tod Howard, in cumbent, has two op ponents. Jamie Maret Hanja serves on many boards, including the Lake County Historical Society, and is vice chair of the Lake-Sumter MPO Citizens Advisory Com mittee and has served on the Lake County Af fordable Housing Advi sory Committee. Marc Anthony Dodd, a kindergarten teacher for the past three years, previously worked with the Walt Disney Co. Incumbent Kyleen Fischer has withdrawn from this race. Stephanie Ann Luke, an instructor of ele mentary education at the University of Cen tral Florida will run against Nancy Muenz may, director of In cubator Programs at Lake-Sumter State Col lege and Peter Tarby, former Umatilla City Council member. For School Board Dis tricts 3 and 5, the can didates will face off at the Aug. 26 prima ry. To avoid a runoff to the general election on Nov. 4, one candidate must get 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, according to the Super visor of Elections ofce. COMISSION FROM PAGE A1 I am much more rounded than he is. Two candidates are vying for the District 5 seat: incumbent John Grif n and challenger Eunice Garbutt. Long-time councilman Grifn says my platform is to keep taxes as low as I can and be sure the city has enough money to run on, with out being exorbitant. I always try to keep the millage rate as low as I can, because eventually it falls in the laps of the citizens. Garbutt says she is running be cause she wants to ensure that Groveland is a place where you can not only live, but work and play, and to ensure that theres reasonable growth that can not only accommo date the citizens of old Groveland, but the new residents as well. Incumbent Dina Sweatt (District 5) is running unopposed. I am running again because I want to make a difference, she says. I want to see Groveland grow, thrive and become all it can be. I would like to more events such as the Memorial Day program I cre ated. Groveland used to hold ski shows on Lake David. I would like to see that come back, maybe hold an Easter egg hunt, Halloween/fall car nival, a bigger and better farmers market. Groveland has the poten tial. All we have to do is tap into it. GROVELAND FROM PAGE A1 SUBMITTED PHOTO Lion Nick Jones, right, Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway and ofcer David Colon attended a recent Clermont/Minneola Lions Club meeting during which the club donated stuffed animals for police ofcers to carry in their cars for children. LIONS PRESENT GIFTS TO CLERMONT POLICE

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A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Make local politics nonpartisan Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummers initiative to make constitutional ofces nonpartisan was met with two schools of thought. First, the Democrats were quoted as saying, Party aflia tions give voters more informa tion. I say that information is specious at best. Charlie Crist was a Republican just a few years ago. I doubt many dyed-inthe-wool Democrats would have voted for him then simply because he wore the wrong party label. He also professed to be an independent. More than a few politi cians change party affiliations. Besides, I hope Democrats vary on their ideas. I know they do not all agree or disagree on issues. I remember when they were called Dixiecrats and were extremely conservative. Now, most consider them lib eral. Only the extreme, radi cal fringe and outliers in both major political parties are not open to fresh ideas. Political parties should be made up of people, not just lock-step ideas. Todays Republican just might be tomorrows Democrat. Voters should vote for the cre dentials and ideas of the person irrespective of any party. Second, the Republicans ar gued that most local issues are above party differences and tak ing them out of that fray lures more independent turnout. I agree. We sure need all duly reg istered voters turning out for our elections, not just the radi cals and the party faithful. Every election needs to be open to all taxpayers. Nonpartisan ofces facilitate that freedom. I hope Lake County will en tertain the idea that our public ofces ought to be nonpartisan. Our elected ofcials should be working to make government work for all, not just their party faithful. CHOICE EDWARDS | Clermont In defense of the VA As I sit here with my father watching the evening news, we are saddened by the attitudes being expressed toward the Veterans Administration medi cal services. My father is an 89-year-old World War II veteran who has consistently received excep tional medical care through his Veterans Administration benets. The James Haley VA hospital in Tampa has provided excel lent medical care for my father since the 1970s. My father con tinues to receive wonderful care via the VA Homebound Primary Care program out of the Lecanto VA Clinic and also enjoys now having some doctor appoint ments scheduled at The Villages Outpatient Clinic. In a system as large as the Veterans Administration there are bound to be areas that are struggling more than others. However, I just wanted to take the time to praise the excep tional care my father has expe rienced in our local area and ex press our thanks to those who provide that care. SANDRA WOODARD | Sumterville Cartoon was misleading The editorial cartoon on June 7 was misleading and inaccurate. The man in the lab coat is supposedly a scientist reading from a book of science facts. The fact is, the climate changes. No one disagrees with that. The problem is the scientist is reading off supposed causes of this climate change. The ac tual scientic fact is, prominent scientists the world over dis agree on what, if anything, caus es climate change. More than one third of sci entists agree that carbon emis sions and pollution have ab solutely no effect on the world climate. Because the Republicans agree with these scientists and disagree with oth ers, they are portrayed as ignor ing the facts. A scientic fact is one derived from repeatable, testable obser vation. There are no real facts concerning the cause of climate change, just guessing and spec ulation. Disagreeing with some ones speculation isnt the same as ignoring a plain fact. JEFFREY SMITH | Umatilla A s voters an d citizens of a great Repub lic, we would like to think that ideas and character win elections. Too often, howev er, we are reminded that money is as essential to political success as the experiences and val ues of the candidates. Local developer H. Gary Morse delivered an other such reminder recently. According to re cords with the Florida Division of Elections and the State Division of Corporations, Morse chan neled nearly $70,000 to Gov. Rick Scott on May 29 through two dozen companies he owns or controls. And in 2012, the Morse family and its compa nies contributed $180,000 to Scotts political ac tion committee, Lets Get to Work. Thats a quarter of a million dollars in two years to Scotts campaign. Its all perfectly legal, it seems. Separate busi ness entities controlled by a single family can each contribute to a political campaign. But the timing of the donations is certainly curious. In January 2012, the governors ofce commissioned a review of the 1,600 special tax ing districts in Florida, including the districts that comprise The Villages. For The Villages, those districts represent big money. There are at least 11 taxing districts in The Villages that collect money from residents and use the proceeds to purchase assets like golf courses and other facilities from the devel oper who built them Morse. In a 2012 article, Bloomberg News reported that Morse had net ted $900 million from those transactions since 1992. In opening the review, the governors ofce expressed some skepticism about deals like those that enrich developers and may not serve an important public purpose. Several months later, the Morse family dona tions poured in. Whether Morses donations were meant to in uence the course of the review is up for spec ulation. Hes been a major Republican con tributor in Florida for years after all, so Scott certainly isnt the rst member of the GOP to benet from the developers largesse. Yet we should all be concerned that anyone the Morse family or anyone else whose for tunes depend so heavily on government re views and approvals can play such an im portant role in the political survival of our most important elected ofcials. Our nations campaign nance laws and rules have become watered down in recent years, and there are apparently enough loopholes in our state laws to allow wealthy donors to try to buy inuence as well. As the mid-term elections near, voters should take note of who is cozying up to candidates and decide whether these candidates represent the people or the special interests. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD STEVE SKAGGS ....................................... PUBLISHER TOM MCNIFF .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN ................................. NEWS EDITOR WHITNEY WILLARD ........................... COPY DESK CHIEF GENE PACKWOOD ...................... EDITORIAL CARTOONIST O PINION WHATS YOUR OPINION? 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Montrose St. Clermont, FL 34711 By fax to: 352-394-8001 EDITORIALS Editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed. GUEST COLUMNS If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@daily commercial.com, or mail it to Letters to Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photograph to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OUR VIEW If you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veter ans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to to www.lake vet erans.com. CALLING ALL VETERANS S OUTH LAKE PRESS Your community newspaper for more than 100 years. 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34712-0868 352-394-2183 Fax: 352-394-8001 The South Lake Press is published weekly by Halifax Media Group at 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, Florida 34711. Standard mail postage (Permit #280) is paid at the United States Post Ofce, Clermont, FL 34711. The South Lake Press is mailed to subscribers and is also distributed at newsstand locations throughout the region. All material contained in this edition is property of Halifax Media Group, and is protected under the copy right laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. YOUR OPINIONS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Money plays in politics President wrong about prisoner swaps During a recent speech, President Obama spoke about prisoner swaps by presidents at the end of other wars. This is what happens at the end of wars, Obama said when he was asked about swap ping American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for ve Taliban terrorists. That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. Thats been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And thats the right thing to do. For the record, the Revolutionary War ended in 1783 and Washington did not become president until 1789. The Constitution was not rat ied until 1787, therefore the Colonies could not elect a president. Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865 and the war ended May 10, 1865. Franklin D. Roosevelt died and Harry S. Truman was pres ident at the end of World War II. Its wonderful to have a sit ting president turn professor and lecture us on our histo ry in such a positive tone and be so positively wrong on all accounts. These are not misspoken words. These are outright fool ish statements in defense ofa decision made by a head of state to justify actions taken in ofce. No excuse, sir. CORNELIUS A. KELLY | L eesburg LETTER of the WEEK FILE PHOTO

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 r f f nt b b rfSel ected from Historic Downt own Clermont's 80-plus members, we're pleased to pres ent the CDP Featu red Business of the Month...FINDERS KEEPERSFINDERS KEEPERS was opened on November 1, 2010 on 8th and Mo ntro se str eets in Hist oric Downtown Clermont. Owner, Pat Matson, who retire d af ter 30 years in the corporate bu si ness world, decided she could finally follow her dream of owning her own sma ll bu sines s. Not exa ctly sure what Finders Keepers would be toda y it has evolved into a Unique Gift, Home Dcor and gently used Furniture boutique. Custo mers enj oy the unique items they can purchase at Find ers Keepers and appreciate the ever turning invent ory with new items being intro duced daily. According to Pat find ing the tr ea su res and merchandising them is what she loves to do. Selling is just something I have to do to stay in business she laughs. Having expanded twice in the past 4 years, Pat contributes her success to her husband Bobs sup por t an d the ass ist an ce of her bab y gir l, as she refers to her, Jennifer Silva. Jen is really the salesperson, she is a real go getter and is always here for me. We are all a great team that makes FINDERS KEEPERS the success that it is. Whether you are looking for a birthday or wedding gift, something funny to give to someone or great furni ture for your home FI NDERS KEE PERS is wh ere you will fin d it Open Tuesd ay thro ugh Satur da y from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sund ay 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. you will be greated by the smiles of either Pat or Jen and usually on Sundays both will be in the boutique. S top in and say Hi, you never know what you may find. Pat and her husband Bob Matson have lived in Cler mo nt for the past 11 year s and have 4 ch il d ren and 8 grandch ildren. When not working th ey love to travel and are getting ready for a three week Norway trip in July. Not to worry FINDERS KEE PER S will be open in the capa ble hands of Jen To be sure there will be a huge sale when momma is gone. LOOKING FOR PA RTS? SEE JULIE (352) 394-61 11 r fnn ttt b Ih ave par ts for all major appliances and air conditioning and authorized repair ser vice too!rr D000741 Dr Ray now teaming up with Dr Bandur and Business Consultant Jeff Demps in a new venture KNEEWORKS!From left: Kneew orks staff Dr Joe Bandur (top left), Receptionist Allyson Bonville Business Associate Kenneth Huffstutler promoter and Professional football play er with the Ta mpa Bay Buccaneers Jeff Demps (front center), Dir ector of Business Development Steve Pisarkiewicz and Dr Mik e Ray (far right).Call us1-844-KNEEWORKS(1-844-563-3967)17307 Pagonia Drive Ste 103, Cler mont, FL 34711 IN MEMORY DEATH NOTICES Mona Loraine Calley Mona Loraine Calley, 94, of Leesburg, died Saturday, June 14, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla Helen G. Cottrill Helen G. Cottrill, 91, of Leesburg died Friday, June 20, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lees burg, Fl. William Eulcid Doss William Bill Eulcid Doss, 94, of Paisley, died Friday, June 13, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Weldon F. Hostler Weldon F. Hostler, 96, of Paisley, died Sunday, June 15, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatil la. Thelma Marie Hyatt Thelma Marie Hyatt, 92, of Lake Wales, died Monday, June 16, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lees burg. Robert Leon Jackson Robert Leon Jackson, 28, of Orlando, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funer al Home, Altamonte Springs. Robert Albert Longson Robert Albert Long son, 90, of Leesburg, died Thursday, June 19, 2014. Becker Funeral Home, Clermont. Kathleen Lowery Kathleen McClendonLowery, 75, of Leesburg, died, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Eastside Funeral Home, Leesburg Ida Brooks Parham Ida Brooks Parham, 78, of Leesburg, died Sunday, June 15, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortu ary, Leesburg. Joe D. Peacock Joe D. Peacock, 57, Okahumpka, died Mon day, June 16, 2014. East side Funeral Home, Leesburg. Pete Reynolds Pete Reynolds, 74, of Fern Park, died Sat urday, June 14, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funer al Home, Altamonte Springs. Betty-Marie Ruggles Betty-Marie Ruggles, 94, of Leesburg, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Page-Theus Fu nerals & Cremations, Leesburg. Avery James Sandhoff Avery James Sandhoff, infant, of Bradenton, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. Hayes Broth ers Funeral Home, Al tamonte Springs. Harry G. Swartz Harry G. Swartz, 84, of Leesburg, died Sat urday, June 14, 2014. Cremation Choices, LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@dailycommercial.com Lake Countys Eco nomic Development and Tourism Depart ment is evaluating its economic incentive program to determine whether the countys resources are being used appropriately. County ofcials said a recent review of in centives granted to area businesses re vealed that, in some cases, county ofcials had insufcient infor mation to determine whether businesses met their targets for hiring as required by the grant agreements. According to county documents, six incen tive grants awarded from 2004 to 2008 were found to have incom plete reporting. The department distribut ed $287,000 to create 78 jobs but could only verify 18 that were re tained for the required two years. Robert Chandler, the countys director of Economic Devel opment and Tourism, said while incentives have been a mainstay of economic develop ment, it is important to evaluate them. We dont have enough money in our incentive budget to play the big recruit ment game, he said. When you are talking about bringing in big companies you need millions of dollars to make a difference. For scal year 201314, the department re ceived $150,000 for in centives, according to Chandler. Chandler said the key to economic de velopment here is workforce and educa tion, citing recent and continued efforts to partner with education al institutions. Chandler cited the Lake Tech Center for Advanced Manufactur ing, a partnership be tween the county and tech school to train workers in manufac turing, machining and welding, and the Part ners for Success pro gram, bringing the business and education community together. Sean Snaith, director of the University of Cen tral Floridas Institute for Economic Competi tiveness, said education can play an important role in economic devel opment. I think in attract ing businesses, having a skilled and dynamic workforce is probably more important than offering an incentive for individual projects, he said. However, he added incentives should re main an option. When you are talking about a limited bud get you want to look at what your return is TAVARES Economic Development department evaluating incentive program SEE INCENTIVES | A8

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A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 indicate Villa City will be developed in four phases with phase 1 commencing in 2016 and project build-out anticipated in 2035. We have not re ceived the application, said Fred Milch, who will oversee the Villa City project for the Re gional Planning Coun cil. The land has been purchased to my un derstanding. C. David Brown II, chairman of the Orlan do law rm of Broad and Cassel, is listed as the representative of all 16 landowners in Vil la City. He specializes in real estate, land use and government rela tions, the rms website states. Brown was the Cen tral Florida nance chair for the guberna torial campaign of Jeb Bush and is on friend ly terms with golfer Ti ger Woods, according to a story in the Tampa Bay Times His real es tate clients include the Saudi royal family, the newspaper wrote. King said to his knowledge Saudis have owned a lot of proper ty in the area for many years. If approved, the de velopment would be annexed into the city of Groveland, Groveland city ofcials conrmed. When completed, the new development will include 1,610 sin gle family dwellings, 900 multi-family apart ments, 3,054 senior adult housing dwell ings, ofces and an in dustrial park, 245,000 square feet of commer cial shopping and gen eral ofce space and an 18-hole golf course, according to planning documents. Pre-application doc uments state the area is demonstrating a strong real estate recov ery across land uses. Indeed, Groveland is seeing an addition al 30 to 35 new build ing permits per month, according to Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks. In addition, from Au gust 2013 to May of this year, the num ber of building permits has increased to 490, Loucks said. New con struction has increased 175 percent. The population of Groveland could more than double to 21,000, according to City Man ager Redmond Jones. On a big scale, (Villa City) could actually be a shining point to the region, Jones said pre viously in a planning meeting. But county ofcials and water experts ex pressed concerns about whether there will be enough water in the re gion to support such a massive development. They also worry about the additional trafc and whether the devel opment was focused enough on job creation. Even King, an ardent fan of the Villa City idea, acknowledges that water is a concern. The South Lake Re gional Water Initiative, consisting of the South Lake Chamber of Com merce, the county and the municipalities of Clermont, Groveland, Minneola, Mascotte and Montverde, are working to nd an al ternative water source to the upper Floridan Aquifer, where water is traditionally pumped from and is dwindling in the amount of re serves left. We have not yet identied the source of water we are going to use for our future de mands, said Alan Oy ler, who represents the SLRWI. Depend ing on what quantity of water is available and what we will have to do, there may be water and there may not be. We are estimat ing we are going to use twice as much water as the Central Florida Wa ter Initiative previously projected, he said, ex plaining it is estimat ed by 2035 those in the south Lake region will use an estimated 70 million gallons a day. The CFWI is working in conjunction with the SLRWI to nd an alter native water supply for the region. It raises the concern that we either need to nd a large (alternative water source) or nd a way to cut our de mand, Oyler said. County Commis sioner Sean Parks, who founded the initiative along with Loucks and is on the regional plan ning council, also ex pressed concerns about water resources. Parks said non-po table resources such as reuse and stormwa ter must be used for ir rigation on the devel opment. Otherwise, he said, it should not be approved. Jones said previous ly early indicators have been that theres also interest to use alterna tive uses such as con servation, storm water capture, solar technol ogies and rain water reuse. Trafc also remains a concern. There is no way you can propose to build 3,000 homes and put X-amount in for non-commercial uses and not have an im pact, said T.J. Fish, ex ecutive director of the Lake-Sumter Metropol itan Planning Organiza tion. The MPO is tasked with reviewing the traf c impacts of the proj ect. It is a matter of how much of an impact and what does it mean for the developer being responsible for mitigat ing the impact. Commissioner Les lie Campione expressed concerns that the de velopment was more focused on residential growth. You cant nd a bet ter location in Lake County that is a more centralized location, adjacent to a major transportation net work, she said. That is the worst place for resi dential when you could be targeting these job opportunities we need to bring to Lake County. I hate to see it be roof tops when it could be true economic develop ment. Becky Kinder Kelly: Accounting Manager Native of Leesburg. Pr oud mom and wife.Becky was bor n and raised in Leesbur g and spent most of her summers playing in the cool water of f Ski Beach at Ve netian Gar dens. So when she had an opportunity to re tur n to Lake County some years ago, she jumped at the chance to come home to the people and places she loved as a child. Now she takes car e of the customers who make the Daily Commer cial gr eat, in a community that has always been gr eat to her and her family It s people like Becky who deliver mor e than news for the people of Lake and Sumter counties. A Halif ax Media Group Compan y Nobody deliverslike we do. DISCOUNTVIT AMINS4375 S. 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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A7 CH AMBE RAWA RD S& NEWS www .southlakechamber -fl.com Lake Minneola High School Senior Marcela Sierra-Arce was named the Ap ril 2014 Outstanding Student of the Month. Some of Marcelas achievements are Student Class Representa tive, Ser vice Committee Co-Chair Key Club Secretar y, FBLA Historian/Vi ce President, NHS member Va rs it y Cr os s Countr y Te am, 300+ hrs of volunteering, 4.66 GP A in honors cl asses and an AP scholar w/distinction. She has chosen to at tend Johns Hopkins University to stud y Pre-Med. Marcela is pictured holding the aw ard plaque with her parents to her right and aw ard sponsor We sley Reed from Ameriprise Fi nancial. Minneola Coun ci lo r Kelly Price offi cially opened the new Minn eo la Community Gar den, loca ted on East Chester St. near Grassy Lake Rd. She was joined for the occasi on by f el lo w Minneola Council members, City staff and South Lake Chamber Ambassadors. If you or your organiza tio n are interested in participa ting in this new community initia tive by gro wing fruits and vegetables organically please contact Mar y Jane Lange at (3 52 ) 394-3598 x 2225. The Chambers Ho ward Stockton Memorial Golf To urnament recently took place on a perfect Chamber of Commerce wea th er day at Sanctuar y Ridge Golf Course in Clermont. The annual tournament is held in honor of former Chamber Executive Director Ho ward Stockton, with a portion of the proceeds going to wards a scholarship named in his me mo ry through the Community Fo unda tion of South Lake. Pictured are the teams from the tournaments ma in sponsors, Schmid Construction & Centur yLink. Man y thanks to them and to all of the sponsors, whose support allo ws this grea t event to ha ppen ever y year! Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Kekes Breakfast Caf ow ners Ly a & Pierre de Fa brique along with th ei r restaurant staff to their new loca tion at 2435 South Highway 27 in Clermont (C ler mont Landing Shopping Plaza). Keke's provides outstanding meals with fres h, quality ingredients in a consistent manner tha t is uncommon to find in a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant. They ha ve a wonderful assortment of menu items which you can also see online at www .kekes.com. James Burks from Senninger Irriga tion was aw arded the Ap ril 2014 Cha mber "Gem of the Hills" Award at the Ap ril Chamber Breakfast. Since arriving in South Lake County in 1996, James has been ver y active in the Community particularl y in regards to wa ter conser va tion and wa ter sustainability efforts for our area. He has ser ved on the Board of Directors for the Chamber and for Lake Sumter Sta te College, and currently ser ves on the Boards for New Beginnings and the Co mm un ity Fo un da tion of South Lake. James is pictured above with his son Ma tthew and wife Shauna along with Community Rela tions Chair Michelle Michnoff from BankFIRST Tr ilog y by Shea Homes recently hosted a South Lake Chamber Business-After -Hours at their beautiful facility in Groveland. Over 100 South Lake business & community leaders mingled and networked poolside and were trea ted to drinks and hors doeuvres compliments of Tr ilog y. Fo r more informa tion about upcoming Chamber business mixers, please go to www .southlakechamber -fl.com or www .facebook.com/SouthLakeChamberFL. The South Lake Chamber in conjunction with the Clermont Po lice Department recently offered a Lunch n Learn program dealing with Crime Preventio n for Local Businesses. Chief of Po lice Chuck Broadway was in at tendance as Po lice Ca ptains and other Officers from his staff presented to local business ow ners and bank mana gers on several topics such as: ho w to make their businesses less at tractiv e to criminals, ho w to s p o t suspicious activities and wha t to do in such circumstances, and also ho w to best work with local la w enforcement to make our entire South Lake Community a safer place for business. Complimentar y lunch was provided by Tr oy s Cuban Deli. Man y thanks to the Clermont Po lice for this informa tive s ession and for all tha t you do in ser ving and protecting our area! Chamber Ambassadors, City of Minneola officials, and fello w Chamber members welcomed Dean and To nya Ro we from 4C Print Shop to their new print shop loca tion at 407 S. Disston Ave. in Minneola. They offer dire ct-to-garment printing (tshi rt s, ta nk s to ps etc.) as well as other types of sublima ti on printing products (coffee mugs, license pla tes). See all of the products tha t they offer online at www .4cprintshop.com or call the directly at 352-6410472. Nanc y Muenzmay the Director of the Lake Sumter Sta te College Business Incuba tor Program, recently at tended the monthly South Lake Yo ung Professionals Coffee Club and presented to them about the innova tive business incuba tor program in Lake County and ho w it supports innova tion and entrepreneurialism. The incuba tor program offers affordable office space, specialty training, mentoring, and other educa tional ser vices. The Coffee Club meets ever y 2nd Fr iday of the month from 8AM to 9AM, at Cheesers Pa lace Caf (707 W. Montrose St. Clermont) and all young professionals are invited to at tend. Fo r more informa tion on the SL YP go to www .facebook.com/SouthLakeYP Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Maria Fe rnandez from the Fa ireld Inn & Suites in Ocoee, FL to the South Lake Chamber family Recent internal & external renova tions accompanied the changeover to the Fa ireld Inn brand (formerly a Courty ard by Marriott loca tion). Stop in to see the changes at 10971 W Colonial Dr Ocoee, FL 34761. Maria can also be reached at (407) 573-1010 or you can go to www .faireldinn.com The South Lake Chamber recently presented the Community Fo unda tion of South Lake a check for $1,200, proceeds coming from the Ho ward Stockton Memorial Golf To urnament. This annual golf outing is held in honor of the former Chamber Executive Director where a portion of the proceeds goes to wards scholarships for area students. Golf tournament chair Grant Tr ibble from Raymond James is pictured with Ti ffan y Gay (center) and Ka thy Smith from the Community Fo unda tion. Caylee Schultz from East Ridge High School was aw arded the May 2014 Outstanding Student of the Month Award by We sley Reed, the aw ard sponsor from Ameriprise Fi nancial. S ome of Caylee s achievements and activities inc lude: Girls We ightlifting Va rsity Letter Clermont All Stars Competitive Cheerleading, Stu de nt Aide for the Guidance Ofce, Ca pturing Kids Hearts Club (3 years), Vo lunteer at the Be st Li ttle Thrift Shop/F ood Pa ntr y (5 hrs /wk), 4.0 GP A in advanced & honors cl asses. Congra tula tions!To m English from Certied Mortga ge Planners was aw arded the May 2014 Chamber Gem of the Hills Award at the May Chamber Breakfast. After arriving to the South Lake area in 1999, To m became ver y involved within our Community and has ser ved on the Chamber Board, ser ves as a Director for the Community Fo unda tion of South Lake, is active on the Fi scal Committee for the Fi rst United Methodist Church in Clermont and is currently the President for the Pig on the Po nd. He is pictured with Michelle Michnoff the Chair of the Community Rela tions Committee. KB Home Sales Counselors Anne Dempsey and Merc y Gomez were welcomed to the South Lake Chamber with a ribbon cutting ceremon y held at their beautiful model home loca ted in the KB Home Overlook at Vista Grande Community (11305 Scenic Vista Dr ., Clermont). Nestled between Lake Louisa and Lake Minnehaha, this development offers large hillside homesites with beautiful views starting in the lo w $200 s. Yo u can contact them at 352-404-7966 or visit www .kbhome.com. Aida Villar and Pe dro Villa Fa ne from the Harmon y Adult Daycare Center were welcomed by the Chamber Ambassadors to their new loca tion at 1172 South Grand Highway in Clermont. They offer adult daycare ser vices to those in the South Lake area. Stop by to congra tula te them and see their wonderful facility Th ey ca n be reached at 352-431-1017 Cornerstone Hospice CEO Chuck Lee was on hand with the staff and volunteers of the Mike Conley Hospice House loca ted at 2100 Oakley Sea ver Blvd. in Clermont to celebra te their 30th Anniversar y with the South Lake Ambassadors. Hospice care allo ws man y pa tients to remain in their ow n environment surrounded by friends and family where they are comfortable and free of pain. Loved ones share in the care with guidance from the Hospice team of professionals, ensuring a fullling alterna tive to institutional health care. See more at www .cshospice.org. Clermont Nissan Mana ging Pa rtner Joe Wa gner General Mana ger Ernie Galarza, staff, and Nissan Ofcials were welcomed by the Chamber Ambassadors to their newly constructed dealership loca ted at 16005 Sta te Hwy 50 in Clermont. Customers who shop at Clermont Nissan are smart for a reason, which is the dealership s slogan; not only because they will be trea ted well, but also because they will sa ve money Attendees were trea ted to a ca tered dinner provided by Beef OBrad y s. Sto p by to see their selection rst-hand or check them out virtually at www .c lermontnissan.com. Ofcials from the Lake-Sumter SCORE were congra tula ted by the Chamber Ambassadors on celebra ting their 50th Anniversar y! S CORE is dedica ted to helping Lake and Sumter County entrepreneurs succeed. They offer free counseling from current or former business mana gers and executives to help you start or gro w your ow n small business. To schedule an ap pointment, please call 352-365-3579 or go to www lakesumter .score.org.

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A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Ron Beck er Dir ector352-394-8228 r f nt b t $675 t Mon. Fr i. 9am to 4pm, Sa t. by ap poi nt mentLAKE COUNTYS MOST TRUSTED NAME IN HEARING AI DS www .l akem edi calhe ar ing.co m Al an Bo one HA S, BC -HI S Pr esi den t& Wi fe Linda221 N. US Hwy 27, Sui te H(Acr oss fr om the Citrus To wer)CLER MONT24 3HEA R( 4327 )2755 S. Ba y St. Suit e F(Acro ss fr om Tr actor Supply Compan y)EUST IS48 3HEA R( 4327 ) on those incentives, he said. I dont be lieve they should be dis missed out of hand. Chandler said he hopes incentives will start to pay less of a role in economic develop ment. It is a net loss for ev eryone if everyone is playing the incentive game, he said. Instead, he said, the focus should be on providing a busi ness-friendly envi ronment focused on service, resources, knowledge and facilita tion. Currently, the coun ty has 13 open incen tive accounts with eight different companies, worth $345,000. Those companies are obligat ed to create 142 jobs. Thus far, we have paid out $290,000 on the creation of 85 jobs, Chandler said. The company must create the jobs and hire before receiving incen tives. Commissioner Leslie Campione said incen tives are the least im portant factors that a business looks at. The benet of an in centive only lasts for so long, she said. The more important factors are your workforce and the cost of doing busi ness and transporta tion. Commissioner Sean Parks agreed. Business is relation ship-oriented and by far having a climate condu cive to business growth is much more import ant than incentives, he said. INCENTIVES FROM PAGE A5 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@dailycommercial.com With a projected in crease of 400 students next school year, sever al Lake County School Board members say they must raise more revenue to pay for new classrooms and other capital needs, and bor rowing money is not an option. School Board Mem ber Tod Howard said not raising school im pact fees could force the district to go to yearround school to accom modate the overow of students. But Howard said even impact fees are not the long-term answer. He favors a smaller tax on real estate transactions, but that idea did not pass the Florida Legis lature this year. Howard hopes it is brought back to the Legislature f or consid eration. I dont believe im pact fees are a sustain able model, he said. But short of us get ting a real estate trans action fee, we must im plement an impact fee at full funding. Our goal is to do the least harm to the economy of Lake County. Referring to impact fees, Howard said: As a scal conservative, we have to pay for the growth as it comes and that is the mechanism to pay for that growth. That is the only mech anism we have. I dont believe we have a choice but to fund growth at the amount that is re quired. Howard said in the south part of the coun ty, most of the schools are near capacity or over capacity. Sawgrass Bay Ele mentary is over capac ity and has ve porta bles, he said. There is not a lot of room for growth. Grassy Lake is at capacity. The suspension of im pact fees on new con struction since 2011 has affected the school dis tricts funding. In October 2013, the County Commission voted to reinstate those fees at 25 percent be ginning in January 2014. Those fees amount to approximately $2,573 per single family home. If real estate trans action fees cannot be adopted by the Flori da Legislature, How ard and Board Member Bill Mathias are in favor of restoring impact fees to the full amount at $10,292 per single fam ily home. Separately, Board Member Rosanne Bran deburg said she was in favor of raising impact fees. Chris Patton, spokes man for the school dis trict, said it primari ly receives its capital improvement funding from three sources: col lection of impact fees, a 1.5 mill property tax and a one-cent sales tax ap proved by referendum. This does not include school district funding, which has an operating budget of $280 million from the general fund for daily school opera tions, Patton said. The capital fund ing has been reduced over the years because the stagnant economy has kept property val ues low and the Florida Legislature cut the max imum allowable mill age for capital purposes from 2 mills to 1.5 mills, Patton said. In the last ve years the school district has lost more than $67 mil lion in capital property tax revenue. Board member Bill Mathias said in the his tory of impact fees the county commission has never granted the amount that would ful ly fund growth. I am going to ask for the full amount to pay for growth through im pact fees. However, I am completely open to al ternative methods that may pay for growth, he said. If you dont ful ly fund growth while development is being built, then all taxpayers are going to be paying for it afterward. A consultant for the school district recent ly projected that by 2020, there will be an increase of about 2,297 new students in the schools, particularly in the southern part of the county. As a result, school ofcials see the need to build two new schools there within seven years. Brandeburg said she does not want the board to end up where it was in 2000, when it bor rowed more than $600 million over many years to build new schools. The school district is still about $446 million in debt because of this. We need the full amount, she said. Otherwise history is going to repeat itself, Unfortunately, we are not in a position to take on the debt that pri or school boards have taken on because of growth. If impact fees are not raised, the district would have to look at adding portables to al ready overcrowding campuses, Brandeburg said. School Board: Impact fees must be raised

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B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE .............................. 365-8268 FAX .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL ......... sports@dailycommercial.com S PORTS and LEISURE FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer frank.jolley@dailycommercial.com Few people equate June with football, par ticularly in Florida. The heat and op pressive humidity so thick it creates sweat at the mere thought of go ing outside are often better suited to a day at the beach or napping in a living-room recliner. But for many area high school football players, June is a key month in their prepa ration for the up coming season. Line men and kickers go to camps around the country that teach technique and agili ty, and are trained by highly touted coaches and instructors. Skill-position play ers, however, can stay closer to home and take part in a variety of 7-on7 tournaments, which have grown in populari ty in recent years. Many coaches promote the tournaments as a meth od for evaluating play ers and building team chemistry. For local teams, the Central Florida Chap ter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes kicked off its second annual 7-on-7 passing league Wednesday at the Hickory Point Rec reational Park in Tava res. Ten area teams Eustis, Tavares, Mount Dora, Mount Dora Bible, Leesburg, Wildwood, Umatilla, South Lake, Lake Minneola and East Ridge are compet ing in the league, along with Class 8A state run ner-up Apopka and Or lando Agape Christian. Teams will converge on Hickory Point ev ery Wednesday for the next four weeks, ex cluding July 2, to play in a round robin-style tournament. No ofcial scores are kept and no championship trophy is awarded, but that doesnt mean teams ar ent playing to win. Im sure some body on each sideline is keeping score, said Sammie Smith, Lake County representative for the Central Flori da FCA. Theres a lot of pride out here, espe cially since players on these teams know each other so well. But the purpose of this league is to get the players out here and give them the chance to play some football. Coaches can use it to prepare their teams for the season. Were happy to have so many teams out here competing and work ing to become better players. Teams compete on a 40-yard-long eld. Each team is made up of a center, quarterback and ve running backs, tight ends and receivers. Running plays are not allowed and defen sive linemen are not permitted to rush the quarterback. On the other hand, the quar terback is required to throw the ball with in four seconds or the play is whistled dead. When the ball is snapped, receivers run patterns against seven defenders. While short passes are thrown, the setup is more con ducive to the vertical game and long passes. Even teams who are run oriented can gain from competing in sum mer passing leagues. At some point, were going to have to throw the football, Eustis Passing league helps teams prepare for season PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL A Mount Dora receiver drops a deep pass while covered by a Tavares defender during opening day of the second annual 7-on-7 passing league at Hickory Point in Tavares, on June 18. Mount Dora Bibles L.J. Smith looks for an open receiver. PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writer paul.barney@dailycommercial.com A part of Ashour Peera always missed Lake County. So when the oppor tunity to lead the East Ridge football team be came available, Peera jumped on it. Peera, who spent the 2009-11 seasons as the defensive coordinator at South Lake, is re turning to Lake County as the new head coach of the Knights af ter stints at Mi ami Northwestern and Gateway High School in Colorado. Part of me always missed being in that area and just the com munities there, said Peera, who replaces Ken Knapczyk. Knapczyk coached the Knights for one season and re signed at the start of spring practice. I really missed it. I was glad to be able to get an oppor tunity to go back to it. While at South Lake, Peera served under Wal ter Banks, who is now the offensive coordina tor at Montverde Acad emy. Banks was a big motivational factor for Peera to come back to Lake County. Hes a guy that real ly helped me with my coaching career and Ive picked up some of the things that I do from him, Peera said. Were going to continue our friendship while Im there. Peera left South Lake following the 2011 sea son to become an as sistant coach at pow erhouse Miami Northwestern, the same school that produced former University of Louisville quarterback and 2014 NFL rstround draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings Ted dy Bridgewater. Peera spent last season as the head coach at Gateway, where he led the Olym pians to a 6-4 record and a trip to the Class 5A state playoffs in his only year at the school. When Peera moved to Colorado, Gateway was the school most af fected by the movie the ater shootings in Aurora two summers ago. When Peera learned about the program and how the football staff was leaving, Peera said he felt like he needed to be there and try to do something for the community. While at Gate way, Peera had the largest sign ing class (11) in the state, with a couple more after signing day. The year before that at Miami North western, he was part of the largest signing class (26) in the country. Getting his players to the next level is one of the coachs immedi ate goals at East Ridge. Peeras main focus is to make sure all his players are academically eligi ble and that theyre able to go to college and con tinue their education. I think the main thing is to instill the belief that every play er that comes through our program will have an opportunity to go to college, whether it be playing on the football eld or just being able to attend a community college, Peera said. Peera also wants to make sure the commu nity gets involved in what his program does because theres been that gap between the program and the com munity. Those are the main things, Peera added. Its not the winning or the losing, our record goes on me. Whether we go undefeated and win a state championship doesnt guarantee that our kids go to college. Peera will get to tell his players that next week, when he is introduced to the team ofcially. Im very excited, Peera said. Ive heard a lot of great things. ... I think that the expec tation may not be high outside of our imme diate community, and were going to change that pretty quick just by changing the train of thought. Peera to lead East Ridge High football program PEERA FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer frank.jolley@dailycommercial.com John Meier has never worn a Leesburg Light ning uniform, nor has he ever recorded a hit for the team or thrown a single pitch. But many consider him just as important to the Lightnings success as their cleanup hitter and bullpen closer. Meier, known to his friends as Stats, is the only statistician the Lightning have ever had. Hes a longtime self-taught scorekeeper, beginning with count less youth-league games in 1996 and later mov ing on to Leesburg High School and Lake-Sum ter State College games. In addition, Meier has been the ofcial statisti cian for the Florida Col lege Systems Activities Association state base ball tournament since 2001. His friends believe the names of nearly ev ery baseball player who grew up and played in Leesburg since 1996 can be found in one of Mei ers scorebooks. I think Ive done well over 1,000 games, Meier said as he went through his pregame ritual of set ting up multiple com puters in the press box at Pat Thomas Stadi um-Buddy Lowe Field. His focus is glued to the computer screens as he types in starting lineups, oblivious to the clutter and bustle inside the tiny room atop the ballparks main grandstands. A lifelong resident of Leesburg, Meier said he began keeping score at baseball games as a way to give something back to the community and to stay involved with a sport he loves. He is often one of the rst Lightning ofcials to arrive at the ballpark for home games. Mei er can be seen scurrying from the press box onto the eld and into both teams dugouts, looking for the lineup cards. John Stats Meier gives big-league treatment to local teams BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL John Meier keeps score during a June 18 game between Winter Park and Leesburg at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field in Leesburg. SEE STATS | B2 SEE LEAGUE | B2

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Solution on page B7 Part of his game-day routine is to visit with Lightning Manager Da vid Therneau. The two sit in the press box or in the clubhouse and dis cuss the status of each pitcher on the roster. Because the Flori da Collegiate Summer League requires teams to adhere to pitchcount rules, meaning pitchers must sit out a specic number of days depending on the number of pitches they threw in a game, Meier tracks each pitch with the precision and detail of a NASA engineer. While many see him sitting behind the slid ing-glass windows in the press box or as the person who keeps track of balls and strikes, and ashes H or E for hit or error on the score board, Therneau knows Meier is much more. John is a huge part of our organization, Ther neau said. He keeps an accurate pitch count so I know who is available for each game, and he keeps a chart in the clubhouse for the entire pitching staff. Our pitchers can look at that chart and know if theyre eligible to pitch or if they need to go down to the bullpen and get some work in. Our best team is on the eld every night because of the things he does behind the scenes, said Therneau. Meier learned to use a scorebook by reading the scoring section of the baseball rulebook and listening to games on radio and televi sion. Even now, near ly 20 years after pencil ing in his rst marks in a scorebook, Meier still refers to the rulebook on a regular basis. I always learn some thing new, he said. Keeping score is not Meiers primary occupa tion hes worked for the city of Leesburg for 35 years but he takes the responsibilities that go with maintaining a statistical record of ev ery game seriously. Mei er strives for perfection and is quick to let oth ers know when they are creating a distraction in the press box that might compromise his ability to be accurate. He works feverishly to record game statistics on his computer and on the ballpark scoreboard. It is not uncommon for Meier to update the ball-strike count on the scoreboard before the home-plate umpire has nished choreograph ing his call. Ive never seen any one keep a scoreboard like he does, said Rob ert Watkins, a Lightning fan from Eustis. You go to games at some ball parks and the score board is just out there. Not here. We always know what the count is and if a play was ruled a hit or an error. Theres no need to guess here. He could teach a lot of other scoreboard op erators a few lessons. Meier admits he often takes his work home. If he makes what he feels is a questionable ruling, Meier will think about it long after the game has ended. He is quick to second guess himself and will consult with coaches or STATS FROM PAGE B1 coach Mike Hay said. This can help start the process of creating a passing game. Even the defense, especially the secondary, can learn something and begin working on coverages. This is good compe tition and it gives us the chance to play against other teams. Well have a better idea where we stand when practice be gins in August. Eustis opened play on Wednesday with a game against Leesburg and followed with a game against Lake Minneola. Teams hope to play at least three games a day. Hay said he isnt con cerned about playing local teams, even long time rivals like Lees burg, Mount Dora and Umatilla. Were not concerned about showing some thing to teams well be playing in the regu lar season, Hay said. With video and scout ing techniques being used today, there really arent any secrets now adays. Everyone knows what we do and we know what they do. No one is out here trying to fool anyone. Players concur with their coaches about the league. They arent con cerned about going to the beach or to an area water park. I wouldnt want to be anywhere else, said Mount Dora center Brett Heggie. This is fun. We can start xing mis takes and do the repe titions that will help us get better. Were playing against other teams in stead of our own team mates. We want to play well, but the most im portant thing for me is to get better and get my self ready for our rst game. By playing in this league, we can start do ing that. BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Leesburgs Arkee Brown (11) pulls down an interception over a Eustis receiver. LEAGUE FROM PAGE B1 Were not concerned about showing something to teams well be playing in the regular season. With video and scouting techniques being used today, there really arent any secrets nowadays. Everyone knows what we do and we know what they do. Mike Hay Eustis High School football coach players involved in a play to get their take on what happened. I might not have a seen a particular de tail of a play, Meier said. Ofcial score keepers have up to 24 hours after making a ruling to change the result. When I make a decision, it can affect a pitcher, a hitter, a bas erunner and a elder. I want to be right. They deserve that kind of effort from me. Friends say Meier has always demon strated that level of diligence. Roger Croft, a mem ber of the Lightning board of directors, said he recognized Meiers skills with a scorebook as far back as 1996. Without a doubt, hes the best statistician Ive ever been around, Croft said. Meier knows he will walk out of the press box one day, com puters in hand, and stop crunching num bers. He does not know when that day will come and doesnt think it is in the fore seeable future. Until that day ar rives, Stats insists he will be in the press box at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field for as along as I am able. I like to think that Im contributing some thing to every team I work with Leesburg High School, LSSC and the Lightning, Meier said. For me, this a la bor of love.

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Ann Dupee REMEMBER WHEN A weekly column that reprints some of the more interesting news stories that have appeared over the years in the pages of the South Lake Press. B3 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 25, 2014 www.southlakepress.com C OMMUNITY Proudly serving CLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWS STAFF WRITER ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 EMAIL ..... roxannebrown@dailycommercial.com HOMETOWN: Richmond, Vt. FAMILY: Wife Stacey, son Ethan and daughters Cameron and Lily What do you enjoy most about south Lake County? I like being located in an area of the state that is near anything we could want or need, but yet still not urban. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sen tence, what would it be? Life is short, make the most of it! Its a classic, but so true. 2) Name a person or incident youve come across recently thats touched you in some way. Why did this person or incident impress you so much? My kids honestly inspire me every day. They are full of life and remind me to not take things so seriously. 3) Name one of your greatest ac complishments so far. After a life-changing accident, I worked hard to greatly reduce my need for a wheelchair. 4) Whats something youve al ways wanted to do but havent yet? Travel with my family! 5) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Find a cause that is important to you personally, see what kind of help is needed and jump in where you can. FROM THE FILES | 45 YEARS AGO 1969 Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet Your NEIGHBOR STEPHEN ROCQUE E xcerpts from the editorial by pub lisher George Du pee The East Central Flor ida Regional Planning Council has great plans for the orderly develop ment of Central Flori da. In our opinion there will be tremendous growth, far exceeding that envisioned by the planners. Regardless, it is inter esting to note what the council has in mind for Lake County. Its plan is to maintain the status quo, and if possible, to increase it. Somehow we are to provide recre ational facilities for all of Florida and most of the nation. It is implied that we are to do this for free. 43 YEARS AGO 1971 Editorial comment from publisher George Dupee on Feb. 4, 1971: At long last Highway 27 is to be four-laned, south of 50 to the coun ty line. It is, of course, too little and too late. The road should be six-lanes and it should be completed before Walt Disney World is open. From the re port of Commission er Jim Hoskinson, the 27 construction is to begin in February and be completed in 17 or 18 months. WDW is to open in eight months. Isnt that great plan ning? In the last few days we have heard one of our political lead ers say that we do not want or need any fur ther growth in Florida. Maybe Senator Muskie of Maine is right, Flor idas border should be closed and no addition al permanent residents permitted. Maybe he is right but we dont think so. There are only about six million people in Florida, which is about the population of Los Angeles County. As you look around Clermont and Groveland it does not appear that we are exactly over-crowded. How many acres of or ange groves now exist within the city limits? We are going to have growth, wheth er we want it or not. We must provide adequate roads, schools and pub lic services. Clermont Plan ning and Zoning Commission and City Council jointly met to discuss secondary road needs for Cler mont, which were to be presented to the Lake County Commission ers March 1. The num ber-one priority was four-laning State Road 50 through Clermonts city limits, to include leveling, medians, pro tected turn lanes, an overpass at East Ave nue, an underpass at West Avenue and ash ing crossing lights at Bloxam Avenue and temporarily at East LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@dailycommercial.com L achlan Hovius is not afraid to push his limits. The 13-year-old Grov eland resident has compet ed in more than 100 triath lons since the age of 5. And he simply never gives up when tested, he said. I take a step away and when I feel like I want to do it again, I go back and do it, he said. I keep going. Lachlan said he has learned much from his fa ther, John Hovius, who has raced professionally in tri athlons for 25 years, tak ing part in more than 700 worldwide. I have been in the same place with the same pain and same problems and ex plain how I got through, said John, who is now a pro fessional international-lev el coach. Certainly, Lachlans per severance has paid off: He is a ve-time youth state champion for Florida and is ranked in the top three na tionwide for triathlon. He is the youngest athlete to race pro class in the USA at the age of 13, and he recently earned ve wins during the AAA Youth Triathlon & Cy cling Race at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont. He came to watch racing as a newborn, John said. He wanted to do it and kept asking. The two often take part in races together. John says his son has beaten him sever al times. John said he is proud of his sons progress and how he has evolved in the sport. He will tell me when he needs recovery and what he needs to work on, he said. He is very tactically mind ed. Wearing a white T-shirt imprinted with the words 13-year-old triathlete loves to compete SUBMITTED PHOTOS ABOVE: Lachlan Hovius, 13, placed rst in a cycling race in Deland this past winter. His brother, Joel Hovius, 11, to his right, came in third. BELOW: From left, Hovius is pictured with his mother, Jodi Hovius, at the AAA Youth Triathlon and Cycling Race in Clermont in 2013. SEE TRIATHLETE | B4 SEE HISTORY | B4

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Hwy 50 at Tubb St./ West Orange Lumber) 8:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:45 am Sunday School For All Ages 11:00 am Traditional Worship Nursery Provided All Services 407-656-4452 Dr. Robert P. Hines, Jr. www.oaklandpres.org South Lake South Lake Gathering PlacesSpiritual WorshipforGathering PlacesSpiritual Worshipfor BECKER FUNERAL HOME Ser ving Florida Fa milies Since 1957 A Full Ser vice Home -Locally Owned & Opera tedRon Becker & Charles Becker ,F uneral Directors352394 -7 12 180 6 W. Minneola Av e. ,C ler mont, FL Cremation ChoicesDir ect Cr emation$675Plus Container Ron Beck er ,D ir ector352-394-8228921 S. US Hwy 27, Minneola, FL Id rather be riding my bike, Lachlan takes the sport seriously like his fa ther, who was inspired by his own father, a profes sional cyclist Lachlan said he likes the competition because you can push your limits of what you can do. We probably both have the same com petitiveness, John said chiming in. It kept me going. During the school year, Lachlan, who attends Gray Middle School in Groveland, wakes up at 6 a.m. and spends two hours swimming and running. When he returns home from school he bikes. And training does not stop during the summer months. Lachlan has been cho sen to participate on a French professional tri athlon team this summer. His father said he is the youngest international athlete to be chosen for the team. Originally from Aus tralia, the entire Hovius family has embraced the sport. John said he met his wife, Jodi, 23 years ago while competing in a race. Lachlans brother, Joel, also races. Currently, John and his wife run their own AAA Tri Camp in Groveland, where they specialize in triathlon and cycling camps for all groups, clubs and teams, accord ing to the camps website. John said athletes come from all over the world. A third of his clients go on to the Olympics and become world champions, includ ing Charlotte McShane. He also hosts triathlon and cycling races for chil dren and teenagers ages 5 to 15, and coaches an AAA team consisting of 135 kids. Asked what wisdom he imparts on his stu dents and his son, John stressed the importance of eating healthy and not training too hard without enough time for recovery. It is a typical athlete mentality that you always have to work, he said. The harder you work, the more you need to recover. John said when stu dents are struggling, he is honest with them. If they want to go fur ther, I help them to go further, he said. Lachlan said he as pires to participate in the Olympics one day. TRIATHLETE FROM PAGE B3 Avenue until the over pass is built. THE DREAM OF WILD KINGDOM The Lake Coun ty Planning and Zon ing Commission rec ommended granting a Conditional Use Per mit to Wild Kingdom Inc. Ron Groton of Cl ermont, represent ing the corporation, showed colored slides of the proposed huge tourist attraction, which will be locat ed on 920 acres at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and State Road 19, to front on SR 19, approximately 8 miles north of Cler mont. Many species of wild animals will be viewed by various means of transporta tion, including a train ride, land rover ride and elephant ride. Several motels are planned, including a safari motel modeled after a motel in Kenya, Africa, from which the animals can also be viewed. (Four hotels were built on either side of US 27). Groton said Wild Kingdom is scheduled to open one year after Walt Disney World. A large crowd was pres ent at the hearing. Howey-in-the Hills residents raised many objections. Effective April 3, the ANI (automatic num ber identication) and ONI (operator num ber identication) system will go into ef fect. The old method of dialing a long distance number was to dial 112, your digit num ber, area code and the seven-digit num ber of the person you are calling. The new method will speed service. All you need to do is dial 1, the area code and the sev en-digit number. 25 YEARS AGO 1979 Chris Franklin, a student athlete at Cl ermont High School, was honored as one of Central Floridas top student athletes at an Orlando Downtown Athletic Club event. Clermont Little League Vice Pres ident Kenny Pea cock announced the 1989 all-star team players that took on the league champi on Reds and won the game, 26-17. All-star members were: Cl ermont Auto Athlet ics, Cody Loughlin, Joe Heath; Kiwan is Cubs, David Brad shaw, Mike Sheppard; Spiros Pizza Phillies, Eric Bressler, Shannon Dooley; Market Basket Reds, Steven Pend er, Demetrius Wool folk; BonJorn/Jones Twins, Logan Baker, Bret Jones and Elks Yankees, Diane Smith, Seth Thomas. A new shopping center, to be known as Clermont Pla za, is working its way through the permit ting process to be come a reality at the northwest corner of US 27 and Highland Avenue. It will include a Food Lion grocery store as the anchor store. A retirement recep tion will honor Cl ermont Elementary teachers Marion Ann Caldwell, Claydean Hogan, Adelaide Hall and Jennette Burton. Fred and Betty Plummer and Craig and Cathy Bishop par ticipated in the 7th annual Arthur Smith KDW (kingsh, dol phin and wahoo) sh ing tournament at West Palm, May 1819. Craig and Fred were pictured holding the 53 -pound, 61 -inch dolphin that Fred caught off his 22foot, 8-inch boat. The dolphin was big enough to win second place and a $27,000 Galaxy boat and $7,671 in cash. It took Fred 7 hours to get the dolphin into the boat, which was about 4 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Freds ghting chair was a 55-gallon drum and his pole holder was a deck shoe. He used 50-pound tackle and his bait was skirted ballyhoo. Betty Plum mer drove the boat, one of 649 entered in the tournament. HISTORY FROM PAGE B3

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