MAR 49 Part A--General Information
Clermont is in Central Florida, 75 miles northeast of Tampa and 27 miles
west of Orlando. It is between Lake Minnehaha and Lake Mlinneola and near
Lakes Louisa, Harris and Apopka. The elevation is about 250 feet.
Florida Highways 25, 50 and 561 pass through Clermont. Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad provides rail service. Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines
and Orlando Transit. Air service is available from Orlando.
Lake county had a population of 27,946 in 1945. The population of Clermont
was 1,558. The present population of Clermont is approximately.2,000.
(From observations at Eustis, Florida)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Raihfall Temperature Rainfall
January 59.7 2.54 July 82.4 7.24
February 61.7 2.44 August 82.4 6.02
March 66.6 2.95 September 80.1 5.75
April 71.1 2.49 October 73.5 3.54
May 76.9 4.23 November 65.4 1.89
June 80.8' 6.13 December 60.4 2.35
Annual. .71.8 47.57
Clermont was founded in 1884 by a group of investors from New Jersey. Their
engineer, a native of France, named the town Clermont, after Clermont, France.
The Postal Colony, located in Clermont was established by and for retired
clerks. They operate and maintain hundreds of acres of citrus groves in the
vicinity of Clermont. Clermont is in the'heart of the citrus empire.
6. Major Sources of Income:
Packing and canning of citrus products is the main industry. Clermont has a
winery that produces wines from citrus fruit juices and berries. A good-
sized pecan industry, large tourist and trailer camps and the manufacture of
moisture-proof salt and pepper shakers are important to the local economy,
Part B--Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Annual Florida Fox Hunters Meet, South Lake County VFW Fair, VFW Labor Day
Celebration and Beauty Contest, and All-States Picnic and Fish Fries.
2. Athletic Events:
High school football, baseball and basketball games are held here during,.
3. Tourist Clubs:
Clermont Recreation Club, dues $1 per year. Community Clubhouse and Park
4. Recreational Clubp:
Yacht Club, American Legion Center and Community Building.
5. Civic Organizations:
Chamber of Commerce
Junior Chamber of Commerce
Clermont-Minneola Waterways Club
6. Fraternal Organizations:
Band concerts, card parties at Community Building daily, dances'at Yacht
Club and concert, at Toman's Club.
8. Recreational Facilities:
Park, Clubhouse, shuffleboard courts, and lake beaches.
Quail, dove, deer and bear are found in this section. It is approximately
12miles to unposted hunting grounds. Hunting 16dges and hunting guides are
not available here..
There are approximately 50.lakes within reasonable fishing distance of
Clermont. Fresh water bass and bream are caught here. Fishing parties can
obtain accommodations at Bickel's Fishing Camp and MacDonald's Camp. Both
fishing camps have charter boats. There are no fishing guides available here.
Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, Christian Science, Catholic,
and Church of God denominations have services in Clermont.
Assembly of God,
Palm Park Hotel
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2. Tourist Courts:..
Lakeside Camp, three-fourths of a mile from hotel dining room.
Minnehaha Trailer Camp, one mile from restaurant and one-fourth
hotel dining room.
3. Guest Homes:
Colonial Apartments, Keene Apartments, Woodruff Apartments, Wood Cottages,
and Cahours Apartments.
4. Trailer Courts:
Lakeside Camp, one mile from town, 17 cottages and trailer space.Electrically
equipped, Gas for cooking. Restaurant one mile; hotel dining room three-
fourths:mile. This camp is on Lake luinneola.
Short's (Miinnehaha Trailer Park), one mile from town on Lake Minnehaha.
Hotel dining room one-fourth mile.
5. Eating Place:
Lake Highlands Dining Room
Gables Dining Room
Lake View Dining Room
Further information on Clermont may be obtained from:
CLERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE