Here’s a roundup of notable news around town:
Choice of Champions
- Fondo Cycling Circuit USA announced that Clermont was chosen as one of 6 cities in America for a new Gran Fondo-style cycling circuit. There will be a choice of 3 rides that will start and end at Victory Pointe on Sept. 30, 2018.
- Central Florida will host the 2022 Special Olympics USA Summer Games, expected to bring $61-million impact. (Clermont is headquarters for the Special Olympics, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary.)
- Clermont was named one of the “World’s 35 Best” Triathlon Towns by Triathlete Magazine.
- Fred Sommer of Sommer Sports was recognized by Orlando Business Journal as CEO of the Year with over $55 million of economic impact to the Clermont area community.
- The Caribbean American Association of Lake County’s Caribbean Jerk Festival on May 19 at Waterfront Park raised scholarship dollars to help five local high school students attend college.
- Clermont Police Chief Chuck Broadway was chosen to carry the Special Olympics Florida torch into the stadium to officially start the 2018 state games.
- Clermont Police Sgt. Nicholas Bloom was recognized on May 24 for Valor and Heroism at the 2018 ASIS L.E.O. Awards Ceremony. While approaching the home of a hostile resident, he literally dodged a bullet and proceeded to lead his platoon to safety.
$10,000. That’s how much grant money the Community Foundation of South Lake awarded Lake County Rowing Association. In thanks, they named a boat “Foundation.”
An HGTV “House Hunters” episode featured Clermont on May 25 as a local family sought to upgrade their yard.
The Royal Wedding on May 19 didn’t draw as much interest as we expected from our voters in Clermont! But we had a royal good time watching.