June’s Quick Hits and Headlines

Here’s a roundup of notable news around town:

New Wheels

A trolley started running last month in Downtown Clermont! Clermont Magazine took you inside before its ribbon cutting and answered all your questions on Facebook Live. Then, we hopped on for a ride!

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.
Hats Off
  • 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.


Big Number
$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.”
TV Talk
An HGTV “House Hunters” episode featured Clermont on May 25 as a local family sought to upgrade their yard.
Poll Results
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.
Booze News
Suncreek Brewery opened its Founders Club as it nears its July opening. Spots still available! Read Clermont Magazine’s Q+A all about the brewery here.

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