| By Kathryn Deen |
Here’s a roundup of the latest notable news around Clermont.
One in a Million
After a global search, Clermont was chosen as the location for a huge new community called Olympus Sports & Entertainment.
A whopping 250 acres in south Lake County’s Wellness Way area are set aside for the project, which is expected to attract big-name athletes, coaches and sports brands. It’s estimated to create more than 6,000 jobs and generate more than $1.4 billion in economic impact over 10 years.
The community will include multi-sport training and competition venues for sports like tennis, swimming, ice hockey, surfing, track and field, and gymnastics. Plus, there will be wellness, health and fitness facilities and a village featuring sports-themed, world-class hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment. A big deal, indeed!
Last Call for Artists
Local fine artists and fine crafters have until Oct. 1 to apply for the 12th annual Downtown Clermont Art Festival. Apply here. The festival will be held Nov. 3 and 4 in Downtown Clermont.
Autism families educated over 60 school resource officers about autism at summer workshops that wrapped up Aug. 19.
Kandi Alexander founded the local private parent support group Wespeak in 2015. She initiates interactions between autistic children through adults and officers. “As parents, we are always concerned about the very first encounter of the officer to a non-verbal or behavioral issued child,” John Langan said. “(The program) has been just priceless to the officers and offers comfort to the families…”
Clermont’s first Sips and Salsa Festival drew a fun crowd on Sept. 8. Mambo Lebron brought the music. There were Chihuahua races, a domino tournament and salsa sampling. Ole!
Downtown’s Looking Up
So much is happening in downtown. We can hardly contain our excitement!
- Michael’s Ali Coal Fired Pizza set its soft opening for Tuesday, Sept. 18, along with Savoree and Suncreek Brewery opening their doors soon in the same new building. Read our Q+A with Suncreek’s Owner here.
- Montrose Street Market just announced plans to open this year. So much deliciousness will be packed in, including a beer and wine bar, coffee shop, crepe restaurant, ice cream and cake store, steak and skewer shop, French cheese shop, plant-based restaurant, Brazilian food and an essential oil and oxygen bar. AMAZING!