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Clermont City Manager Darren Gray is seen holding the Horizon Award for Exemplary Policy after the city was honored at the Lake-Sumter MPO Awards Ceremony. City Council Member Diane Travis (left) and Economic Development Director Jim Hitt (standing) also were present. (Courtesy photo)

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The City of Clermont was honored with two awards this week. Lake County’s largest city was recognized for its master plan and for creating a healthy-lifestyle environment.

The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Horizon Award for Exemplary Policy was awarded to the City of Clermont for its master plan that serves as a blueprint for the next 10 years.

The plan, created in conjunction with GAI Community Solutions, includes six major projects that focus on Clermont’s downtown-waterfront district. The projects include a stormwater project that will also serve as a new park called Victory Point and a spur line that will go from the South Lake Trail, part of the Coast-to-Coast Connector, into downtown and back to the trail.

Clermont City Manager Darren Gray said that the flagship project in the master plan will be The Promenade, a new venue at popular Waterfront Park that shifts many of the festivals and events west to the 8th Street Pier area, creating a closer connection to the historic business district.

The Horizon Award for Exemplary Policy recognizes outstanding actions that support the multi-modal policies of the MPO, the lead agency for regional transportation planning. The award especially honors policies that tie transportation with land use, community design and economic development.

The Florida Department of Health announced that Clermont, the Choice of Champions, was one of 80 communities in the state recognized as a 2016 Healthy Weight Community Champion. Clermont was the only city recognized in Lake County.

The recognition highlights local government efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Clermont is well-known for its recreational resources, including 23 parks, more than a dozen lakes and the South Lake Trail.

“By working toward creating healthy environments, these local governments have shown their commitment to improving the health of all Floridians,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

Other Central Florida cities include Orlando, Sanford and St. Cloud. Several Central Florida county governments also were recognized.

City of Clermont is recognized with two awards
for its master plan and promoting healthy living
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