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Clermont officials consider revitalizing downtown district

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CLERMONT, Fla. - Clermont officials hope a new focus on the city's historic downtown area could be good for local business and the economy.

Most of the growth in Clermont has moved away from the downtown district in recent years, officials said. But now, change could be coming to the waterfront along Lake Minneola and the streets of downtown, where two new police officers will work a high visibility beat. The police department wants visitors and residents to feel safe and welcome.

"I believe the citizens of Clermont will enjoy our presence down here," Officer James Rooney with Clermont police said.

The city is considering revitalizing downtown by widening sidewalks, upgrading lighting and even adding a summer splash pad for children. The focus on the historic downtown comes after years of expansion along Highway 27, a high-traffic shopping area.

"We're going to be doing big things down there on south 27, but we wanted people to know we were not forgetting the downtown area," Rooney said.

City officials plan to assess the downtown district to see what changes are feasible, as well as get feedback from residents and business owners in the area.