• Lake Dora cleanup project about to wrap up


    TAVARES, Fla. - Lake County is about to start bustling as spring and the busy boating and fishing season get underway.
    As people flock to the area, they'll see a much different scene on Lake Dora, where a major dredging project is wrapping up.
    Bill Neron, economic development director for the city of Tavares said that for decades, the shores of Lake Dora at Wooton Park in Tavares could have been described in three words.
    "It was nasty," Neron said.
    Neron said that despite the millions spent building a new seaplane base and marina, the shoreline was still knee-deep in muck. He said big snakes loved it, but seaplane pilots and boaters hated it. 
    Over the last month, with permission from the state Department of Environmental Protection, the city dredged and dug a mountain's worth of muck out of the lake. 
    "It was over 150 to 200 dump-truck loads," said Neron.
    Cleanup cost around $200,000. 
    Now seaplanes and boats can pull right up onto the shore.
    "Right now, we're going to keep improving the shoreline and keep it in its natural state. At some point, we may want to add some sand.  But that's for another day and another dollar," said Neron.

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