• Mount Dora business owners worry about upcoming construction


    MOUNT DORA, Fla. - Downtown Mount Dora is in for a second round of major construction. 

    Last spring and summer, crews replaced underground utilities and beautified the landscape.

    This spring, more of the same is coming and some merchants said that makes them nervous and they’re worries more construction will be bad for business.

    Locals and tourists said they like how Mount Dora’s historic shopping district has already been prettied up.

    "It's a quaint town and that's what I like about it,” said Lake County Rodney Winn.

    Phase one of the streetscape project cost $4 million and included new underground utilities, but last year's construction had its problems.

     A late spring downpour led to a road collapse and torn up streets drove some shoppers away, and some shops under.

    Phase two is set to start in a few weeks.

    "Everybody is kind of chomping at the bit. Are we going to make it through? Some will and some won't," said Mount Dora resident Josh Hemingway.

    This time around city leaders have done more to keep the merchants informed and to keep them open for business during construction.

    "Directional signs for parking and how to navigate through downtown with detours will be prime this summer," said Mount Dora city worker Kelda Senior.

    The $3 million phase two includes work on and under Donnally Street, which is downtown’s main road.

    "I hope the merchants don't get too angry, because they knew it was coming. It has to be done," Winn said.

    Phase two will be done by the end of September, in time for the huge fall festival and Christmas shopping season.

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