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 OUR BEAUTIFUL CITIES & TOWNS

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ASTATULA (Pop. 1,659) – Was developed to raise cotton, sugar cane and cattle, but now is popular as a retreat for boaters and campers because of the variety of fish, including bass, specks and catfish.

ASTOR (Pop. 1,726) – The town was named for John Astor in 1884 when he purchased 80,000 acres for transportation and business.  The city is surrounded by the Ocala National Forest and is also a fisherman’s dream.

CLERMONT (Pop. 16,496) – “The Gem of the Hills” is also the home of the USA National Training Center.  The population has increased 30% since 1980 and expects a continuous growth.  Clermonts chain of lakes are protected waterways making the area fantastic for fishing. 

EUSTIS (Pop. 20,011) – Lake Eustis provides a picturesque background and offers big city amenities as well as small town friendliness and charm.

FRUITLAND PARK (Pop. 3,892) – Forty town acres are dedicates to recreational facilities but still has much room for growth.  Better known as “Hometown USA.”  Fruitland Park offers many camping, picnic and playground areas for the entire family.

GROVELAND (Pop. 3,787) – Like the name implies the economy of Groveland is dominated by agriculture and citrus.  The centerpiece of Groveland is Lake David that makes a backdrop for the cities activities.

HOWEY IN THE HILLS (Pop. 1,222) – After two major freezes the citrus industry here has been replaced by one of the most prestigious golf and tennis resorts in the state.

LADY LAKE (Pop. 14,380) – The city was originally settled in the height of the citrus boom and was a rest stop on the way to Ocala.  It has taken on tremendous growth largely due to the development of The Villages.

LEESBURG (Pop. 21,331) – The largest and oldest city in Lake County is also considered the center and hub of activity in the county.  Leesburg offers all the services of an urban city and its economy is very diverse.

MASCOTTE (Pop. 5,128) – “The Friendly City” is named for the S.S. Mascotte which is the French spelling for mascot.  The major industry is agriculture and looking forward to tremendous growth.

MINNEOLA (Pop. 12,653) – Better known for its fishing and boating because the name means “Much Water”.  Minneola also offers bicycling and freewheeling because of the country roads coming from Sugarloaf mountain.

MONTVERDE (Pop. 1,334) – One of the mountains in Florida makes a beautiful sight from Montverde.  It is believed that the Calusa and Tequeste Indians were the first inhabitants, but it has now become one of the hottest properties in Central Florida.  It is also home to the prestigious Montverde Academy

MT. DORA (Pop. 11,842) – Money Magazine named Mt. Dora as one of the three best places to live in America, and is an antique collectors paradise.  Festivals about during the year.  Mt. Dora has several parks dotting their beautiful lake.

TAVARES (Pop. 12,745) – The County seat.  At one time Tavares was named the nations cleanest city and was also designated a Bicentennial City.  Although poised for economic growth it still maintains its small town charm. 

THE VILLAGES (Pop. 12,842) – The Villages was and is designed exclusively as an active retirement community (+55) and is a fully self contained friendly development.  However, they have a vast array of restaurants, a movie theater and plenty of shops that are available for all to enjoy.

UMATILLA (Pop. 2,875) – There are eleven named lakes in Umatilla and is known as a “Sportsman Paradise.”  It is also the gateway to the Ocala National Park and the headquarters for the Florida Elks.

(**courtesy of RALSC handbook)