Empowering Our Community-The Orlando Times
Lake County Democratic Black Caucus Sponsors “Empowering Our Community” Forum
BY LOUIS C. WARD
TAVARES - Lake County residents took advantage of the opportunity to connect with Leesburg City Commissioner Robert Bob and Leesburg Police Department’s Captain George Whittaker at a recent “Empowering Our Community” event Saturday, July 22nd from 3 to 7 pm at Hickory Point, 26007 Meadow Bridge Lane, Tavares, Florida.
The non-partisan question and answer event was sponsored by the Lake County Democratic Black Caucus (LCDBC) with the sole purpose of public, civic and community leaders coming together to identify and prioritize the main issues of Lake County, and then forming a consortium of civic and community leaders, and residents in the very near future to work together to resolve identified issues.
Leesburg City Commissioner Robert Bob Bone described Leesburg major issues and upcoming capital improvements. We need to do more for youth in education and training, and I am sure the commission is opened to ideas from our community, revealed Commissioner Bone.
The Commissioner also informed the group that land near C.R. 470 and the Florida Turnpike is being considered for sale to The Villages, and if this happens, the city will receive millions of dollars from long-term tax revenue every year. 4,500 homes may be built in the area.
He discussed the Leesburg’s new Splash Pad and improvements to the children’s playground area and the new community center coming to Venetian Gardens.
Susan Fetter, a Democratic Campaign Coordinator, was very concern about more housing depleting our water supply. Despite the water supply being used almost to the max, Fetter expressed that Leesburg’s commission would probably still allow more housing to be built.
“There’s been an increased in commercial burglaries and car thefts, and we encourage all of our residents to make sure their cars are locked” Captain George Whittaker told the group. He said that the Leesburg Police Department just added four new officers to its force, and a new trailer pop-up, which will be used to grill franks and hamburgers at community events.
“Hopefully this will engage our community and improve relations between the police department and the community. Interested organizations wanting the trailer pop-up to show up at your community event should contact Sergeant Kim Smith at the Leesburg Police Department,” stated Captain Whittaker.
Lizzi, the clown, and her partner, provided face painting for the youth and made balloon figures. Food and fun enhanced the community event, which also allowed some candidates running for political office to make a 2 minutes presentation.
Some young children were very prolific when dancing to the very popular “Watch Me Nae, Nae” recording.
Despite the rain, LCDBC President Lillian Lockette felt the program overall was very informative. Both the Mayor Bone and Police Captain Whittaker did an exceptional job informing us of the changes that will be taking place in Leesburg and how they will impact the community.
“We had a fair representation of citizens, and this is something we want to continue throughout Lake County,” Concluded President Lockette.