Tavares – All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day as well as Wednesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. Additionally, the office of the Tax Collector will be closed on Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. The Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections offices will be closed on Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Lake County Solid Waste’s residential curbside collection service will not operate on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Lake County’s Administration Office, Central Landfill Facility and all convenience centers will also be closed on both holidays.
Solid waste, yard waste and recycling collections will shift by one day during both holiday weeks except for Monday and Tuesday collection days. For example, trash normally collected on Monday and Tuesday will still be collected on their respective days; however, Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday, Thursday collection will occur on Friday, and Friday collection will occur on Saturday. Except for bulk items, any excess trash or recycling, either bagged or placed into a non-county trash cart, will be picked up between Dec. 26 and Jan. 7.
Haulers handle Christmas trees under the same criteria as yard waste, and trees should be free of ornaments and tinsel. Alternately, Christmas trees can be dropped off at any of five county convenience centers and the Central Landfill Facility. For locations and hours of operation, visit https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/solid_waste/.
To request collection of bulk items, such as furniture, appliances and other large household items, residents should notify their hauler directly. Haulers have 72 hours, excluding weekends or holidays, to fulfill the request. No hazardous waste items will be collected.
Lake County Connection, the county’s disadvantaged transportation service, and LakeXpress, the fixed-route bus system, will not operate on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. For more information and schedules, visit www.ridelakexpress.com.
The Lake County Animal Shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For hours of operation and information on adoptable pets, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/LCAS.
The Lake County Extension Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, will be closed on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For information about upcoming events hosted by the Extension, visit http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/.
All Lake County Library System libraries will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with the following additional schedule changes:
• Astor County Library, Cagan Crossings Community Library, Cooper Memorial Library, East Lake County Library, Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library and Paisley County Library will be open Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. All other locations will be closed.
• Astor County Library, Cagan Crossings Community Library, Cooper Memorial Library, East Lake County Library, Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library and Paisley County Library will be open New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. The Marianne Beck Memorial Library will close at 1 p.m. The Fruitland Park Library will close at 3 p.m. The Leesburg Public Library and W.T. Bland Public Library will close at 5 p.m. All other locations will be closed.
• Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, will open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Dec. 16-19 and Dec. 23-24. The library will be closed on Dec. 20-21, Dec. 25, Dec. 27-28 and Jan 1.
• Fruitland Park Library, 205 W. Berckman St., Fruitland Park, will be closed at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23.