Tavares – The Lake County Administration Building located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares will resume in-person services on June 1 with proper social distancing and sanitizing measures in place. Services continue to be provided through email, by phone and online (https://lakecountyfl.gov/online_services).
“County government has continued to be fully functional and operational throughout the pandemic,” said County Manager Jeff Cole. “We have processed permits online, provided services for veterans and those in need over the phone, our parks have been maintained, we have continued to care for the animals in our Animal Shelter, our first responders have been fully engaged and deployed, and our road and other construction projects have continued to move forward. We are taking all necessary precautions to continue to protect employees and the public as we begin re-opening County buildings to public access on June 1.”
The following County services and facilities are now or will reopen to the public:
- The Animal Shelter remains open for curbside adoptions, fosters, reclaims and emergency intake at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares.
- Beginning on June 1, the following Lake County libraries will observe a limited reopening, with curbside service continuing at some locations:
Astor County Library (curbside service offered)
Cagan Crossings Community Library, Four Corners (curbside service offered)
Cooper Memorial Library, Clermont (curbside service offered)
East Lake County Library, Sorrento (curbside service offered)
Eustis Memorial Library
Fruitland Park Library (curbside service offered)
Helen Lehmann Memorial Library, Montverde
Leesburg Public Library (curbside service offered)
Marianne Beck Memorial Library, Howey-in-the-Hills
Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library, Groveland (curbside service offered)
Paisley County Library (curbside service offered)
Libraries will maintain a limited occupancy rate and limited computer use, with services such as printing and faxing resuming. Meeting rooms will be unavailable and in-person events will not resume until further notice. The public may use their Lake County library cards to access online resources and request items through the online catalog or by visiting a library. As of March 16, 2020, late fees for library items are not being charged to accounts. All previous fines and fees will remain. Additional Lake County libraries are expected to observe a limited reopening in the future. For more information please visit www.mylakelibrary.org or call 352-253-6180.
- Permitting applications can be completed online at https://lakecountyfl.gov/offices/building_services/. Users needing assistance may call (352) 343-9653, ext. 5.
- Lake County’s parks and trails remain open.
- Ride LakeXpress is fully operational and will begin collecting fares on June 1. Lake County Connection paratransit service will continue providing essential trips only at this time.
- Housing and indigent burial services remain available via a self-service station in the lobby of 2008 Classique Lane in Tavares or by calling (352) 742-6540.
- The Veterans Services office will be open to public access beginning June 1 by appointment only. Federal Veterans Affairs offices remain closed, which may cause some processing delays. Services are available by phone at (352) 742-6585 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The June 2 Board of County Commissioners meeting will be held in person with limited occupancy, as well as virtually via ZOOM. Residents can view the meeting via live stream at https://lakecountyfl.gov/board_agendas/board_agendas_and_actions.aspx and submit their comments to Board members in advance using the Public Comment forms at https://lakecountyfl.gov/commissionmeeting prior to 5 p.m. on June 1. The commission chambers has been retrofitted to meet social distancing protocols.
Visit www.ReopenLake.com, to view the County’s detailed public health plan to guide residents, businesses and stakeholders through the recovery process. To sign up for the latest emergency notifications regarding COVID-19, text COVIDUPDATE to 888777 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19 and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency. For the latest information, residents can call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.