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The Olive Branch
The Olive Branch is open now.

DOWNTOWN:  We gained some and we lost some over the past couple of weeks.  First, the bad news.  Sadly, we lost The Chef’s Pantry on Alexander, which is now closed.  Also, the Bowersock Art Gallery on 4th Avenue, will be closing soon. Now the good news… We have a new restaurant at 3rd and Alexander that has opened called The Olive Branch, that offer Mediterranean fare.  We also added another Cuban restaurant, Las Palmas – on the corner of 4th and Donnelly.  And, although we’re losing the good folks at Bowersock, Main Street Leasing says they are pleased to welcome Lee’s Fusion Art Glass into that space.  Reports from Main Street Leasing also tell us that the much anticipated Indian Restaurant, Shiva, soon to be on 5th Avenue, has recently secured its building permits – so they’re moving along.

sunshine illust IMG_2995LOCAL GOVERNMENT:  Holy, Moly…with all of the highway work coming at Mount Dora from all sides, there looks to be a potentially significant (21%) hike in the water and wastewater rates headed our way.  Lots of utility lines to relocate, among other projects.  Gee thanks, FDOT.  Here is a link to the 30+ page study, which the City has posted on the website: PRMG Rate Study.


MOUNT DORA POLICE DEPARTMENT:  For approximately 10 months, theUnknown-4 Mount Dora Police Department’s Special Operations Unit has been working two separate Drug Investigations in conjunction with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, DEA, and several local police departments. Both of those investigations have concluded and resulted in the arrest of over 140 people. There were arrests of individuals from Mount Dora.  Mount Dora’s SWAT team, as well as SWAT teams from Lake County, Seminole County and Leesburg executed the search warrants simultaneously.  A variety of guns, drugs, money and vehicles were seized in those search warrants.

33049_lake-cares-food-pantry_nryLAKE CARES FOOD PANTRY:  The holidays may be over, but don’t forget the need isn’t.  Not to worry!  Lake Cares makes donating hassle-free!  You have several options to choose from. You can donate online by setting up a monthly auto-deduct program from your checking account through our online processing  page or you can donate a 1-time gift online. All transactions are secure. You can also mail a check to the postal address, below. In all cases you will receive a receipt. Online processing of a month-to-month donation will provide you with a receipt the first time you donate. And you will receive an account of your annual giving to us at year-end.  Postal Address for Lakes Cares: Lake Cares, Inc.  2001 W. Old Hwy. 441, Suite 1, Mount Dora, FL 32757.


OPEN HOUSE:  Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club holds open house.  The nextLBC Fall 2015 Bowling Blast McDonald's Donnelly picture club Open House will be January 16th & 17th (Saturday & Sunday) from 10:00am to 2:00pm both days.  Please take a few minutes to think about a friend or neighbor who would enjoy our club’s many activities and encourage them to attend the Open House, either day, any time between 10 am – 2 pm.  For more information, contact Tom Eppich at 1-352-254-0478 or Rick Walker at 352-483-3822.  Let’s find some new members and share the fun!


Melissa DeMarco, Editor (editor@mountdoracitizen.com)