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Mount Dora Seafood Festival this weekend expected to draw thousands




Part of the reason Janet Gamache said she moved to Mount Dora from upstate New York is because of the festivals and events that go on in town each year.

“It’s the festival city,” she said.

Now Gamache, a board member of Visit Mount Dora Inc., a group dedicated to finding ways of bringing people to town, has helped start one of her own with the Mount Dora Seafood Festival.

In its first year last year, the festival — which is free and open to the public — attracted an estimated 5,000 people to Evans Park during its open-air farmers market. This year it is expected to nearly triple in size and scope. Read more...


35 years later, Mount Dora residents recall movie's 'circus atmosphere'


Steuart Baker can't forget his big moment on the silver screen, in a movie shot in Mount Dora with a decidedly pink hue.

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It came 35 years ago with the release of "Honky Tonk Freeway," a film with a $24 million budget that included painting many buildings in the quaint downtown pink. Baker appeared in the film, which had an all-star cast that included Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn and Beau Bridges plus hundreds of Lake County residents as extras such as Baker — who appears for all of a second. Read more...


Mount Dora council approves city manager contract


MOUNT DORA — Several months after Mount Dora's city manager resigned over a dispute with the City Council, the council has agreed on a contract with Robin Hayes for the position.

The council approved the agreement on a 5-2 vote, with Council members Cal Rolfson and Marie Rich dissenting. The vote came after a lengthy discussion that focused on the residency requirement and the salary. Read more...


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