Don't just dream it, live it!

No need to look at the thermometer to know summer has arrived! We've scoured the best in cool lifestyle ideas to help you beat the heat. Look at those Watermelon Margarita pops on the left. We've got fun drinks for adults and kids.

But what we've really focused on in this issue is WHAT'S HOT IN CLERMONT. Despite concerns over COVID-19, there is lots to celebrate about our wonderful city.

AND I have a big announcement. After serving as a city council member for six years, I am running for mayor! I'm so passionate about the City of Clermont, I felt it was the best way I could serve the citizens.

Thank you, as always, for your interest in "News You Can Use." I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Diane Travis, Owner and Broker
Despite the challenges in recent months, several new businesses have opened , and another will soon be openings its doors. Piesano's Stone Fired Pizza has long been a favorite in Gainesville with locations in Ocala and The Villages. Now the popular restaurant, at the former Crisper's location near The Home Depot, said they will hold their grand opening on August 3. In the meantime, you can get a preview of their MENU.

Other newcomers to Clermont's business scene: a new Starbucks near Kings Ridge and The Downtown Exchange. The Downtown Exchange on 8th Street has created a lot of buzz. It is a self-described eclectic mix of "art, culture, artisan craft and delicious beverage concoctions."
Just because public 4th of July functions have been cancelled doesn't mean you can't still have tons of fun during the holiday. Fun DIY games, a great backyard BBQ and special 4th of July drinks are just a few fun ideas to make the holiday special. I even created a 4th of July Trivia Contest you can download to challenge your party guests. Here are more resources: BACKYARD GAMES and 4TH OF JULY BEVERAGES.

After careful consideration, I have decided to run for the office of Mayor of Clermont. This was not an easy decision; but it is one that I felt led to do.

For the past six years, I have had the honor of serving as a city council member and as the mayor pro tem. It has been an exciting time to serve on the Council to help implement the city's Master Plan and to see the wonderful additions in downtown Clermont, expansion of programs at the Performing Arts Center, the building of a new recreation center for our seniors, an award-winning park and amazing new boat ramp. As a businesswoman, I have been especially focused on bringing economic development and job opportunities to our city.

I'm proud and honored that the Clermont Police Union has endorsed me. I admire these brave men and women who serve our community, especially in recent months as we've faced the impact of a global pandemic on our community. Please know that the safety of our community will continue to be a high priority for me.

I don't usually use this newsletter to talk about my campaigns, but I am grateful to those of you who read the newsletter each month and wanted you to know that if elected, I will continue to dedicate myself to doing the best job possible.

Thank you to those who have supported me. I sincerely appreciate it.
Paid political advertisement paid for and approved by Diane Travis candidate for Clermont City Council Seat 3.
Thank goodness we live in Clermont! No one is enjoying the restrictions caused by COVID-19. But at least in Clermont and south Lake County there are lots of ways to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family and still maintain social distancing. A couple of places we've spotted recently: Friends tailgating at Tastee Treat, enjoying an ice cream cone and sitting in the parking lot on their tailgates a social distance apart. Spotted on the South Lake Trails at Waterfront Park -- family and friends enjoying a fun bike ride by scenic Lake Minneola.
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If your summer plans call for renovating your home, and you're planning to sell anytime in the foreseeable future, you may want to consider a variety of options that are trending in the wake of the coronavirus. Some of those include:
  • Mudrooms -- The idea of having a place to enter and disinfect purchased items or to change clothes has taken on new significance.
  • Home offices -- So many more people are working from home, and this trend is probably here to stay. So, making an extra bedroom office-friendly, or at least staging it that way, can be important.
  • Antimicrobial surfaces -- The new hot metals in fixtures include copper and brass, which help destroy bacteria and viruses.
  • Open seating -- Open floor plans have been popular for a long time. The new twist is to make sure seating allows social distance when guests are invited.