The City of Clermont has big plans for the 8th Street Park area located on the shores of Lake Minneola. A conceptual design was made available to the public on March 8th at the Clermont City Center.
City Manager Brian Bulthuis outlined the concept, which is not yet finalized, that includes seating, picnic areas, restrooms, an amphitheater, and an enhanced flow of pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the trail. An artistic monument recognizing the entire trail and highlighting Clermont’s history as a model community for trail users is also planned.
The proposed concept includes the installation of a boat docking facility for a maximum of seventy-six boats and eight dedicated jet-ski slips. The docking facility would replace the aging and damaged 8th Street pier that is currently closed for safety reasons. The original pier is 50+ years old and has received repairs to maintain its usability over the years. However, current repair and upgrade costs are estimated to be between $750,000.00- $1,000,000.00. A cost that would be funded from the city’s general revenue fund.