The Clermont City Council voted Tuesday not to renew an agreement with a private vendor to provide bike and paddleboard rentals at the city’s popular Waterfront Park. City Manager Darren Gray said that when the concession first started almost four years ago, it provided a service to residents and visitors. However, there are now private businesses on and near Lake Minneola who provide similar rentals.
“We had been working with the vendor on a possible new agreement,” Gray said, “but ultimately, the Council and staff felt it was better not to renew and to focus on other upcoming projects that fit our master plan.”
The main focus of the award-winning master plan is to move many of the city-sponsored events and activities west closer to the 8th Street pier and Clermont Boathouse to help connect the downtown with Waterfront Park.
The Council also took into consideration that the three-year-old concession had produced about $1,843 in revenue and incurred expenses totaling more than $12,343.
Gray said that staff is now working on plans for the upcoming groundbreaking of Victory Pointe, the linchpin for its master plan. The new park and water-treatment site will hold a groundbreaking on June 14 at 10 a.m. on Victory Way beside the Clermont Historic Village. Other major summer events at Waterfront Park include the July 4 Red, White & Boom celebration, at which the city is planning the largest human American flag, patriotic pet parade and fireworks display, and the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships beginning Aug. 2.
Champions Splash Park and the city’s swimming pool at the Clermont Arts & Recreation Center are also open. For details go to www.ClermontFL.gov or call 352-394-3500.