Episode 31: Exploring Class A Office Space

This week we take a look at Fifty West a Class A office space in Clermont and it’s significance for Lake County.

FIFTY WEST is a CLASS A commercial building located in Clermont, Florida. This custom building is located on Highway 50 West bound just after Magnolia Pointe Blvd and has 200 feet of Highway 50 frontage! The Fifty West building is a THREE story building consisting of 28,900 total square footage.

9,634 square feet on the ground floor is offered as retail/professional/medical space.  Floors two and three feature 19,266 square feet of modern office space.

UNLIKE ANYTHING CENTRAL FLORIDA HAS SEEN BEFORE The Fifty West building features an exterior glass enclosure, showcasing 14ft ceilings constructed out of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

With three levels, encased in glass situated on a prime location on State Road 50 in Clermont.  Consisting of premium retail on the ground floor and executive commercial office space on the second and third floors.


Clermont Fall Photo Challenge

Now that it is officially Fall, it’s time for a photo contest! Please take a look at the details below.

CLERMONT (Oct. 1, 2020) – Carve out time to rake in autumn with the Champions Fall Photo Challenge.

Get creative with fun fall-themed photo prompts in a unique, free event that’s open to all ages. Take your best shots and submit your photos as an individual, group, family or couple.

“The City of Clermont is excited to bring back the Champions Photo Challenge for the fall,” Parks and Recreation Director Scott Davidoff said. “The Summer Photo Challenge was a hit and we’re looking forward to seeing new pictures from Clermont’s Champion photographers of all skill levels.”

Pumpkin, spooky and spider are just a few of the photo criteria prompts for the challenge. Build a spooky sandcastle at Waterfront Park, paint a masterpiece on your pumpkin; the possibilities are endless. So let your imagination run wild and enjoy the amazing Clermont fall weather. City staff will select the top three photos for exciting prizes based on creativity and photo criteria word relevance.

Participants must fill out an entry form to be eligible for photo submissions. Entry forms will be accepted starting today, Oct. 1 and must be submitted on or before 3 p.m. Fri., Nov. 6 to clermontphotochallenge@gmail.com or mailed to the Clermont City Center, 620 W. Montrose St.

The challenge begins Oct. 16 and submissions must be received no later than 3 p.m. Nov. 6. All photos must be family friendly and taken within the City of Clermont. Photos received without a signed Affidavit of Eligibility & Liability and Publicity release will be disqualified. All photos must be in JPG format and may be a maximum of 8 mega pixels (3264 x 2448) in size. There is a maximum of 10 pictures, which must be emailed five at a time (two emails) submitted to clermontphotochallenge@gmail.com.

For the application, questions and more, visit www.clermontfl.gov/events.


Episode 30: Timothee Sallin from Cherry Lake Tree Farm

Timothee Sallin’s family has developed a business Cherry Lake Tree Farm from theme parks to commercial projects to residential communities, we bring our passion for horticulture and partnership to leading construction and maintenance projects in Central Florida. We are dedicated to lean practices by reducing waste and non-productive time through planning, communication and process discipline. Most importantly, we are passionate about what we do and we believe the best testament to that is the work we’ve done.

Episode 29: A Chat with Jose Villafana of Wolf Branch Brewery

Hear how Master Brewer Jose Jr decided to open a micro brewery in North Lake County.  You would think it would be easy to craft a beer, but that is definitely not the case! Listen as Jose describes the training he had to undertake to be a Master Brewer and enjoy in some good ol fashioned beer trivia.

Wolf Branch Brewery Company has two location in Lake County Florida.  The original location is in the heart of historic downtown Eustis, FL and their second location at the Marketplace in Mt Dora, FL.


Episode 28: Politics with Congressman Ross Spano

On this episode we bring you a dose of Washington politics (we promise it will be fun). We speak with Congressman Ross Spano proudly representing Florida’s 15th District which includes parts of Lake County Florida.


Episode 27: The What and Why We Should Vote Locally

5 questions you need to ask candidates during this local election. Local elected leadership matters.  Listen to this informative and thought provoking episode as the Lake Rising Team talks about this year’s local elections on August 18th and November 3rd.

Does Rocky make an announcement?


Episode 26: Leadership with Mark R. Mills

This week we meet with Mark Mills, an accomplished speaker and transformational leader. His organization provides tailored active-learning leadership programs, seminars and audience-participation talks which feature proven strategies that prepare and position leaders to have a voice of impact and influence in the public arena.

Check out the organization at www.markrmills.com…for tailored simulation-based civic engagement, public persuasion seminars and interactive talks … and “never been done before” leadership engagement program ideas.


Episode 25: Darren Gray- City Manager of Clermont

Darren Gray comes on the show to talk about where Clermont, the Choice of Champions, is headed. The Lake Rising Team grills Darren on topics such as Attainable Housing, Trails, and Wellness Way.  This is a show you won’t want to miss as Clermont’s Chief Champion takes on some rapid fire questioning from the Lake Rising Team.  And of course, the Lake Rising trivia game continues with Sean winning again (sighhhhhhh).

Episode 24: Black Bear Kitchen

On this episode the Lake Rising team meets with the owners of Black bear Kitchen in Montverde on a culinary journey across the U.S.A. We will hear the stories of how the business got started and their future plans to blow minds and taste palettes. So strap in and grab a fork, you may get hungry!




Special Episode: Heisman Trophy Winner Charlie Ward

On this episode we speak with a special guest Charlie Ward who lives outside of Lake County but very much represents the values of our County.

Charlie Ward, Jr. is a husband, father, mentor and coach who embodies the principles of integrity, hard work and faith in God. He inspires adults and youth alike in the way he carries himself and how he shows up in the world. Described as a once-in-a-lifetime athlete and a once-in-a-lifetime human being, Charlie’s character and his commitment to serve others are deeply respected in the sports community and far beyond. His calm demeanor and powerful leadership message of preparation, perseverance and patience set strong examples for business leaders, organizations, students and families.

Listed among the most outstanding college athletes in modern history, Charlie, a two-sport athlete, was a stellar quarterback in football and an equally impressive point guard in basketball at Florida State University (FSU). During his senior year, he won over thirty awards, including the Heisman Trophy, set nineteen school and seven Atlantic Coast Conference records, subsequently leading the FSU Seminoles to their first-ever National Championship under legendary Coach Bobby Bowden.