Clermont Mayor Gail Ash was a guest speaker at a recent Kiwanis Club of Clermont meeting.
Mayor Ash was born and grew up in New York City where she taught elementary education. She moved to Clermont in 1998 and was elected Mayor in 2014 and 2016.
The focus of her presentation to Kiwanis was the progress that is taking place within the City of Clermont during 2018.
Thirty-nine new businesses are opening in the city this year. Thirteen of these businesses are in the restaurant industry.
Upcoming City events include the “5th Annual Tour Latino” on Sunday, February 11. During this Bike-a-Thon, participants can choose five bike competitions.
Another activity is the popular Great Clermont Campout beginning on February 17 at 11 am and ending February 18 at 11 am at Waterfront Park.
Mayor Ash said the Victory Point Storm Water Treatment System Project will be completed by June 2018 with the addition of an observation tower and boardwalks.
She described the Clermont Battalion, a tween/teen Sea Cadet Program in which all cadets must attend a mandatory two-week recruit training session. The curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy. The program started last year with eight cadets; now there are 31.
At the conclusion of Mayor Ash’s presentation, Kiwanis President Chris Boylan presented the mayor with a commemorative Club Pin