Groveland City Councilman Mike Smith and Chamber President Dave Colby

The city of Groveland played proud host to a full house of business owners, professionals, and dignitaries at the newly refurbished E.L. Puryear Building in Groveland. The South Lake Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast is normally held at the Clermont City Center but this month was held at the Puryear Building, Groveland, which proved to be a great idea.

Bridgette Bennett of the Bennett Law Firm presents the Gem of the Hills Award To Susan Saunders

April’s Ann Dupee Gem of the Hills Award was presented to Susan Saunders. Sheri Lewin of Thrive Clermont announced the upcoming Thrive Summer Popups, and Groveland City Manager Mike Hein was the featured guest speaker.


Groveland City Manager Mike Hein was the Featured Speaker at the South Lake Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.



His presentation proved to be more than informative. Who knew that the city manager could hold the audience’s attention with his Charm, Wit and Illuminating presentation.

Speaking of Charm, the city manager announced the city’s new brand and logo, Groveland, Florida – City with Natural Charm.

He went on to introduce the Groveland city council and his department leaders and shared a few of the new and exciting changes coming to Groveland, the fastest-growing city in Lake County.

Big Business Coming to Groveland The Kroger Co. America’s largest grocery retailer, and Ocado, one of the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailers, recently announced Groveland, as the second location for one of their Customer Fulfillment Centers. This will bring 400 new jobs to the area.

Public Safety Complex– The city of Groveland is preparing to build a new Public Safety Complex on State Road 50 near Tractor Supply in Groveland. The 2-story facility will house both the Groveland Police and Fire departments.

Wilson Lake Parkway Park – The city recently broke ground on a new park, located on 40-acres on Wilson Lake Parkway. Tentatively completed this summer.

New routing of SR Hwy 50 – The plans for the long-awaited downtown bypass are complete and the city is waiting for funding from the State to move forward.

Improvements to the Lake David area and downtown Groveland include streetscapes and open entertainment areas.

Note: The City Manager was born to speak. Great Job!

Speaking of a great job, Lake Catherine Blueberries catered the breakfast, and even those preferring a cup of coffee over a full breakfast were tempted by the Groveland caterer’s amazing French Toast. Great Job!

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