In a recent keynote address at the South Lake Chamber of Commerce Breakfast held at Groveland’s Puryear Building, City Manager Mike Hein provided a comprehensive update on the City of Groveland. With over 30 years of experience in public service management, Hein’s insights shed light on the ambitious initiatives and projects underway in Groveland.

One of the initiatives highlighted by Hein is Groveland’s first Dark Sky Community in Florida. With growing concerns about light pollution, this designation demonstrates Groveland’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty and promoting sustainability.

Additionally, Hein discussed the Turnpike Logistics Center, which boasts Duke Energy as its primary tenant. This development not only promises economic growth but also underscores Groveland’s attractiveness as a business destination.

Addressing the pressing issue of traffic management, Hein outlined plans for new traffic signals aimed at enhancing safety and efficiency on the city’s roads. Furthermore, the introduction of a Charter School catering to grades K-8 reflects Groveland’s dedication to providing quality education to its residents.

Henry Spellman’s grave is one of the WWI veteran graves that dot the cemetery. Most of the graves in the cemetery are unmarked.

In terms of recreational facilities, Hein unveiled plans for a sprawling 40-acre playground and park, catering to residents of all ages. This commitment to community well-being extends to the Elese Tomlin Community Center., Highlighting Groveland’s rich history, Hein touched upon the restoration efforts at the Oak Tree Union Colored Cemetery of Taylorville. Thought to house 70 interred individuals initially, recent discoveries suggest the presence of 275 graves, emphasizing the importance of preserving the city’s heritage.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Hein announced the ongoing development of the South Lake Regional Park, featuring sports fields, batting cages, nature trails, and wildlife observation spots. This expansive park is poised to become a haven for recreational activities and nature appreciation.

Infrastructure upgrades remain a priority for Groveland, with plans for the realignment of State Road 50 and the introduction of a new wastewater treatment plant. These developments underscore the city’s commitment to sustainable growth.

Mike Hein’s extensive background in public service management, including stints in cities such as Nogales, Marana, and Tucson, positions him as a visionary leader for Groveland. With a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Steven’s Point and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona, Hein’s expertise is complemented by his completion of the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governments at Harvard University JFK School.

The success of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce Breakfast was made possible by the generous support of its main event sponsors,

Donna Kirkland


The Live Well Foundation of South Lake, represented by Donna Kirtland. Live Well Foundation was established in 2019 as a 501c3 and is dedicated to inspiring sustainable initiatives that enhance the health and wellness of the community.



Michell Hill

The Caribbean American Association of Lake County is a 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to bringing awareness to the Caribbean culture. CAALC gives back to the community by providing scholarships to local high school seniors and engaging with other organizations that help the underserved. CAALC president Michell Hill reminded those attending of its family-fun Caribbean Jerk Festival on June 1.


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