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Lake City Report - May 13, 2011
Lake Desoto Farmer's Market is here

From City Manager Wendell Johnson

Lake Desoto Farmer’s Market

The new weekly Lake DeSoto Farmers Market opened last Saturday with a great crowd and much success.

Market goers enjoyed fresh local produce, honey, cheeses, jellies, and a wide assortment of baked goods.  The crowd enjoyed a variety of art, children’s entertainment, canoe rides, and live music as well.  

This week, the market joins with F.A.M. Fest, Haven Hospice's Annual Fundraiser, which will run all day in downtown, including a morning 5K run around Lake DeSoto and right past the new weekly farmers market.

The market will be open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in Wilson Park, which is located between Shands at Lakeshore Hospital and the Columbia County Courthouse in downtown Lake City. 

For more information on participating as a vendor or just to ask questions, contact Lake City CRA Administrator Jackie Kite at (386) 719-5766.

Construction Permit Statistics

The Growth Management Department reports that permitting and inspections fees for 2011 are up about 22% over the same time last year.

Based upon FY 2011 budget permitting revenue, the City is well on track to meet or exceed the projections. Commercial development within the City appears to be on the upswing with plans for three new restaurants in process.   The new PetsMart Store will open during August 2011.

Neighborhood Stabilization Grant.

Columbia County is applying for Neighborhood Stabilization Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Florida Department of Community Affairs. If approved, this funding program will allow Columbia County to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed and abandoned residential properties to help stabilize a target area.

The County has assessed over 35 different target area options and narrowed it to specific locations.  One of the two Target Areas includes portions of Lake City’s CRA district.  The City looks forward to success on funds approval and to working with Columbia County on this low income housing initiative.

The City Staff Report is available in pdf format here.

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