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Posted on: March 4, 2016

City of Tavares Ruby Street Stormwater Improvement and Beautification Plan


The Ruby Street Stormwater Improvement and Beautification Plan is the next step in implementing the City of Tavares master plan for economic development in the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), which was created with cooperation from our local community. The plan is designed to entice businesses, residents, and visitors into the heart of our City, attracted by retail, the arts, and festivals, and brought to us through improved infrastructure for air, water, and rail transport. The Ruby Street project is designed first and foremost to improve and protect the water quality of Lake Dora, which has been designated as an impaired lake by the EPA. Because the City of Tavares is committed to taking the lead on reducing the flow of pollutants into Lake Dora, an innovative and aesthetically pleasing stormwater treatment plan was created, many aspects of which will be the first in State of Florida to be utilized. The project will also be used to inform and educate the public about stormwater pollution issues. An 8-acre walkable park will be created, which will consist of a series of beautiful “ponds” and wooden bridges, which will actually serve as sustainable stormwater treatment area. Floating flower and fauna mats (Bee Mats) will fill the ponds, which will also contribute to removing pollutants. This cutting-edge stormwater treatment “park” will create a scenic green space addition to downtown. For more information contact Mandy Wettstein, Ruby Street Project Communications, at 352.406.0422 or Frequently asked questions is available at

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