For immediate release - November 1, 2007

Lake-Sumter MPO sets date for stakeholders to discuss transportation in downtown Eustis

EUSTIS — The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is hosting a consensus-building workshop Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Eustis Institute, located at 135 N. Grove Street. Stakeholders in the redevelopment of downtown Eustis are encouraged to attend and discuss changes to the transportation network in downtown Eustis.

The Lake-Sumter MPO is partnering with the City of Eustis and the Florida Department of Transportation to develop a downtown traffic and pedestrian study. The study will analyze ways to create a safer and more pedestrian-friendly community in the city's downtown district while also balancing the regional transportation needs accommodated by State Road 19 running through the city’s core.

"The workshop is a prime opportunity for folks to weigh in on the future of downtown Eustis," said T.J. Fish, Executive Director of the Lake-Sumter MPO. "The workshop is a forum to openly discuss transportation and safety concerns and work toward strategies."

Eustis Mayor James Rotella, who also serves on the governing board of the MPO, added, “This is a much needed study on traffic, pedestrian safety and parking. The study is a major piece of the puzzle in the redevelopment of downtown.”

Space is limited to the first 60 workshop participants. Reservations must be received by Friday, Nov. 16. To reserve a seat or for more information, call the Lake-Sumter MPO, (352) 315-0170 or log on to


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