Public Health & Safety

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Orange County Advises Residents to Practice Lake Safety During High Water Levels

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution on Sept. 18, 2018 urging operators of all watercraft vessels to slow down in areas 300 feet or less from docks, piers and shorelines. The resolution also encourages property owners to mark submerged docks because of the potential navigational hazards of high water levels.

Due to the unusually high amounts of rainfall that have occurred over the past several months, Orange County is issuing an advisory that current water levels on various lakes are high. Boat docks may become hidden just beneath the surface being a danger to boaters, skiers and wakeboarders. Please avoid these submerged structures that are normally visible during normal water level periods.

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Mayor Jacobs with Gov. Scott at a roundtable on Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

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