Leesburg, Florida is a progressive city of more than 23,000 residents that serves nearly twice as many people with electric, natural gas, water, wastewater and reuse water utilities. Known as the “Lakefront City,” Leesburg is a central hub for commerce in Lake County, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.
Leesburg’s electric utility provides service to nearly 23,500 customers. We currently produce approximately 1.8 million gallons of reuse quality water each day - an important and continuing environmental effort to help conserve Florida’s fresh drinking water. Water and wastewater utilities serve more than 41,000 city and county customers with award winning potable water at very competitive rates. The Solid Waste level of service is the best in the County while the rate for residential customers is one of the lowest in the County. Leesburg also operates Lake County’s only municipal natural gas utility, offering a green, convenient and cost-effective source of energy to 12,000 customers.
The 850-acre Leesburg International Airport was built in 1941 by the Army Air Corps of Engineers to serve as a training base during World War II. It now handles over 50,000 takeoffs and landings annually and provides a large range of aviation services including a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office. A growing community of aviation businesses are also located on-site.
The City also operates emergency services with Police and Fire Departments. The Police Department, which is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, handles more than 60,000 calls each year, while the Fire Department, which is within the top 0.7% of fire departments in the nation, maintains an ISO rating of 2 and helps to provide City residents with low insurance rates.
The Leesburg Public Library is among the busiest of all libraries in Lake County. It presents a diverse schedule of programs and services for all ages from toddlers to senior citizens. The library checks out more than 20,000 items each month to patrons. The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of opportunities for passive and active recreation. Venetian Gardens, a 64-acre park on Lake Harris, is home to the Venetian Center, Rogers Park Pavilion, Kids Korner playground, Splash Pad, Pat Thomas Stadium and Venetian Cove Marina. The Parks and Recreation Department oversees many youth and adult sports leagues as well as other enrichment and instructional programs.
Year round events and festivals such as Black Heritage Festival, Mardi Gras, Leesburg Art Festival, Bikefest, 4th of July and Christmas activities attract thousands of visitors each year. There are also sporting events such as bass fishing and NCAA softball tournaments. The Leesburg Lightning, a team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League, plays baseball each summer at historic Pat Thomas Stadium.
We invite everyone to come and enjoy the natural beauty, historic charm and progressive elements of our great City.
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