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City of Lake Helen
City of Lake Helen
327 S. Lakeview Drive
PO Box 39
Lake Helen, Florida 32744

Phone: (386) 228-2121
Fax: (386) 228-9714


 Welcome to the City of Lake Helen

Known as the “Gem of Florida”, Lake Helen was founded by Henry DeLand and named after his daughter. Intended as one of the prettiest and most pleasant towns in Florida, the residents are proud of the well preserved Victorian architecture and small-town atmosphere. Incorporated as the Town of Lake Helen on October 24, 1888.
With a population of 2700, Lake Helen's land area is approximately 4 square miles.  There are 20 miles of paved roads and 4 miles of unpaved roads.  The City's recreational facilities include Blake Park, Royal Park, Lake Macy Park, Melissa Park, Mitchell Sports Complex. Equestrian Center/Trailhead, as well as Asa Gray Park.

  News, Events and Information

The City of Lake Helen will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for the
Labor Day holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 8,
at 8 a.m

Upcoming Meetings:

September 3 - First Budget Hearing - 7pm at City Hall
September 3 - CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) Special Meeting - immediatley following the budget hearing at City Hall
September 10 - Regular City Commission Meeting - 7pm at City Hall
September 11 - 9/11 Ceremony 9am - in front of City Hall
September 11 - Final Budget Hearing - 6pm at City Hall

Unity in the Community Meeting on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 11am until noon at Harmony Religious Retreat at 160 W. Washington Avenue, Lake Helen



The City of Lake Helen has invited proposals from interested planning, design and development professionals or firms to provide continuing planning services to the City of Lake Helen (City) on an annual basis. Such services include long range planning, comprehensive planning, and similar work as well as a variety of consultative tasks that will be required dependent upon need.

The City intends to select one firm to deliver Planning Services formally outlined within the Scope of Services of City’s RFP.  The RFP is available on the City of Lake Helen website at  Proposals will be received at until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2015.  All proposals will remain sealed until such time as the bid closing, 2:15 p.m., Monday, September 21, 2015.  They will be opened and available for public review at that time.

Interested parties should contact Becky Witte, City Clerk, email:, phone: 386-228-2358 or in person at City Hall, 327 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen, Florida 32744 or visit the City website at for a complete copy of RFP.



Voting System Post-Election Audit Report - 8/25/2015 Primary Election

 Primary Election Results

City of Lake Helen 2015 City Elections - Mayor, Zone 1 and Zone 3
Candidates for Mayor General Election November 3, 2015
Ann Robbins PO Box 875  Lake Helen, FL 32744 386-228-2520
Buddy Snowden 321 E. Ohio Avenue Lake Helen, FL 32744 386-717-3397
Candidates for Commissioner Zone 1 General Election November 3, 2015
Ryan Hannah 210 W. Connecticut Avenue Lake Helen, FL 32744 386-852-1114
Tom Wilson 191 N. Summit Avenue Lake Helen, FL 32744 386-228-2295
Candidates for Commissioner Zone 3 General Election November 3, 2015
Von Russell 850 E. Kicklighter Rd Lake Helen, FL 32744 386-228-2551
Michael Woods PO Box 98 Lake Helen, FL 32744 407-314-4499

City of Lake Helen FY 2014 - 2015 Adopted Budget

FDOT Connector Study

Update on the Audit Services RFP:
The Audit Committee met on August 17, 2015 at 5:00pm at City Hall to score the firms and selected the following firms to present to the City Commission:

  McDirmit Davis, Certified Public Accountant and Advisors

  James Moore, Certified Public Accountant and Consultants

  BMC CPAs, Certified Public Accountants

These firms will attend the City Commission scheduled for September 10, 2015 at 7pm for presentations and to answer any questions.

Lake Helen Calendar

 (click the Calendar for community events)

Upcoming Activities:
The Lake Helen Christmas Tour of Homes will Saturday and Sunday, Dec 5 and 6 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Betty Doherty at 386-228-3862. Tour chairperson is Jim Carey.
The Volunteer coffee for the Lake Helen Christmas Tour of Homes will be Saturday, November 7 at 10 am at Hopkins Hall. Anyone considering volunteering for the Home Tour is encouraged to attend. Kathy Basso is the contact for the coffee.