I remember a time, not so long ago to me, when as young boys we would head out to Clermont and Groveland. You could drive for miles and see nothing but orange groves and vacant land. It was a great place to sight in your gun or fish the lakes on open properties. During the droughts you could find large bodies of water that had shriveled up and separated into ponds. The fishing was great since everything was concentrated into a smaller area where those numbers lead to competition over much more limited resources. The bass, pickerel, crappie and even catfish would readily hit any of the lures we threw at them. It is not that place anymore, and some would say Clermont has grown up.
There are a few things here that seem to favor the growth and progress argument. One big thing for me is sushi. That is the purest mark of an evolving civilized metropolitan area, and Clermont has at least four different sushi bars that I have tried. My two favorites are Robata, which is the freshest tasting, and Fancy which offers some very good takes on the roll. The pics above are from my dinner tonight which included a spicy girl, volcano, twin tuna and some shrimp tempura rolls. My youngest had her usual Japanese chicken strips, or Tempura, as some would call it. At Robata they also offer a more steakhouse type dinner where the chef will prepare you a sautéed meal and throw shrimp tails at you. Children seem favorable to this and rejecting all table manners your wife has enforced over the years he will also toss other bits of food into the air that they can catch with their mouths.
So, between the airborne snap peas and the WaWa convenience store being built off Hwy 27 I'd say Clermont is well on its way, but I will still miss the vacant fields and the easy fishing.