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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

South Lake Chamber of Commerce Names 2020 Citizen of the Year; announces other honors

Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway and wife Dana.

The South Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted its fourth annual South Lake Business Awards virtually in partnership with on Oct. 1, 2020.

The event was sponsored by WithumSmith+Brown and included the presentation of three signature awards that recognize businesses or area citizens who have gone above and beyond to serve the South Lake community.

The Citizen of the Year Award is among the most respected designations in Central Florida. This annual award is presented to a South Lake resident who has displayed extraordinary dedication to the community through being actively involved in at least two community organizations, performs community service, and continually goes above and beyond what may be required as part of their employment.

This year the South Lake Chamber of Commerce recognized Chief Charles Broadway of the Clermont Police Department with the honor.

Chief Broadway is not only an active member of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, but he is also a vital community member who has works hard to bring the community together while building rapport between his officers and the community.

“I’m so thankful and truly humbled to receive this award and to be named among the past recipient who are all extraordinary leaders, men and women I look up to,” Chief Broadway says. “I believe that every day is a blessing and an opportunity to utilize this honorable profession to make a difference in the community and in the lives of other people. I could in no way receive such recognition without support from family, the community, community leaders and the men and women of the Clermont Police Department.”

Additionally, the Heritage Award, which recognizes a business with more than 25 years of service to the community that has shown continued contributions to the business community, went to Pittman Jewelers. The family owned and operated business has been serving the South Lake community for more than 75 years.

And receiving the Oakley Seaver Special Service Award was Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt of the PUR Clinic. The award, named after a beloved South Lake figure who dedicated his life to community service, is reserved for a nonprofit business, club, organization, educational institution or healthcare facility that has contributed significantly to the community and created a lasting impact or benefit.

In addition to the evening’s signature awards, 61 local businesses were honored as the Best of South Lake. These awards were previously announced in March.