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Tue
21
Nov

Zoo to re-open Black Bear exhibit

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will celebrate the grand re-opening of the Florida Black Bear Habitat and Bear Awareness Exhibit on Dec. 2. 
This comes after more than two months of closure following Hurricane Irma. To celebrate the occasion there will be special activities, special keeper talks, and more.

Tue
21
Nov

Seminole CRA to sunset, return remaining funds to contributors

The 17-92 CRA is closing its doors, or sunsetting, at the end of the year, with the promise of money contributed by several cities along the corridor going back to them.
According to Seminole County Financial Administrator Cecilia Monti, the City of Sanford can look forward to about $3.3 million coming back their way from the original $9 million they put in.

Tue
21
Nov

3 arrested in sting operation for traveling to meet with minors

Three men were arrested in the Seminole County area in the last week in a small-scale sting operation targeting those agreeing to travel and meet minors in the area for sex.
The three men arrested were Julio Santiago, a 22-year-old Fern Park barber, Justin Kinard, 23, a Lake Mary auto technician, and Abraham Diaz Martinez, a 24-year-old construction worker from Ocoee.

Tue
21
Nov

Pedestrian hit, killed by motorcyclist

A vehicle crash in which a motorcyclist hit a pedestrian resulted in the pedestrian’s death Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred at 9:15 p.m. on Orange Blossom Trail in Seminole County, when a motorcycle driven by 19-year-old Orlando resident Rolando Figuero Caceras was traveling north on OBT.

Tue
21
Nov

Irma victims have until Friday to apply for benefits

Survivors of Hurricane Irma have until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 to register for assistance from FEMA and/or submit an application for a Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.
• How to register with FEMA:
    Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Tue
21
Nov

Disaster Recovery Center re-opens in Seminole

FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) re-opened in Seminole County Tuesday due to the high volume of individuals requesting assistance and the additional requests for support for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands evacuees affected by Hurricane Maria.

Sat
18
Nov

Heritage Park planners request changes to proposed streetscape locations

A rendering shows what the Heritage Park development in downtown could look like once construction is complete.

At a special meeting of the Downtown Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency on Wednesday, the CRA heard from Heritage Park Project Manager Catie Sacks on some proposed reallocations of the money for the project.

Sat
18
Nov

Former WWE  wrestler is new Longwood commissioner

Ex-WWE wrestler Matt Morgan campaigned for Longwood city commission on the promise of breaking up the 'good ole boys' club he said existed in the city. Now that he's there, he wants to focus on listening to his constituents.

The Longwood City Commission recently saw an upheaval, with three new commissioners from outside the political realm coming in with new perspectives.
Among the new arrivals are ex-wrestler Matt Morgan, Sanford/Orlando Kennel Club Risk & Safety Manager Richard Drummond and long-time Longwood resident and community volunteer Abby Shoemaker.

Sat
18
Nov

Public questions CRA’s expenditure for grant lobbyist

The last minute hiring of a lobbyist for the Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency caused controversy at Wednesday’s special meeting, with members of public claiming the chairman mislead the board.

Sat
18
Nov

Seminole Schools secure salary deal

Several entities affiliated with the Seminole County School Board reached a tentative two-year salary agreement on Friday, according to Public Information Officer Matthew Lawrence.
A document from the School Board details the numbers, which are mostly increases for peoples’ salaries.

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