Orlando Sanford Announces Nonstop Flights to Indianopolis, Indiana

Sanford, FL November 12, 2014 - Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Allegiant announce scheduled, nonstop, lowfare service beginning Thursday February 12 to Indianaopolis International Airport (IND) in Indiana. Located off of Interstate 70 the airport is conveiently located to serve all Central Indiana utilizing the Indianapolis Interstate loop with additional access to Interstates 65, 69, and 74. Allegiant is offering introductory one-way fares as low as $54.50.

Indianapolis service marks the 54th nonstop destination offered by Allegiant from Orlando Sanford. Service will initially operate four days per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Reservations may be made through the company's website at www.Allegiant.com or by calling Allegiant's travel experts at 702-505-8888

"The addition of yet another Midwest destination to Allegiant's service from SFB is a clear indicator of our growth and demand", stated SFB Airport President Larry Dale. "Allegiant continues to provide stellar service and opportunities for the Central Florida traveling public".

"We are extremely pleased to bring new convenient, low cost travel options to the greater indianapolis area", said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company Senior Vice President of Planning.

Orlando Sanford International Airport is SFB. Simpler. Faster. Better. - Simpler airport design, Faster airport processing and a Better airport experience. Visitors enjoy the "Best of Both Worlds," with the Airport located Midway between Orlando's World Class Attractions and the World's Famous Beach- Daytona Beach; both are 50 minutes or less. For more information about SFB, visit the airport's website at www.OrlandoSanfordAirport.com


Merritt Island FL. (September 8, 2014) - Janson Davis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fidelity Bank of Florida N.A., announced today the election of Ray Watson as a member of the Board of Directors of the Merrit Island based-bank.

"Ray has over 40 years of leadership and management experience in sales, operations and financial management. He has worked in the computer, manufacturing, health care and construction fields"., said J. Lamar Roberts. Fidelity Bank President and Cheif Executive Officer. Roberts continues, "His diverse background in various industries will certainly be an asset in our bank, in addition to Ray's knowledge and experience in both marketplaces in which we operate".

Ray Watson consults primarily with secon stage and middle market companies As a principal at Executive Leadership Resources, Inc. (ELRI), he uses Gallup leadership tools to allow them to grow and prosper. Through the economic gardening institute/growFl program at the University of Central Florida, he facilitates CEO roundtable groups,. Ray also works as a Volunteer for Seminole State College- Small Business Advisory Council and Small Business Development Center and facilitates CEO peer groups in association with Vistage International.

Over the span of 40 years, Ray's career includes: Part Owner of New Son Construction Management Company LLC, President at Inacomp Computer Centers of Florida, President and General Manager at Contel and Regional Director at CADO System Corporation

Ray is a member of the board of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce and formerly chaired the Economic Development Sub - Committee. He is a graduate of Florida State Univeristy - College of Business and received his AA at Brevard Community College.

About Fidelity Bank of Florida N.A.

Fidelity Bank of Florida N.A. is a leading community bank that provides small-business and commercial real estate loans and personal banking services serving Central Florida from locations in Seminole and Brevard Counties. Founded in Seminole and Brevard Counties. Founded in 1990, the bank is headquarted in Merrit Island, FL and maintains an office in Longwood, FL https://www.fidelitybankofflorida.com

Sue Eastling - Chastain
(321)- 328- 1370 ; seastling@fbfna.com 

Here's What's New at the ZOO!

With the cooler weather, now is the perfect time to visit the Zoo! There is a lot to do at the Zoo this fall, including new Nature Play programs, new animals, homeschool classes, and much more!

Sanford City Commision Directs Staff to Proceed with Establishing a Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries within the City Limits

At the Monday, October 27th Commision meeting, the Sanford City Commision voted to direct staff to proceed with establishing a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries within the City limits for a period of 6 months with a provision that the moratorium could be extended another 6 months should the City comission deem it neccessary. in the event that Amendment Two passes in the General Election on November 4, the City will not permit medical marajuana disperansaries within the City of Sanford until the moratorium has ended.

The moratorium will give the city valuable time to make the important decision on what regulations are neccessary to protect the health safety and welfare of City residents and visitors. The City commision plans to officially vote on the moratorium at its December 15th, 2014 meeting. 

City Manager's FY 2014 Annual Report

At the Monday October 27th Sanford City Commission Meeting, City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr. presented the City Manager's 2014 Fiscal Year (FY) Annual Report. The city's fiscal year began October, 2013 and ended September 20, 2014. Throughout the year the city experienced steady growth, expansion and increased productivity acorss all departments. The efforts of city staff members have allowed for the delivery of excellent city services to our residents and visitors. The annual report is a summary of those accomplishments.

Just to share a few overall highlights of FY 2014, the City Commision adopted the Strategic Plan giving direction to the city over the next two years. The Sanford Avenue Streetscape was completed, as well as the marina day slips and Riverwalk Phase II broke ground. The Sanford SunRail station shuttle began operation to being more visitors downtown, the Citizens Academy continued to grow, and the partnership between Hamilton Elementary and the City of Sanford Mentoring program began.

Here are some of the highlights from each department:

The City Clerk's off processed 125 public records. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/Neighborhood stabilization program (NSP) provided grants totaling $45,000 to 6 businesses on Historic Goldsboro Boulevard to assist with emergency repairs and facade improvements. Community Improvement investigated 1,716 code complaints by code enforcement officers.

Through the City's Economic Development efforts, there were new jobs created this year in the city of Sanford. Over 500 new manufacturing jobs created with an average salary over $35,000, over 300 new jobs created in the hospitatality sector- average salary starting at $15/hour (hotels, apartments, restuarants) and the City helped to create over 300 building construction jobs due to industrial and residential development.

The City's Finance Department completed the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Report (CAFR) and received a clean audit opinion. The Fire Department was busy completing approximatley 2,300 annual fire inspections on our commercial buildings. The Human Resources and Risk Management Department were happy to report the City maintained low levels of Workers Compensation claims projected to be at 35.

The Planning Department processed 771 developed applications, while the Police Department deployed 73 body cameras worn by all Patrol, Trafiic and Neighborhood Response Unit Officers with more body cameras currently being purchased for all School Resource Officers The Public Works Department began Riverwalk Phase II, a $4.2 million project in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Seminole County, currently under construction planned for completion in 30 days.

Sanford's Recreation Department brought us many special events generating over $14,000.000 in economic impact. The utilities Department installed 19 large meters, capturing lost revenues due to obsolete meters.
The City of Sanford is dedicated to the delivery of a high standard of service that cultivates a vibrant business and citizen partnership and fosters a well-connected, economically thriving community that celebrates its distinctive historical, natural, social and cultural character.

Looking towards the near future there are many great opportunities ahead for the City of Sanford. Our next year is sure to be another successful year. 

Exhibit Opening Reception

Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit


The exhibit is an overview of the work executed by studio faculty of Seminole State's Fine Art Department and will represent the wide variety of materials used by the artists, whose personal experience directly benefits their students. Participants include Bert Bogdany, Christopher Bolton, Jennifer Copp. Giuseppe Corazzina, Sandra Koop, Viktoryia McGrath, Jay Spalding, and Larry Vienneau

Opening: Nov. 6th 5-7pm

Exhibit runs until noon on Dec. 11th

Image: On the Hunt, by Jay Spalding

Health Care Reform October 23 @9am

Health Care Reform October 23 @9am

Presented by PayChex

This seminar reviews the new requirements for small businesses resulting from the Affordable Care Act. You will learn how your business can benefit from and stay compliant with the key provisions, such as the small business tax credit, W-2 reporting, grandfathering, non-discrimination, and the CLASS Act.


To Register   Call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE office near you or visit online at SCORE.


Social Media Workshop 3 Part Series

Social Media Workshop 3 Part Series


November 4;November 13; November 18;The 3-part course teaches you how to grow your business using social media. Get the steps to use social media with actionable items you'll be able to implement right there in class. This combination of lecture, small business case studies and hands-on computer implementation will give you the tools and techniques to market your business online. Each workshop builds on the proceeding sessions so attending all three sessions is strongly encouraged. Session 1: Getting Started in Social Media Learn how to market and develop a marketing strategy for your company's Facebook fan page Session 2: Adding to Your Social Media Profiles Get the tips and tools to leverage your Linkedin profile and set the foundation for your social media business practices Session 3: Increase Your Social Media Effectiveness with Content Development Discover how Pinterest can be a powerful marketing tool for your business and develop content to ensure your message gets hea rd and your business gets found Price includes all three sessions.

DATE: November 4, 13, &18
TIME: 10am-12pm
LOCATION: (Fashion Square Mall)3201 East Colonial Drive Suite A-20 Orlando, FL 32803

Holiday Social Workshops


Holiday Social Workshops



The Business of Pinterest

Have you started growing your business through Pinterest yet?
October 30 @ 10am

Presented by Fox Interactive


Should I use Pinterest for my business? Pinterest is more than an online craft and DIY program. It's a powerful marketing tool that generates more referral traffic than YouTube, Linkedin and Google+ COMBINED. Learn the Pinterest marketing tactics to: * Create eye-catching images so users will share your products and services. * Develop SEO friendly pin boards to help your business get found online. * Grow your business by generating traffic to your website or blog.


 Reserve Your Seat: Register Now




Convergys National Hiring Day

October 8, 2014

7 AM - 7 PM


More than 10,000 people will be hired in North America, and will start their Convergys careers through the end of 2014.


Visit us during our National Hiring Day to learn more about the exceptional career opportunities we offer. 


We are looking for dedicated individuals who are comfortable working with technology and customer service, and are interested in taking their career to the next level.


Visit your local Convergys office the day of the event, or online at http://www.careers.convergys.com


We kindly welcome your referrals, and look forward to seeing you the day of the event!

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