Have you heard the news about I-4 ultimate?

   A whole new Interstate 4 (I-4) is coming to Central Florida. Often called the backbone of our

transportation system; I-4 will be completely transformed along the 21 miles that stretch

from Kirkman Rd to State Road 434.

   As we work to build a better I-4, get ready for four new Express Lanes, reconstructed

interchanges, completely rebuilt bridges, and an exciting new look and feel!

FDOT Considers a Small Business as:

   A business with a size limit of $15.0 million maximum for construction and maintenance

firms and $6.5 million maximum for professional services firms.

A business determines their size by averaging their annual gross receipts over the last three

years. If their average gross receipts are under the size standard, the business would be

RSVP with Katie Widdison at kwiddison@ghyabi.com

considered a small business.

Small Business Open House

DeLand, FL

May 26, 2015

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Brief presentation at 5:30 PM

Sanborn Activity Center, Ballroom A

815 S. Alabama Avenue

DeLand, FL 32724

Daytona Beach, FL

June 23, 2015

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Brief presentation at 5:30 PM

Daytona State College, Bergengren Hall (Building 110, Room 112)

1200 W. International Speedway Boulevard

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

The same material will be presented at all SBE Open Houses


Dream Cup Challenge raises $50,000 for Seminole State

Dream Cup Challenge raises $50,000 for Seminole State

SANFORD, Fla. (May 13, 2015) – The Foundation for Seminole State College welcomed 144 business leaders and College supporters to its 32nd annual Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament presented by CFE Federal Credit Union, raising more than $50,000 for programs, scholarships and other areas of need at the College.

“The Dream Cup gave community members and supporters of Seminole State the opportunity to come together for a day of recreation and networking,” says John Gyllin, executive director of the Foundation for Seminole State. “We are so thankful to the sponsors and everyone involved in making this event possible.”

The 18-hole competition, held April 27 at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, featured a scholarship awards presentation, course contests, raffle prizes and a catered dinner, in addition to appearances by Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee and the Raider women’s golf team.

Outstanding Freshman of the Year Awards

Before the event kicked off, two student-athletes were honored with the Mack Blythe Outstanding Freshman of the Year awards for their accomplishments on and off the field. Blythe, the College’s former Business Department chair, founded the Dream Cup Challenge to raise money for student programs and scholarships.

The award recipients were:

·         Pedro Rivera, of Orlando. He maintains a 3.5 GPA at Seminole State College. He has played shortstop, center field and second base for the Raider baseball team this season, and he ranks second on the team in several categories, including batting average (.335), hits (51) and stolen bases. He has been at bat 151 times and has earned a total of 21 RBIs.

·         Heather Roberts, of Jacksonville. As an education major, she maintains a 3.62 GPA at Seminole State. She leads the Raiders in home runs with 12 to go along with nine doubles and three triples. Her batting average (.378) is the team’s second-best, and she has 41 RBIs. She ranks No. 2 statewide in home runs, walks and on-base percentage, and she’s No. 1 in the state in slugging percentage.

A capacity of 36 foursomes participated in this year’s Dream Cup Challenge. Refreshments and giveaways were available throughout the course at tents set up by event sponsors.

The foursome of John Stinnett, Chase Khoshnou, Patrick Lowe and Will Tharp, representing Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale House – also the event’s lunch sponsor – took home the Dream Cup trophy with a score of 54.

The Dream Cup Challenge is one of Seminole County’s premier golf events and a top fundraiser for the Foundation for Seminole State. The Dream Cup Challenge combined with the Dream Gala, Seminole State’s largest fundraising event of the year, to raise more than $380,000 for Seminole State College.

For more information about the Dream Cup, including a complete list of tournament winners, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/ foundation/.


Changing Lives: The Campaign for Student Success

The Foundation for Seminole State College recently announced its $12 million comprehensive campaign. The campaign’s goals include: scholarships, student support and student spaces. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation dedicated to enhancing Seminole State College’s programs and services through the development and management of private contributions, public grants and community partnerships. To give to the Foundation, visit www.seminolestate.edu/ foundation/ and click the Donate Now button.

2015@Fireballrun arrives to Sanford on 10/02/2015 visit www.fireballrun.com #missingkids

Orlando Sanford Announces New Surinam Airways Flights to Georgetown, Guyana and Paramaribo, Suriname

Orlando Sanford Announces New Surinam Airways Flights

to Georgetown, Guyana and Paramaribo, Suriname

Sanford, FL, May 6, 2015 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Surinam

Airways announce scheduled service beginning July 2 between SFB and Cheddi Jagan International

Airport (GEO) in Georgetown, Guyana with continuing service to Johan Adolf Pengel International

Airport (PBM) in Paramaribo, Suriname.

The service will initially operate seasonally with weekly flights from July through September

with a Thursday afternoon arrival into SFB at 3:35 PM and a Friday afternoon departure from SFB at

1:30 PM. Surinam Airways will use a 737-300 aircraft with 126 seats (8 Business Class and 118

Economy Class). Fares can be booked at www.FlySLM.com.

According to Larry Dale, President of Orlando Sanford International Airport, the Airport

enthusiastically welcomes Surinam Airways’ new service to South America, “We anticipate a

tremendous amount of local interest in Surinam’s outbound flights to Guyana and Suriname.”

For additional information on the South American countries of Guyana and Suriname visit

www.guyana-tourism.com and www.surinametourism.com, respectively.

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 Most

Famous Beach - Daytona Beach; both are 50 minutes or less. For more information about SFB, visit

the airport’s website at www.OrlandoSanfordAirport.com.

Call to Artist for May 22ndArt Walk

Call to Artist for May 22ndArt Walk

The Sanford Art Walk is an art gallery tour around Downtown Sanford occurring every fourth Friday of the month from 6-9pm. In conjunction, The Historic Sanford Welcome Center is proud to host Central Florida's only month long juried art show with both a "Best in Show" award chosen by a panel of judges, and a "People's Choice" award chosen by the attendees of the show.  
This is an opportunity for hundreds of people each month to attended a highly promoted event, which involves participation from local galleries and businesses.

The Art Walk has a positive economic impact on the community and demonstrates how the arts contribute to the economic viability and promote a vibrant community. Please join us and several of Downtown Sanford's art galleries and other local artists in promoting the Sanford art scene. This event is free to the public and will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The mission statement of the Historic Sanford Welcome Center is to enrich the Sanford experience by serving as a communications hub, and operating as a welcome center to provide education and information marketing Sanford as an arts, culture, recreation and historic destination.

Deadline for submission: 5/15/15 
Contact Us


230 E First Street, Sanford, FL. 32771



The Historic Sanford Welcome Center is a Sanford

 based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Seminole State ties U.S. record as 4 students earn Jack Kent Cooke scholarships

Seminole State ties U.S. record as 4 students earn Jack Kent Cooke scholarships

SANFORD, Fla. (May 5, 2015) – Four Seminole State College of Florida honors students were surprised with one of the most prestigious transfer scholarships in the nation at the District Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, April 27.

Shannon Conner, Melissa Cunningham, Juliana Rodriguez and Sebastian Roubert are four of only 90 students nationwide selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship, presented each year to the top graduating community college students nationwide, awards up to $40,000 each year to cover recipients’ educational costs while completing their bachelor’s degrees and up to $50,000 per year to complete advanced degrees.

The students were surprised with the news by Dr. E. Ann McGee, Seminole State's president. 

“We are very proud of these students and their achievements, of our faculty and staff who have supported them along the way, and of the academic excellence that their achievements represent,” says McGee. “Like our eight previous Jack Kent Cooke recipients, these students and their accomplishments will have a positive effect that extends well beyond their own lives as they seek to make the world a better place for all of us.”

Seminole State, which has had eight previous JKC scholars since 2006, is only the second college to have had four scholars in one year.

“Working with our honors students every day, I realized we had an exceptionally smart, talented and ambitious graduating class,” says Barbara Greenwell, director of Seminole State’s Grindle Honors Institute. “But for four of our students to earn this life-changing award in the same year is an accomplishment that exceeded even our highest hopes.”

Seminole State’s winning students all are products of the Grindle Honors Institute and Pi Lambda, the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

Shannon Conner, 48, of Lake Mary, is a single mother of three. Conner, who was enrolled in Seminole State after overcoming challenging health issues, will graduate with her Honors Diploma. She plans to study communications and writing at Rollins College en route to a law degree. In addition to philanthropic pursuits, she hopes to be an entrepreneur, public speaker and author.
Melissa Cunningham, 36, of Sanford, is the mother of a 4-year-old son. Following a series of hardships, including an accident involving a drunken driver and her son developing a severe heart condition, Cunningham decided to return to school in 2012. She will attend Smith College this fall as part of their Ada Comstock Scholars Program. She plans to become a physician and help mentor underprivileged children.
Juliana Rodriguez, 20, of Casselberry, moved with her family from Colombia at age 6. A Seminole High School Health Academy graduate, Rodriguez plans to study biomedical sciences and chemistry at the University of Central Florida. She plans to become a cardiovascular surgeon.
Sebastian Roubert, 20, of Maitland, overcame homelessness as a teenager. He was raised by a single mom and is originally from Puerto Rico. Roubert, who graduated from Lyman High School, plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and material sciences. Following a passion for rowing, he hopes one day to engineer Olympic-class rowing shells. He is weighing offers from several top universities.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation says the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is to community college graduates what the Rhodes scholarship is to overseas study.

The Grindle Honors Institute offers enrichment programs for academically talented students wishing to enhance their experience at Seminole State. For more information, visit www.seminolestate.edu/honors, or call 407.708.2062.

Alive After 5! "Sanford de Mayo" Thursday, May 14th!

Let's Celebrate that Sanford de Mayo a fun and enjoyable Street Festival!!

Join Us Thursday, May 14th 

AA5 is Central Florida's largest recurring monthly street party with live music, local artists, food and craft beers in a beautiful historic town.


Great local restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, antique stores, nightlife and a variety of other unique businesses celebrating Cinco de Mayo style!

If you are interested in showcasing your business and/or artwork, please email us at aliveafter5sanford@gmail. com, to be considered for our event.

Press Release - Sanford Utility Department Director Receives Anthony Leffin Lifetime Achievement Award

Sanford Utility Department Director Receives
Anthony Leffin Lifetime Achievement Award

At last week’s Annual Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Conference, Paul Moore, Director, Utility Department, City of Sanford, was awarded the Anthony Leffin Lifetime Achievement Award.


This award recognizes the outstanding career, service and achievements of an individual in the public works profession.  The focus of the award is on career service rather than on any one single event or project. 


“It was an extra special honor to receive this award because I knew Tony Leffin.  He was a long time Public Works Director for the City of Maitland, FL.  He was an outstanding person and a dedicated public servant who left us way too soon.  I have been blessed to work for the City of Sanford for a long time and with such a great group of dedicated employees.  Employees in the Utility and Public Works Departments are dedicated, hardworking people. I feel that this award is a group effort and I thank them all,” said Paul Moore.   


“Mr. Moore is a leader in his profession. Getting this kind of recognition from one’s peers is very impressive, and a wonderful achievement. The City of Sanford is fortunate to have him as part of our team,” said Norton Bonaparte, City Manager.

Fireball run news!

Have you heard of the Fireball run?

Have you heard Sanford Mayor, Jeff Triplet will be participating in it?

Well it sure is true! The Fireball run is an event created to support the search for missing children, if you are interested in attending and taking part in this amazing event then visit: http://www.fireballrun.com/ destination/125