City of Sanford to Sell Late 19th Century Downtown Jail Site

City of Sanford to Sell Late 19th Century Downtown Jail Site

The City of Sanford is soliciting proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of 113 S. Palmetto Avenue, which includes the historic, former Seminole County Jail building. Interested parties may download the Request for Proposal (RFP) (RFP#14/15-12) at Minimum Bid Price: $53,000; provided, however, the City will consider development proposals that provide other substantial economic benefits to the City.

The building located at 113 S. Palmetto Avenue was constructed circa 1890 by William J. Hill, the first building supply operator in Sanford. The structure is part of the City’s original downtown commercial district which developed between 1886-1924. The building originally housed a blacksmith and wagon shop. From 1904 through 1913 the building was home to the “E.E. Brady Livery Feed and Sales Stables”. The business offered horses, buggies, and mule teams for hire.

Seminole County was created on April 25, 1913. That same year, the newly created County acquired the building for use as a jail. The Seminole County Jail functioned at the location until 1959. The original prison cell door and prison ledger book are on display at the Museum of Seminole County.

The City envisions redevelopment on this site to capitalize upon the unique history of the late 19th century “jail” building, attracting visitors and tourists to learn more about Sanford’s rich history. The site will be conveyed in "as-is" condition, and is zoned SC-3, Special Commercial, which requires that ground floor use be retail.

For more information contact:

Bob Turk, Economic Development Director,,  407.688.5015

Christine Dalton, Historic Preservation Officer/Community Planner, , 407.688.5145

Insight Credit Union donates over 600 pounds of food to Central Florida food pantries

Insight Credit Union donates over 600 pounds of food to Central Florida food pantries

ORLANDO, FL (June 9, 2015) – During Insight Credit Union’s 3rd Annual “Kids Helping Kids” Summer Food Drive, members and employees donated over 600 pounds of non-perishable food items to Central Florida food pantries in need.


The “Kids Helping Kids” Summer Food Drive was created in an effort to help fight childhood hunger during the summer vacation months when children no longer receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. Members of the credit union were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items at any of its 17 branches for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Universal. The winner of this drawing will be announced by June 20, 2015.


Proceeds from the “Kids Helping Kids” Summer Food Drive benefited food pantries around Central Florida, including Second Harvest Food Bank, Real Life Food Pantry, Citrus United Basket, Interfaith Emergency Services and Darters’ Nest Food Pantry at Apopka High School.


“Summertime marks a critical time for food pantries in Central Florida as the need for child-friendly, healthy food escalates,” said Melissa Boyink, marketing director for Insight Credit Union. “We are thankful for all of our members and employees who donated to support this worthwhile cause.”


Insight Credit Union is a state-chartered credit union based in Orlando serving anyone who lives or works in Central Florida. Insight has 17 locations, over 190 employees and serves more than 50,000 members in Citrus, Lake, Marion, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties to name a few. A not-for-profit, Insight is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout Central Florida. For more information visit or find the credit union on Facebook or Twitter.

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