Seminole County entered the big leagues of youth sports this May with the opening of the $30-million sports mega-complex. The 100-acre complex off East Lake Mary Boulevard will draw thousands of visitors from across the country to compete in tournaments, filling local hotels, restaurants and generating millions of dollars for the local economy.

The May 13th grand opening event hosted more than 250 key leaders, elected officials, spectators and residents. The ceremony was hosted in conjunction with the USSSA State Youth Baseball Championship tournament, which featured 1,500 athletes from more than 90 different Florida teams.

Thank you to the many individuals who made the Seminole County Sports Complex come to life, including: Seminole County Board of County Commissioners, Seminole County Tourist Development Council, Orlando Sanford International Airport, USSSA, HKS Architects, Wharton Smith, the Hilton Orlando – Altamonte Springs, Major Display, and the Seminole County Government team.

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Call to Artists Sanford Art Walk - July 16, 2016

Call to Artists

Sanford Art Walk - July 16, 2016

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 This month's theme, Apeture, is a photography show

The Sanford Art Walk is an art gallery tour around Downtown Sanford occurring every third Saturday of the month from 6-9pm. In conjunction, The Historic Sanford Welcome Center is proud to host Central Florida's only month long art show with both a "Best in Show" award chosen by a panel of judges, and a "Peoples Choice" award chosen by the attendees of the show. Event attendance is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event or to submit an application visit the Sanford Art Walk site at:

The mission 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.

Preparing For a Storm: A Guide for Your Business

Preparing For a Storm: A Guide for Your Business

At FPL, we know the impact that a major storm can have on your business. We have a plan and urge you to prepare as well so you and your employees can get back to business safely and as quickly as possible.


FPL has been recognized for building a stronger and smarter electric grid, most recently receiving an Award of Excellence from the International Smart Grid Action Network and the Governor’s Sterling Award for its innovative smart grid technology. These tools are helping FPL improve system reliability year round, and below is a guide that provides more tips to help you prepare for hurricane season:


Plan ahead:

·   Ensure your employees’ contact information is up-to-date and that you have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes.

·   Determine if your business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review evacuation routes; identify an emergency temporary site.

·   Identify what you need to secure your building or office.

·   Review your insurance coverage; photograph or videotape your building or office – inside and out.


Before a storm:

·   Gather supplies to secure the exterior of your office and protect interior furniture.

·   Fully charge all portable electronics.

·   Make multiple back-ups of computer files and data, and store records off premises.

·   Record a special voice message informing employees and customers the status of company operations.

·  Close your offices with sufficient time to allow employees to secure their own homes; inform clients that you’re closing early and when you plan to reopen.


After a storm:

·  Watch for downed power lines. Call 911 or FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE to report fallen power lines that present a clear and imminent danger to you or others. Do not attempt to touch any power lines. Always assume that every power line is energized.

·  Stay connected with us, report an outage and get updates at , which is also accessible on mobile devices.

·  In case of interior water damage, immediately turn off your circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off all wall switches. Remember, never stand in water while operating switches or unplugging any electrical device.

·  If you use a portable generator, read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines.


For more storm and safety tips, visit us at

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2015 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information, visit these,,

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Five Central Florida Cities Team Up for Unique Pilot Project with Uber

Five Central Florida Cities Team Up for Unique Pilot Project with Uber

Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland and Sanford work to boost

SunRail ridership by paying 25 percent of Uber fares to/from SunRail stations

LONGWOOD, Fla. (July 1, 2016) – Five Central Florida cities are working together on a one-of-a-

kind project to make it easier for residents to use Uber to get to SunRail stations and other


Today Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland and Sanford joined the City of Altamonte Springs in

providing discounts on Uber trips that begin and end in each respective city. The discount is

25 percent for trips that begin or end at a SunRail station and 20 percent for all other trips. The

new plan goes into effect today and Uber users will start seeing the discounts immediately.

The cities have established a Municipal Mobility Working Group to collectively evaluate how

ride-sharing technology can be incorporated into their mobility plans both in the short term and

the future. The pilot project for each city runs through July of 2017. The cities will also explore

the feasibility of offering discounts on Uber trips that go through two or more of the participating


“Having five neighboring cities involved in this pilot project will allow us to better measure the

impact that it has on our efforts to help people get from point A to point B and make it easier and

more cost effective for people to use SunRail,” said Frank Martz, Altamonte Springs City


A recent study by the American Public Transportation Association found that:

·         The more people used shared modes of transportation (like Uber), the more likely they

are to use public transit, own fewer cars and spend less on transportation overall.

·         Shared modes of transportation complement public transit, enhancing urban mobility.

·         Shared mobility will continue to grow in significance and the group urges collaboration

between public agencies and the private sector.


In addition to boosting SunRail ridership, the option of discounted Uber trips eliminates worry

over finding parking at popular venues, allows individuals who can’t drive the ability to get

around each city and provides solutions to urgent situations such as car repair, health care, etc.


Utilizing the discount is easy:

·         DOWNLOAD the Uber app from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.

·         OPEN the Uber app and select the Promotions option from the menu.

·         TAP Set Pickup Location.

·         SELECT Promo Code at the bottom of the screen.

·         ENTER your city location in the promo code field; for example 'ALTAMONTE', ‘LAKE


·         SLIDE the icon to the city option

·         ENTER the destination by tapping the plus icon on the pickup address box (Android) or

·         the box behind the pickup address (iPhone).

·         TAP the Request button to submit your trip.


“Uber is excited to be a part of these innovative public-private partnerships, helping extend the

reach of the existing public transportation infrastructure and offering the residents of Central

Florida additional transportation options,” said Christine Mitchell, General Manager of Uber


“Our citizens understand that mobility is all about having options. We are delighted to join with

our neighboring cities to give our residents and businesses an innovative approach to getting

around Lake Mary. People can now ride Uber at a discounted price - which will encourage

usage - and provide an important transportation option for all our stakeholders,” said Mayor

David Mealor.

"We're really talking about transforming transportation in the region for the next 20 years,"

Longwood Mayor Joe Durso said. "Let's face it: Growth is not going to stop and our roads are

only going to get more congested. We're trying to make it easier for people to get around our

community efficiently and affordably by providing innovative options. Uber is just such an


“The program provides more transportation choices for Maitland residents, local employees, and

visitors. Our Maitland SunRail Station is invaluable to us and commuters will be encouraged by

the convenience offered by Uber and the forward thinking of our Municipal Mobility Working

Group. Everybody wins!” said Maitland Mayor Dale McDonald.

“The Uber Pilot program will be an opportunity for Sanford to educate the public on alternative

transportation opportunities and to increase ridership from our SunRail station in and around the

city. This ride sharing pilot program offers choice and convenience through technology.

Partnering with the other four cities in the Municipal Mobility Working Group shows how local

governments can work together as a team providing results for our citizens here in Seminole

County and the Central Florida region. We encourage our residents, business owners and

visitors to take advantage of the discounts provided and to experience the ease of traveling

around Sanford with Uber to attend events, dine, and shop,” said Mayor Jeff Triplett.


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