Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Check out what happening at the Zoo!

World Rhino Day- This day is a day to learn about the conservation struggles of the world's 5 species of rhinos. The Central Florida Zoo houses 2 Greater-one horned rhinos, native to India. Come participate in games, crafts, and more to learn more about these amazing creatures. This event is included in general Zoo admission; additional fees may
apply for certain activities. For more information, please call 407.323.4450.

Annual Pass Holder Perks- 
We are happy to announce a special benefit for our Annual Pass Holders this fall! Annual Pass Holders can enjoy a special Buy One Get One Free offer to visit the
Orlando Science Center from September 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016.
All you need to do is show your valid Zoo Annual Pass, along with a valid ID to
take advantage of this benefit. For more information on the Orlando Science Center's
hours and prices please visit www.osc.org.

Bat House Building Workshop-
Bats are underrated! Besides being the only mammal that flies, most North American bats are nocturnal insectivores, which means they feed on night-flying insects -especially mosquitoes. Encouraging bats to nest near your house is a natural way
to keep your yard bug-free. Supplies will be provided. Just bring a hammer! Go online
or call 407.323.4450 ext. 123 to make reservations by September 23 to secure a
bat house kit. 

Education Adventures- Sprouts & Seedlings: These nature play programs are for children ages 2-5. Classes are available year-round.
Night Hike*
Come explore the Zoo at night! Night Hike is on September 17 at 7:30 pm. Registration
is required by September 9.

There is much more going on! Visit: http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/
or call
407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open
daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

News From City Hall

Sanford Police Department Selects the “Best of the Best” to
Be Sanford’s School Resource Officers

In an effort to continue to connect the local public schools and its community of parents, students, teachers and caregivers, and in conjunction with the Seminole County School Board’s new initiative to have a police officer assigned to every public school in the County, the Sanford Police Department has selected its School Resource Officers (SRO) for the 2016-2017 school year. There will be one Police Officer assigned to each school. There are 11 Seminole County Public Schools located in Sanford ranging from Elementary, Middle and High School.  (The City of Sanford has the largest number of schools in its jurisdiction).

The School Resource Officer is an integral position in the community. The Police Officer has the unique opportunity to become a familiar, friendly face, building and strengthening the relationship between student and officer during the school day, which furthers the Department’s best practice for seamless community engagement with the youngsters and their families of the Sanford community overall.

We look forward to being part of a productive and outstanding school year! 

What to do in Sanford

There are many great things occurring in Sanford, come be part of them!

Friday, September 9

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Tiger Rider, The River City Band & More for the Picnic Project Benefit Show
  • Shadow Cabinet returns to bring 80’s music and more to Buster’s
  • Haunted Sanford Historical Ghost Walk
  • The Fire of Creation: The Maya

Saturday, September 10

  • Re-Sell It Day at Horstmeyer
  • Painting at Hopper Academy
  • Sanford Farmers Market
  • Teen Game Changers
  • Community Paint the Trail
  • Half Way to St. Paddy’s Day Party
  • Show at Sanford Planetarium: Terra
  • Little Fish Huge Pond presents NEON LIGHTS

Sunday, September 11

  • Sanford Community Clean Up “Keep Sanford Sparkling”
  • Limo Cycle Brunch Tour
  • Harry’s Big Birthday Bash
  • Brew Class 101
For more information and details visit: http://sanford365.com/events/

Frank's Focus - September

This past Tuesday voters spoke in primary elections that changed key offices within Sanford and Seminole County. Thank you to the candidates who stepped forward to provide voters with their views and candidacy.

Congratulations to five Chamber members who were among the candidates and elected office holders. They Abby Sanchez, who ran for and won a seat on the Seminole County School Board by defeating long-time Board member Dede Schaffner;  Susie Dolan of Waste Pro, who won the race for State Republican Committee Woman over Chamber member Kathryn Townsend and Cindy R. Cooper Yousell;  Chamber member Brenda Carey, who won a primary race over Francis Coleman Oliver for Seminole County Commissioner and Chamber member Michael McLean of the McLean Insurance Agency, who was a candidate for Seminole County Clerk of the Court.

In other races, the Chamber congratulates Patrick Austin, who was elected to his first term on the Sanford City Commission; Joel Greenburg, who won election as Seminole County Tax Collector, defeating incumbent Ray Valdes; Christina Sanchez, who was elected as a Circuit Judge in Group 9 of the 18th Judicial Circuit; Jesse Phillips, who won the Republican race for State Committeeman; John Mica, who won the Republican primary election for US Congress in Florida’s 7 District; Marco Rubio, who won the Republican primary race for US Senate and Patrick Murphy, who won the Democrat primary race for US Senate.

As attention now moves to the November general election it is extremely important for each of us to educate ourselves about the candidates and issues in each race.  Yes, it takes work to achieve that goal; however, doing so is very important to the elective process that governs our country. Decisions made at the local, county, state and national levels impact our businesses and communities every day. An informed and knowledgeable electorate is so very important to that process. We owe it to ourselves and each of the candidates for public office.

A ZOOnique time!

Join us for an evening of wild fun with animal encounters, a variety of appetizers and great company all for a wild cause!
The evening will also feature a pick-a-prize raffle with many ZOOnique opportunities. 
This event will take place at the beautiful Citrus Club in downtown Orlando. Your $10 entry goes directly to the Zoo and you'll enjoy free hors d'ourves and a drink ticket thanks to the Citrus Club.
Please sign up to join us and support the Zoo here! Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. 

Counterfeit Currency Alert Bulletin

Beware of Counterfeit Currency in the Sanford, Lake Mary, and Altamonte
The Seminole Sheriff County is sending out bulletins for counterfeit currency in the area click the link to see the actual bulletin and information on a warning for the ongoing IRS scam that people are falling victim to.

Tax season may be over but fraudsters are hard at work trying to trick you into giving up your hard earned cash! Don’t fall victim to phone calls from IRS imposters who threaten you with legal penalties or jail time if you don’t immediately give them money. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail, and they will never call and demand immediate payment!

Follow Bulletins Here 

A Bright Future: Seminole State College student leaders

Seminole State College student leaders visited Central Florida Regional Hospital last week to learn about Level II Trauma Services and to discuss injury prevention initiatives to help keep SSC students safe. An impressive group -- our future looks bright!


Join us for a Bowl-A-Thon benefiting the meals on wheels program October 16th from 2pm-4pm!
With a good cause, great prizes, great raffles and a great time, why miss out? Come have fun and bowl on!

Join us at: 190 East Airport Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773

Individual players: $50.00
Team of five: $250.00

Register: http://mealsetc.org/2016-bowl-a-thon-on-line-registration/
Register by mail: http://mealsetc.org/registration-by-mail/

Sanford Wins “Best Kept Secret”


Thousands voted and the results are in. The City of Sanford wins “Best Kept Secret” in Orlando Weekly’s Readers Choice Best of Orlando 2016!

Sanford City Hall thanks all those who voted for Sanford in the reader’s poll. It’s an illustration of what Central Floridians view as the best of Orlando.

 Sanford’s got it all, historic, dynamic and family-friendly.
Sanford is one of Central Florida’s shining treasures, located just minutes north of Orlando with a vibrant, historic downtown set against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Monroe. Sanford offers, art venues, dining opportunities, the Orlando Sanford International Airport and the Central Florida Zoo, plus a whole lot more.


www.sanfordfl.gov or 

http://www.orlandoweekly.com/ orlando/best-kept-secret/ BestOf?oid=2518169

The Sanford Great Chamber Debate: State Rep & Senate

The Great Debate 
Come be part of this Wednesday's, August 17th, debate featuring speakers: Robert L. Mann and David Santiago. Debate starts at 6:00 to 8:00 and everyone's invited, you cant miss this debate, let your voice be heard, meet state representatives and Volusia judges, we will see you there!

Located at:
880 N. Hwy. 17-92
DeBary, FL 32713

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