FORE the animals

Put your paws up and get ready to golf!

On October 10th, 2016 Pet Rescue by Judy will be holding their 5th annual FORE the Animals
Golf Tournament! They are currently seeking players and sponsors. Join them and help animals; beverages, food and prizes will be given out.

If you
would like to participate in this event, please mail in the entry form provided here:

For more information and online registration:

We hope to see you

The Straw Polls are in!

Sanford Chamber of Commerce
Straw Poll Results—August 7, 2014

Congressional District 5
Glo Smith                            108
Thuy Long                             67
Corrine Brown                     52
Congressional District 7                
John Mica                            135
David Smith                          69
Wes Neuman                      25
Don Dehlrich                          5
Al Krulick                                  5
Kelly Shirley                            3
Florida Governor
Rick Scott                             151
Charlie Crist                          69
Nan Rich                                  8
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neu        7
Adrian Wyllie                         6
Attorney General
Pam Bondi                          163
George Sheldon                                 32
Perry Thurston                                    26
Bill Wohlsifer                        11
Florida CFO
Jeff Atwater                       177
William Rankin                     47
Commissioner of Agriculture
Adam Putnam                   163
Thaddeus Hamilton           62
Florida Senate District 10
David Simmons                 192
Walter Osborne                                  33
State Representative District 28
Jason Brodeur                   124
Kathryn Townsend            65
Franklin Perez                     30
State Representative District 29
Scott Plakon                       156
Mike Clelland                       73
State Representative District 30
Scott Sturgill                         96
Bob Cortes                            78
Karen Castor-Dental         50
Seminole County Commissioner District 2
John Horan                         161
Jorge Martos                       47
Circuit Court Judge 13
George Paulk                       86
Samuel Bookhardt III        72
Christina Sanchez               61
Circuit Court Judge 14
Brooke Deretany Goldfarb          133
Robin Lemonidis                                 73
Circuit Court Judge 19
Susan Stacy                        163
Donna Goerner                                  33
Mitch Krause                       29
Circuit Court Judge 23
John Moser                          85
Nancy Maloney                                  61
Maurice Arcadier               56
Seminole County Judge Group 6
Jerri Collins                           97
Alex Finch                             57
Sandra Rivera                      50
Seminole School Board District 1
Jeff Bauer                             92
Rich Sloane                           82
Frank Curcio                         41
Seminole School Board District 2
Karen Almond                   140
Gracia Miller                         85
Mayor, City of Sanford
Jeff Triplett                         162
Robert Kuhn                        35
William Robinson               10
Commissioner, City of Sanford District 1
Charles Davis                       82
Mark McCarty                     57
Art Woodruff                       46


An article of sweet success: The 2016 Hob Nob

Thank you to all that attended, all who made this Hob Nob a major success!

On Thursday evening, business leaders and community residents came out to fill the Sanford Civic Center for The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce 2016 Last Hoorah Hob Nob. The event was billed as Central Florida’s Sweetest Political Meet & Greet.

According to Chamber President/CEO Frank Hale, “Hob Nob provides a great way for candidates and citizens to come together in one place to speak face to face. The result is attendees who are more informed and candidates who get to hear directly from the electorate. It serves each of us and our community in both the short and long-term.”

 The Hob Nob, made possible by presenting sponsor Central Florida Regional Hospital and along with additional sponsors--Bright House Networks,  PRO-TECH Air Conditioning and Plumbing, AMACREATIONS, Fire House Subs Lake Mary, Florida Power and Light, Look Local, P.S., I Got This Event Planning, Kathryn Townsend State Republican Committee Woman and Tillis Pest Control.

 According to one attendee, We were impressed by the professional approach and all-American feel for the event. I had an opportunity to meet candidates whose signs I had seen but didn’t know anything about. It also provided an opportunity to ask questions of candidates for the same offices at the same event.

 Michael O’Brien, owner of The Corner Café in downtown Sanford said, “The turnout of both candidates and residents was heartwarming. The ability to interact with both was enlightening for me and further ignited my interest in the outcome of the upcoming elections.”

 Attendees and participants enjoyed sweets and desserts provided by The Corner Café, The Father’s Table, Colonial Room Restaurant, Edible Arrangements, Firehouse Subs and P.S. I Got This, among others. Hale said, “It was a beautifully presented display of decadence that was a hit with all of the attendees.” The opportunity to enjoy so much dessert before eating dinner was great.”

The Hob Nob included a “Straw Poll”, conducted by Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel. Attendees were provided with an opportunity to complete a ballot comprised of candidates for each office. The results were provided to the attendees at the end of the evening.

 The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business professionals working to improve business and community. We provide tools and resources for business while and addressing challenges that face business and the broader community.  The Chamber provides networking, promotional opportunities and a proactive voice for business and community in Sanford and throughout Seminole, West Volusia and Orange counties. 
 The Chamber encourages all residents to VOTE in the upcoming election cycle. Hale said, “elections in a democracy are important to our future success, collectively we elect candidates to make important decisions that impact each of us and our communities every day.”

To learn more about the Chamber and how you can support our efforts visit:, or call 407.322.2212.

Allegiant breaks ground on $24 million training center in Orlando area

Ground has been broken the for the airline Allegiant offering industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars, new East Coast training center, located adjacent to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, Florida.

“It’s been great to see how our partnership with Orlando Sanford International Airport, Airports Worldwide and the entire community has grown and thrived...We’re so pleased that this new, state-of-the-art facility will place Sanford at the center of training activity and the leading edge of technology for all our East Coast crew members.”said Maury Gallagher, Allegiant chief executive officer and chairman.

The $24 million, 43,000 square-foot facility will be completed and equipped to begin hosting training for Allegiant flight crew members and mechanics by Q1 of 2017. Allegiant operates a similar facility in Las Vegas, Nevada to train West Coast-based crews. The East Coast training center will have the capacity to train 150 pilots, 500 flight attendants and 100 mechanics annually, on a full range of flight simulator, cabin trainers, and classroom resources for A320 and MD80 aircraft. Thirty local, full-time instructors and support staff will operate the facility.

Over the 11 years the airline has served the Orlando area, Allegiant has flown nearly 14 million people to and from the destination. Allegiant currently offers non-stop service to Orlando Sanford from more than 70 cities across the U.S. A recently-completed economic impact study showed Allegiant supports more than 23,000 jobs in Florida, and contributes $2.6 billion in economic benefit across the state.

The Orlando Sanford International Airport  benefits from a unique blend of local government and private investment that makes for a very customer focused airport. SFB is operated through a public/private partnership between the Sanford Airport Authority and Airports Worldwide. Airports Worldwide has been contracted by the Sanford Airport Authority to manage both the international and domestic terminals, develop additional air service, and provide ground handling and cargo services. This public/private partnership has created service benefits for SFB airline customers and passengers.

For more information, visit:

For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit:

Insight Credit Union donations

Insight Credit Union donates more than 3,000 school supplies for underprivileged students in Central Florida

Insight Credit Union, a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments to anyone who lives or works in Central Florida, recently held its annual Back to School Supply Drive, donating more than 3,000 school supplies for underprivileged students in Central Florida.

 For the third consecutive year, members and employees donated pens, pencils, binders, calculators, backpacks, glue sticks and many other items. The proceeds benefited Heart of Florida United Way, United Way of Citrus County, Red for Ed Community School Supply Drive (Lake County Schools) and Howard Middle School. 

 In addition to collecting school supplies, Insight participated in the United Way of Citrus County’s Day of Action. The Insight Inspire volunteer team helped stuff 1,100 backpacks with school supplies for Citrus County elementary school students in need.

 “Nearly one in every four children in Florida is living in poverty. Through our school supply drive, we aim to provide these children with the tools they need to succeed for the school year,” said George Davis, president and chief executive officer of Insight Credit Union. “We are deeply grateful to everyone who donated and supported this initiative to improve the well-being of our community.”

Founded in 1935, Insight Credit Union is a state-chartered credit union based in Orlando, Florida, with more than $550 million in total assets. Insight has 17 locations, over 185 employees, and serves more than 55,000 members in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Citrus, Marion and Sumter Counties to name a few.

For more information, visit: or their twitter  


H20 for Heros

Firehouse Subs is hosting an Event this Saturday benefiting first responders!

We are giving a Free Medium sub for each 24 pack/case of water that is donated. All donations are being donated to the Seminole county Fire Department. Come out and support!



Great Debate Series- Clerk/Comptroller

Don't miss the Sanford Chamber Great Debate Series today!!
Hear your Clerk/Comptroller at 6 pm. 
Located at: Sanford Chamber of Commerce
400 E 1st St, Sanford, Florida 32771

John Orlando on The Housing Market Growth and Commercial Development Highlights 12 Consecutive Months in the Greater Orlando Markets

He writes:

If you've read the news or driven around the Greater Orlando Area, there's no denying the fact our city is growing rapidly. What's fueling our extensive growth? Well, there are several factors and it would take too long to list. However, we can highlight such factors as local economic development commissions, public officials, local corporations, and developers have invested a significant amount of time into the foundation and development of the 24th largest city in the US. Now that we are completing the perimeter freeway, an additional airport concourse, expanding the Sun Rail, and widening I-4, I'm willing to bet the 20th largest city ranking in the US is within reach.

Looking Back a Few Years:

During the recession, we suffered greatly in the Orlando markets as the "Big Short" on Wall Street put us in a pickle with excess inventory of delinquent housing & commercial space. It didn't matter if you were a young professional or the most experienced investor, you felt the impact. We all knew coming out of this recession was inevitable... The big question was were local public officials and economic development organizations placing the right foundation, platform, and tax incentives in place to attract big business for future growth. The answer is YES, as our city is one of the leading cities in the country as new industries to our market evolve, tourism surges, educational institutions thrive, and construction jobs grow weekly.

What Industries are Evolving or Growing:

Orlando is the world capital of Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) and the top producing region for engineers in the Aviation, Aerospace & Defense industry. As the nation’s newest hub for Advanced Manufacturing, Orlando is home to the world’s first international consortium for advanced manufacturing and research. Life Sciences & Healthcare are growing here at exponential rates with more than 92,000 jobs and growing. Orlando's Innovative Technologies industry, with an ecosystem that includes the Southeast’s largest tech meetup, is comprised to 2,600 companies with an average wage of $70,000. Source:

Major Housing & Retail Projects: Seminole County & Lake Nona

Lake Nona captures headlines every week as existing neighborhoods are full of new construction. Plus, more than 10,400 homes are slated within two developments in the area over the next year. Retail projects such as Lake Nona Landing is building just under 1/2 million square feet of retail shoppes, restaurants, and office space. Not to mention other development groups working on numerous projects. Lastly, the USTA (Tennis) is building their headquarters at Lake Nona and the Medical City is full in stride towards its' vision.

Seminole County is also seeing significant housing, retail, office space, and even emergency care development. Within the Sanford and Lake Mary areas, you can see pockets of woods being prepped for new home development, existing shopping plazas renovated to bring in popular retail establishments, new construction up and down International Parkway, land developed adjacent to the Sun Rail, large pieces of land off 17-92 being cleared for new large housing project, and the list keeps going... As a resident, the most notable for the Lake Mary/Sanford Area is the thousands of professional jobs continuing to arrive on International Pkwy as Deloitte, CNA (Insurance), Jeunesse Global, and other companies sign long term leases.

The Future of our Economy:

Any economist can tell you that the health of the economy is dependent on deregulation, tax incentives, and the international markets impact on the US. That's a very broad statement as well as the fact that everything in life is cyclical ranging from happiness to the economy. Given the infrastructure, development of diverse industries and appeal to world travelers for our theme parks, you can feel comfortable that Orlando is a solid long term investment and a great place to call home.

Any questions or suggestions can be submitted to:

This just in: Local Veterinarian wants to buy Sanford' s sewer facility!

The Bokey, a wonderful Sanford and Seminole County blog by Dan Ping, has reported that a local veterinarian, Ashley Ansara, has approached the Sanford City Commission about BUYING the sewer plant for $3 million! 

For full story visit:

Diabetes Education for Patients, Friends and Family

On Wednesday, August 17th from 2:00-3:30 pm, you have an opportunity to learn about the latest technology and medications available for diabetes management. You can even get tips on how to improve health and learn of strategies to bring blood sugars under control.

Refreshments will be provided, admission is FREE to the public, come join us in health. 

RSVP is open till 8/12. Call: 386-530-4247

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