The national nonprofit Propane Education & Research Council Donation

The national nonprofit Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) surprised teachers at Geneva Elementary School today with a $5,000 donation in recognition of the Seminole County Public Schools’ (SCPS) efforts to improve students’ health and safety by adding propane buses to their school transportation fleet. The donation is part of PERC’s nationwide campaign to educate parents, teachers, and school officials about the benefits of using an alternative fuel like propane. 

Pictured in Group Photo 2 (Left to Right):

Tucker Perkins, Chief Business Development Officer at the Propane Education & Research Council

Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent, Seminole County Public Schools

Rod Dunaye, Principal, Geneva Elementary School

Representative Jason Brodeur, District 28

Dr. Tina Calderone, School Board Chair, Seminole County Public Schools

Joe Ranaldi, Director of Operations, Seminole County Public Schools

Poinciana Medical Center

On Thursday, September 15, Poinciana Medical Center was awarded the Haines City Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year award. The award was presented at the Annual Business & Industry Awards Luncheon, held at the Lake Eva Event Center in Haines City.

Large Business of the Year: Pictured left to right: Sharon Dillard, Chief Nursing Officer; Joanna Conley, Chief Executive Officer; Megan Woolard, Director of Medical Staff Services.

20th Anniversary Arts Alive in Seminole! Presented by Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital

Flashing Lights, VIP Valet, A Red Carpet, and More!

Help Us Celebrate the 20 th Anniversary of Arts Alive in Seminole!
Since inception The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools’ gala event has raised more than $1.4 Million to augment the visual and performing arts programs in every Seminole County public school! Help us celebrate 20 years of excellence and the arts at the 20 th Anniversary of Arts Alive in Seminole! Presented by Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital.

Join us at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 12th at the Westin Lake Mary, and receive star treatment! Step out from VIP Valet parking, walk the red carpet and enjoy signature cocktails at this year’s can’t-miss event! Enjoy a reception complete with photographers, music, and a student art gallery. Following a gourmet dinner, the stage will be set for 15 musical, theatrical and dance performances by students and faculty.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are going fast! Don’t miss your opportunity to support the arts and celebrate this milestone with us!

We are also in need of items for our live and silent auctions. If you are interested in donating dining and

retail gift cards, vacation packages, sports and entertainment tickets, or any other items, please call

(407)320-0196 or visit Arts Alive in Seminole! for more information.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Westin Lake Mary, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL

Contact Information: Susan Zettler (407)320-0196 or

About The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools

The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) direct support organization that raises funds to enhance the

performance of students and teachers in Seminole County Public Schools. Since inception in 1986, the

Foundation has raised over $33 million from engaged citizens and businesses to ensure that today’s

students become tomorrow’s productive citizens. For more information, call 407.320.0180 or visit


News from City Hall: Sanford Exceeds Floodplain Management Practices

Policyholders Eligible to Receive Premium Discounts as of October 1, 2016

Floods are the number 1 natural disaster in the United States and can strike at any time.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) runs the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP, in order promote safeguarding lives and property, created the Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements to provide protection from flooding.


Flood insurance premium reductions are determined by a community's CRS Class. In exchange for Sanford’s proactive efforts to reduce flood risk, policyholders can now receive reduced flood insurance premiums for buildings in the community.


The City of Sanford will enter the CRS program for the first time starting October 1, 2016. This provides a 15% reduction in Flood Insurance premiums for every policy written within the City. This includes residences, businesses and government buildings.


For more information please contact the Planning Department, Michael Cash, Planning Engineer at

phone 407-688-5148.


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

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:
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:

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!

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