John Land Apopka Community Trust Announces Leadership Change

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSJohn Land Apopka Community TrustRichard Anderson Previous articleWater Safety Tips for ParentsNext articleBreaking Traffic News: Truck crashes into Minivan on 441, Driver leaves the scene Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 The John Land Apopka Community Trust announced today that Richard Anderson resigned as its President on April 27, 2016.John Ricketson, who has served as Vice President for the Trust, was named interim President.Other Board Actions:The Trust Board appointed three new Board members; Bill Arrowsmith,  former Apopka Commissioner; Johnny Land, son of former Mayor John Land; and Robert Manley, former Apopka Chief of Police.The Board also nominated Michelle Hinden.  Hinden is an attorney in Apopka and is expected to join the Trust’s Board at the next meeting.The Board approved two $500 contributions.  One to the Apopka High School Debate to help cover the cost of traveling to the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Utah.  The other grant went to the Apopka Little league to help defray costs associated with hosting the Little League Regional Championships in July.A committee was established by the Board and charged with drafting a policy with specific criteria to be used to evaluate future funding requests.  The committee is expected to present its first draft at the next Board meeting which is scheduled for July 13, 2016.It has been a tumultuous  stretch of weeks for Anderson. On April 5th, Anderson was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident in Lake County. Later in April the victim of that incident named him in a lawsuit, and it was learned that the Florida Highway Patrol listed him as a person-of-interest in a criminal investigation regarding the same incident. Yesterday a warrant for his arrest was issued, and Anderson turned himself in to authorities. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and tampering with evidence.The Board was not aware of the April 5th incident or the resulting lawsuit until word surfaced in the media in May, according to David Rankin, Secretary for the Trust.The John Land Apopka Community Trust Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded on February 8th, 2013 in honor of Mayor John Land to serve the greater Apopka communityAccording to its website, its mission is ‘to serve the greater Apopka community and its citizens through philanthropic funding and encouragement, scholastic achievement through scholarships and sponsorship, city and community betterment and development, and to help give support to worthwhile charitable needs.’Anyone wanting to apply for funding can do so on the Trust’s website.To date, the Trust’s primary fundraising has been on a project-by-project basis.  Currently it is “selling” bricks to provide funding for the statues of Mayor Land.  More on that project here.The Trust is a Public Charity and is subject to Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.  While it works closely with The City of Apopka and other governmental entities, it operates independently of those entities, and is governed by a Board of Directors.last_img read more

Apopka High Senior awarded the Alice B. Miner Scholarship

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Slagel wins $1,000 scholarship from NORWFAbigail Slagel will attend The University of Florida this fall.Abigail Slagel is one of those rare students that will probably embrace college as somewhat of a rest compared to her activities in high school.The Apopka High Senior is currently The Supervisor of Elections for The Student Government Association (SGA), the Secretary of The National Honor Society, Treasurer of The Beta Club, a member of The Science National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and the National French Honor Society.Slagel also has 230 documented hours of service in the community – including volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and at her Church Annunciation Catholic.And in her spare time Slagel started her own business – a Math Tutoring service for four middle school girls.It is this entrepreneurial spirit, combined with academic excellence (a 3.9 GPA), community involvement, and extra curricular initiative that made her the winner of The Northwest Orange Republican Womens Federation’s (NORWF) Alice B. Miner Memorial Scholarship.Her work as Supervisor of Elections for the Apopka High School SGA was noted by the NORWF.“I wanted to be a part of student government because it was a good way to become involved in the community and in my school,” she said.Slagel is excited to be graduating in two weeks, and will use the $1,000 prize at the University of Florida this fall. She also won a $1,000 scholarship from The Apopka Women’s Club earlier this year.Slagel had partial scholarship offers from Wheaton College in Illinois and Bowdoin College in Maine to play Volleyball, but she turned them down to go to UF, and while she will not major in political science, she is considering getting involved in student government at UF. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSAbigail SlagelApopka High SchoolNORWF Previous articleTask Force on Violence Hosts “Lunch & Munch” on SaturdayNext articleHigh School Students Help Clean-up Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Apopka Police apprehend fleeing Carjacking Suspect

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. June 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm June 17, 2016 at 1:42 am Mama Mia Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Please enter your name here June 18, 2016 at 8:58 am You never know where you might be when someone tries something like that. I am glad no one got shot, hurt, or killed in the armed carjacking. Our area has had three very bad happenings this past week that has cast us into the national news spotlight, and we don’t want anymore bad happenings anywhere around here! You all have such dangerous jobs, OMG, but you all handled it, and got him off the street and in jail fast! Great job! One less bad character to worry about around here. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment!center_img That area needs to be cleaned up. It’s the perps who do the crimes but notice where these robberies and carjackings happen. If you look on a recent burglary map it’s the area surrounding 441/sheeler road. Rundown places tend to attract crime. The Discount Liquor store/bar., bravo, save a lot, and big lots shopping plazas are gross and so outdated. It makes me ashamed to live near them. The Apopka Police Department responded to a carjacking call on Orange Blossom Trail yesterday. By its conclusion, it involved over a dozen APD officers including a Captain, a fleeing suspect firing a shot at officers, members of the APD drawing weapons, pursuit of a dangerous suspect both in vehicles and on foot, and the apprehension and arrest of the suspect.It was quite a dramatic event, but the truly remarkable takeaway from this incident was the length of time it took from the time of the call until the arrest.Jeremiah JohnsonAccording to APD reports, it all began around 1:30 yesterday afternoon…Kenneth Franklin and James Matesevac were standing outside of the Surplus Warehouse on South Orange Blossom Trail. Franklin sat down in his Silver Toyota Camry and started the engine when suddenly a man wearing a mask and carrying a pistol approached them. He ordered Franklin out of the car and Matesevac to back up. Both men complied with the order and the masked gunman entered the vehicle. In his haste, he struck a concrete pole before he fled the scene.Three minutes after the call, APD officers responded.In route, Corporal Reagan Rizo observed the vehicle less than a half-mile from the scene at Alabama and 6th Street being driven by a black male with a white T-shirt over his head as he passed. Rizo attempted to stop the vehicle, which fled at a high rate of speed. Rizo gave pursuit, but terminated it a short time later due to the reckless nature of the suspect’s driving.APD K-9 Officer Paul Rehn was in the area of the vehicle pursuit, and was advised by a person on the roadway that the vehicle was seen in the area of the Bike Trail and 13th Street. Quickly thereafter the Florida Highway Patrol advised another officer that the vehicle was observed going west on Cleveland Street. Multiple units arrived in the area. APD officers located the vehicle abandoned in the wood line of 1900 S. Hawthorne Ave.The vehicle was unoccupied, and a perimeter was quickly established around the woods where the vehicle was located.APD Sergeant Kim Walsh, assisted in setting up the perimeter and observed the subject continuing east across Long Lane pushing a child’s bike with training wheels. She noticed he was breathing hard and sweating profusely. He glanced at her patrol vehicle and looked away continuing to walk away. Walsh exited her vehicle and called out for him to stop. He continued walking away pushing the bike. She told him to stop again. Instead, the suspect threw the bike to the ground and ran through a side yard on Long Lane. Walsh pursued him on foot. During this time a home owner on Long Lane came out of a house and told Walsh ‘He ran through the back yard and jumped over the chain link fence! He fell!’Walsh lost sight of the subject, but continued through the open yard advising other units on her radio of the continued flight and direction of the suspect.After shaking Walsh, the suspect continued east and crossed South Washington Avenue in front of APD Captain Randall Fernandez’s vehicle. Fernandez exited his unmarked patrol car and pursued the subject on foot. During this time Rehn was approaching in his marked patrol vehicle. While the subject was fleeing he fired a round from his handgun.Fernandez got behind Rehn’s vehicle as Rehn continued to chase the subject. The subject then turned back towards Rehn’s vehicle, pointed the handgun at Rehn and Fernandez, and then fled into a woodline.Rehn stopped his patrol vehicle and exited it with his K-9. Both Fernandez and Rehn had drawn their weapons before pursuing with the aide of Rehn’s K-9 officer.  Moments later the suspect was taken into custody by Lt. Kennedy.Before 2:00 PM, the suspect had been arrested. The entire incident officially took 24 minutes according to APD reports. Fernandez praised the APD for its performance under dangerous conditions.“The response time shows tremendous teamwork,” said Fernandez.”We like to serve the citizens of Apopka and be responsive when it comes to taking a bad guy off the streets.”Fernandez is one of three captains at the APD, which makes them effectively second-in-command. So what is a high-ranking officer doing in the middle of a dangerous pursuit call?“When a big call comes in, we all answer it,” said Fernandez. “I happened to be at the right place at the right time. We all have our roles, but we are all police officers. We’re all cops at heart.”Once at the Apopka Police Department, the subject was identified as Jeremiah Johnson, 23 of Apopka. He is being charged with Armed Carjacking, three counts of Aggravated Assault with a firearm, Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding.Johnson is currently in the Orange County Jail. New Apopka Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter lol shut up anne Anne Reply TAGSApopka Police DepartmentCar-Jacking Previous articleHow to add ICE info to your cell phoneNext articleGym-free fitness ideas anyone can do Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3 COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

U2 coming to Florida in June

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Performing The Joshua Tree album in full on its 30th anniversaryIconic rock band U2 will be on the road again this summer celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree and performing the album in full, every night. In July the tour brings them home to Croke Park in Dublin, 30 years after the original Joshua Tree Tour’s two memorable shows at the Dublin venue in June 1987.The band will be in concert in Miami at the Hard Rock Stadium on June 11th, and in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium on June 14th. U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 kicks off in Vancouver on 12th May for a run of dates across North America, and includes U2’s first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and One Republic will be a part of the North American leg of the tour.“It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally writtten, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk,” reflects The Edge. “To celebrate the album – as these songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too – we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.”“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” adds Bono. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats… I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park.. it’s where the album was born, 30 years ago.”Tickets for U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16th in Ireland, the UK and Europe and on Tuesday, January 17th in the US and Canada. Ticket prices start at $35.00 for general admission floor tickets.As usual, there is an exclusive priority presale for subscribers from Wednesday, January 11th (9am) through Friday, January 13th (5pm) local times. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a 6 ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted.Find all the dates below and keep an eye on our tour page for the latest ticket and package information. (Not a subscriber but interested in taking part in the presales? Subscription details here.)Released to universal acclaim on March 9th 1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You”,“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”, The Joshua Tree went to No. 1 in Ireland and around the world selling in excess of 25 million copies and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone).To read the entire article, go here. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Previous articleBreaking News: OCSO deputy killed in crashNext articleBreaking News: Reward for Loyd increased Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Hold Steady Around 4%

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Focus on FinanceIn regards to mortgage rates, September was a stagnant month. Just after the middle of the month, rates were slowly increasing with a near promise of higher rates to come.Mortgage rates trends have been on a bit of a rollercoaster with a slight increase in mid-September to a quick rise in the later part of the month and into early October. This last week, however, mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest levels in a month with national averages back at the 3.875-4% rates.Banks are expecting higher rates to come as the end of the year approaches, which means fewer lender credits or higher upfront costs when closing despite having the same averages as this time last month, reports Mortgage Daily News in their October 17th report.When considering whether to float on the mortgage rates, Ted Rood, a senior originator and regular contributor to Mortgage Daily News, says “Bonds continued hanging within their narrow recent ranges today, and my pricing was virtually identical to Monday’s. Not sure what it will take to jolt rates higher/lower from here, but it appears significant motivation will be required. Floating could net small returns, the question is whether it’s worth the risk, given likelihood of minimal gains. If you do float, be prepared for pricing to get worse, it happens regularly!”Federal trends throughout most of the year have been anywhere from a tenth of a percent to a quarter percent lower than local trends.This has been particularly true when national trends dropped to an average of just under 4%. Local banks held onto their higher rates hanging around 4.0 to 4.15%. October local rates are averaging the same or slightly higher than last month likely due to the national uncertainty. Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSMortgage Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleOrange County closing Zellwood debris drop-off site Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Why parents should check twice before offering holiday sweets

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Previous articleApopka City Council passes ordinance to relax alcohol restrictionsNext articleHurricane Irma update: Orange County removes 900,000 cubic yards of debris Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Sarah Irvine Belson, Associate Professor of Education at American University, and Anastasia Snelling, Department Chair of Health Studies at American University. Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Over the holidays, most families will indulge in sugary treats. But before you offer your child a candy cane or chocolate coin, consider what research tells us about how kids perform in math is affected by what they eat for lunch – and consider making some new holiday traditions.It may seem like a few candy canes and cookies won’t really pose much of a threat. But two potentially harmful things can happen when kids fill up on sweets. First, as your mother may have told you, a child who is full on sweet treats has less room for more nutritious food. Secondly, since sugar apparently has addictive qualities, those who eat a sugary treat could potentially crave more. So rather than let your child fill up on holiday-themed junk food, it would be better to cut back on the sweets and help build on healthy eating habits more kids are learning at school.The position I take is based on extensive research that my colleagues and I at American University have conducted into the connection between nutrition standards in schools and academic performance. We conducted this research following the implementation of Washington, D.C.’s Healthy Schools Act of 2010.While more research is needed to better understand the specifics of the relationship between nutrition and learning, it is clear there is a link between classroom success and diet habits.Our own research found that children in D.C. who attend schools with healthy school lunch options, more time for physical activity and more messages about health were more likely to perform 10 percent better in mathematics as measured by the district-wide achievement test.But, of course, it’s not just the food consumed in school that matters. More than 30 percent of children in the United States are overweight or obese. It is well-established that these children are at increased risk now and in the future as adults for Type II diabetes, hypertension, and bone and joint problems that were once largely confined to adults. However, these types of physical diseases are not the only serious threats to children’s health and well-being. Researchers are finding that obesity is linked to the emergence of cognitive deficits that begin in childhood and continue throughout life. In fact, brain disorders associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other late-life dementias may begin at least 50 years before those disorders are clinically diagnosed. Poor eating habits at home and school can keep students from being successful in the short term, and have detrimental effects long term.We found the positive relationship between the combination of physical activity and nutrition and mathematics performance was biggest at schools with a higher percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price meals. This suggests school meals tend to be more healthful than those brought from home. It could also mean that kids at these more disadvantaged schools had the most to gain from putting in a free lunch program.The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act set new nutrition standards such as access to local foods, more fresh vegetables and fruits, and low-fat dairy products that schools must follow to be a part of the Agriculture Department’s school lunch program. School districts and their food service offices responded quickly to develop meals that would meet the new nutrition standards and that kids would still want to eat. But in many instances, these healthier meals have been met with resistance from both parents and students.Despite that pushback, there has been increased attention toward boosting the consumption of healthful foods in school cafeterias. This is good news for our students because research shows that consistent exposure to healthful foods at school and home can increase long-term healthy eating, especially in younger children.For instance, one study found that, in large part, food “preferences were stable from 2- to 3-year-olds until young adulthood.” Another study found that one of the “strongest predictors of the number of foods liked at age 8 years…[is] the number liked at 4 years.”In Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia schools, research has shown that by letting students help select how vegetables are prepared or pairing a fruit and vegetable, we can get them to eat more healthful foods.Such efforts are crucial because – as we have established – helping kids develop a taste for healthful foods early in life sets them on a path to better school performance and becoming a healthier adult.Will a few extra treats during the holidays mean the difference in your child’s academic career? Probably not. But by emphasizing healthy eating during the holidays, parents can help their children hold onto healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.center_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Apopka’s Biggest Stories of 2018: New Errol Project unravels

first_img TAGSErrol EstateLarry KleinNew Errol ProjectSignature H Property Group Previous articleApopka’s Biggest Stories of 2018: Women dominate NW Orange County electionsNext articleApopka’s Biggest Stories of 2018: City Center breaks ground Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Signature H and the Klein Estate unable to find common ground in order to move forwardEditor’s Note: This is the 13th in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2018 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting today and running until Sunday, December 30th. On December 31st and January 1st, we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year.First published on October 14th, 2018Principals for the Estate of Julian (Larry) Klein and the New Errol Project developer Signature H Property Group released statements over the weekend that suggests the gulf between the two parties seems to be widening.Back in July, the Klein Estate halted operations on the New Errol Project, but at that time Signature H Vice President Helmut Wyzisk III was optimistic that the development would be back on track soon. “Many of you have noticed that the clubhouse at the Apopka Golf & Tennis Club will be closed for “an undisclosed amount of time,” Wyzisk said in a statement on July 18th. “This is an action that has been taken by the Estate of Julian Klein, which has taken control of the premises following Mr. Klein’s recent passing. While we at Signature H are committed to the renewal of Errol, Mr. Klein’s estate and the personal representative of the estate are reviewing the agreements for the redevelopment to understand how to move forward. We are in contact with the attorneys for the estate and are working to keep all the development plans on track to realize Mr. Klein’s dream of a signature golf club of which all the members of the Errol Community can be proud.” However, almost three months have passed and communications have broken down to the point that the possibility of the New Errol Project never resuming operations looms large.In a critical statement released on October 13th, estate representative Andrew Klein claims that Signature H has not provided documents they requested back in July that account for cash advances made to Signature H.“Julian (Larry) Klein (and upon his death his Estate) has spent millions of dollars trying to revitalize this community.  That money was expended through a series of advances to companies known as NEW ERROL PARTNERS, LLC and SIGNATURE H PROPERTY GROUP LLC.  The public records of the State of Florida (online at do not indicate Mr. Helmut Wyzisk Jr. or Helmut Wyzisk III have any official role in those companies and the only name that appears in connection with those companies is Mr. Jonathan D. Leinwand, an attorney in Aventura, Florida. Note, for example, that the Manager for New Errol Partners LLC is listed as SIGNATURE H PROPERTY GROUP LLC.  The managing member of SIGNATURE H PROPERTY GROUP LLC is listed as BENTLEY CAPITAL GROUP LLC.   The public records show that BENTLEY CAPITAL GROUP LLC is an inactive limited liability company since September of 2003 and there is no indication in the public records that either Mr. Wyzisk or Mr. Leinwand has or had anything to do with that dissolved company.The Estate has been demanding an accounting as to all money advanced to these companies.  The responses to those demands have not been, in the opinion of the Estate’s legal counsel, adequate.  To that end, the Estate has subpoenaed records that should assist in that regard.  Despite any public comments by anyone to the contrary, no records have been produced thus far by NEW ERROL PARTNERS, LLC or SIGNATURE H PROPERTY GROUP LLC.  Those records may be produced next week but that is by no means certain.  That will, apparently, be up to Mr. Wyzisk (Jr. or III) and the lawyers acting at their direction.  The Estate simply wants to know where Mr. Julian Klein’s money entrusted with the companies apparently set up by Messrs. Wyzisk went.The Estate will, of course, cooperate with Mayor Bryan Nelson and all Apopka City officials in the matter.”Then, in an equally scathing response, Wyzisk said that representatives from the estate not only have the information they requested but also claims the estate will not communicate directly with Signature H in order to resolve the issues.“The Estate of Julian Klein has again shown that they have no interest in moving forward to revitalize Errol Estate as envisioned by the late Julian “Larry” Klein, but instead are either ignorant of the way corporations operate or are intentionally seeking to mislead the Errol community. Despite their contention, does not tell you the ownership of a company. It merely provides notice of the manager of limited liability company and its registered agent. A registered agent is a contact for the company within the state that is available to receive official documentation. That having been said, the Estate has been provided with the operating agreement of New Errol Partners LLC that shows its ownership, including the late Mr. Klein and 5thHole Investments LLC. The fact we’re learning about this new “concern” via social media is a testament to the lack of communication we’ve been provided with the Estate.Just to be fair though, looking at the listing on Sunbiz for 5thHole Investments it becomes more obvious the knowledge of corporate filings is not the Estate’s strong suit. No manager is listed for 5thHole, but under authorized persons it states:Authorized Person(s) DetailName & AddressTitle Estate of Julian L. KleinKLEIN, ROBERT, P.R.1583 CHAMPIONSHIP CTAPOPKA, FL 32712This does not provide the information required by the Florida statutes. Maybe the Estate is not the Manager as they claim and don’t want to perjure themselves by stating so in a filing, so they intentionally left out the “Title” Manager. Maybe it was a typo. We don’t know as the Estate has refused to have a meeting to review the development plan that Larry and Andrew Klein worked on so closely with Signature H and New Errol.Looking at the filing for New Errol Partners LLC it states:Authorized Person(s) DetailName & AddressTitle MGRSIGNATURE H PROPERTY GROUP LLC1420 CELEBRATION BLVD.CELEBRATION, FL 34747This clearly states that Signature H Property Group is the Manager of New Errol and Signature H has a website clearly showing who its management is: Estate also tries to insinuate that Jonathan Leinwand, an attorney, is somehow the only one associated with New Errol and Signature H. Mr. Leinwand is listed as the registered agent. He has been counsel to Signature H and New Errol and also, at the request of the late Mr. Klein, was instrumental in successfully settling lawsuits affecting Errol Estate. These lawsuits were not against New Errol or Signature H but were settled with the help of Mr. Leinwand who did so to assist Mr. Klein in clearing away the remnants of past failed attempts to rehabilitate the property.The Estate also suggests the Manager of Signature H, Bentley Capital Group, is a dissolved Florida entity. However, they’re clearly researching a similarly named entity in the wrong state. Again, an embarrassing mistake that could be easily avoided if the Estate would agree to meet in person to address questions or concerns.Signature H and New Errol seek to work with the community transparently as evidenced by the hundreds of open houses held during the planning stage. Prior to the Estate notifying us that they intended to subpoena information we voluntarily provided the following information:all Signature H expenses (detailed by the recipient and by year)descriptions of each recipient (i.e. contractor) and their role in the developmentSignature H Profit and Loss statementall New Errol Partners bank transactions along with an accountingmultiple executed agreements (including New Errol Partners Operating Agreement and Joint Venture Agreement between Signature H and Julian Klein)and the entire project Master Plan which is a direct reflection of the immense work and resources that went into this projectAfter providing this amount of voluntary information we expected the Estate to feel confident enough with the project’s history to provide an in-person meeting, or even a phone call to continue moving forward. Instead, the Estate has continually refused to discuss any plans to advance the project according to our signed agreements. To be frank, we do not understand this posture by the Estate. Signature H spent over two years developing this project which included architecture, engineering, planning, soil testing, significant legal resources, marketing, which all resulted in a successful approval, and all at a cost far below industry standard. Not to mention, any entrusted funds were spent under the knowledge and sometimes direction of the late Mr. Klein. To question “where entrusted funds went” even after receiving significant information, while also refusing to communicate with us, is very perplexing to our team. Nevertheless, we are willingly complying with the Estate’s latest request for additional information and hoping they realize both the project and those involved have operated with the highest integrity. Signature H remains confident in New Errol and is continuing to move forward with all potential avenues to resume its progress.”The proposed $150-million project, which was approved by the Apopka City Council in March, includes 264 new residences, a redesigned championship golf course, a 15,000 square foot clubhouse with restaurant, a boutique lodge hotel, a two-acre water park, outdoor parks and trails, and an Adult Living Facility. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

New protections released for Florida’s deep-sea coral hotspots in Gulf

first_img Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The federal government has approved new protections for fragile coral hotspots in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a long-awaited victory for environmental groups.Now, damaging fishing gear – like trawls, traps, anchors and longlines – can’t be used in nearly 500 miles of scattered reef and canyon sites from Florida to Texas.Holly Binns, program director for Conserving Marine Life in the U.S. at The Pew Charitable Trusts, said the added protections will preserve ecosystems that provide food, shelter, and breeding grounds for sea life sought after by recreational and commercial fishers.“These areas that are really unique,” said Binns. “These rich and abundant coral communities on the deep ocean floor where there is no light, but they are an incredibly important habitat for a full variety of marine wildlife, and that’s important to support fishing communities as well.”The approval by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration includes 21 protected areas off the coasts of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi as well.The research and management of deep-water coral sites is being funded through a $20 billion settlement with BP, the oil company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in 2010 that dumped around 130 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.The restoration plan includes development of better maps to locate coral reefs and other ecosystems. Tom Frazer, chair of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, said that’s important, because there’s a lot that’s unknown about the deepest parts of the ocean well beyond Florida’s coasts.“Again, it’s just the fact that there’s a spotlight that’s being shined on these particular habitats, bringing recognition to a bigger problem around the world in regard to coral reef degradation,” said Frazer.Deep-sea corals live in cold depths of up to 10,000 feet. Frazer said corals also are natural disease fighters, with some being tested on treatments for medical conditions, like cancer.Environmental groups are encouraging the management council to consider expanding protections to other areas beyond to newly approved 484 miles of what are known as “Habitat Areas of Particular Concern.” TAGSConserving Marine Life in the U.S.Coral ReefsEnvironmentFishing GearGulf of MexicoProtectionPublic News Service Previous articleDisney’s pivot to streaming is a sign of severe COVID economic crisis still to comeNext articleNews Flash: Orange Co. continues COVID-19 relief programs for Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here An octocoral (Metallogorgia sp.) and a commensal brittle star (Ophiocreas sp.) photographed at about 6,000 feet deep during a 2017 NOAA research cruise along the northern West Florida Escarpment in the Gulf of Mexico. ( From the Public News Service LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Mayor Demings reveals new COVID-19 test site at airport, Eviction Diversion…

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here The station for the automated people movers to the main terminal in the Orlando International Airport The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! TAGSCOVID-19DeadlinesDetailsEviction Diversion ProgramMayor Jerry DemingsMayor’s Toy DriveOrange County GovernmentOrlando International AirportTesting Previous articleFlorida gas prices rise on vaccine and stimulus optimismNext articleThe show must go on: Orange County helps local arts organizations during pandemic Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Eviction Diversion program that provides up to $4,000 in past due rent for landlords and tenants is closing to new applicants on December 16From Staff Reports and the Orange County NewsroomThursday’s news conference with Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings revealed the Eviction Diversion program will close to new applicants next week, a new COVID-19 testing site is opening at the Orlando International Airport, and the Mayor’s Toy Drive is ongoing until December 14, with updated drop-off locations.EVICTION DIVERSIONThis income-based program assists Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19 and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. The Program provides up to $4,000 in past due rent for landlords and tenants who meet the eligibility criteria.The program will close to new applicants on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. It is important to note, residents and landlords with applications pending will have until Thursday, December 24, 2020, to submit any outstanding documents.Visit for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.TESTINGThere will soon be on-site COVID-19 testing at the Orlando International Airport.According to the Orlando International Airport’s press release, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board approved a plan at its monthly meeting this week to offer access to a COVID-19 testing clinic at MCO. The pilot program is a collaboration with AdventHealth Centra Care. The testing clinic is being set up as a part of the concession program and will be located pre-security on the airport’s third level. It will provide a convenient testing opportunity for both travelers and the airport employee base, as well as the Central Florida community.“We have partnered with one of the largest health care providers in Central Florida in order to ensure a safe operating environment at the Aviation Authority facilities,” said Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO. “As travel increases, with certain destinations requiring COVID-19 testing prior to arrival, having an on-site clinic will enable us to better serve our customers and the community.”The COVID-19 testing clinic will be located at the West End of the Main Terminal, utilizing “move-in-ready” space that has become available. With a projected opening later in December, operations are scheduled to continue through the end of July 2021.For more information, visit the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s webpage.Continued free testing at Barnett ParkFor the county’s health services testing at Barnett Park, residents should try to be in the waiting line by early afternoon as the line has been closing earlier to accommodate all cars in line for testing.Orange County does not have finalized plans to share yet for continued free COVID-19 testing in 2021, but the County intends to continue free testing a priority along with the State of Florida.For more information visit, DRIVEThe Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive online donation option is no longer available, but in-person drop off is still an option at several Orange County locations listed below through December 14.The drop off locations are open daily until 5:00 p.m. As of Thursday, approximately 7,000 toys have been donated. In addition, 2,732 toys were donated through online sales. While this may seem like a large number, there are many more children and families that are struggling and in need of extra support this season due to COVID-19. The community’s continued donations are appreciated.  Locations:Back to Nature Wildlife RefugeBear Creek Recreation ComplexBithlo Community ParkCapehart ParkEast Orange District Park Rec CenterFort Gatlin Recreation ComplexGoldenrod Recreation CenterMeadow Woods Recreation CenterRegional History CenterSilver Star Recreation CenterSouth Econ Recreation CenterTibet-Butler PreserveWest Orange Recreation CenterIn addition, in person drop off is also available at the following fire stations:Fire StationsStation 31Station 40Station 81Station 83Station 67Station 51For more information visit Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Purchasing Camp Wewa: Is it a new day in Apopka?

first_img February 13, 2021 at 10:12 am OpinionThe Friday EditorialBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice“Birds flying high, you know how I feelSun in the sky, you know how I feelBreeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feelIt’s a new dawnIt’s a new dayIt’s a new life for me, yeahIt’s a new dawnIt’s a new dayIt’s a new life for meAnd I’m feeling good”–I’m Feeling Good – Nina SimoneAsk anyone in Apopka, and they probably have a story associated with Camp Wewa. It’s been a part of the fabric of Apopka for over 70 years, and I applaud the City Council for treating it as an investment into the community’s future.Despite a pandemic, budget constraints, and no clear pathway to purchase, you persevered and are on a path to making this a part of the eco-tourism package so vital to the Apopka brand.Take a look at the energy, creativity, and optimism displayed at the special city council meeting on February 3rd…“Three weeks ago, I got a call from the YMCA about this property,” said Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson. “It was basically a courtesy call to let us know they were going to sell the property to a developer and thought I would want to know. I just said wow. Having been there I knew how amazing this property was. I asked them to give us a couple of weeks to do our due diligence and maybe we can come up with a plan to purchase.”“You have about $800,000 in impact fees that you can use,” said City Administrator Edward Bass. “You can put up the other properties for sale (including the Sandpiper property valued at $1.2 million). The City is also in the process of applying for a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but Bass cautioned about its timing. “We won’t know about the grant,” said Bass. “It takes some time for that to come back. What we could do is use some of the other parcels coming in as income, and then you also front some for reserves and reimburse yourselves from the sale.”“I’d love to have summer camp up and running,” added Nelson.“When you think about brand alignment with Camp Wewa and the City of Apopka, I don’t think there’s much argument there,” said Commissioner Kyle Becker. “It goes together because we have such a focus on eco-tourism. The springs, Lake Apopka, the Wildlife Drive… all these things kind of play together.” “It goes back to ‘what is our brand?’ Commissioner Doug Bankson said. “Lake Apopka used to be one of the best fishing lakes nationwide, and then we lost that, but now it’s coming back. The trend is greenspace, ecology… you have the birding… tie this together and it’s something that can’t be reproduced. You’ve heard me harp on (budget) reserves. But this is the reason why. It puts us in a position to act. I think this is a tremendous opportunity. And if we do this right, we’re going to be the number one destination for green tourism.”I applaud the effort, the urgency of the moment, the creativity to find the assets to make it work, and the vision for the future. I only have one question… Can this type of effort, urgency, creativity, and vision show up again in the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 (FY-22)?Nelson, in a way, answered that question near the end of the meeting.“Three years ago, we couldn’t have done this. But because of the financial shape we are in, we can use reserves, or borrow the money, we’ve got ways of doing it because of the shape we’re in.”“We’re in uncharted territories,” said Bass. This is new to us. This is something we have an opportunity to take on and I think the key is going to be to look for all the grant opportunities available, partnering, and working with the Chamber. We can all work together.”That’s a refreshing take on the state of Apopka. For a while now, it seemed as though the City Council and its administrator were playing defense against additional purchases and acquisitions rather than working together to make things happen. In my five years as managing editor of The Apopka Voice, I’ve reported on two mayors, two city administrators, eight commissioners, several finance directors, and department heads. And in those five years, these officials spent days and hours putting together five budgets. Their efforts are to be commended, but my takeaway is this – there were a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put forth, but at the end of the day, it gives the impression you are reacting to the assets and liabilities put in front of you while setting aside vision for the future of this growing city. But today is a new day in Apopka, and as Bass points out… these are uncharted territories. The budget process for FY-22 is just around the corner. With this new forward-looking attitude and a completely repaired budget, what should Apopka look at next? Let’s take this new attitude out for a spin…Considering the Camp Wewa purchase almost literally fell in your lap through a courtesy-call, imagine the opportunities that might show up if you took the initiative? I read an article in The Seminole Source a few weeks ago about the City of Sanford hiring a new Economic Development Director. Sanford, a city of about 59,000, is slightly larger than Apopka with a significantly higher tax base and millage rate, but I was still surprised they didn’t consider letting the post go vacant considering the pandemic. Others, including Apopka, have chosen not to take on that expense. However, the City of Sanford plans to keep the position and the department fully funded in 2021.“The City of Sanford announces the hiring of Dr. Tom Tomerlin as Director of Economic Development,” the story reads. “Tomerlin will be responsible for guiding and implementing the City’s economic development strategy. He has experience in a variety of fields including economic development, consulting, and economic analysis.Tomerlin brings nearly 30 years of experience, including economic development leadership positions for both Seminole County Government and the City of Lake Mary, Florida. Tomerlin was instrumental in recruiting Fortune 500 companies to Lake Mary and advancing strategic initiatives in the community.”I called Sanford, and it turns out Mr. Tomerlin’s salary is a little less than $100,000 per year, and the department’s budget is a little over $500,000. Sanford landed a person with 30 years of experience, a proven track record, and local knowledge for under $100,000 per year.In the department’s description, they list over 50 accomplishments including several major companies moving to Sanford in 2020 and set 50 new goals for 2021, which includes attracting jobs to the city at 115%-150% of the county’s average wage and bringing even more new businesses to town. If they can accomplish half of the expectations listed, that department will easily pay for itself.In January of 2020, Apopka took a small step towards addressing economic development, when it partnered with the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce to “lead and promote economic development opportunities.” It was the first time a partnership of this type had been created.“The significance of this approved partnership will have an incredibly positive impact on the future of our rapidly-growing community and our membership,” said Chamber President Robert Agrusa. “We look forward to working together with the City and our surrounding communities to grow our existing businesses, create and attract new high-wage and highly skilled labor jobs, expand capital investment and increase prosperity to all of Northwest Orange County.”“I applaud the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce for their bold leadership and willingness to offer a unique proposal, which leverages our public and private sectors to streamline our collective efforts, and maximize our resources dedicated to the Apopka area for infrastructure, transportation, and job growth,” said Nelson. “Plus, we are excited to partner with the Apopka Area Chamber as we acknowledge our agriculturally centric roots and redefine the City of Apopka into a city of opportunity, with the promise of a bright and vibrant future.”The four major economic development objectives that the Chamber will be focused on in 2020 will include the following:The creation and hosting of a brand-new Economic Development websiteThe creation of brand-new Economic Development/marketing materialsServe as the business community lead and partner with City for the Apopka Youth Works summer programIdentify our current Economic Development assets, along with Future Economic Development marketing needs and new asset requirementsThis was a modest and inexpensive start to a city’s economic development, but it does display the City’s acknowledgment that a forward-looking approach to economic development is important. But clearly, this is not enough – especially with the departure of Agrusa and his admirable leadership of the Chamber. To compete with local municipalities, and for Apopka to realize its full potential, it needs an economic development department. The role of an economic development director is to have a strategic focus. They are pro-active. They study market trends and apply their expert judgment to opportunities and threats facing the local economy. And while the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is a key component to economic development in Apopka, a department and its director, specifically given the job to analyze and respond to the economic well-being of the community can work with them, and specifically harness the potential of every component in Apopka’s arsenal to keep pace with the tremendous growth it is experiencing. And while a $500,000 budget may be a bridge too far, it seems plausible that a director with a modest budget would more than pay for itself – even if their primary focus in year one was to make certain Camp Wewa was at a minimum a break-even prospect, get the City Center project back on track and get the word out to central Florida that the City is open for business.It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, and Apopka is feeling good. carlton small Reply The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSCamp WEWAEconomic DevelopmentEditorialOpinionThe Friday Editorial Previous articleFor the birds? Hardly! Valentine’s Day was reimagined by chivalrous medieval poets for all to enjoy, respectfullyNext articleThree new officers sworn in at Apopka Police Department Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply February 14, 2021 at 8:28 am 2 COMMENTS Maria Elena Franco You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Apopka City Hall Please enter your comment! Excellent read! Great news I live in Dunbridge off sheller rd I hope these improvements will help the street scape here also Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more