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‘We’re still in a pandemic:’ Seminole medical director says he’s putting his mask back on

COVID-19 is still “wreaking havoc” in Central Florida, according to Seminole County Medical Director Dr. Todd Husty. “There are a lot of people out there who don’t have any immunity and it’s killing people and it’s hospitalizing people,” Husty said. “This thing is nasty, it’s still sticking around and we’re kind of letting it stick around.”
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Seminole County prepares to protect residents in case of storm

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Seminole County agencies are preparing to protect you in case of a storm. "We’ve developed a plan," Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said. "We’re exercising that plan and we’re practicing that plan. We’re going to identify the gaps. We’ve already started to see a few gaps. We’re going to fill those gaps before a hurricane approaches."
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Central Florida health leaders voice concern over Delta variant

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mask mandates are ending, and a summer free of pandemic restrictions is just beginning. But has the coronavirus become a more manageable threat, or is there still cause for concern?. A new variant has emerged and it's spreading like wildfire across communities where vaccination rates are low.
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Oviedo, residents taking a hard look at growth and development

OVIEDO, Fla. — For those who live in many Central Florida towns and cities, the story of development and growth is a familiar one, with people moving to the Sunshine State in vast numbers. What You Need To Know. The city of Oviedo is sharing a presentation to residents on...
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Blue-green algae warning issued for Lake, Seminole waterways

Health officials in Lake and Seminole counties issued Blue-green algae alert Monday. The Florida Department of Health said it found harmful blue-green algal toxins in both Lake Howell in Seminole County as well as the Dead River residential canal south of U.S. Highway 441 which connects Lake Eustis and Lake Harris in Lake County. The findings came from samples taken on June 9. Blue-green algae ...
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Seminole to seek court costs from Dorworth after River Cross ruling

Attorneys said they will move this week to recover the court costs — likely as much as $50,000 — Seminole County spent defending itself against a federal lawsuit filed by Chris Dorworth’s River Cross Land Co. that was dismissed by a judge on June 4. In her ruling that closed the case, U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway said Seminole is entitled to recover costs from River Cross. Those could ...
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Missing Longwood man found dead in the Banana River

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators are tying together three active investigations that led to one man’s death. Trevor Morrison was found dead in the Banana River in Brevard County this week. He had been reported missing. His car was found in Osceola County. Longwood police started an investigation once Trevor...
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Drones added to help with emergencies in Seminole County

Seminole County Fire Rescue has added drones to improve its ability during emergencies. "It's really a force multiplier for us," Chief Otto Drozd said. "The drones just give us so much more capability, to give us more operational knowledge of the scene we're trying to impact." Now when fire crews...
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Central Florida 100: Learning the lessons of Pulse

Our panel of 100 influential leaders discusses the most important issues affecting you. Last week: SHINE AS ONE: On Tuesday, to mark the one-year-out countdown to the 2022 Special Olympic USA Games, Mayor Buddy Dyer declared June 5-12 as “Shine As One” week in Orlando. As part of this celebration at Exploria Stadium, new sponsors and ambassadors were also announced. The real news came when the organizers surprised the Florida Special Olympics soccer team by informing them that they qualified to compete in the 2022 games. Pure joy. Orlando is known globally as an inclusive city, and never will it be more on display than next summer when the athletes and city Shine As One.
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As the heat increases, venomous snakes search for water

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Alligators aren't our only concern here in the sunshine state. The dry weather's doing more than increasing the fire danger and making plants wilt in the hot sun. Animals and wildlife that are dependant on water are looking for it, this includes venomous snakes.
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Seminole County looking to raise impact fees

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — In a high-growth state, making new development pay for itself has always been tricky. It’s an effort to provide much-needed services without additional costs to long-established residents. Seminole County's impact fees, established 20 to 30 years ago are likely to go up. It costs money to...