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Orlando Information Guide [ Volume 7 [ Numbers 4
State of Florida 6
Important Phone Numbers 9
Travel Information 10-12
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Things to Do 19-25
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S TAT E O F F L O R I D A
With 1,100 miles of beaches, if you were to walk one mile of
Columbia Florida beach every day, it would take you longer than two-and-a-
half years to get around the whole state. Each area has its own
Charleston personality and unique coastal strands. Some are relaxing and
quiet, places where one could look around and see nothing but
sand, sea and sea grapes—no high rises. Others, well known for
GA being exceptionally family-friendly, are full of kids. These beaches
Atlantic Ocean may be dotted with rainbow-striped beach umbrellas, sand castles,
surf boards, kites and maybe a pier or a mini-golf course. Each
Tallahassee Jacksonville beach has something setting it apart—one may be in a national
wildlife refuge, one may have emerald green waters while another
has clear blue water, and some have various museums.
Gulf of Mexico
Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. About 60 million
visitors visit the state every year. Warm weather and hundreds of
Tampa/St. Petersburg Port St. Lucie miles of beach attract vacationers from around the world. The Walt
Disney World Resort, a mega-resort consisting of four theme parks,
West Palm Beach
more than twenty hotels, water parks, shopping centers, and other
Fort Myers/Naples Fort Lauderdale
attractions, is an important tourist attraction located in Lake Buena
Miami Vista. Together, Walt Disney World, and other theme park resorts
such as Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, are an important
driver of the Central Florida economy. Orlando attracts more visitors
than any other amusement park destination in the United States.
lorida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the
Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. Other major industries include citrus fruit and juice production,
It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along banking, and phosphate mining within the Bone Valley region. With
the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states the arrival of the space program at Kennedy Space Center in the
of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the 1960s, Florida has developed a sizeable aerospace industry.
panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean,
particularly the Bahamas and Cuba.
Florida’s nickname is the “Sunshine State,” but severe weather is
a common occurrence in the state. Central Florida is known as the
lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more P O P U L AT I O N : 17,789,864
lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country. Florida has the
C A P I TA L : Tallahassee
highest average precipitation of any state, in large part because
afternoon thunderstorms are common in most of the state from late COUNTIES: 67
spring until early autumn. A fair day may be interrupted with a TIME ZONE: Eastern Daylight Time
storm, only to return to regular, gorgeous sunshine. These
STATE MOTTO: “In God we trust”
thunderstorms, caused by collisions between airflow from the Gulf
of Mexico and airflow from the Atlantic Ocean, pop up in the early LARGEST CITIES: Jacksonville , Miami, Tampa
afternoon and can bring heavy downpours, high winds, and HOUSING UNITS: 8,009,427
sometimes tornadoes. Florida leads the United States in tornadoes M E D I A N VA L U E : $105,500
per square mile, but these tornadoes do not typically reach the
MEDIAN INCOME: $38,985
intensity of those in the Midwest and Great Plains. Key West has the
highest average temperature in the United States. S TAT E S A L E S TA X : 6%
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he city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. According to the
2004 U.S. Census the city had a population of 205,648 (metropolitan area nearly
1.8 million). It is the sixth-largest city in Florida, and its largest inland city. It is also at
the head of the state’s third-largest metropolitan area, behind Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West
Palm Beach and Tampa-St. Petersburg. Additionally, Orlando is home to the second largest
university in Florida, the University of Central Florida.
The city is best known for the tourist attractions in the area, particularly the nearby Walt
Disney World Resort, which is in the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Other area
attractions include Sea World, Universal Orlando Resort and also the World’s Largest
McDonald’s. Despite being far from the main tourist attractions, downtown Orlando has
recently seen much redevelopment, with many more projects currently under construction
or planned. One of the oldest attractions in this area is Gatorland.
To no surprise, a large part of the Orlando area economy is involved in the tourist industry.
Tourism surrounding Orlando is worth billions of dollars to the area’s economy. Over 48
million visitors came to the Orlando region in 2004. The convention industry is also critical
to the region’s economy, due partly to the multitude of attractions available for all age ranges
in the area. The Orange County Convention Center, expanded in 2004 to over two million
square feet of exhibition space, is now the second-largest convention complex in the United
The area’s economy includes other industries besides tourism, such manufacturing.
Lockheed-Martin has a large manufacturing facility for aeronautical crafts and related high
tech research due to Orlando’s proximity to the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Since the
1970s and 1980s the area is also home to many computer software and hardware firms,
such as IBM. Another developing sector is the film, television, and electronic gaming
industries, aided by the presence of Universal Studios, Disney-MGM Studios, Electronic
Arts, Full Sail School, and other entertainment companies and schools. Numerous office
complexes for large corporations have popped up along the Interstate 4 corridor north of
Orlando, especially in Maitland, Lake Mary and Heathrow. The U.S. modeling, simulation,
ORLANDO QUICK FACTS
and training (MS&T) industry is centered around the Orlando region as well, with a
Zip Code: 32801-32839 particularly strong presence in the UCF Research Park.
The diversifying economy has led to an incredibly low unemployment rate in Greater
Orlando of 3.4% as of September 2005. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August
County: Orange 2005) The result is explosive growth that has led to urban sprawl in the surrounding area
Sales Tax: 6.00% and skyrocketing housing prices. Housing prices in Greater Orlando went up 34% in one
year, from an average of $182,000 in August 2004 to $245,000 in August 2005. (Source:
Median Age: 32.5
Orlando Regional Realtor Association)
Home Median Value: $123,089 Metropolitan Area
Home Appreciation Rate: 9.23% In the Orlando area, like most metropolitan areas in Florida, the majority of the population
lives outside the city proper. Orlando is the center of the Orlando-Daytona Beach-
Home Owned: 55.31%
Melbourne metropolitan area. Nearby suburbs extend into the surrounding counties.
Cost of Living: 100.1% Oviedo, in Seminole County, has been listed as one of the fastest growing cities in the
Median Income: $45,134 United States. Clermont (Lake County) and Poinciana (Osceola) have also seen explosive
growth. Deltona, a city in Volusia County that was only incorporated in 1995, has grown so
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
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N AT I O N A L H E A LT H O R G A N I Z AT I O N P H O N E N U M B E R S
National Health Organization Mental Health
The following numbers may be reached by dialing National Alliance for the Mentally Illness (NAMI) 950-6264
1-800 and then the following numbers 1-800-*… National Down Syndrome Society 244-4444
Allergy National Mental Health Association Resource Ctr 969-6642
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AFFA) 727-8462
Cancer National Alzheimer’s Association 272-3900
American Cancer Society 227-2345
Christopher Reeve’s Paralysis Foundation 225-0292
American Institute for Cancer Research. 843-8114
American Parkinson Disease Association 223-2732
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America 955-4572
Epilepsy Foundation of America. 332-1000
National Cancer Institute (CIS) 422-6237
United Cerebral Palsy Associations (UCPA) 872-5827
Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) 754-6490
Huntington’s Disease Society of America 345-4372
Children’s Health Brain Injury Association of America Family Hotline 444-6443
American SIDS Foundation 232-7437
National Headache Foundation 843-2256
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) 344-4823
National Multiple Sclerosis Society 344-4867
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 223-1138
National Stroke Association 787-6537
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Alliance 221-7437
National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc. 233-7393
Medic Alert Foundation U.S. 863-3425 or 432-5378
Spina Bifida Association of American 621-3141
National Hospice Organization 658-8898
Infectious Diseases Shriner’s Hospital Referral Line 237-5055
AIDS Hotline, CDC National, National STD Hotline 342-AIDS
Visiting Nurse Association of America 426-2547
(Hearing Impaired) 243-7889
American Council of the Blind. 424-8666
American Speech/Language/Hearing Association 638-8255
American Diabetes Association 232-3472
National Easter Seals Society 221-6827
American Heart Association 242-8721 or 968-1793
American Kidney Association 638-8299 Woman’s Health
Endometriosis Association. 992-3636
American Lung Association 586-4872
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. 221-2141
Arthritis Foundation 283-7800
*This is a Toll-Free Number!
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. 932-2423 This is only a partial list of national health organizations.
Lupus Foundation of America 558-0121 Contact the National Health Information Center (NHIC)
National Kidney Foundation 622-9010 at (800) 336-4797 for a more complete list.
Spondylitis Association of American (SAA) 777-8189
NOTE: This general information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional as it relates to your specific situation.
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I M P O RTA N T PH O N E N U M B E R S
Area Codes Services
321 Brevard County AAA Motor Club Services (800) 222-4357
407 Orange County Better Business Bureau (407) 621-3300
Big Brothers/Sisters (407) 897-3434
Emergency Economic Development Commission (407) 422-7159
All Emergencies 911
Health and Family Services (407) 836-7616
Poison Control (407) 841-5222
Runaway Hotline (800) 786-2929 Hospice (407) 682-0808
Humane Society of Orlando (407) 351-7722
Financial Services Library Info Line (407) 835-7323
Automatic Teller Information Southern Medical Association (800) 423-4992
ATM Locator (800) 248-4286 Time and Weather (407) 475-0700
MasterCrd ATM (800) 424-7787 United Way (407) 897-6464
VISA Plus System (800) 843-7587
Shipping & Postal Service
Lost or Stolen Credit Cards
Airborne Express (800) 247-2676
American Express (800) 233-5432
Federal Express (800) 463-3339
AT&T Universal Card (800) 423-4343
UPS (800) 742-5877
Diners Club (800) 234-6377
Discover Card (800) 347-2683 Utilities
JCB (800) 736-8111 Orlando Utilities Commission (407) 423-9100
MasterCard (800) 826-2181 Florida Power Commission (407) 629-1010
VISA (800) 336-8472 Peoples Gas (407) 425-4661
Lost or Stolen Travelers Checks Communications
American Express (800) 221-7282 AT&T long (800) 222-0300
Thomas Cook MasterCard (800) 223-7373 Bell South (800) 753-0115
Travelers Check Customer Service (800) 645-6556 MCI (800) 950-5555
VISA (800) 227-6811 Sprint (800) 877-4646
Government Western Union (800) 325-6000
City of Orlando Fire (407 )246 2604 Visitors Information
Orange County Sheriff (407) 836-3721 Orlando Chamber of Commerce (407) 425-1234
City of Orlando-Main (407 )246-2121 Orlando Visitors Information Center (407) 363-5800
City of Orlando Solid Waste (407) 246-2314
City Animal Control (407) 282-9600
Orlando/Orange County Dept. of Health (407) 623-1370
Police (407) 246-2470
State of Florida-Governor (850) 488-2183
Voter Registration (407) 836-2070
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T R AV E L I N F O R M AT I O N
Airports Express Jet, www.continental.com (800) 523-3272
Orlando International Airport Frontier Airlines, www.frontierairlines.com (800) 432-1359
One Airport Boulevard Hawaiian Airlines, www.hawaiianair.com (800) 367-5320
Orlando, FL 32827-4399 jetBlue Airlines (800) 538-2583
(407) 825-2001, (407) 825-2353 Midwest Express (800) 452-2022
Orlando International Airport is located 9 miles southeast of National Airlines (888) 757-5387
downtown Orlando. Built on the site of the former McCoy Air Force Northwest, www.nwa.com (800) 225-2525
Base, OIA covers almost 15,000 acres and is the third largest Skyway Airlines, www.midwestairlines.com (800) 452-2022
airport in the U.S. More than 80 domestic and international airlines Skywest/Delta. www.delta.com (800) 453-9417
service OIA, and over 29 million passengers pass through the Southwest Airlines, www.southwest.com (800) 435-9792
airport yearly. Some of the airlines are America West, American Spirit Airlines (800) 772-7117
Airlines, ATA, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta, Delta
SunCountry Airlines, www.suncountry.com (800) 359-6786
Express, Virgin Atlantic, TWA and Tower Air.
TWA (800) 221-2000
Orlando Sanford International Airport United Airlines, www.ual.com (800) 864-8331
Orlando Sanford International Airport is the area’s second most
US Airways, www.usairways.com (800) 428-4322
popular entry point and accommodates most of the holiday charter
Virgin Atlantic, www.virgin-atlantic.com (800) 862-8621
services arriving in Central Florida. The airport’s convenient location
to Interstate 4 (I-4) makes it a natural transit point to the area’s Airlines - International
technology corridor and the holiday havens of fabulous weather, Aer Lingus, www.aerlingus.ie (866) 886 8844
attractions, great sporting events and golden beaches. Aeroflot, www.aeroflot.aero/eng (650) 615-9278
Orlando Executive Airport Aeromexico, www.AeroMexico.com (800) 237-6639
400 Herndon Avenue Aerolineas Argentina, www.aerolineas.com.ar (800) 333-0276
Orlando, FL 32803 Air Canada, www.aircanada.ca (800) 247-2262
Air China, www.china-airlines.com (800 )986-1985
Offering flights for business travelers on a daily basis.
Air France, www.airfrance.com (800) 237-2747
Daytona Beach International Airport
Air India, www.airindia.com
700 Catalina Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Air Jamaica, www.airjamaica.com (800) 523-5585
(904) 248-8030 Air New Zealand, www.airnewzealand.com (800) 262-1234
Daytona Beach International Airport is a small airport located Alitalia, www.alitaliausa.com (800) 223-5730
about an hour away from downtown Orlando. It services domestic Asiana, us.flyasiana.com (800) 227-9262
travelers. DIA offers flights from Delta, Continental and Casino British Airways, www.british-airways.com (800) 247-9297
Airline. Car rental options include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz Cathay Pacific Airways, www.cathaypacific.com (800) 233-2742
and National. China Airlines, www.china-airlines.com (800) 227-5118
Melbourne International Airport China Eastern Airlines, www.chinaeastern.co.uk (800) 200-5118
One Air Terminal Parkway Egypt Air, www.egyptair.com.eg (800) 334-6787
Melbourne, FL 32901-1888 El Al, www.elal.co.il (800) 223-6700
Eurofly, www.eurofly.it (800) 477-6492
Melbourne International Airport is located about 45 minutes east
Eva Airways, www.evaair.com (800) 695-1188
of the Orlando metro area. It is the smallest of the area’s
Japan Airlines, www.jal.co.jp/en (800) 525-3663
international airports. Major airlines servicing MIA are Delta, Spirit,
KLM Airlines, www.klm.com (800) 374-7747
and ASA airlines. MIA also offers several charter services. Regularly
Korean Air, www.koreanair.com (800) 438-5000
scheduled flights to Cape Canaveral, Titusville and Cocoa Beach.
LACSA, centralamerica.com/cr/lacsa/lacsa (800) 225-2272
Airlines - Domestic LOT Polish, www.lot.com (800) 223-0593
Airtran Airlines, www.airtran.com (800) 247-8726 Lufthansa, www.lufthansa.com (800) 645-3880
Alaska Airlines, www.alaskaair.com (800) 252-7522 Mexicana, www.mexicana.com (800) 531-7821
Aloha Airlines, www.alohaairlines.com (800) 367-5250 Philippine Airlines, www.philippineairlines.com (800) 435-9725
American Airlines, www.aa.com (800) 433-7300 Quantas, www.qantas.com (800) 227-4500
American Trans Air, www.ata.com (800) 435-9282 Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com (800) 742-3333
Atlantic Southeast, www.flyasa.com (800) 282-3424 Skyservice USA, www.skyserviceairlines.com (877) 485-6060
Comair, www.comair.com (800) 221-1212 Swissai, www.swiss.com (800) 221-4750
Continental Airlines, www.continental.com (800) 525-0280 TACA, www.taca.com (800) 535-8780
Delta Airlines, www.delta.com (800) 221-1212 USA 3000 Y Airlines, www.usa3000.com (800) 872-3000
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T R AV E L I N F O R M AT I O N
Cruises/Resorts Stouffer Hotels (800) 468-3571
Disney World Reservations (800) 227-1500 Super 8 Motels (800) 800-8000
Holland America Cruises (800) 426-0327 TraveLodge Motels (800) 578-7878
Princess Cruises (800) 774-6237 Westin Hotels (800) 228-3000
Royal Caribbean Intl. (800) 327-6700
Highways Amtrak (800) 872-7245
Orlando is located at the heart of Florida and transportation from Service to and from Orlando and surrounding areas. Amtrak
Orlando to other points in Florida is easily accessible. Orlando’s serves Orlando with four daily trains originating from New York and
average commute time on the primary access routes is 20-25 Miami with stops in downtown Orlando, Winter Park, Sanford and
minutes. Several major highways serving Orlando include: Kissimmee, as well as with a tri-weekly train originating from Los
Angeles. Amtrak also offers its popular Auto Train, which transports
Interstate 4 - runs north/south through downtown Orlando
passengers and their vehicles and features the comfort of bi-level
Florida’s Turnpike - Florida’s main turnpike connects northern
Superliner sleepers, a diner and a lounge. The Auto Train runs daily
Florida (at route 75) and Southern Florida and intersects with almost
between Lorton, Va., and Sanford, leaving each town at 4 p.m. and
every other major highway.
arriving at the destination at 9 a.m. the next morning.
SR 528 (BeeLine Expressway) - originates at Interstate 4 just
Greyhound Bus (800) 231-2222
outside of Orlando and extends east.
Service from City to numerous locations throughout the United
SR 417 (Greeneway)- running east/west, this route intersects
with Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 4, and 528.
Major highway networks provide easy access for visitors to reach Public Transportation
their destination and for traveling in and around the Greater Orlando LYNX BUS System (407) 841-2279
445 West Amelia Street, Suite 800
area. Major highways include Interstate 4, the Florida Turnpike,
Orlando, Florida 32801
Highway 528 (Bee Line Expressway), Highway 408 (East-West
Expressway) and Highway 417 (Central Florida Greeneway).
Standard Fares - 1.00
Hotels/Motels Transfer Fee - .10
Best Western (800) 528-1234 65 or older - .25
Budgetel Inns (800) 428-3438 Children (grades 1- 12 with valid school ID) - .25
Clarion Hotels (800) 424-6423 Regular Weekly Pass - 10.00
Comfort Inns (800) 424-6423 Passport (Regular Monthly Pass) - 35.00
Courtyard by Marriott (800) 321-2211 AdvantAge Pass (monthly pass for those 65 or older) - 12.00
Days Inn (800) 329-7466 K.I.S Pass (monthly pass for children grades 1-12) - 12.00
Doubletree Hotels (800) 222-8733 The Orlando bus system offers over 50 fixed routes. It serves
Econo Lodges (800) 446-4777 Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties, an area of approximately
Embassy Suites (800) 362-2779 2,500 square miles with a resident population of more than 1.3
Fairmont Hotels (800) 527-4727 million people. More than 50,000 people travel the Lynx system
Four Seasons (800) 332-3442 each weekday. The Lynx system also offers other transportation
Hilton Hotels (800) 445-8667 services such as door to door van service, commuter van pools and
Holiday Inns (800) 465-4329 shuttles that service various communities. Wheelchair access is
Howard Johnson Motor Lodges (800) 654-2000 now available on all Links.
Hyatt Hotels (800) 233-1234 I-Ride Trolleys
La Quinta Motor Inn (800) 531-5900 I-Ride Trolleys are the fun way to get around International Drive.
Loews Hotels (800) 223-6397 Symbolizing its role as a true destination, the International Drive
Marriott Hotels (800) 228-9290 Resort Area offers its guests a certain amenity with all the bells and
Meridien Hotels (800) 543-4390 whistles: the exclusive, convenient, and economical I-RIDE Trolley
Omni International (800) 843-6664 Service. Single fare is just .75. Kids under age 12 ride FREE! Just
Quality Inns (800) 228-5151 hop on board an I-RIDE Trolley. Hours 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily.
Radisson Hotels International (800) 333-3333
Ramada Inns (800) 228-2828
Red Roof Inns (800) 843-7663 continued on page 12
Ritz Carlton Hotels (800) 241-3333
Sheraton Hotels (800) 325-3535
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T R AV E L I N F O R M AT I O N
Taxi Services Rental Cars
Star Taxi, Inc (407) 857-9999 Advantage, www.advantage.com (800) 777-5500
About Town Limousine (407) 695-4952 Alamo, www.alamo.com (800) 462-5266
Yellow Cab and Limo (407) 445-1788 Avis, www.avis.com (800) 331-1212
City Cab of ORLANDO (407) 422-5151 Budget, www.budget.com (800) 527-0700
Sharp TaxiCab Co. (407) 850-2007 Dollar, www.dollar.com (800) 800-4000
Agency Limousine (407) 351-3101 Enterprise, www.enterprise.com (800) 736-8222
Hertz, www.hertz.com (800) 654-3131
National, www.nationalcar.com (800) 227-7368
Thrifty, www.thrifty.com (800) 367-2277
W E AT H E R
At the approximate geographic center of the state, the three One of the area’s biggest attractions is its year-round mild
county Orlando area consists of 2,856 square miles. Orlando is weather. Mid-Florida’s subtropical climate has long been a strong
situated approximately 150 miles from the Florida/Georgia border to drawing card for tourists and residents alike. At the heart of the
the north, 50 miles from the Atlantic Coast to the east, 75 miles “Sunshine State,” the area’s average annual temperature is a
from the Gulf Coast to the west, and 370 miles from the Florida comfortable 72.4 degrees. Average annual rainfall amounts to over
Keys at the southern tip of the state. 50 inches per year, keeping Central Florida lush and green
throughout the year. Prevailing winds are southerly at nine mph. The
average elevation of the region is 127 feet above sea level.
Average Monthly Weather Statistics: Metro Orlando
Maximum Temperature Minimum Temperature Precipitation(in inches) Humidity at 1:00 p.m.
January 70.8 48.6 2.30 56
February 72.7 49.7 3.02 52
March 78.0 55.2 3.21 50
April 83.0 59.4 1.80 46
May 87.8 65.9 3.55 49
June 90.5 71.8 7.32 57
July 91.5 73.1 7.25 58
August 91.5 73.4 6.78 60
September 89.7 72.4 6.01 60
October 84.6 65.8 2.42 56
November 78.5 57.5 2.30 56
December 72.9 51.3 2.15 57
Source: NOAA, National Weather Service
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fast that, between 1990 and 2000, it became the largest city in that advantageous location, quality work force, reasonable cost of living
county. Cities such as Melbourne and Palm Bay on the Space and progressive business environment. Business development is
Coast have also seen tremendous growth. focused on industry sector diversification, meeting local industry
The City Beautiful needs through education and promoting Orlando as a prime
What most visitors think of as Orlando actually includes location for new enterprise and support resources.
Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista as well. Orlando is appropriately Orlando is unique in that it supports services related to
nicknamed “the city beautiful;” the city’s officials have committed international trade and film and television production. State-of-the-
themselves to preserving Orlando’s public lands and waterways. art soundstages and unique venues have helped the region to
There are 82 lakes and 4,000 acres of public parks where people become one of the busiest production centers in the United States.
swim, fish, play tennis, play ball, and have picnics. The metropolitan The Economic Development Commission works to attract venture
area has 150 professionally designed golf courses. Lake Eola sits in capital to the region and assist emerging and start-up companies
the center of downtown Orlando. The lake, with its huge, dancing with information needed for successful development in the area.
water fountain, has become Orlando’s symbol. The park attracts Recognized by Business Week as one of the fastest growing high
nearly three thousand visitors daily, and it hosts book fairs, craft tech centers in the country, the Orlando area is experiencing
shows and the annual Shakespeare festival. phenomenal growth with an industry that accounts for major
When visitors review information on Orlando vacation options, worldwide economic development. The Florida High Tech Corridor
every member of the family will find a few exciting favorites among has considerable resources. The Technology Directory profiles
the more than 90 Orlando attractions to include during their visit to many of these high tech industry suppliers, providing editorial
the world-famous destination. There is truly something for every content, emerging technologies and descriptions of educational
The city has its own professional orchestra, ballet, and Opera Complementing this high profile industry is an emerging digital
Company. There are dozens of theaters that perform old favorites media sector that will serve to broaden the base of this community’s
as well as introduce new dramas. Orlando has a vibrant and active creative development offerings. Metro Orlando is ideally positioned
visual arts community. The Orlando Museum of Art has collections to become a top location for technology industry development.
in modern and contemporary American Art, including prints by Central Florida Research Park, located adjacent to the University
master artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Orlando of Central Florida, is recognized as one of the top ten research
hosts the yearly Zora Neal Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities. parks in the world. This 1,000 acre corporate community provides
This festival, named after a famous Florida fiction writer, is a four-day an environment for industry and the university to share training
event that showcases Orlando community’s artistic talent. The facilities, pursue cooperative research and transfer existing
Festival includes workshops, lectures, street fairs and concerts. technology to the market place. The exceptional quality of
Orlando is home to many strong, professional sports teams. technology research and training at Central Florida colleges and
Florida’s NBA fans stay faithful to Orlando Magic while the race car universities is increasingly recognized as an extraordinary
fans congregate at The Daytona International Speedway, home to community asset.
the infamous Daytona 500; a 200 lap NASCAR race that is the History of Florida
opening event of the NASCAR Winston Cup season. Behind Florida’s modern veneer there’s a rich and varied history.
Orlando has an educational structure that responds to the needs St. Augustine is the oldest permanent settlement in North America,
of its business community. The University of Central Florida, located founded Spain in 1565. Spanish missions in the 16th and 17th
13 miles east of downtown Orlando, is an example of an ongoing centuries extended west beyond Tallahassee and south to Miami.
cooperative relationship between business and education. Founded The British had Florida for 20 years, then returned the sprawling
in 1963, UCF now serves more then 25,000 students. Its strongest colony to Spain at the end of the American Revolution. Americans
programs are engineering, computer science, and business under Andrew Jackson took control in the early 1800s.
administration. Rollins College, the oldest recognized private The first tourists to explore after statehood in 1845 arrived by
college in Florida which sits just outside Orlando proper, also has a paddle steamers. Before the Civil War Florida was settled by cotton
solid relationship with the Orlando business community. planters, timber harvesters, and cattlemen. In the 1880s railroad
Centrally located in the state, Orlando is convenient to Florida’s barons Henry Flagler and Henry Plant forged their lines down the
rich and diverse cultural history and its bounty of beautiful natural east coast and across to the Gulf, and more tourists followed. Citrus
resources. production soared. Florida was the embarkation point for Teddy
Business & Industry Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War.
While Metro Orlando is renowned for the most famous theme In the 20th century, Florida has grown from the South’s most
parks in the world, tourism is just one of many industries that thrive sparsely populated state to its largest. Florida experienced a real
here. In fact, few other U.S. cities can claim the diversity of industry estate boom in the 1920’s. Better roads allowed northerners to
found in Central Florida. Corporations are drawn to the area by an head south to enjoy Florida’s sunshine. Until the Second World War,
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Orlando remained a small town. The presence of the military during as a home for Union veterans of the Civil War. Growth proceeded
the war, the development of the space program at Cape Kennedy slowly at first, but in the 1920s St. Cloud prospered from the Florida
and the boom that followed Disney World in 1971 transformed land boom
Orlando into a major metropolitan center. The growth brought St. Cloud’s historic downtown preserves many buildings from the
hundreds of thousands of new residents with diverse cultural early part of the 20th century. The 1914 Memorial Hall (1101
backgrounds - Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Chinese, Japanese, Massachusetts) was the Grand Army of the Republic building. The
Indian, Polynesian, African, Scandinavian, eastern European. These former train depot on the east side of New York Avenue is a 1917
cultures are reflected in festivals, restaurants, specialty shops and red-brick building in Prairie style. The 1925 Hunter Arms Building
attractions, occasionally in well-defined ethnic neighborhoods. (1029 New York Ave.; 407-892-5505) is a good example of
Florida is now the most culturally diverse state in the United States. Mediterranean Revival. Long a hotel, the Hunter Arms has been
Each part of the state is different. People of many cultures live restored and now serves meals.
side-by-side, their traditions merging and creating a cultural scene Florida has preserved much of its history in museums and historic
of incredible energy. Experience the sounds and smells of Latin districts, large and small, around the state. Much remains of
America on the streets of Miami, the Caribbean in Key West, Florida’s brick roads, lighthouses and other architectural treasures,
Seminole culture in the Everglades, Greek music in Tarpon Springs, preserved in museums and historic districts. Much of the early
Asian culinary arts in Orlando, Spanish heritage in St. Augustine and architecture is preserved in communities along U.S. 92 and U.S. 27.
Pensacola, African-American arts and culture in Eatonville. There With these are the heritage landscapes - the cane fields, cattle
are Indian sites older than U.S. cities. Colorful neighborhoods filled ranches, fishing villages, horse farms and orange groves - as well as
with one-of-a-kind shops, markets, and restaurants. Lively festivals still-unspoiled wilderness. The Osceola County Environmental
every month of the year. Great museums. Study Center (4300 Poinciana Blvd.; 407-870-0551) has many
The Kissimmee area began to grow in the 1870s when Hamilton examples of native plants and animals along three nature trails.
Disston purchased four million acres for development. When he Discover the people, drama and dreams that have carried Florida
died, his plantation was sold to an investment company of the from Indian Trails to the Space Age.
Grand Army of the Republic to establish the community of St. Cloud
The city of Orlando has 115 neighborhoods in the city limits,
some of which are:
Airport North Delaney Park Park Lake Highland
Avalon Park EastWood Richmond Heights
Baldwin Park Lake Davis / Greenwood Roosevelt Park
Callahan Lake Eola Heights Southwest
Central Business District Metro North Stoneybrook
College Park Metrowest Thornton Park
Colonialtown North Millenia West Colonial
Colonialtown South North Orange Winter Garden
Crescent Park Park Central
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OFFICIAL VISITOR CENTER
Orlando’s Official Visitor Center (407) 363-5872 Directions:
8723 International Drive, Suite 101
From I-4 East: From I-4 East take SR-528 East, exit number 28
Orlando, FL 32819
Take exit number 1 and merge right (North) onto International Drive.
The Official Visitor Center is located 1.6 miles ahead on the right
In a city with so much to offer, where do you start? Orlando’s only
side of the road.
Official Visitor Center. can help. The bilingual staff will offer
complete, accurate information from 8 am to 7 pm year-round,
From I-4 West: From I-4 West take exit number 29A. At bottom
of exit ramp turn left on to Sand Lake Road. Take Sand Lake Road
except for Christmas day. Discount tickets sales: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
to International Drive and turn right (South). The Official Visitor
(closed Dec. 25). Here you can get information on hotels,
Center is located 9/10 of a mile ahead on the left side of the road.
attractions and restaurants, purchase discount attraction tickets
and pick up a free Magicard, which offers discounts at area From Orlando International Airport: From airport terminal follow
attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops. Maps, directions and signs to SR-528 WEST (portions toll). Stay on SR-528 for 10.2
guidebooks are also available. miles, take exit number 1. At the bottom of the exit ramp merge
right (North) on to International Drive. The Official Visitor Center is
located 1.6 miles ahead on the right side of the road.
FM Stations AM Stations Television Stations
88.3 Z 540 WQTM Sports 2 NBC
88.2 Christian 580 WDBO News/Talk 6 CBS
89.9 WUCF Jazz 740 WWNZ News/Talk 9 ABC
90.7 WMFE Public Broadcasting 990 WHOO News/Talk 18 CW
92 WWKA Country 1080 WFIV Country 24 PBS
94.5 WCFB R&B 1190 WAJL News/Talk 27 WRDQ - local
96.5 WHTQ R&B 1270 WRLZ Bilingual Christian 35 FOX
98.9 WMMO Soft Rock & Roll 1400 WTTR Freeform/Variety 52 IND
100.3 WDIZ Rock 1480 WUNA News/Talk 56 “i”
100.3 WSHE Contemporary 1680 WTRJ News/Talk 65 MyTV
101.3 WJRR Alternative
103.1 WLOQ Jazz
104.1 WTKS Talk
105.9 WOCL Oldies
106.7 WXXL Top 40
107.7 WMGF Adult Contemporary
Newspapers Orlando Weekly (407) 377-0400
Orlando Business Journal (407) 649-8470 100 W. Livingston Street
315 E. Robinson Street Orlando, FL, 32801
Suite 250 (407) 377-0400
Orlando, FL 32801 www.orlandoweekly.com
www.orlando.bizjournals.com Published every Thursday, is Central Florida’s alternative source
Find the latest breaking business news for news, views, arts and entertainment.
Orlando Sentinel (407) 420-5000 The Orlando Times (407) 841-3710
633 N. Orange Avenue 4403 Vineland Road
Orlando FL 32801 Orlando, FL 32811-7362
Largest daily paper African-American newspaper, published every Thursday.
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V E H I C L E & VOT E R I N F O R M AT I O N
Vehicle Registration Seat Belts
www.hsmv.state.fl.us Florida law requires that all passengers in the front seat of a
New residents may apply for their auto tag or mobile home- vehicle wear seat belts. Children 6-15 must be belted when either
registration and a Florida title at any one of the County’s auto tag in the front or rear seat of a vehicle. Children age five and younger
agencies. Call the Auto Tag Information Center at 954-831-4000 must be secured in federally approved child-restraint devices.
before you visit a tag agency to insure that you bring the proper Children through age three must be secured in separate carrier or
documents. a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child safety seat. For children
Your Florida vehicle title is processed in Tallahassee and will be age four through five years, a separate carrier, an integrated child
mailed to you by the Florida Division of Motor Vehicles. Be prepared safety seat or a seat belt may be used.
to submit proof of required Florida insurance, the driver’s license
numbers-of all owners and the color of the vehicle.
Driver’s License To apply to register to vote, you may fill in a PDF application
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle online and print it out, or print the application and write in the
954-497-1570 information. Please use a black ballpoint pen. THE FLORIDA
www.hsmv.state.fl.us VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION REQUIRES AN ORIGINAL
New state residents who wish to drive in Florida must obtain a SIGNATURE. If the PDF application is filled in online, it must be
Florida driver’s license within 30 days of moving here. U.S. citizens, printed out and signed prior to mailing.
take your driver’s license, social security card and birth certificate.
Non-U.S. citizens must have an INS or other document of legal
Contact the DMV to find a local office.
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MUCH TO DO – AS DIVERSE AS THE PEOPLE
ong before the theme parks made Orlando a world-famous destination, the region’s
many museums, galleries, historical sites and performing arts venues have provided
a rich cultural experience. Orlando’s museums and galleries offer an opportunity to
study the works of world-renowned artisans and a glimpse into America’s past through
sculptures and paintings depicting the country as only its ancestors would have known it.
Take in the beauty of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Louis Tiffany glass at the
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art; view more than 200 labors of love by
Czech-American sculptor Albin Polasek at his namesake galleries; marvel at the most
extensive collection of American folk art by Earl Cunningham at the Mennello Museum of
American Folk Art; or study a collection of African and American art to name just a few of
the many diverse collections of Orlando’s museums and galleries. Stroll through Orlando’s
history while visiting a flamboyant house that depicts the life and livelihood during the
Victorian period at the Historic Waterhouse Residence and Carpentry Shop Museums or
take a dynamic, interactive journey through Central Florida’s history dating back 12,000
years at the Orange County Regional History Center.
For those who love performing arts - Orlando offers a diverse mix. In addition to opera,
orchestra and ballet performances, you may interact in a living history setting or enjoy world
class theatrical productions.
Museums and Galleries
Central Florida is home to many wonderful cultural attractions. The area’s museums and
galleries include the world’s most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass, unique
sculpture and American folk art just to name a few. In addition, many of the area’s smaller
towns, including Sanford, Winter Park and St. Cloud have museums devoted to exhibiting
their rich history.
Orlando Museum of Art
Orlando Loch Haven Park
2416 N. Mills Ave.
The Orlando Museum of Art has collections in modern and contemporary American Art,
including prints by master artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. The collection
also includes contemporary artists (Katherine Bowling and Jane Hammond) Ancient
American art, and wide variety of African Art. The Museum offers educational programs for
children and adults, a summer arts camp and a lecture series. Admission: $6 for adults, $4
for seniors (55+), $4 for students with a valid ID, $4 for groups of 15 or more and $2 for
children (4-11). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm. Closed
Mondays and Holidays.
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the work of the Czech-American
sculptor is depicted in a studio, two galleries, a chapel and a 3-acre garden. The galleries
house 200 of his works with more than 400 pieces dispersed around the world.
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The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Fort Christmas Historical Park
www.morsemuseum.org (407) 568-4149
(407) 645-5311 The park includes a replica of a fort, pioneer homes and exhibits
This museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive on the Seminole Indian wars and Florida pioneers, recapturing the
collection of Louis Tiffany glass, including Tiffany’s 1893 Chapel. history of the Seminole wars when Florida was a territory.
The museum also features paintings, furniture and other works Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center
primarily from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. www.holocaustedu.org
Cornell Fine Arts Museum (407) 628-0555
Rollins College Exhibits illustrate the Jewish communities of Europe before the
www.rollins.edu/cfam war, Hitler’s rise to power, the concentration camps and the
genocide perpetrated by the Nazis. In addition, world-class art or a
Cornell Fine Arts Museum boasts one of Florida’s largest and documentary is presented in the exhibit hall throughout the year. A
most distinguished collections, with more than 6,000 works of art library of 5,000 volumes, an archival collection, speaker’s bureau
ranging in depth from Renaissance to contemporary. The museum and curated exhibits in Central Florida universities and public
also offers a number of educational programs, including free libraries are part of the center’s resources. THE JACK KEROUAC
lectures and gallery talks. HOUSE offers a ‘Writer in Residence’ program for aspiring or
Crealde School of Art established writers who want a quiet place to work. The former
www.crealde.org residence of Kerouac, writer of On The Road, is located in College
Park. (407) 246-1546
Located just beyond downtown Winter Park, the organization
Maitland Art Center
offers more than 70 visual arts classes for children and adults. The www.maitartctr.org
Alice and William Jenkins Gallery, Community Gallery and Outdoor (407) 539-2181
Sculpture Garden feature exhibitions by regional, national and
Maitland Art Center promotes American art and artists by
international artists. A self-guided walking tour of more than 40
providing changing exhibits of contemporary art in its galleries and
outdoor sculpture pieces is also available.
instruction by professional artists in its studios. Its unique
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts architecture and attractive grounds offer a stimulating creative
atmosphere. The center is listed as a state and national historic site.
Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum
Eatonville, just north of Orlando, is America’s oldest incorporated www.ourfrontporch.com/osi/mhs
African-American municipality and was home to Zora Neale (407) 644-2451
Hurston, the 20th century American writer, folklorist and
Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum contains
anthropologist. The town’s historical significance is portrayed
artifacts, textiles and historic photographs that tell the story of
through churches, key buildings and the Zora Neale Hurston
Maitland. Also on display is a fine collection of telephones and
National Museum of Fine Arts, which rotates exhibits of works by
artists of African descent.
The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art
Florida International Museum www.mennellomuseum.com
www.floridamuseum.org (407) 246-4278
(800) 777-9882, (727) 822-3693
The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art, located in Loch
Located in St. Petersburg, this major international cultural center
Haven Park, is one of the few museums in the nation dedicated to
is designed to house grand-scale exhibitions including the largest
American folk art. It features the nation’s most extensive permanent
collection of John F. Kennedy memorabilia.
collection of Earl Cunningham paintings and also boasts a vast
Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum
collection of works by self-taught artists.
(407) 933-1942 Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg
This museum specializes in the restoration and display of WWII
aircraft. Structures, knowledgeable tour guides and memorabilia
On Florida’s West Coast, this fine museum offers the only
highlight the restoration process and major reconstruction projects
comprehensive art collection extending from antiquity to the present
that the museum completes annually. Warbird flights are available
day. The collection is noted for its French Impressionist and
adjacent to the museum through Warbird Adventures.
American paintings, including works by Cezanne, Monet and
O’Keeffe, as well as photography and pre-Colombian, African and
Asian art. continued on page 23
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Orange County Regional History Center Bach Festival
(800) 965-2030, (407) 836-8500 (407) 646-2182
Set in downtown Orlando’s historic Orange County Courthouse, Features the world’s greatest music with a choir of 150 voices
The History Center inspires visitors of all ages to take a dynamic, and a full orchestra. The Bach Festival Society presents concerts by
interactive journey through Central Florida’s history 12,000 years internationally famous soloists and ensembles, hosts an annual
ago through today. classic music festival and introduces children to music.
Orlando City Hall Terrace Gallery Orlando Ballet
(407) 246-4279 www.orlandoballet.org
Presenting a changing series of exhibitions and accompanying (407) 426-1739
programs within City Hall, the main purpose of the exhibitions is to The company changed its name from Southern Ballet Theatre to
educate and provide insight into Florida’s growing cultural diversity Orlando Ballet in February 2002 and is one of the oldest and most
through artworks created within the state. renowned professional dance companies in the Southern United
Orlando Science Center States. The company’s mission is to set and promote the standards
www.osc.org of dance not only as an art form, but as a vehicle for bringing culture
(888) 672-4386, (407) 514-2000 and artistic education to the community. The company is made up
The Orlando Science Center offers hundreds of interactive of an international mix of gifted dancers, whose world-class
activities for all ages in its highly themed permanent exhibits. Peer performances have garnered outstanding reviews and brought
into a sinkhole, use simple machines to lift a car and observe ballet to a growing Orlando audience.
prehistoric land and sea creatures. Images surround visitors on the Orlando Opera
Dr. Phillips eight-story CineDome Screen, the world’s largest domed www.orlandoopera.org
theater and planetarium. Also, view the nighttime sky with the area’s
largest refractor telescope available to the public in the Crosby Central Florida’s professional opera company for more than 40
Observatory on Friday and Saturday nights. years, features performances by some of the world’s most
Salvador Dali Museum renowned opera superstars, directors and conductors. Orlando
www.daliweb.com Opera produces three to four live main stage productions each
(727) 823-3767 session.
Located in St. Petersburg, this museum is an experience into the The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
surreal – housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of www.orlandophil.org
works by the late Spanish surrealist.
University of Central Florida Art Gallery As a fully professional ensemble, the Orlando Philharmonic
(407) 823-2676 Orchestra engages the talents of more than 80 conservatory-
The gallery presents temporary exhibitions of contemporary art in trained musicians from around the globe and is Central Florida’s
all media. It is located in the Visual Art Department on campus. resident orchestra, appearing in more than 95 performances each
Performing Arts Shakespeare Festival
For those who love the performing arts - Orlando has great www.shakespearefest.org
variety! In addition to going to the opera, orchestra and ballet, (407) 447-1700
Central Floridians and guests can enjoy performances by the The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival is Central Florida’s
Festival of Orchestras, Florida Children’s Repertory Theater, local professional theater featuring Shakespearean plays in two seasons.
productions at nearby colleges and universities and the SunTrust The outdoor performances are staged at Lake Eola and the
Broadway Series in Orlando. OTIX!, a program sponsored by the classical productions will now be showcased in the new John and
Central Florida Theatre Alliance, City of Orlando, the Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.
Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. and Enzian Theatre
United Arts offers half-price, same-day tickets to many of the shows www.enzian.org
at the Official Visitor Information Center on International Drive or (407) 629-1088
downtown in the Church Street Market. Enzian Theatre showcases the best in American independent,
foreign and alternative cinema in relaxed surroundings and offers a
full menu ranging from pizza and beer to pasta primavera and fine
wine. It is also home to the world-renowned Florida Film Festival in
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Architecture development, Mr. Leu achieved a consistent pattern of success
with his Snow on the Mountain, Cleopatra, The Rosa Sasanqua and
others. Those camellias are Mr. Leu’s legacy to everyone who
(407) 332-0225 comes to the Gardens to enjoy their beauty.
Built around 1885, the home is the only surviving late-Victorian Harry P. Leu never wanted to hold any political office, but was
cottage in Orange and Seminole counties. The exterior of the house very active behind the scenes and contributed greatly to the growth
rises to three floors and features an octagonal tower and ‘ginger- of Orlando. He fought very hard for Rt. 50, the east-west highway.
bread’ verandah. It typifies the flamboyant houses of the Victorian He was also responsible for re-routing 17-92 down Mills St. over to
period featuring a Grand Salon, the ‘Blue Parlor’ and a library. Orange Blossom Trail to Kissimmee. The Leus donated more than
Withers-Maguire House and Museum $100,000 to Orlando Junior College, which is now Lake Highland
(407) 656-2051 Preparatory School. Mr. Leu was also a prime mover in getting what
is now Loch Haven Park into the hands of the city. He helped
The former home of Gen. William T. and Martha Withers and
finance and organize the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce.
David, Maggie and Lillian Maguire was built in 1888 in Ocoee and
It was also through the efforts of Mr. Leu that the Atlantic Coastline
was the first home in the area to have concealed wiring. Its features
first started overnight train service from Jacksonville to Orlando.
include a living room with original furnishings, 1910- and 1940-
styled kitchens, a Community History Museum, a Pioneer Family In 1961, the Leus decided to deed the house and their beautiful
Museum and a School History Museum. gardens to the city. Mr. Leu wanted to give something to the city
Waterhouse Residence that he loved and where he had earned his fortune. They deeded
http://www.ourfrontporch.com/osi/mhs the property with the stipulation that it would always remain a
(407) 644-2451 botanical garden, non-profit and used for the sole purpose of the
The historic Waterhouse Residence and Carpentry Shop enjoyment and education of the people. The city was expressly
Museums are located in Maitland. Built in 1884, the Waterhouse forbidden to ever transfer or sell any of the property. The Leus
Residence and Carpentry Shop have been restored to reflect life hoped that people would come from all over the world to enjoy the
and livelihood during the late Victorian period. house and gardens.
Wells’Built Museum of African American History Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas day.
(407) 297-5790 Leu House Museum tours from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Every 30
The museum is housed in the former Wells’Built Hotel in the minutes. The Leu House Museum is closed for repairs and
Parramore District. It features exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia of inventory in July. Cost of Admission: $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for
African-American artists and musicians who entertained in children grades(K-12). Pets are not permitted within the Gardens.
Harry P. Leu House Museum and Gardens
1920 N. Forest Ave. Orlando is home to 8 major shopping malls. From themed
(407) 246-2620 shopping boutiques to outlet malls and everything in between,
Harry Leu’s home, which began as a Florida farmhouse, has makes Orlando area a shopper's mecca.
been meticulously restored and is on the National Register of Altamonte Mall
451 East Altamonte Drive
Historic Places (Mizell-Leu Historic District). The Leu House,
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
illustrates turn-of-the-20th century Florida living.
The Gardens have nearly fifty acres of peaceful grounds that let
you enjoy “Old Florida” at a leisurely pace. Stroll along meandering
paths shaded by ancient oaks, forests of camellias and giant Florida for the best in shopping, entertainment and dining! 160
camphor trees. The Gardens feature America’s largest Camellia stores, 15 restaurants, 18 movie screens, one amazing time.
collection outside of California and the largest formal rose garden in Belz Festival Bay Mall
Florida as well as several specialty gardens. The Leus traveled all 5250 International Drive
over the world and brought back many exotic plants and many Orlando, FL 32819
varieties (240) of camellias for their gardens. Because the grounds www.belz.com
were so beautiful, they invited the public to drive through and see Exciting 1,000,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center
the camellias and azaleas. Mr. Leu had a great interest in flowers with the finest one-of-a-kind-to-the-Orlando-market retailers!
and trees and beautifying Orlando. He was known as the “Johnny Florida Mall
Appleseed” of Central Florida, because he gave so many beautiful 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
plants away to neighbors and friends. During their many travels, the Orlando, Florida 32809
Leus discovered the Sasanqua camellia, which was not supposed www.simon.com/mall
to grow well in Florida. However, after 10 years of cultivation and 260 stores in one mall! Very popular with locals and tourist.
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Lake Buena Vista Factory Shops Seminole Towne Center
State Road 535 220 Towne Center Circle
Orlando, FL 32821 Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 238-9301 www.simon.com
www.lbvfs.com Discover the elegance of shopping at Seminole Towne Center.
Located just over a mile from Walt Disney World. Your favorite Delight in visiting your favorite stores, including Burdines, Dillard's,
designers and name brands at incredible savings everyday, a JCPenney, Parisian and Sears. Find just what you are looking for
delicious food court, and our exciting events make Lake Buena when you explore the more than 120 specialty shops located
Vista Factory Stores a shopper's paradise. throughout the mall.
Osceola Square Mall The Mall at Millenia
3831 W. Vine St. 4200 Conroy Road
Kissimmee, FL 34741 Orlando, FL 32839
Over 50 great specialty shops, movie theaters and food court. (407) 363-3555
Features Beall's, Upton's, Eckert Drugs, Ross Dress for Less, www.mallatmillenia.com
Morrison's Cafeteria. Bringing high-end fashion retailing to Orlando. Anchored by new-
to-the-market Bloomingdale’s, Nieman-Marcus and Macy’s.
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ACTIVITIES FOR EVERY INTEREST
RDV Sports is committed to being the professional sports model of the 21st century. RDV
Sports combines sports, wellness, and entertainment into a blend of spectator and
participant experience unmatched by any other company in the world. A Rich DeVos family-
owned and managed company, RDV Sports is home to the National Basketball
Association’s Orlando Magic and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Orlando
Miracle. RDV Sports also owns and operates the RDV Sportsplex, a state-of-the-art, family-
oriented facility offering the world’s largest selection of sports, health, and wellness
opportunities. Each year, RDV Sports offers more than 100 professional sports
entertainment events, helps tens of thousands of people achieve a healthier lifestyle,
impacts a hundred thousand lives through community outreach, and distributes $1,000,000
back to the Central Florida community by way of 2 team charities.
8701 Maitland Summit Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32810
The RDV Sportsplex, a joint venture between RDV Sports, Inc. and Florida Hospital, is a
trend-setting destination for sports and wellness. It is a multi-faceted, public/private facility
unmatched in the world. With activities and services available to both club members and
non-club members, the facility includes: an athletic club, tennis center, ice rinks, cafe and
concessions, pro shops, salon & spa, Kids’ Stuff member daycare facility, medical complex,
and events and retreats for special events, parties, meetings and more.
The RDV Sportsplex also serves as home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic and, the WNBA’s
Orlando Miracle. The naming rights to the arena were sold in 2000 to TD Waterhouse at
$7.8 million for five years
RDV Sportsplex provides comprehensive learning and training for all ages and skill levels.
The goal is to serve all levels of performance and ability from novice to the professional
athlete — all with access to the same skilled staff. RDV Sportsplex’s commitment extends
beyond physical fitness to health and wellness. Reinforcing the athletic club are medical
facilities that include pediatrics, corporate and international health, orthopedics, and a
women’s center and radiology — with other medical providers to join soon. Providing total
care for families and individuals is the most important service.
RDV Sportsplex is a premier destination for both personal and professional development.
The Events and Retreats department offers unlimited opportunities to fuse mind and body
experiences through retreats, corporate meetings, team-building, exercises and more.
Situated on 21 acres in Orange County, Florida, the 365,000-square-foot RDV Sportsplex
opened in February 1998.
Orlando Magic (NBA)
Ticket Information: (407) 89-MAGIC
A member of the RDV Sports family, the Orlando Magic is an NBA franchise which
provides a state-of-the-art experience for fans and players alike. The Magic is dedicated to
exemplary service to all customer groups, including employees, fans, season ticket holders,
sponsors, and media. The Orlando Magic is widely benchmarked within the sports industry,
while being committed to the Central Florida community. The 1989-90 season marked the
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inaugural season of the Magic in the National Basketball Minute where they scored two touchdowns with two-point
Association. Since the DeVos family purchased the team in conversions and forced a safety to come from behind in the final
September of 1991, the franchise has made six trips to the playoffs, minute of a game to win. Orlando is tied with Tampa Bay for the
won two Atlantic Division Championships (1995, 1996), captured longest tenure in a market by a team, and are unique in that they
one Eastern Conference title (1995), and had three 50-win seasons, are now (2005) in their fifteenth season of playing in the same
including a franchise record 60 victories in 1995-96. In 1999-2000, venue, the TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando Arena), or as it’s called
Head Coach Doc Rivers was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year, on game days: The Jungle due to the hostile environment from the
while General Manager John Gabriel was named the NBA’s fans, harsh smoke that fills the arena during the players into, and a
Executive of the Year. Guns N’ Roses song which “welcomes” other teams followed by
In 2001-2002, McGrady lead the Magic to a winning record of their impending death. Orlando is tied with Tampa Bay for the
44-38. In 2002-2003, with the acquisition of Gordon Giricek and longest tenure in a market by a team, and are unique in that they
Drew Gooden, McGrady once again led the Magic to a 42-40 are now (2005) in their fifteenth season of playing in the same
record. The Magic finished the 2004 season with a 36-46 record, venue, the TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando Arena), or as it’s called
very disappointing after a strong start. Owner Rich DeVos on game days: The Jungle due to the hostile environment from the
announced in October 2005 that he was transferring ownership to fans, harsh smoke that fills the arena during the players into, and a
his children, with the official owner role moving to son-in-law and Guns N’ Roses song which “welcomes” other teams followed by
team President Bob Vander Weide. On February 15 the Magic their impending death.
announced that they have acquired Darko Milicic and Carlos Arroyo Daytona 500
from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Kelvin Cato and a 2007 Daytona International Speedway (386) 254-2700
first-round draft pick. 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fla. 32114
Orlando Miracle (WNBA) Ticket (386) 253-7223
Ticket Information: (407) 916-WNBA www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
The Orlando Miracle is a WNBA franchise, managed and Daytona International Speedway is home to the infamous
operated by RDV Sports. Orlando was granted a conditional team Daytona 500; a 200 lap NASCAR race that is the opening event of
on April 22, 1998. The team, under the direction of General the NASCAR Winston Cup season. The 480-acre Speedway also
Manager/Head Coach Carolyn Peck, qualified for the WNBA plays host to a variety of other races, from stock cars to go karts,
Playoffs for the first time in franchise history during the 2000 season earning it the title “World Center of Racing”. When races are not
and have an overall record of 44-52. On July 16, 2001, Orlando scheduled, the Speedway grounds are used for car shows,
welcomed the world’s best professional female basketball players production vehicle testing, and police motorcycle training.
as they hosted the WNBA All-Star Game at the TD Waterhouse
The City of Orlando Recreation Bureau (407) 246-2288
Centre. From its inception in 1999, the Miracle have provided pure Athletics Office Recreation Bureau
team-oriented professional basketball entertainment played and 649 W. Livingston St.
coached passionately by a collection of world-class talent, including Orlando, FL 32801
athletes with national, professional and Olympic experience. www.cityoforlando.net
Fan-oriented and family friendly, Miracle professional basketball The City of Orlando offers over 150 programs, classes or
players are role models and symbols of empowerment for women activities, at our 17 recreation centers. Activities are available for
who are accessible and active in the community. Orlando Miracle adults, youngsters, pre-schoolers, and seniors.
basketball is committed to delivering current and prospective Organized athletics programs and leagues for adults and
basketball fans (women, men and children alike) outstanding youngsters are operated year-round by the City of Orlando,
championship play and excitement at an affordable price in a cool, including aquatics, soccer, baseball, basketball, football, softball
comfortable environment all summer season long. and volleyball. There are fitness rooms and gymnasiums at 8 City of
Orlando Predators (407) 447-733 Orlando Community Centers.
302 S. Graham Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803 Year Round Aquatics Programs
Ticket Line: (407) 447-7337 Adult Fitness: Swimming is the best exercise for your health.
www.orlandopredators.com The Adult Fitness self-paced lap swimming program offers you a
The Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League also play at refreshing way to exercise year round.
the TD Waterhouse Centre. Since joining the league in 1991, they Club Swim Team: Year round United States swimming
have become one of the legendary franchises in the young league, competitive team training. Ages 6 to 18.
having a historic rivalry with the Tampa Bay Storm, two ArenaBowl
Family Fun Nights: Presenting an event for the entire family. Held
titles (1998 and 2000), and several historic moments including the
Friday nights during the summer months at various City pool
league’s only shutout to date and a procession called the Miracle
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Family Swim: Open swim time for families only. Children under Recreational Swim Team: Learn pre-competitive swimming skills
18 must be accompanied by an adult and children 6 and under by swimming on the Orlando Otters swim team. This program
must be accompanied by an adult in the water. includes instructional swim meets, awards, prizes and a free t-shirt.
H2O-Robics: Water exercise programs for adults of all ages and Summer in the City Teen Pool Parties: Teens ages 11-14 can
fitness levels. Classes are held during the summer months at the make some waves at our teen pool parties offered on Saturday
College Park pool. nights during the summer months of June - August. Call (407) 246-
Junior Guard: Learn the basic skills of life guarding. Jr. Guards 2649 for dates, times and locations.
will shadow and assist pool guards during operating hours. Our Swim Lessons: We offer American Red Cross swimming lessons
program also offers field trips and a final Jr. Guard competition. for adults and youth ages 6 months and up. Morning and evening
Public Swim: Open swim time for the general public. Children 10 lessons available.
and under must be accompanied by an adult and children 6 and Synchronized Swimming: Learn the basics of competitive and
under must be accompanied by an adult in the water. City performance synchronized swimming and perform in the summer
residents are FREE. Non-City resident fees will apply. Synchro-Water Show. Youth Baseball Leagues (5 - 14 years old)
R E C R E AT I O N B U R E AU
Special Programs Dr. Fun’s “WhatDoYouKnowOnTheGo” This mobile education
center is designed to bring educational programs and recreational
L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education Awareness Diversity) Adventure
activities to areas where recreational facilities do not already exist.
Program. Offers middle teens (11-14 years old) the opportunity to
The bus is fully equipped with two computers, a library, an arts and
participate in camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and many
crafts area, athletic equipment and a children’s activity area. For
other adventure activities. Through these activities the kids learn
more information or to schedule an appearance of the bus, call
teamwork, problem solving, communications and self-esteem skills.
The trips range from one day to overnight excursions. L.E.A.D.
continues throughout the year on school holidays, weekends and Exceptional Recreation Program Programs for mentally and/or
during the summer. Call (407) 246-3596 for more information. physically challenged. All events are held at the Loch Haven Park
Project J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) A program dedicated
to linking generations through interactive field trips and community Recreation and Community Sites
projects. Activities include educational opportunities, conducting The Recreation Bureau operates 17 different centers for
service projects and enjoying meals and performances together - recreation, senior citizens and community programs throughout the
the possibilities are endless! Call (407) 522-1917 for more City of Orlando. In addition to these centers, the Bureau
information. administers several other facilities such as Turkey Lake Park, Lake
Primetime A before and after school program for middle school Eola Park, the Orlando Tennis Center and the Orlando Sports
teens held at all five middle schools (Carver, Howard, Robert E. Lee, Campus.
Stonewall Jackson and Memorial) located within the city limits of Community & Recreation Centers
Orlando. This partnership between the City of Orlando and Orange
Callahan Neighborhood Center
County Public Schools focuses on reducing juvenile crime, keeping
Citrus Square Recreation Site
kids away from drugs and violence, improving school attendance
Colonialtown Neighborhood Center
and academic performance, providing supervised and structured
Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center
activities and encouraging school and community pride. Call (407)
Dover Shores Community Center
246-3596 for more information.
Downtown Recreation Center
S.P.A.R.K. (School, Parents, Academics and Recreation for Engelwood Neighborhood Center
Kids) A program for elementary school students, providing
Hankins Park Recreation Site
supervised and structured recreational and educational activities
Ivey Lane Recreation Site
before and after school at Dover Shores Elementary School and
John H. Jackson Community Center
Dover Shores Community Center. Call (407) 249-6917 for more
Langford Park Neighborhood Center
Loch Haven Park Neighborhood Center
Northwest Community Center
Orlando Sports Campus
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Orlando Tennis Center
Reeves Terrace Recreation Site
Wadeview Pool & Community Center
Turkey Lake Park
Senior Citizen Centers
Beardall Senior Center
L. Claudia Allen Senior Center
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PUBLIC GOLF COURSES
Conway Golf & Recreation Center
5080 Hoffner Ave.
Cypress Creek Country Club
5353 S. Vineland Rd.
DeBarry Golf & Country Club
U.S. Hwy 17-92
Eastwood Golf Club
13950 Golfway Blvd.
Faldo Golf Institute By Marriott
5964 Aveninda Vista
The Greens Golf Club
3645 W. Oak Ridge Rd.
Hawks Landing Golf Club
8701 World Center Drive
Hunter’s Creek Golf Course Inc.
Hunter’s Creek Blvd.
Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club
6351 Intl. Golf Club Rd.
Meadow Woods Golf Club
13001 Landstar Blvd.
Metrowest Country Club
2100 S. Hiawassee Rd.
Stoneybrook Golf Club
2900 Northampton Ave.
Wedgefield Golf & Country Club
20550 Maxim Pkwy.
Windermere Golf Center
7100 S.R. 535 at Chase Road
Orange County N’tnl Golf Center
16301 Phil Ritson Way
Winter Pines Golf Club
950 S. Ranger Blvd
** Course in Orlando unless **noted Orlando golf tee times courses
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Choosing a Moving Company
Have at least three movers come to your home and give estimates. Be sure to ask
whether the estimates are binding, non-binding or guaranteed not to exceed a certain
amount. Obtain each company’s assigned Motor Carrier number and call the USDOT at
(202) 358-7000 to determine if they are registered and have the proper insurance on file.
Ask your prospective moving company for a copy of the “Your Rights and Responsibilities
When You Move” booklet.
Relocation to Your New Town
If you’re one of the 40 million Americans planning to move this year, you need a strategy.
Starting early and staying organized is the key to a painless move. In general, follow the pre-
move checklists provided. These lists will help you track the myriad of details needed to
facilitate your move.
If you are selling your present home and/or buying a new one, refer to the home
inspection checklist, choosing a morgage, and the mortgage glossary. If you are planning
to rent in your new city, read the article on rental tips. And, if you are undecided, we hope
the article entitled “Buying vs. Renting” will help you assess the pros and cons of each.
Whatever decisions you face based on your particular circumstances, stay positive, calm
and organized. And, don’t forget to make some time just for yourself. It will probably save
you a lot of time in the long run!
• Sort your belongings. If you don’t use an item, dispose of it.
• Label boxes indicating what they contain and in which room they should be placed.
• Drain gas and oil from power tools so they will not leak; dispose of all volatile or corrosive
• After cleaning out the refrigerator and/or freezer, place pieces of charcoal in them to
• Pack important records in easily accessible place. Include medical, dental, school,
insurance, credit card and tax records.
• Use strong, clean containers with lids secured with twine or tape.
• Put no more than 50 pounds in each container.
• Place heavy items towards the bottom of the containers; lighter items on top.
• Protect all finished surfaces from scratching by wrapping them in paper.
• Use plenty of cushioning such as shredded or crumpled paper to protect belongings in
boxes. Remember that newspaper ink can rub off and stain items packed with it.
• Pack items tightly to avoid shifting during move.
• Fragile items, like china, should be packed in reinforced boxes or in special boxes with
• Individually wrap and cushion electrical appliances.
• Make sure liquids and foodstuffs are placed in carefully sealed containers.Wrap and pack
kitchenware tightly to prevent damage.
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• Chests and dressers should not be overloaded since glued where these boxes go. This way, movers will be directed to the
furniture joints could collapse. correct rooms if you’re not available to tell them where to put
• Unusually shaped or valuable items should be crated or moved each box.
by you and not the movers. Easily crushed items should be • Make a detailed floor plan for where you want things to go in your
individually boxed and cushioned. new home. Photocopy it so you can tack up copies in every room
You should not remove home fixtures such as window treatment for the movers.
hardware, towel racks and electrical fixtures. Unless your sales • Take snapshots of wall units and shelves, so you know how
agreement specifically states otherwise, such items are usually things were arranged on them.
considered legally part of your residence.Let the moving company Settling Into Your New Home
pack furniture, mirrors and artwork to prevent damage.
• Start by making the beds. Bedding tends to be bulky and
Stay Organized eliminating lots of boxes quickly and easily will be encouraging.
Here are some basic tips to help make moving less traumatic:
• Unpack and organize children’s belonging’s next. Young children
• Pack an “Immediate Box” or an overnight suitcase with the will quickly become restless without familiar things. Remember to
necessities you’ll be needing right away. Don’t forget to include position storage hooks and shelves that children will be using
medicines and a first aid kit, toilet paper, tissue, and paper within their reach.
towels. • Next, tackle the kitchen. This job will go much faster if each box
• Pack an “Immediate Kitchen” box including trash bags, the has been specifically labeled as to its contents. Simply labeling
coffee pot or tea kettle, toaster, plastic silverware, paper plates, “Kitchen” doesn’t help you prioritize which box to unpack first.
styrofoam cups and some non-perishable snacks, such as • Stay positive. Getting settled into your new home can seem
crackers, peanut butter, dried fruit. This way, there will be some overwhelming unless you look at it as a series of small projects.
instant sustenance while you get organized.
• Congratulate yourself! You accomplished a lot today!
• Affix colored labels to the moving boxes according to destination.
Put the same-color labels or signs on the door of the rooms
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W H A T ’ S A L L T H E T A L K A B O U T. Y O U P A C K , T H E Y D R I V E M O V I N G ?
Moving Decisions Save Time and Money
Are you faced with an upcoming job relocation? With so many The “you pack, they drive” moving alternative saves you the
options for moving your household items, it can be a difficult trouble of driving an unfamiliar vehicle as well as the stress and
decision to determine which service best fits your moving needs. difficulty during a long-distance drive. Since the estimates provided
Also, with a limited relocation budget from your employer to cover for this service are based on volume (space) and not weight, you will
your moving costs, finding a service that complements your avoid unexpected higher moving costs and hidden fees associated
pocketbook is important as well. While hiring a professional moving with other full-service moving companies. Unlike a rental truck, the
company may be time-saving, the cost for full-service moving could normal moving expenses such as fuel, taxes, tolls, and unexpected
be several thousand dollars. A recent trend in the moving industry costs such as flat tires and engine blowouts are covered by the
is the do-it-yourself moving option. Most people associate do-it- service provider.
yourself with the truck rental option; however, the “you pack, they Loading Service Options
drive” moving alternative is becoming increasingly popular. The cost savings of using the “you pack, they drive” service
New Moving Alternative largely result from packing and loading your trailer. Some customers
With this type of service, you are expected to pack and load your may not have the physical ability or manpower to pack and load
items in an adequately-sized commercial trailer. You are given up to their own trailer. This problem is relatively easy to solve—simply
two business days to pack and load your goods. The cost of the check with one of the packing and loading companies suggested
move is controlled by the customer because this service allows you by the “you pack, they drive” service provider. You can locate
to pay for only the spaced used in the trailer. Once you have packing and loading assistance in both your origin and destination
completed the packing and loading process, the trailer is picked up cities. By combining the “you pack, they drive” service with local
by the local dispatch office. The trailer is then transported by a loading and unloading assistance, you can save money versus
professional driver to your destination. You will receive an estimated using a full-service moving company.
arrival time for delivery of your goods and will also have the ability to The Choice is Yours
track your goods during the transit of your move. Upon arrival at During your search for the best moving option for your upcoming
your new home, the trailer is delivered at the appointed time and job relocation, consider the “you pack, they drive” moving option
you will unpack and unload your goods. The local dispatch office and know that you are in control of every aspect of your move. You
will then come and remove the empty trailer. will not only save time and money, you will experience less stress
and headache during an already stressful part of your life.
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One Month Before Two Weeks Before
K Take Inventory. Decide what to keep and what to get rid of. K Notify Phone Company: Your new local phone company
should be notified of your move no sooner than 30 business
K Reserve a rental truck or select a moving company. Look for
days prior to move, and no later than 5 business days before
rental trucks and moving companies in local brochures, yellow
moving. The service representative will run a quick credit check
pages, or through your rental agent/ real estate broker.
and assign you a new telephone number.
K Make a moving file for important documents, such as family
K Notify Utilities: The electric and gas service companies should
medical and dental records, school records, legal documents
be contacted at least two weeks before your move. The old
and titles, banking and financial statements, stock and bond
service will need your move out date and you should request
certificates, tax returns, birth certificates and insurance
the return of any deposits at this time. The new service will
documents. Include all receipts – many expenses are tax
need your move in date to determine when service will be
turned on or transferred to your name. You can inquire if they
K Make any car rental, airline or hotel arrangements. have a billing plan to balance out of season differences by
paying a set amount each month. If moving into an apartment,
K Gather moving supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap and check with the property manager to see if service was left on
paper for wrapping. before you call the utility companies. Write down the
emergency numbers to call in event of a problem or outage.
K Post Office: A week before you move, you should stop by your
local post office to fill out a change of address cards. K Banks: (checking accounts, investments, etc.): Before you
Correspondence cards are also available to send to various move to your new city, make sure all existing accounts in your
companies such as credit card companies, magazine old bank are closed. Find a new bank to fill your personal
publishers and any other organizations that should be needs and open accounts, order checks and obtain direct
informed of your move. The mail will be forwarded to your new deposit forms if applicable.
home for a full year. After a year, the mail will be returned to the
sender with your new address stamped on it. You can get an K Find a new doctor and dentist and have your family’s medical
official change form at the local post office or on the Internet at records transferred to them.
K Refill any prescription medications which must be taken
K Credit Card Companies: Immediately notify all your credit card regularly and arrange to have those prescriptions transferred to
companies of your move. Keeping an individual file on each your new city.
one makes this process much easier. We suggest using the
K Arrange to register your children in their new school(s). Contact
correspondence cards offered at the post office in addition to
their current school(s) to have their records forwarded.
requesting in writing that they send you a letter of confirmation.
It is also recommended to make a follow up call.
K Purchase Insurance: If you are moving from out of state and
are insured by a fairly large company, they will most likely have
an office in the city you are moving to. If you need to find a new
company, it is important to get homeowners insurance at least
one month before the move. Those moving to an apartment
need to contact the insurance company two weeks before the
move. If you have large amounts of jewelry and/or furs coats
it’s important to contact the agency as soon as possible since
you will be needing additional coverage.
K Remember to request the return of any security deposits.
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One Week Before Moving Day
K Confirm any travel plans or reservations. K Early on moving day, reserve a large place for the moving truck
to park. Mark off an area with cones or chairs. If you need to
K Finish packing and make sure all boxes are clearly labeled.
obtain parking permission from your apartment complex
K Subscribe to the local newspaper and visit the Chamber of manager or the city, do so in advance.
Commerce in your new city for additional community
K Before work starts, walk through the house with the movers
and describe the loading order. Show them items you intend to
K Change of Address Notification: You will need to notify the transport yourself. You should have these items grouped in an
Postal Service that you are moving. It is now possible to do so area prior to the movers arriving. Remain on site to answer the
without visiting the post office. Go to website listed above. For movers’ questions and to provide special instructions.
the fee of $1.00 you may fill out the address change
K Walk through your home and make sure that everything was
information online and receive an email confirmation. Or you
loaded. Make sure you have the keys to your new home.
may choose to print the form and mail it to your local post
office. US Postal Service, www.usps.com K Remember that professional movers expect to be paid in full
before your goods are unloaded. Check for damage, as items
K Notify IRS: You will also need to notify the IRS that you have
are unloaded and report any problems right away.
moved. This will ensure you receive your IRS refund and/or any
other correspondence. To change your address with the IRS, K Unless the company’s policy prohibits the acceptance of
complete a Form 8822 (PDF), Address Change Request. This gratuities, it is customary to tip each mover. $20 is a good
is available on the IRS website. IRS, www.irs.gov amount; you may want to tip more or less based on the service
One Day Before
K If you are moving yourself and getting help from friends, make
sure you create a task list. Be sure to have everything packed
K Pick up your rental truck or confirm your move with the moving before your help arrives. It is natural for people to work in pairs,
company. but you should consider each person’s physical ability and
K Make sure you and your movers have the directions to your health status. Plan to provide beverages and food for your
new home. Plan your travel so that you will be there to greet volunteers. Load the truck according to the directions your
them and unlock your home. Have a backup plan in case one truck rental agency gave you, and make sure that you
of you gets delayed. understand how to operate and drive the rental truck before
you leave the agency.
K Obtain the driver’s cell phone number and give him/her yours
so you can stay in touch in case one of you is delayed.
K Ask what form of payment the movers will accept (check,
money order, certified check, travelers checks) and make
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MOVING WITH CHILDREN & &ETS
REINFORCE THE POSITIVES
et family members focused on and involved in the process of moving. Hold a family
meeting to discuss why, where, when and how the family will move. Encourage
everyone to ask questions and express feelings. If possible, drive the family to see
the new home and take a tour of the new neighborhood schools, shops and parks. Take
photos or videotape the new house and neighborhood. Make lists for each older child of
things to do to prepare for the move and assign them a special task or two. For example,
they can read and inform other family members about the area history, landmarks, special
events and amusements. Help children prepare for the move by having them assist with
packing. Let them pack a box of special clothes, toys or books they would like readily
accessible at their new home. Let each family member help plan how to set up his or her
bedroom. Have them help select paint or wallpaper. Let them share ideas how to arrange
the furniture. When the move takes place, set up the children’s rooms first.
Choosing A School
One of the most satisfying experiences a family can have is finding a school that fits its
needs. That school will “feel right” because its administrators, teachers, and parents are
part of a strong community that shares the family’s educational values. Children are eager
to go there because the school program stimulates their curiosity and provides them with
outlets for their interests. Parents will be pleased because their involvement in their
children’s education will be welcomed and encouraged.
In order to find the best school for your child, you should begin by observing your child’s
learning habits. Even as preschoolers, children begin to develop different approaches to
learning. These inclinations provide strong clues about what kind of school would serve
them best. In her book Your Child’s First School, educational consultant Diana Townsend-
Butterworth offers these suggestions of things to watch for in determining your child’s
orientation to learning:
• What does your child enjoy doing?
• What excites your child and arouses his or her curiosity?
• What seems to be frustrating?
• Does your child thrive in a structured environment or seem to prefer one that offers more
• Is your child quiet or rambunctious?
• Does he or she prefer to work on projects alone or with other children?
• Does he or she have any special interests or abilities?
Make a list of answers to these questions as well as taking note of any other
characteristics you notice about your child. As you read more about individual schools, and
when you visit the ones that interest you, you will be better able to choose a school that
suits your child.
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For high school, parents often choose a new school for their Orange County Public Schools
children. This is frequently because their current school goes only 445 West Amelia Street
through eight grade. As you look for a high school, consider your Orlando, FL 32801
child’s learning style as well as his or her interests when deciding
upon a school. Also keep in mind your own family goals, which may
The Orange County public school system is the 12th largest
involve preparing for college, in making this important choice.
district out of more than 16,000 in the nation and is the 5th largest
What about family expectations? In order to provide a good
in Florida. To better serve principals and students, the district has
match, a child’s school must also meet a family’s needs. Here again,
five regional learning communities. The mission of the district is that
you may want to prepare a list of expectations and use it as a guide
each student will acquire the skills, attitudes and knowledge
in the search for the best school for your child:
necessary to reach full potential.
• What goal do you have for your child’s long-term education? Is Enrollment
college preparation a priority? Under state law, a child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1
• How important to you is parental involvement in school activities? to enter kindergarten. To enter first grade, a child must be 6 on or
• Do you expect the school to have a role in developing a child’s before Sept. 1 and must have attended kindergarten. You may go
character by encouraging respect for adults and peers as well as to the school your child will attend at any time to register him or her
others in society, including the disadvantaged? for school. If you are new to the area, you are encouraged to
• How important is it to you that you have a strong relationship and register your child as soon as possible. Previous school records or
share a philosophy with other parents at the school? report cards help schools place students. Each school has a
designated attendance area, and the family’s address determines
• How interested are you in providing a home setting that gives
which school the student will attend. Contact the Pupil Assignment
your child time for homework?
office at (407) 317-3233 to find your attendance zone.
• How important to you is a before-school and after-school
• Birth certificate
Before beginning a search for a school, parents should reflect on
these questions, and their expectations for schools. Parents who • Immunization records on an HRS 680 form for MMR (mumps,
choose schools wisely are pleased after their children enroll measles, and rubella), DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus)
because the family and the school work in harmony with a common and OPU (polio)
set of expectations for the youngsters. Admissions directors at • Proof of a physical examination within the last year, or one
schools will gladly connect you with parents of current students so scheduled within 30 days
you can make an informed choice for your child.
• Proof of residence, including a homestead exemption card,
Most schools believe parents should have a strong role in their
lease/rental agreement, notarized statement or declaration of
children’s education. Being involved in a child1s education
domicile for residents new to Florida
strengthens the whole family and sends a message to children that
education is an important part of their lives. Schools know that the • Each first grader who attended a private kindergarten also will
way in which parents choose to become active in their children’s need a letter from that school stating that he/she has successfully
schools varies greatly. They provide many different opportunities for completed kindergarten.
parental involvement. Most schools have strong parent associations
that organize social events, help coordinate volunteer activitied, and
provide an organizes means of communication between parents
Each of these encounters strengthens the life of the schools and
creates a community of committed adults supporting the goals of
the schools and the students. This feeling of community, with adults
and students working together for a common purpose, is one of the
distinguishing strengths of a good schools.
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SELECTING CHILD CARE
When you’re new to a community, locating a person or program
to provide child care for you is not the easiest of tasks. Due to
expanding demand, just finding an opening can be difficult.
Pinpointing a place that is not too far or too expensive and, most
importantly, a provider whom you trust, may take days or weeks of
persistent phoning and visits.
When considering child care, there are three main types of care
arrangements: a center-based child care program, a home-based
child care program, and care in the child’s own home. Each of the
different arrangements has unique advantages and disadvantages.
Family Child Care
Family child care offers a blending of ages. Children, particularly
infants and toddlers who have little experience relating to other
people, are well served by a family child care home. There are only
a few other children and adults with whom to relate. Family child
care is designed to be a less structured program where children
have the flexibility to play, rest and even eat on different schedules.
School-aged children often can stay in their own neighborhoods
and still participate in after-school activities. Each child has the
opportunity to relate to a few other children of different ages-some
younger and some older. A family child care home is required to be
licensed if the person provides care for more than three children,
including her own children under age 12.
Child Care Centers
In a child-care center, children are grouped by age with activities
planned especially for that age level. Each classroom has diverse
equipment, materials and activities which support a planned
curriculum. Group size and child-to-adult ratios are regulated by the In addition to the forms of child care, you want to take into
licensing standards issued by the Department of Children and account the following factors:
Family Services. A variety of staff is employed to supervise the • Age and personality of your child.
children during the day. Child care centers may serve children from • Child care needs of all the children in your family.
six weeks to 12 years of age and include part-day pre-school
• Location of your workplace, home and child care facility.
programs, such as Montessori and Head Start.
• Hours you need child care.
• What you can afford. When you begin your search, start with the
In-home care is care for children in their own homes by someone
telephone. Plan to spend a few minutes with each call. Describe
the parent has employed-perhaps a nanny, housekeeper, live-in
your needs and ask about the program, staff, location, other
student or baby-sitter. Your child is cared for in familiar and
children in care, and what is included in the cost. Make an
comfortable surroundings: home with familiar toys and playthings.
appointment and visit the center, school or home, and plan on
Also, time is saved by not having to take your child anywhere. In-
spending at least an hour at each place. Visit once to observe the
home care is often perceived as the most convenient for working
children in care and at another time outside of regular structured
parents but is generally the least available and most expensive form
hours to spend time with provider or director to speak without
of child care. When you have full-time, in-home care, you pay at
least minimum wage and all necessary state and federal withholding
and taxes. Salaries start at around $250 per week. Always check In the final analysis, locating a child care provider with whom you
the references and work histories of candidates for any child care are confident is well worth the searching. Why? Your child benefits
position. greatly from such an arrangement, meeting and interacting with
other children and adults. The child learns and grows from
experience, often times a major step in establishing independence
and becoming his or her “own person.” And you feel more at ease
knowing your child is safe and happy.
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T Y P E S O F H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N
Community Colleges Nearly 3 million students are believed to be taking online classes
Community colleges exist for two major purposes. The first is to at institutions of higher education in the United States this year. That
serve as a bridge from high school to college by providing courses number has been growing about 25% a year recently. Now, virtually
for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree. Four out of 10 college- all public higher education institutions, as well as a vast majority of
bound high-school graduates start their college education this way. private, for-profit institutions, now offer online classes. By contrast,
The second function of community colleges is to prepare only about half of private, nonprofit schools offer them.
students for the job market by offering entry-level career training as Online schools offer everything from Associate’s degrees to
well as courses for adult students who want to upgrade their skills Doctoral programs with available emphases in everything from
for the workplace. They often offer programs that are not available Business Administration to Criminal Justice to Nursing. Some
at four-year schools, like fashion design. programs require students to attend some campus classes or
Liberal Arts Colleges orientations, but many are delivered completely online.
Liberal arts colleges offer a broad base of courses in the Online courses generally require a computer with a broadband
humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Most are private and connection, but are now a serious option for the busy professional.
focus mainly on undergraduate students. Classes tend to be small Public vs. Private
and personal attention is available. Public colleges are usually less expensive, particularly for in-state
Online Learning residents. They get most of their money from the state or local
Recent years have witnessed the rise of online degree programs, government. Private colleges rely on tuition, fees, endowments, and
to allow the busy professional a chance to work at their own pace other private sources. Private colleges are usually smaller and can
from the comfort of their home on the path to getting a degree. The offer more personalized attention and often more prestige.
costs to students are typically the same as for traditional classes— Universities
and financial aid is equally available—while the cost to the institution Generally, a university is bigger than a college and offers more
can be much less. majors and research facilities. Class size often reflects institutional
There are online universities ranging from legitimate distance size and some classes may taught by graduate students.
learning systems to fly-by-night degree-mills. It’s important to Upper Division
research a particular institution before deciding to enroll in their Upper-division schools offer the last two years of undergraduate
system. Generally, brick-and-mortar schools that also offer online study, usually in specialized programs leading to a bachelor’s
classes are the safest, though there are plenty of fully accredited degree. Students then generally transfer to an upper-division
online universities out there. college after completing an associate degree or after finishing a
second year of study at a four-year college.
D E G R E E S A N D C E RT I F I C AT E S
Certificate or Diploma Combined Bachelor’s/Graduate Degree (or Joint Degree)
These non-degree offerings generally lead to employment in an Complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s or first-professional
occupational field. For example, to enter fields such as computer degree in less than the usual amount of time. In most programs,
science or teaching, you may first have to get a certificate or students apply to the graduate program during their first three years
diploma. of undergraduate study, and begin the graduate program in their
Associate Degree fourth year of college. Successful completion results in awarding of
You receive an associate of arts (AA) or associate of science (AS) both bachelor’s and graduate degrees. These are sometimes
degree after completing two years of study similar to the first two referred to as “4 +1” programs.
years of a four-year college. After earning an AA or an AS, you may Masters Degree
transfer to a four-year college to complete the requirements for a These signify more specialized training in a particular field. They
bachelor’s degree. The associate of applied science (AAS) degree is are competed after the bachelor’s degree, usually over the course
awarded on completion of technological or vocation programs of of 2 years for the full time student.
Bachelor’s or Baccalaureate Degree These generally signify some significant research in the field, and
Complete a four- or five-year, full-time program of study (or its are an upper level degree.
part-time equivalent) at a college. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) are the most common.
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PAY I N G F O R S C H O O L
FAFSA www.fafsa.gov • Federal Student Loans made to parents: Much higher limit, but
FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form payments start immediately
that must be filled out annually by university to determine their • Private Student Loans made to students or parents: Higher limits
eligibility for federal financial aid (including grants, loans, and work- and no payments until after graduation.
study programs). In addition, most states and schools use
Getting Your MBA Part-time
information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid.
Getting your MBA may be imperative to you and your career.
The FAFSA consists of numerous questions regarding the
More than 40% of all graduate students are working adults, so it is
student’s finances, as well as those of his or her family; these are
possible to balance the rest of your life with your desire to continue
entered into a formula that determines the Expected Family
Contribution. The amount of the EFC can vary widely, depending on
You’ll generally spend three to four hours a week with the
a number of factors; for example, one such factor is whether a
instructor in a 3-credit class. It’s generally recommended that you
student has siblings in college at the time.
spend about 8 additional hours a week studying and preparing for
The best place to look for help before you start filling out your
the next classroom session, so 12-15 hrs a week total.
FAFSA is at your school’s financial aid office.
So where are you going to find an extra 15 hrs a week? It helps
to journal how you do spend your time during the week, and then
FAFSA only scratches the surface of the money available to
list priorities. Lower priority items, like watching TV, may take up
students for school. There are many state and private scholarships
more time than you realize, and can be shelved so you can continue
out there. The easiest way to find listings of what scholarships that
you may qualify for is by going to a scholarship database online and
doing a search. Some handy sites for this are: Re-prioritizing your time is the most crucial step in ensuring you’ll
have success on your path to your degree. Make sure you discuss
your goals with your boss, friends, and family, so they know what to
expect as you add this major commitment to your life.
It’s not recommended that you participate in any website that
asks you to pay a fee to search for a scholarship; there are many
wonderful free sites available.
Types of Financial Aid
Financial aid may be classified into two types based on the
criteria through which the financial aid is awarded: merit-based or
Merit-scholarships are typically awarded for outstanding
academic achievements, although some merit scholarships can
also be awarded for special talents, leadership potential and other
personal characteristics. Merit scholarships are sometimes
awarded without regard for the financial need of the applicant.
Athletic scholarships are a form of merit aid that takes athletic talent
Need-based financial aid is awarded on the basis of the financial
need of the student. The amount of need based aid is generally
based off the criteria on the FAFSA.
While included in the term “financial aid” Higher Education Loans
differ from scholarships and grants in that they must be paid back.
They come in several varieties in the United States
• Federal Student Loans made to students directly: No payments
until after graduation, but amounts are quite limited
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R E L O C AT I N G YO U R P E T
Your coffee is finally brewing after what seemed like an endless can’t be as good as Dr. Morris…and Prince just loved Dr. Morris.
search through the boxes left by the moving company. The disk Farfetched? Not really. Pets are probably most overlooked when
jockey on the radio reads the weather forecast and you learn that it it comes to relocating. Most people just expect their pets to wake
is 70 degrees outside with an expected high of 75. Your company up completely adapted to their new surroundings as if nothing
doesn’t even have to give you a raise to move here. changed. Although this is true for many pets, just as many find
Just as you start thinking that everything is proceeding smoothly relocating to be traumatic. Furthermore, most people wait until their
and that your new city really does have a lot to offer, you realize pet is ill before finding a new veterinarian.
Prince, your four-year old Great Dane, isn’t acting right. Now what? What should you do then for your pet when relocating? Actually
Is he really sick? Homesick? What’s worse is that you don’t know the place to begin is in your hometown before you move. Speak to
where the closest veterinarian is located and, of course, he or she your own veterinarian and tell him/her where you are moving and
ask his/her advice. In most cases, this
alone will be sufficient to find out what is
necessary to prepare your pet for transition.
Further, people will be surprised how often
their veterinarian can recommend someone
in the area where they are moving. Whether
or not this person will actually become your
new veterinarian is not as important as the
peace of mind that the recommendation is
from someone you trust.
Finally, don’t wait until your pet is ill
before looking for a veterinarian. This is an
extremely emotional time and nothing can
be more traumatic than having to find a
veterinarian in the midst of a crisis. It is
obvious, then, that you should find a new
veterinarian before that first crisis occurs so
that when the need arises, you will be
How do you go about finding a new
veterinarian in a new city? The best place to
begin is simply the New Market Services
Information Guide. Location is an important
factor, as many pets don’t travel well and, in
the case of emergency, distance may be a
factor in receiving timely treatment.
After making a list of local veterinary
clinics, take the time to go visit them. Talk to
the staff. Ask about office hours, fees,
whether appointments are required, and
what services are available. Also, ask if it is
possible to talk to the doctor so that you
can introduce yourself and at least have a
first impression to help you make your
Finally, ask your neighbors which
veterinarians they take their pets to and
why. Then, of course, it’s your decision, but
at least you have gathered some
information on which to base your decision.
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