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Jul 07

Around Town: Highlights in the Community June 2023

Posted on July 7, 2023 at 11:17 AM by Kelly Robertson

City of Apopka Highlights for June 2023

Apopka Youth Works Program

The City, in partnership with CareerSource Central Florida and the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsored the annual Apopka Youth Works Program (AYW). AYW is a paid, summer internship that gives teenagers real work experience. As part of the program, students receive soft skills training to prepare them for work including a job fair where they interview with local businesses. We had 130 students participate this summer.

Students interviewing with employers at the Apopka Youth Works Job Fair

Downtown Transportation Improvements

The City held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of Main and Central to highlight the recently completed $3.5 million dollar improvements along Highway 441 from Bradshaw to Central. This resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation project was a partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the City. Thank you to FDOT for resurfacing the road and installing medians to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety. In addition, the City added landscaping and decorative crosswalks as a beautification project for the downtown area. In the next several months, the City plans to install wayfinding signage as well.

Members of the City Council, Apopka Chamber, Department of Transportation officials cut the ribbon

Department of Defense Award

The Department of Defense awarded Chief McKinley and the Apopka Police Department the Patriotic Employer Award for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve.

Chief McKinley and Lieutenant Garcia pose with City Council members

Remembering Edward Bass

It is with great sadness we announce the death of our City Administrator, Edward Bass. Edward served the City of Apopka well for over seventeen years. A life wonderfully lived deserves to be wonderfully remembered. Edward will be sorely missed. The City plans to dedicate the administrative conference room in his honor.

Photo of Edward Bass with wording remembering the life of Edward Bass City Administrator

Orange Technical College Apopka Campus

Orange County Public Schools hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Orange Technical College Apopka Campus dedicated in memory of Dr. Shirley Sharpe Terrell. Photo courtesy of Frank Weber.

Former Commissioner Love, School Board Member Byrd, Mayor Nelson, and Superintendent Dr. Vazquez

Camp Wewa

Summer camp is in full swing at Camp Wewa! Campers enjoy a variety of activities including archery, swimming, canoeing, and arts and crafts to name a few.

Counselor helping two campers into canoes at the lake shore

Apopka Fire Department Swearing In Ceremony

The Apopka Fire Department held a swearing in ceremony for seven new firefighters. Welcome to the team!

Fire Chief swears in seven firefighters in the Council Chamber for the ceremony

Funding from Tallahassee

The City of Apopka championed two projects that made it into the state budget recently approved by the Governor! Thanks to the partnership between the City, Senator Jason Brodeur, and State Representative Doug Bankson, the City received $2.5 million dollars for the Apopka Wekiva Springs Region Aquifer Recharge and Flood Protection project to eliminate flooding in the Border Lake, Lake Cortez, Piedmont Lakes area as well as $2 million dollars for the Apopka Regional Trail Connections project to connect trails in the Central Florida region.

Picture of the old capital building in Tallahassee at sunset

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

The City of Apopka’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovations to the Fran Carlton Center including new flooring, lighting, updated kitchen and bathrooms, and new furniture. Ms. Fran Carlton herself was on hand to help with the event. The community center is named after Fran, a former state representative who helped secure funding for the building in the 1980s. 

Fran, Mayor, and Kathryn pose under a balloon arch in the recently renovated facility

Apopka Police Department's K9 Artemis

Although our very own Apopka Police Department's K9 Artemis didn't win the Apopka Dog Mayor contest, he is still a winner in our books. Be sure to check out the Apopka Dog Mayor page to learn more about the contest and upcoming events! Artemis has assisted in the recovery of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and cocaine base. He has also assisted in the recovery of $185,206 related to illegal narcotics investigations. 

Apopka Police Department's K9 dog Artemis dressed in top hat, vest, pipe and glasses as Sherlock

Apopka Police Department's Accreditation for Dispatch

Congratulations to the Apopka Police Department's Communications Division and their Communication Technicians for their recent accreditation from the Florida Telecommunications Accreditation Commission (FLA-TAC). Currently, there are only 25 centers across the state who are accredited under FLA-TAC. This accomplishment makes the Apopka Communications Center a standout among others across the state. Congratulations again!

Members of the Police Department and Mayor pose for picture

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