Osceola County Deploys New Defibrillators

Osceola Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer, left, with Fire Chief Robert Sorenson, far right,  and members of Station 63 with the new LIFEPAK 15.
Osceola Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer, left, with Fire Chief Robert Sorenson, far
right,  and members of Station 63 with the new LIFEPAK 15.

deflibOsceola County, Florida – New state-of- the-art defibrillators are replacing equipment that’s been in service

for more than a decade and saved thousands of lives during that time.

“This is another example of upgrading equipment that directly benefits the citizens of Osceola County,”

said Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer. “The new equipment offers upgraded technological options and

Crews went through three hours of training from the manufacturer and the new monitors went into service

last week. The old monitors will be sent back for trade in credit. The fire department deployed 32 units at a cost of

Features of the new 12-lead ECG transmission units include:

 Advanced monitoring parameters

 Technology that helps detects hard-to- diagnose conditions and improves patient care with noninvasive

 The option of escalating energy for difficult to defibrillate patients.

 A larger handle for easier handoffs, an easy to clean keypad, and a common interface that helps reduce

Technological innovations include:

 A CPR Metronome uses audible prompts that have been demonstrated to help professionals perform

compressions and ventilations within the recommended range of the 2010 AHA Guidelines.

 Post-event personnel can review CPR statistics to provide training and feedback where it is most needed.

 A large glare-resistant screen that remains visible in all environments.

 Data can be sent to a team for review.

 Status of equipment can be viewed by an administrator to monitor for potential issues.

Detectives Arrest Suspect for Sexual Battery

willinghamwillinghamOsceola County – On May 5, Osceola County Sheriff's deputies obtained a felony warrant for William Willingham

for Sexual Battery by Person of Custodial Authority.

The investigation began on April 26 when deputies took a report of possible sexual activity involving a 15-

year old girl. The victim resides at a small group home in Kissimmee. The small group home which serves foster

care children is licensed by the Department of Children and Families. The victim told deputies Willingham, who

works at the group home, offered her money for sexual acts. She indicated it started a few months ago at the foster

home. On one occasion, she recalls she was asleep and woke up to find Willingham inappropriately touching her.

After this incident, he offered her money in exchange for sex and sexual acts.

Based on this information, detectives obtained a felony warrant for Willingham for 1 count of Sexual

Battery. On May 5, he was located at his residence in Deltona. With the assistance of the Volusia County Sheriff's

Office, Willingham was arrested and booked into the Volusia County Jail with no bond. The investigation is on-

going with additional charges pending.

William Willingham (DOB 9/27/64), 1467 Summit Hill Drive, Deltona

Qualifying period for St. Cloud municipal election set for June 20-24

eleeleSt. Cloud, Fla.– St. Cloud City Council approved the manner in which the city’s regular elections

will be held in November during a St. Cloud City Council Regular Meeting April 28. Resolution No. 16-

059R establishes the qualifying periodJune 20-24 and Ordinance No. 2016-19 allows for regular elections

to be held the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November every election year. This year, the regular

election date will be Nov. 8, with a primary election date of Aug. 30 (if necessary). The elected mayor

and two council members would serve a four-year term.

Potential candidates interested in filing to run for the offices of City Council Seat #1 (mayor), Seat

#2 (council member) or Seat #3 (council member) in the November General Municipal Election may

obtain candidate packets from the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections beginning June 20 at 12 p.m.

Completed packages are due by June 24 at 12 p.m. To be eligible to hold office as a St. Cloud mayor or

council member, a person must be a registered voter residing within the city limits of St. Cloud. Potential

candidates must also present a written petition signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the city who are

qualified to vote in the upcoming election or must pay a sum equal to five percent of the annual salary of

the seat for which they are a candidate (as a nonrefundable qualifying fee). All potential candidates must

also pay a one percent election assessment required by the state.

For more information on elections, visit http://www.voteosceola.com/en/ or call 407-742- 6000. The

Supervisor of Elections office is located at 2509 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL

34744. For more information on the municipality’s Code of Ordinances, visit the “St. Cloud, Florida –

Code of Ordinances” web page at www.municode.com or call 407-957- 7320.

Marsh Landing Press Date

marsh landWHAT: Reporters and photo/video crews are invited the opening of Marsh Landing, the latest addition to Shingle Creek Regional Park. (Short tours of the creek will be available to the media.)


BACKGROUND: Marsh Landing was purchased by Osceola County, with the assistance of the South Florida Water Management District through their “Save our Rivers” program in 2010. The 2-acre property was formerly known as Harbor Oaks Marina before the hurricanes of 2004 severely damaged it.


Marsh Landing offers a public canoe and kayak launch area, as well as rental opportunities for paddlers. Tours offered by the concessionaire will include guided paddling trips to the Makinson Island Conservation Area in Lake Tohopekaliga. Public restrooms and a pre-packaged food and drink concession area are included. Park hours are sunrise to sunset.


With more than 1,000 acres from the Osceola-Orange county line to Lake Toho, Shingle Creek Regional Park exposes visitors to history, nature and all kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities.


WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2016.  

Osceola County Commissioners Approve Agreement

Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr., District 5
Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr., District 5

With Perkins + Will to Begin Master Plan for the FARM

Osceola County, Florida – Establishing the roadmap for the development and marketing of a high-tech research park that is already drawing global attention is the mission of a Texas firm that Osceola County hired on Monday. Perkins + Will is tasked with working on the Judge Farms technology, research and mixed use project, which is currently centered around the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (FAMRC). “The FAMRC is cornerstone of our efforts to create a hi-tech hub for smart sensor research and manufacturing innovation and it is clearly working,” said Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer. “But if Osceola is going to realize the best return on its investment, it’s extremely important that we lay out our vision for the entire research park. Our overall success in supercharging the regional economy will be achieved because of the synergy between FAMRC and all the pieces that will follow it here.” In addition to the 20 acres for the FAMRC, the county owns approximately 400 acres the company will help develop with complementary uses. Osceola and Central Florida want to become the leaders in what will be a $154 billion industry by 2020. The FARM will attract entities focused on development of advanced anufacturing technologies and take advantage of dedicated space without issues associated with permitting and utilities. Perkins + Will possess an unparalleled knowledge of the high-tech sensor industry and developed the master plans for similar facilities in Alabama, Texas, North Carolina, Florida and South Dakota. The company also has a strong understanding of the sensor industry and will emphasize activity betw een the community and the research park,Perkins+Will designed Atlanta's 22-mile linear park, known as the Atlanta Beltline, that connects 45 historic

neighborhoods. Selection committee members were impressed with the team's emphasis on trails.

Over 10 weeks, the company will conduct at existing site analysis and concept plan that includes high-level design

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Andy’s Auto Service first AAA approved automotive repair shop in St. Cloud.


Andy and Staff
Andy and Staff

The Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program was created to address one of the most frequent consumer complaints in

America – unsatisfactory automobile repairs. The AAR program does this by directing members and other

consumers to AAA-approved repair facilities that meet and maintain high professional standards. Since the AAR

program began in 1975, more than 7,700 automotive repair facilities have been approved in the United States and

Canada. Initially, the AAR program certified only general mechanical repair businesses. More recently, however,

AAA clubs have been given the option to also approve collision repair centers (Approved Auto Body) and specialty

auto repair (Service) facilities.

Andy’s has been in business since 1984 and has provided service for thousands of St. Cloud citizens. Andy’s Auto

Service has a well deserved reputation for fast kind and courteous service.

Individual AAA clubs administer the AAR program with support from the National Office. There are over 200

service specialists in the various AAR programs, each with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and

an extensive background in automotive service. A stringent set of program standards guides the clubs, and each

AAR program is regularly accredited by the National Office.

The AAR approval process is tough. When a shop applies, a service specialist inspects the facility for cleanliness,

proper tools, adequate technical training, and appropriate technician certifications. A survey is then performed with

a significant number of facility customers to obtain their opinions on how well the business meets their automotive

service needs. Every question on the survey must receive at least 90% positive responses before the facility will be

considered for approval. AAA also checks the facility’s reputation with government and consumer agencies, and

runs an insurance and financial background check. A committee of AAA club officials makes the final decision on

whether a facility receives approval.

Andy’s Auto Repair in St. Cloud has met all the requirements and is now the only AAA approved auto repair shop

in St. Cloud!.

AAR facilities sign a contract in which they agree to provide customers with: a written estimate not to be exceeded

by more than 10% without prior approval, a 12-month/12,000 mile parts and labor warranty, the return of old parts if

desired, and the right to have AAA arbitrate any dispute between an AAA member and the facility. AAR full-

service mechanical repair facilities also agree to provide AAA members with a free maintenance inspection on

request in conjunction with other paid repairs. Although the AAR program standards do not require discounts, many

AAR shops offer special savings to members by voluntarily participating in the AAA Show Your Card & Save®


While non-members do not necessarily receive the same benefits that AAA members are entitled to, the general

motoring public does profit from the knowledge that a repair shop displaying the AAR sign has met AAA’s tough

standards and can be counted on to do a good job. Non-member repair complaints are typically recorded by AAA

clubs, and the facility is made aware there is a problem, but the arbitration benefit of the AAR contract does not

apply in these situations.

To ensure an ongoing customer satisfaction index (CSI) of 90% or better, every AAR facility is required to

participate in an independent and ongoing program of monitoring their customers’ satisfaction. This can be done by

distributing AAA-approved service evaluation cards to customers, or by performing an annual re-survey of repair

customers. AAA will also consider other independent CSI monitoring programs on a case-by- case basis. Regardless

of the CSI program used, the approved facility must regularly report the results to the Club. Over the years, AAR

facilities have Version 1.2 – April 2004 surveyed tens of millions of service customers and maintained overall

customer satisfaction levels that average higher than 95 percent!

Small Town Big Ideas

City Hall
City Hall

Urban sprawl continues its march into many exurban, small towns. But with small budgets and limited

staff, these towns have limited financial resources and little training in methods to manage development pressures.

However, creative, effective growth management tools have been developed, refined and used in larger

communities for decades. Small towns battling development pressures need only look to these growth management

“veterans” for court-tested strategies that can help them manage growth. Armed with a vision, a strategic plan and

these tools, small towns can manage the relentless onslaught of sprawl. They can stay small by thinking big.

Many small towns across America are under extreme pressure to grow, including St. Cloud. Populations in

outer ring suburbs and exurban areas are steadily growing as city dwellers and inner-ring suburbanites continue to

look for that rural home in the woods, away from the hustle and bustle of cities and suburbs.

Unfortunately, in many cases, small towns, like St. Cloud, do not have the professional staff or expertise to

effectively manage growth. More often than not, they are forced to react to development as opposed to acting on it

to manage it. Small town officials may be unaware of, or only remotely familiar with, growth management strategies

that can help maintain order so growth does not occur uncontrollably.

The foundation of growth management rests on four footings:

1. A Vision

2. A Development plan

3. Regulations

4. Efficient and Effective Processes

Towns must have these in place to help them manage growth. As well, there already exists a wealth of

resources already in use in other communities that can be adopted. Many cities and suburbs have had court-tested

growth management strategies in place for decades that can be refined to fit a given town’s specific situation.

To get a handle on growth, small towns need to begin thinking and acting like big towns by developing

detailed plans and putting in place land use policies, regulations, and processes that will maintain their small town

feel while allowing appropriate development.

Vision first in terms of development, the most successful towns, large or small, are those with a clear vision

of what they want to be.

Growth management starts with community vision. Without it, a community will react to as opposed to act

to create positive development. In this case, the old Hebrew proverb rings true: “Where there is no vision, the people

perish (figuratively!).” Without vision, growth will occur, but in a haphazard and potentially destructive manner.

Planning second as part of establishing a vision, successful communities take on a strategic planning initiative. This

effort should be developed consistent with the town’s plan of conservation and development to ensure coordination.

This initiative begins by organizing stakeholders in the community to build consensus around a vision. At

the same time, the group can begin to examine the town’s strengths and weaknesses and to evaluate those things that

are either opportunities for, or deterrents, to growth. The group takes everything into consideration, such as available

resources, gaps in the town’s infrastructure, barriers to development, and an evaluation of exactly what the town is,

good or bad.

This examination brings into focus the town’s vision and leads to a strategic plan for encouraging and

controlling the kind of growth the town wants and needs. The elements of a complete strategic plan include a

vision/mission statement, goals, objectives, strategies, action steps, and a way to monitor and evaluate the plan.

If we look at each piece separately our vision statement should establish what the town wants to be and

how we want to look to the outside world. The goals should provide general directions and expected outcomes. An

objective for each goal outlines measurable results, targets, and dates that lead to its accomplishment. Each

objective should be realistic, achievable, and measurable. There should also be strategies assigned to each objective.

These are step-by- step, “How are we going to do this?” actions that will accomplish both the goals and the

objectives we desire. So, where are we now and where do we want to grow?

St. Cloud’s very own Ironmen!!!


What does it take to be an Ironman Contestant? I’m sure we have all heard about the ironman competitions, they are long and hard and separate the true athletes from the regular everyday exercise enthusiasts. The competitions fall within the Triathlon category and are one of a series of long-distance races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and 6.2-mile marathon run, raced in that order and without a break and is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Ironman6 What you may not have known is that we have several individuals’ right here in St. Cloud who have competed in the past and who are currently in training for the World Ironman Competition that will take place in Hawaii in October 2017.  Joseph Bruno is training to qualify in the 45- 49 age group and John Lafreniere who is training to qualify in the 50 – 54 age groups. Both have been training for over 4 years and have sacrificed time effort and money to compete and place as  St. Cloud proud locals. In order to qualify for this event they must finish in the top 5 in their age category for the competition in Hawaii. It requires tremendous commitment and determination to qualify for Kona. There are more than 60,000 triathletes who try-out each year, but only about 2000 will win the coveted Kona Slots. There will be approximately 1700 qualifiers, in addition to the slotted lottery winners,  Joe and John both know what it takes as John has qualified for the 70.3 event twice and this will be the first attempt for Joe. It takes hard work, dedication and a strong ability to focus, to get there, but its worth it!

With only just 16 hours to cIronman3omplete the feat only the most dedicated and fastest of athletes completed Ironman triathlons in less than 8 hours – with simply astonishing splits for each discipline.  The world record of 7 hours, 41 minutes and 33 seconds was set by Andreas Raelert, who clocked 46 minutes for his swim, 4 hours 11 minutes for the cycle section and 2 hours 40 minute for a marathon. Prior to that, the original record had stood for 14 years.

Joe and John met through their love of running, biking and the JHOP (Junkins House of Pain) Triathlon Club who meet and train together at the St. Cloud Lake Front. The JHOP Triathlon team was started several years ago, when Steve Trantham deemed it the "Junkins House of Pain" workout. Shortly after that John LaFreniere came up with the acronym JHoP. The JHOP team has grown, and continues to rule the podium!! It has taken years of training, not only the body but the mind. Dedication, sacrifice and a strong will to better yourself daily. And while this may seem like an individual sport it truly take the cooperation and support from family and friends as well as training team members. This is a mental endurance sport and spouses and companions have to be ready to make sacrifice’s as well. The time that it takes to train for an event like this can certainly take its toll.

The time and effort that it takes to become Ironman Qualified is truly a team effort. The time and cost that go into training, supplies and hardware can be daunting but the sport is one that contributes longevity, health and personal accomplishment which adds value to your quality of life. May 7 -

On May 7th the JHOP team had a great showing with 6 JHOP triathletes at the Gulf Coast Triathlon (70.3 distances Southeast Regional Championship).  Andrea Ugazio (1st in her age group), Ken Junkins (1st in his age group), Joseph Bruno (3rd in his age group), John LaFreniere (4th in his age group), Mando Garcia and Joel Ramos both bringing good performances, representing St. Cloud, on the Regional level.

If you are interested in more information on the Ironman Competition, or the JHOP team events, you can contact Ken Junkins at ken.junkins@aol.com or find them on Face book: JHOP Triathlon Team.

Flood Plan

Are you Ready?

We are moving into the rainy season and it looks like we are going to have a busy season at that, so, are you prepared? There have been some recent changes to the Laws pertaining to Flood Insurance and we, St. Cloud, are in a designated flood zone and should make the proper preparations just in case this is a busy hurricane or rainy season. Floodplain

The House recently passed legislation which would open up flood insurance to the private market. H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act will lower the barriers for private insurers hoping to offer flood insurance policies. This would allow greater flexibility for homeowners. Unlike under current law, homeowners in flood-prone areas would be considered to have had continuous coverage if they drop out of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and purchase private insurance instead. One of the bill’s co-authors, Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL) calls the passage, “a win-win for Florida families, giving them more options for flood insurance coverage and bringing down the cost of policies.”

"Private competition in this market will lead to greater  innovation and more affordable and comprehensive

policies for consumers," the act's main sponsor, Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., said on the House floor during debate

Tuesday. "Unfortunately, regulatory barriers and the bias of regulators favoring National Flood Insurance Program

policies have prevented the development of a private flood insurance marketplace."

Under the earlier Flood Disaster Protection Act, mortgage borrowers in certain areas at high risk of

flooding must purchase flood insurance as a condition of their mortgage if that loan is backed by a federal guarantee.

This can include either private flood insurance or the Standard Flood Insurance Policy, or SFIP, offered by the

Federal's National Flood Insurance Program.

The City of St. Cloud’s Public Services Department is the community’s primary source of information

regarding Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).

Flooding in St. Cloud is caused by heavy rainfall that occurs in short periods of time, and storm surges that

accompany tropical storms and hurricanes. Tropical storms and hurricanes can cause flooding, not just along a

coastline, but far inland as well.

Because of St. Cloud’s location on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, and

because of its low lying areas, there is a flood threat from heavy storms. Due to this threat, the Federal Emergency

Management Agency has identified portions of the City as a Special Flood Hazard Area on the Flood Insurance Rate

Maps (FIRM). These maps designate areas of 100 year flood and base flood elevations.

St. Cloud has been fortunate in recent years avoiding major flooding damages associated with tropical

storms and hurricanes. The potential for flood losses in St. Cloud, however, always exists. Residents should know

and respect this flood loss potential and be prepared to deal with this hazard accordingly.

Is your property flood prone?

Because St. Cloud has Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), it is important to know if a property falls

within a SFHA and also to know the flood insurance purchase requirements. To determine if your property is within

the FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) in the St. Cloud City Limits, call the City of St. Cloud

Public Services Department at (407) 957-7344, come to the Public Services Department, or complete and submit the

Flood Zone Request Form. The Flood Zone Request Form is available online in the Public Works’ Civil

Engineering folder in the Document Center.  The information is also available at all the Osceola County Libraries or

online at FEMA's map center at https://msc.fema.gov. The current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are

available for viewing in the Public Services Department.

Copies of FEMA elevation certificates on all buildings constructed in the floodplain since 1992 are

available at the Public Services Department.  All structures built within the flood hazard area will require an

elevation certificate available at the City's Building Department or in the Public Works' folder in the Document


Are You Insured?

Property losses due to flooding are not covered under most standard homeowner insurance policies.

Citizens may protect their homes and contents with flood insurance through National Flood Insurance Program

(NFIP), which is administered by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through Federal Insurance


To find out more about flood insurance for properties and contents, citizens should contact their insurance

agents. Thirty days is the usual waiting period before a flood insurance policy takes effect. Waiting until a storm

threatens is not recommended; securing flood insurance before it is needed is recommended.

Did You Know? All residents within the city of St. Cloud corporate limits, with property located within a

special flood hazard area, are qualified for a 15 percent reduction in their flood insurance premiums. This reduction

is due to the City of St. Cloud’s Public Services Department’s proactive efforts to assure compliance with the FEMA

and the NFIP voluntary Community Rating System (CRS) Program. The 2013 CRS audit efforts improved the

City’s CRS rating to a 7, which increased the reduction in flood insurance premium from 10 percent to 15 percent.

For more floodplain information, call 407-957- 7344

Osceola Commissioners Enact 6-month Building Moratorium on E192 Corridor

The Osceola County Board of County Commissioners has imposed a six month moratorium on East 192 corridor in order to complete a set of design guidelines for the CRA district that can complement the Sensor Research Park. The moratorium applies to the 1,852-acre E192 Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) district. commish building 1Commissioners said they want to create a "global vision" for the corridor so it develops as an "attractive urban corridor." The design guidelines will address the stretch of U.S. 192 surrounding the future Judge Farms Research Park and will help to plan for the future growth within that stretch of 192. There are currently 21 building and development permit applications that should not be impacted by the moratorium. Including the renovation of the former Palms Motel into apartments – which likely would not be affected? The ordinance provides an exemption for exterior repairs and maintenance of existing buildings in the district, and for any existing applications that were submitted before Monday — as long the project doesn't conflict with the goals of the ordinance. – The moratorium expires Oct. 29.