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Trust and integrity must return to the Apopka City Council
The Council needs to get to the bottom of Mayor Nelson's accusation. I know it may seem like we are already at rock bottom in many ways, but a member of the Council simply cannot make statements like that from the dais without proving their words.
Colin Poon received recognition from OCPS Board Member Melissa Byrd for his ideas about making sun safety part of the curriculum.
Apopka High graduate becomes Central Florida Student Leader
Colin Poon, a 2024 Apopka High School graduate, was not only recognized by Orange County Schools for bringing sun-safety education to the attention of OCPS but also by Bank of America as a student leader.
Goodwill offers jump start on back-to-school deals for students and school personnel
Students and educators can show a valid school ID at checkout to get a 10% discount on purchases. The special “Teachable Moments” deal runs until Sunday, July 28th.
Outdoor adventures await campers at Orange County Parks and Recreation
Five family-friendly Orange County campgrounds offer sought-after amenities, including fire rings, grills, water, electricity, picnic tables, showers, and restrooms.
AAA: Florida gas prices plummet 18 cents in 10 days
Sunday's state average of $3.36 is the lowest daily average price since July 1st. It's 28 cents less than the highest price this year ($3.64) - recorded on May 3rd.
Local News
One million Floridians have been disenrolled from Medicaid since 2023
The federal government asked states to provide continuous Medicaid coverage to those enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if their circumstances changed, making them ineligible for coverage.
The Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Va., seen in 2015, developed an affordable housing project on its property.
Affordable housing in God’s backyard: Some religious congregations find a new use for their space
Some congregations are using their land in new ways that reflect their faith. Some are repurposing their property to provide affordable housing as the housing crisis intensifies across the country.
Here, there be monsters...
On my desk is a triangular-shaped tooth, something like three and a half inches long tooth.  The tooth is fossilized and came from a shark that would dwarf even the largest of any shark living today.
FHP Requests the public’s help in identifying driver and occupants involved in hit-and-run crash on I-4 in Orange County
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is requesting assistance from the public to help identify a driver who fled the scene of a crash this week.
Apopka Fire Department - Fire Station #1
A Tale of Two Perspectives: Nelson and Klepper differ on Sean Wylam's tenure as Apopka Fire Chief
On Wednesday, Apopka Professional Firefighters Association President Alex Klepper and Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson had contrasting opinions on Sean Wylam's time as a fire chief and his career as a firefighter.
Commissioner Nick Nesta (left), Commissioner Alexander Smith (center), and Mayor Bryan nelson (right) at a previous Apopka City Council meeting.
Nesta responds to Smith's email
Commissioner Nick Nesta, who Commissioner Alexander Smith called out in an email last month that accused him of being "degrading, offensive, insulting, rude and disrespectful," responded to Smith in a statement of his own.
Business
Home, risky home.
To insure or self-insure? The question homeowners must answer amid impact of climate change
In places such as Florida that are particularly exposed to natural disasters, homeowners insurance isn’t just expensive – it’s increasingly becoming difficult to find. That has caused some homeowners to go without it entirely.
Cultivated chicken being prepared in Miami at Upside Foods “Freedom of Food” pop-up event on June 27, 2024.
Selling lab-grown meat in Florida could now get you jailed
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law (SB 1084) on May 1st, and it went into effect last week, making the Sunshine State the first in the nation to ban lab-grown meat.
Heads Up at Eggs Up delivers again
The June event presenter was Caitlin Kasheta, co-founder and executive director of Main Street Apopka, an organization whose mission is to revitalize downtown Apopka by fostering a thriving business district through strategic, collaborative efforts.
Well Painted of Central Florida wants to help you achieve professional results with a DIY approach for when you have the time but don’t have the budget to hire a professional. 
Orange County’s second annual Contracting Academy on July 12 is a valuable resource offering industry experts insights.
Apopka has longed for a thriving downtown for decades and has had a food hall in its sites for a few years, but the dream of having both has been elusive. But now, in the unlikeliest of places, that dream is a lot closer to becoming a reality.
The Southern Deli, a popular Apopka restaurant established in 2019, announced on its Facebook page that it will close its doors for the final time on Saturday.
Health

CDC: More than 1 million Floridians couldn’t afford to see a doctor in 2022

A health care worker providing care to a patient.

The data for 2022, the latest available, put Florida among the states with the highest rates of people who skipped medical visits because of high costs.

The heat is on… stay safe!

With prolonged exposure to extreme heat, your body is more at risk for experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

DOH-Orange hosting free Back-to-School immunization events

Hosted in partnership with OCPS, the free immunization events are for OCPS students and children (4 to 18 years) entering, attending, or transferring to Florida schools.

Your child's best school year starts with their best smile

When our children are overly conscious of their smile, it creates unseen stressors on their mental health and overall well-being, which can be difficult to talk about with parents and family.

The build-up begins to get Medicaid expansion on the ballot in Florida

Angela Dumala speaking at a press conference in Tampa on March 27, 2024.

Medicaid provides medical coverage to low-income individuals and families whose costs are shared between the state and federal governments.

Report says accessibility of health care services can be a struggle in Florida

The University of Florida Health's The Villages Hospital is in the Villages.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, social determinants of health are environmental factors that can impact individuals' health outcomes.

Join the UF/IFAS Private Well and Septic System Webinar Series

Are you curious about private wells and septic systems? Are you a homeowner, a real estate professional, or simply interested in understanding these essential components?

Florida aims to build a comprehensive crisis response system

A new report by the mental health advocacy group Inseparable calls for policies to expand 988 call center capacity, increase the availability of mobile response units, create more crisis stabilization centers, and establish stable funding mechanisms to sustain the services.

Government
During Operation Best Foot Forward, plainclothes officers and deputies will cross streets at marked crosswalks, giving drivers enough time to slow down and stop safely.
With residents of Florida and Puerto Rico most vulnerable to some of the worst storms and natural disasters our country has seen, Reps. Frost and González-Colón want to ensure that every person and family can access home energy storage batteries.
At its July 17th special meeting, the Apopka City Council voted 5-0 to increase the millage rate to 4.8399 for its FY2024/25 budget.
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly arrest report that includes arrests, crashes, calls for service, and traffic citations. This report is for the week ending July 13th.
Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson shakes the hand of newly appointed Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam in 2019.
Developing Story: Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam announces retirement
Apopka Fire Chief Sean Wylam has announced he will be stepping down, according to an email he sent to AFD firefighters and staff. Wylam's tumultuous time as Apopka's top firefighter will end October 31st.
Explore Orange County parks with the little ones in tow
Exploring nature with little ones is a wonderful way to create lasting memories. Orange County’s parks aren’t just places to visit, they are wonderlands waiting to be discovered.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it: The Apopka News Week in Review includes five articles that shaped the City—all in one place. It also includes details on the upcoming budget and millage rate vote.
Opinion

Mr. Smith goes to Apopka: New City Administrator delivers a wakeup call to City Council

Jacob Smith, the new Apopka City Administrator, didn't say much in his first budget workshop cycle, but what he did say cut to the core of the challenges facing the City Council.
Good luck to the People of Lockhart, Southern Apopka, Wekiwa Springs, and Clarcona-Ocoee in the upcoming Corridor of the Year competition.
Apopka is treading water. Its millage rate seems as permanent as the John Land statue in front of City Hall. It only looks to the future for inevitable things like a public safety center or wastewater treatment facilities, and its system almost guarantees this outcome.
As Florida law, HB 87 poses devastating consequences for our state. Built upon the bald-faced lie that Florida faces an epidemic of ‘crack bears’ that are ingesting illegal substances and destroying people’s homes.
Bonus Content

More renewables projects were funded by rural energy program REAP in 2023, but small-scale funding was down

The Daily Yonder reports that since the inception of the Inflation Reduction Act, small-scale funding for the Rural Energy for America Program is down, with the greater number of grants going to the largest projects and salaries.

New study reveals what companies need to do to earn trust in the age of AI

(BPT) - Although artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are groundbreaking technologies providing benefits to companies and consumers, they've also ushered in a new era of …

Translating Gen Z Slang This Back-to-School Season

(BPT) - Slang phrases used by Gen Z continue to grow in popularity. And according to recent surveys, many parents are struggling to understand exactly what their kids are saying and meaning. This …

Here are 7 strategies to save for retirement and college at the same time

(BPT) - Saving for the future is a top financial priority for most people. If you have children, then saving for their college education may also be an important goal for you. Or, you may want to …