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Beware Of Florida’s Mosquito’s & Hurricanes

Considering A Move To Florida?

There are about 400 cities in Florida. Choosing the right city for you

Heathrow 407reand your family is critical to your safety and happiness. I was in the same place as you are now. I was deciding on whether to relocate from Wisconsin to Florida. The decision took about three years to make, we relocated about fifteen years ago. Would you like to learn about our relocation to Florida?

Longwood – Getting Oriented

First we moved to a suburb called Longwood. We liked it but it was more dense and closer to down-town than we liked. We started looking for homes about a year after moving to Florida.

 

Lake Mary – First Home Sweet Home

We bought our first home in Lake Mary. We lived there for several years. It is a GREAT city. I miss it a lot. Our daughter went to Heathrow Elementary and had an outstanding experience.

We met a lot of great people in Lake Mary. It is a beautiful city and one I would highly recommend to anyone. I’d say it’s in the top three for best places to live in Seminole county. In my mind its one of the best in the Orlando area.

Sanford – Contributing To Urban Sprawl

Our next destination in the Orlando area was Sanford. When you head West of the city-proper you’ll find newer subdivisions. The new areas are near the Sanford mall and I4, or West of I4 and South of Highway 46 but North of Highway 46A. West Sanford is on the North East edge of Heathrow and North side of Lake Mary. This is where we live now and we love it.

If you are considering a move to Sanford then you might like an older article I wrote, here.  Moving to Orlando? Forget what you heard about Sanford and decide yourself. And here. Sanford’s Transformation nothing short of amazing.

Six-Inch Mosquito’s & Six-foot Gators

Have you discussed moving to Florida with any Northerners? Well, if so then you already know about the bugs, gators and hurricanes. Seriously, I was given these same warnings before moving here and they are far from the truth.

We do not have a mosquito problem like they do up North. I suspect this is because we treat still water (ponds) for the larvae. The few we do see look just the same as the Northern variety, generally smaller. Everything is a little smaller here. The white-tail deer are smaller than up North. The people are a little smaller- but a lot more tan.

Oh, the six-foot gator? That is a tiny one we have ten, twelve or even bigger gators. Gators are the most lazy, skittish, anti-social animals around. They are nothing to fear unless you are a stupid bird.

We have tons of wildlife. I see bald-eagles, bears, deer and beautiful birds. It is green all year round, unless we get a hard-frost then it can get a little brown. There are no wood-ticks like up North. Oh, and the property taxes here are only around a third of what they are up there.

We have NO income tax. But we can talk about the financial advantages another time.

Hurricane Parties

The hurricanes are overblown by the media and insurance companies. Sure they are to be taken seriously (do as I say not as I do) but by the time we had our third one in a year we were having hurricane parties or getting a nice hotel room and having the hurricane party there. A few hangovers later and you leave the hotel to sunshine unaware of the wrath that passed.

We lived through Charley– winds in excess of 115 mph near our home and it wasn’t that bad. We lost roof tiles, trees and power while we were having a hurricane party.

Great Public Schools

Seminole county is known for its’ schools. Seminole county has much better scores and graduation rates.  We chose Seminole county for the schools and it is beautiful with its’ rolling hills. Actually hills is a stretch they aren’t big enough but there are some minor changes in altitude.

Seminole is the North half of Orlando, well Orlando is actually entirely in Orange county and the North suburbs are Seminole county.

Seminole County Cities

 

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Sanford

One of the largest Orlando area cities, Sanford’s population in 2010 was just over 50,000. Sanford’s average yearly income is not much compared to other Orlando area cities. The average  is only about $37,000. Only 14% of Sanford’s residents over 25 years old have a Bachelor’s degree or any further education. Sanford is a relatively diverse city and is home to more African American and Hispanic residents than the state average.

Sanford’s historic district is one of the city’s main attractions. Being one of the most historic cities in Florida, Sanford’s residents take pride in the gorgeous historic district in downtown Sanford. The historic district is home to some of the oldest buildings in Florida. Small shops and restaurants are the gathering places of many of Sanford’s residents and visitors.

There are unique clothing shops, used bookstores, charming restaurants and beautiful views of Lake Monroe. City Hall is mere footsteps away from Lake Monroe, which plays host to boats of all kinds and delicious seafood restaurants.

Sanford’s historic district holds events for the community including a monthly street party called “Alive after 5.” Those with an interest in history would be wise to consider living in Sanford.

Winter Park

Winter Park is an urban city in Orange County. In 2010 it had a population of about 28,500. Winter Park is a pretty affluent city. Its population’s average yearly income is around $60,000 and the price of houses is generally higher than in other Orlando area cities. Over half of Winter Park’s population over 25 years old has at least Bachelor’s degree. The most common occupations are professional, scientific, and health care services. Around 82% of winter Park’s population is Caucasian.

If you’re looking for a city with a wide range of ethnicities, Winter Park may not be the place for you. However, if its art, parks or shopping you’re interested in Winter Park may be a good fit.

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For one weekend every year, the anticipated Winter Park Art Festival amazes art enthusiasts. The Winter Park Art Festival is one of the most prestigious outdoor art festivals in the nation. The festival displays a wide variety of art categories and is attended by over 300,000 people.

Many Florida residents head to Winter Park for a day of shopping and dining. Winter Park features mostly upscale shops and restaurants and great places to gather with friends or meet fellow patrons. If you’re looking for a place to shop with a community, the Winter Park Farmer’s Market is the place to go. Every Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, local vendors sell their plants, bakery goods, produce and art.

Lake Mary

Lake Mary

lake-mary-180x240Lake Mary is a small Seminole County city with a population of about 15,000. An affluent city, Lake Mary’s average yearly income in 2010 was $82,000. The  median value of homes in Lake Mary is about $391,000. Lake Mary has median home values $1oo,ooo greater than Florida’s median home value. 85% of its residents are Caucasian. About  40% of residents over 25 years old have a Bachelor’s degree and Lake Mary’s most popular occupations are professional occupations.

Lake Mary is a city for those looking for a newer, mature, quiet city with upscale houses, stores and restaurants. If you’re looking for a good education for your child, Lake Mary may be the place for you. Lake Mary is ranked 60th out of 280 Florida City School ratings.

Lake Mary is a fast-growing city. Its location is a prime choice for many businesses and features beautiful residential communities. Because of its safety, sense of community and good job and education opportunities,

Lake Mary was ranked by CNN/Money Magazine as the #1 small town in which to live in Florida in 2010 and #7 in 2011.

Longwood

 

Heathrow_Florida_by_rent_dot_comA large Orlando area city, Longwood is home to over 60,000 people. Longwood’s average yearly income is around $61,000. The most common occupations in Longwood are in construction and health care. Longwood is not a particularly diverse city as 80% of the residents are Caucasian, however, 11% are Hispanic. Longwood boasts one of the best school districts in Florida. Out of 280

Florida cities, Longwood’s schools are ranked #49 and there are 7 private schools in Longwood. Although Longwood has 7 private schools, there are no private school for high school students.

For those interested in leisure as well as education, Longwood is the place to be. In addition to its educational excellence, Longwood has at least 10 golf courses within 15 miles of the city. There are many places for recreation including trails and parks for biking, camping and a number of other activities.

Oviedo

UCF Oviedo 2Oviedo is a reasonably sized city with a population of almost 33,000. Like Lake Mary, Oviedo has a very high average yearly income and median home value. The most popular occupations are professional occupations and educational services. Oviedo is more diverse than the other affluent cities. About 13% of residents are Hispanic and about 8% are African American.

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Oviedo has an abundance of choices for those who are active. There are numerous golf courses and fitness centers. At the Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jessup, visitors can take an unforgettable airboat ride at speeds up to 45 mph. Nature enthusiasts can visit the Lucas Nursery Butterfly Encounter.

Entertainment is not all that Oviedo offers its residents. Oviedo also happens to be the highest ranked Orland area city for schools. Ranked 21 out of 280 cities, Oviedo offers a great education for kids. Not only do kids have an opportunity to be educated in Oviedo, highschool graduates have the opportunity to attend the University of South Florida

Which Central Florida City is for You?

Every Orlando metro city has its benefits and its drawbacks so how can you decide?

  • If you’re interested in a historic city, Sanford, Winter Park, or Downtown is the place for you.
  • If you want some peace and quiet, Lake Mary or Winter Park is where you should go.
  • Need the lowest cost and don’t mind the highest per-capita of massage parlors and strip-clubs than Casselberry is your place.
  • Looking for ghetto, then Sanford(East) is where you’ll have the most fun.
  • The upscale suburbanite would be happy in Maitland, Oviedo, Lake Mary, Sanford (West), Longwood & Altamonte Springs
  • If you want the best education for your children, choose Oviedo, Lake Mary, or Longwood.
  • If you are affluent and prefer that of your neighbors you should look in West Lake Mary (also known as Heathrow), Sanford(West) just North of Heathrow, and Longwood (West) along Longwood-Lake Mary Road.

Its a hard decision, but whichever Orlando area city you choose, you’ll be living in a great place.

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Orlando Florida Crime Map 2013

Orlando (Seminole County) Florida Crime Maps

ALL CRIMES – January 2013

This map covers all crime offenses for Seminole County.  The cities that make up Seminole county are listed below.

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Which Orlando Area City is Right for You?

There are about 400 cities in Florida so choosing the right city for your family can be a big project. How do you know which city is right for you? Are you most concerned about entertainment or a good school district? Do you want to live near some of Florida’s many attractions or do you prefer a city that is a little more peaceful? Every Orlando area city has something to offer, the choice is up to you.

Sanford

Heathrow_Florida_by_rent_dot_comOne of the largest Orlando area cities, Sanford’s population is over 50,000. Sanford’s average yearly income is not much compared to other Orlando area cities. The average  is only about $37,000. Only 14% of Sanford’s residents over 25 years old have a Bachelor’s degree or any further education. The most popular occupations for women in Sanford are educational services and health care, while the most popular occupations for men are building and maintenance occupations. Sanford is a relatively diverse city and is home to more African American and Hispanic residents than the state average. Sanford is a city known for its diversity and its history.

Sanford’s historic district is one of the city’s main attractions. Being one of the most historic cities in Florida, Sanford’s residents take pride in the gorgeous historic district in downtown Sanford. The historic district is home to some of the oldest buildings in Florida. Small shops and restaurants are the gathering places of many of Sanford’s residents and visitors. There are unique clothing shops, used bookstores, charming restaurants and beautiful views of Lake Monroe. City Hall is mere footsteps away from Lake Monroe, which plays host to boats of all kinds and delicious seafood restaurants. Sanford’s historic district holds events for the community including a monthly street party called “Alive after 5.” Those with an interest in history would be wise to consider living in Sanford.

Winter Park

Winter Park is an urban city in Orange County. It has a population of about 28,500. Winter Park is a pretty affluent city. Its population’s average yearly income is around $60,000 and the price of houses is generally higher than in other Orlando area cities. Over half of Winter Park’s population over 25 years old has at least Bachelor’s degree. The most common occupations are professional, scientific, and health care services. While Winter Park has a lot to offer as far as art and shopping go, it is not a very diverse city. Around 82% of winter Park’s population is Caucasian.

If you’re looking for a city with a wide range of ethnicities, Winter Park may not be the place for you. However, if its art, parks or shopping you’re interested in Winter Park may be a good fit.

City of OviedoFor one weekend every year, the anticipated Winter Park Art Festival amazes art enthusiasts. The Winter Park Art Festival is one of the most prestigious outdoor art festivals in the nation. The festival displays a wide variety of art categories and is attended by over 300,000 people. It includes entertainment in addition to some of the most awe-inspiring art ever seen. In addition to the Art Festival, Winter Park is home to numerous art museums such as the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Many Florida residents head to Winter Park for a day of shopping and dining. Winter Park features mostly upscale shops and restaurants and great places to gather with friends or meet fellow patrons. If you’re looking for a place to shop with a community, the Winter Park Farmer’s Market is the place to go. Every Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, local vendors sell their plants, bakery goods, produce and art.

Lake Mary

Heathrow_Florida_by_vwgoudagencyLake Mary is a small Seminole County city with a population of about 15,000. An extremely affluent city, Lake Mary’s average yearly income is almost $82,000. The  median value of homes in Lake Mary is about $391,000, over $1oo,ooo greater than Florida’s median home value. Lake Mary is, however, lacking in diversity. 85% of its residents are Caucasian. About  40% of residents over 25 years old have a Bachelor’s degree and Lake Mary’s most popular occupations are professional occupations.

Lake Mary is a city for those looking for a small, quiet city with upscale houses, stores and restaurants. If you’re looking for a good education for your child, Lake Mary may be the place for you. Lake Mary is ranked 60th out of 280 Florida City School ratings.

Lake Mary is a fast-growing city. Its location is a prime choice for many businesses and features beautiful residential communities. Because of its safety, sense of community and good job and education opportunities, Lake Mary is ranked by CNN/Money Magazine as the #1 small town in which to live in Florida.

Longwood

 

Heathrow newsouthernpropertiesA large Orlando area city, Longwood is home to over 60,000 people. Longwood’s average yearly income is around $61,000. The most common occupations in Longwood are in construction and health care. Longwood is not a particularly diverse city as 80% of the residents are Caucasian, however, 11% are Hispanic. Longwood boasts one of the best school districts in Florida. Out of 280

Florida cities, Longwood’s schools are ranked #49 and there are 7 private schools in Longwood. Although Longwood has 7 private schools, there are no private school for high school students.

For those interested in leisure as well as education, Longwood is the place to be. In addition to its educational excellence, Longwood has at least 10 golf courses within 15 miles of the city. There are many places for recreation including trails and parks for biking, camping and a number of other activities.

Oviedo

Oviedo is a reasonably sized city with a population of almost 33,000. Like Lake Mary, Oviedo has a very high average yearly income and median home value. The most popular occupations are professional occupations and educational services. Oviedo is more diverse than the other affluent cities. About 13% of residents are Hispanic and about 8% are African American.

UCF OviedoOviedo has an abundance of choices for those who are active. There are numerous golf courses and fitness centers. At the Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jessup, visitors can take an unforgettable airboat ride at speeds up to 45 mph. Nature enthusiasts can visit the Lucas Nursery Butterfly Encounter.

Entertainment is not all that Oviedo offers its residents. Oviedo also happens to be the highest ranked Orland area city for schools. Ranked 21 out of 280 cities, Oviedo offers a great education for kids. Not only do kids have an opportunity to be educated in Oviedo, high school graduates have the opportunity to attend the University of South Florida

Which Central Florida City is for You?

Every Orlando metro city has its benefits and its drawbacks so how can you decide?

  • If you’re interested in a historic city, Sanford is the place for you.
  • If you want some peace and quiet, Lake Mary or Winter Park is where you should go.
  • If you want to live in a big city with lots to do, go with Longwood or Sanford
  • If you want the best education for your children, choose Oviedo, Lake mary, or Longwood.

Its a hard decision, but whichever Orlando area city you choose, you’ll be living in a great place.  Coming soon, additional suburbs covering all of Orange county!

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Relocating? Make your own opinion about Sanford

Sanford Florida, don’t judge this book by it’s cover

Sanford Downtown

Sanford is a city in, and the county seat of, Seminole CountyFloridaUnited States.

 

The population was 38,291 at the 2000 census and has grown to 50,998 in 2009 as recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sanford MuseumSanford is home to Seminole State College of Florida and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The city is situated beside Lake Monroe and the St. Johns River.

Sanford – a large area with much diversity

 

Sanford Waterway WalkSanford covers over 22 square miles, one of the largest in the area.  By comparison Lake Mary is less than half the area at 9.7 square miles and Altamonte Springs only 9.5 square miles.  Longwood another suburb in the area covers only 5.6 square miles.  Not only does Sanford cover a large geographic area, it has a very diverse demographic make-up.  There is something for everyone in Sanford.

  • Population 38,291 people
  • Households 14,237
  • Families 9,168

Sanford FloridaSanford, the city with something for everyone

Upscale Suburbanite

For the up-scale suburbanite there is West Sanford, or the (new) Sanford which is everything West of I4 bordering the prestigious Heathrow area, home of professional PGA golfer Chris DiMarco.  West Sanford is prime real-estate located conveniently near I4 & 417 both key major highways.  It is close to the Seminole Towne Center Mall,  Upscale Colonial Towne Center, Acres of prime office parks, Great Restaurants, Public and Private Golf Courses, Bike Trails and the area is protected from development on the West by the Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Historic City Dweller

Downtown Sanford has undergone a transformation and renovation making it a beautiful place to live or visit.   It boast plenty of water, a nice new pier, waterfront restaurants, historic buildings and a historic look and feel.  Thriving downtown shopping area with ample restaurants.  Downtown Sanford is great for the person that likes downtown city life but doesn’t want to live in Orlando, the city-proper.

Transitional Real Estate

The area between downtown Sanford and the newer West Sanford is a transitional area consisting of a nice mix of small commercial, multi-family, and residential areas.  You get the benefits of being close to the major highways, the mall, and a constantly improving area at a fraction of the cost of the newer West Sanford area.

Ghetto

This needs little explanation other than location.  Though Ghetto is a minor part of Sanford, but it does it’s job very well.  There are places you should not be at night, especially alone and they are, generally speaking,  East of the historic downtown Sanford along Hwy 46 and some areas near the Seminole High School.  They are generally low-income, high-crime areas that many would call the ghetto.

Sanford2Sanford Median Income

The median income for a household in the city was $31,163, and the median income for a family was $36,687. Males had a median income of $28,101 versus $21,723 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,219. About 13.2% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives and residents

Sports Names of Sanford

Music & Entertainment Names of Sanford

Business-persons of Sanford

Sanford is a great place to raise a family.  I’ve raised my two daughters here and don’t regret it at all.  They got a great education at Seminole High, enough so that my oldest daughter has made it into the honors college at University of South Florida in Tampa, and has been accepted into the accelerated nursing program.

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions just leave a comment for me.

For locating the top websites related to Central Florida and Orlando use to Orlando 411 Business, Travel and Relocation Directory.

Welcome to Orlando.

Orlando TSA

Reporter stopped by Orlando TSA agent who didn’t know District of Columbia is in US

Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn’t know District of Columbia is in US

 

It’s something most students learn in elementary school — the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. But Channel 9′s Justin Gray found out it’s a lesson that an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration seems to have missed.

Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray’s District of Columbia driver’s license DC License OIA TSAwasn’t a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn’t seem to know what the District of Columbia was when Gray arrived at the security checkpoint over the weekend.

See the full story on WFTV News Channel, Orlando, Florida.

TSA Trains Employees, D.C. Is Part Of The United States

One has to wonder if the TSA would have bothered training their staff that D.C. is part of the states if it were a John Doe like myself and not a reporter from D.C.

 

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MERS Quarantined in Orlando, Arrives Via Four Major Cities

MERS Quarantined, Exposed in London, Boston & Atlanta

The incurable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus has been quarantined in Orlando, Florida, exposing up to 100 hospital workers.

The lethal MERS virus may have exposed up to 500 people in 22 states when the infected 44-year-old man connected through airports in London, Boston & Atlanta airports.

It is the second confirmed case of MERS in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lethal Betacoronavirus – Saudi SARS

Orlando MERS Case, 2nd Case Confirmed by CDC
Orlando MERS Infected Patient was in close proximity to at least 500 U.S. travellers

The genus Betacoronavirus, previously referred to as “Saudi SARS” is extremely lethal killing one in three persons infected. The killer-virus attacks human respiratory systems and is similar to SARS.

Orlando MERS Infected Patient was in close proximity to at least 500 U.S. travelers causing warnings to be issued to 22 airports around the world.

The victim, a 44-year-old health-care worker from Saudi Arabia is being treated by infectious disease specialists at the Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando.

MERS Exposure In Lodon, Boston, Atlanta & Orlando

The victim made connecting flights through London, Boston & Atlanta putting him in close proximity to at least 500 people in the U.S. and London.

The CDC has contacted up to 500 passengers that traveled with the infected victim in the U.S. and asked them report any flu-like symptoms.

MERS Lethality, Around 30 Percent

The MERS virus kills nearly one in three persons infected. There is no cure or recommended antivirus treatment. The virus was transmitted from camels to humans.

Some people believe the MERS virus outbreak is being spread by Muslims drinking camel urine, or by using camel byproducts as part of foods, cosmetics, and other products commonly sold in the Middle East.

MERS Virus Origin
MERS Virus Origin

MERS has infected at least 450 people in Saudi Arabia causing 145 deaths according to the World Health Organization. 

To avoid risk, people should wash their hands often and avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

 

No Quarantine in Saudi Arabia, London, Boston or Atlanta

The Department of Health is working in cooperation with the Orlando hospital in enforcing a quarantine to prevent spread of the lethal MERS virus.

It is not known why the victim was allowed to travel without restriction from Saudi Arabia while experiencing flu-symptoms in a country where MERS infections are rampant. The victim is a health-care worker in Saudi Arabia which in itself would seem to be enough to warrant extra travel precautions.

What About The NSA, CDC or TSA?

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) generated no intelligence “signal” when the infected health-care worker from Saudi Arabia purchased flu-medicine before boarding a flight to Orlando. The TSA & CDC failed to inform the infected health-care worker that he should not be travelling. 

Perhaps the NSA & TSA were too busy watching persons associated with the grass-roots Tea Party movement or patriotic American bloggers

Orlando tourism industry watching closely

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and tourism industry will be nervously monitoring the situation as spread of the virus would negatively impact tourism in the Orlando (a.k.a. “City Beautiful”) area. Let’s hope that they notify the NSA should they learn anything useful about the situation.

 

 

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Shakes Felt, Booms Heard – What’ Shakin’ in Orlando Florida?

Some people have felt the ground shaking. Others report that they are hearing boom sounds deep underground. And stranger yet are the constant sound of helicopters’ late at night.

What is shakin’ in Orlando, Florida lately?

According to the Seminole County Police non-emergency dispatch, there have been no other complaints about boom, shake-shake. The dispatcher reported a bad car-accident on I-4 in Sanford. The car-accident was the reason that the police-helicopter was hovering over residential areas the other night.

Not sonic-booms

They are definitely not sonic-booms.  Sonic-booms were

Shuttle Launch on Nov 16, 2009
Space Shuttle Launch on Nov 16, 2009

common in Central Florida when the Space Shuttle returned from outer-space. The Shuttle was flying at speeds higher than the speed of sound. This causes a very loud sonic-boom which is known to break windows and cause car alarms to start blaring.

The sonic-boom is very unique sounding. They have two powerful booms in extremely quick succession, like “BOOMBOOM”. After the sonic-boom it is common to hear car/auto intrusion alarms blaring due to the concussion felt.

The black helicopters are coming

ApacheHelicopterTampaSo what’s up with all the helicopters? I don’t have an answer. I’ve asked friends who live in Sanford, Lake Mary, and Oviedo if they are hearing a lot of helicopters. All three people said, “yes”. But the Sheriff says that they weren’t aware of any helicopters flying over Orlando late at night.

Oh well. Maybe it’s the NSA trying to see what we’re doing while we sleep. Right?

Wisconsinites Googling “Booms”

While playing with Google Trends I noticed that Madison, WI is #1 for Google Searches on “Booms”. Wow, that’s 1,300 miles to the North way up in the Frozen Tundra?

Are you are hearing booms, and the helicopter traffic in the Orlando suburbs, near Lake Mary and Heathrow.

 

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Orlando (Seminole County) Florida Crime Maps – Burglaries for Jan 2013

Orlando (Seminole County) Florida Crime Maps

Burglaries Only – January 2013

This map covers burglaries for Seminole County during Jan 2013.  The cities that make up Seminole county are listed below.

  • Altamonte Springs

  • Casselberry

  • Lake Mary

  • Longwood

  • Oviedo

  • Sanford

  • Winter Springs

  • County – North, East & South

    Seminole County Florida – 2013 Crime Map - Burglaries

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The maps indicate Part 1 Crimes which have been reported to the Sheriff’s Office for the respective month and include only those reported in unincorporated Seminole County. The incidents displayed represent only the first, most serious offense. For example, if a crime occurred which included Aggravated Assault and Burglary, only the Aggravated Assault would be reported since it is the more serious offense.

    The following is a list of the designated Part I offenses in order of heirarchy as established by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting System:

    • Homicide
    • Forcible Rape
    • Forcible Sodomy
    • Forcible Fondling
    • Robbery
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Burglary
    • Larceny/Theft Pocket Picking
    • Purse Snatching
    • Theft from Public Building
    • Theft from Coin-Operated Machine
    • Theft from Motor Vehicle
    • Theft of Bicycle
    • Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories
    • All Other Larceny
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
    Source of data:
    Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
    Donald F. Eslinger, Sheriff
    100 Bush Boulevard
    Sanford, Fl 32773-6706

Poor Crime Rates in Orlando, Florida – Blame Tourism

Higher Crime Rates in Orlando & Florida Partly From Tourism

The Chamber of Commerce does not like headlines like this, however this is important information that people need to know.  People rely on crime rate statistics in deciding where to move their family and and I feel that we should be providing the best information possible.  I am a Midwest “transplant” having relocated from Madison, WI to the Orlando area around 1996.

The following cities and regions are what make up Seminole county and the subject of this article

  • Altamonte Springs
  • Casselberry
  • Lake Mary
  • Longwood
  • Oviedo
  • Sanford
  • Winter Springs
  • County – North, East & South

 

Accurate information is critical when relocating to a new city especially crime information

Information is so important to people looking to relocate especially considering the high-costs of transactions such as buying or renting a home, buying a car or even pitfalls around licensing your car.  I can’t resist the temptation to throw in a plug for a good friend of mine who does relocation consulting as a part-time job. He doesn’t sell anything other than his time and I’d be willing to bet that for every dollar you spend you’ll save a between one hundred and one thousand. His website is here.

Does tourism in Orlando, Florida affect the number of crimes that occur?

Short Answer – No tourism does not generally increase crimes

I am not qualified to say whether tourism in Florida causes in increase, or decrease in crime.  As far as violent crimes go it is my opinion that tourism does not increase or decrease crime in Florida or Seminole county.  I think it is reasonable to believe that some non-violent crimes might increase proportionate to the number of tourists in the area at a point in time.

Does tourism in Orlando, Florida negatively impact on crime rates?

Short Answer – Indirectly yes

At this point you are probably wondering where I am going with this article.  We are assuming that tourism in itself is not responsible for marked increases or decreases in crimes.  If this is the case then how can we say that crime rates are negatively impacted? 

Orlando, and Florida in general have elevated crime rates compared to other comparable sized cities in the America. If Orlando were to add the number of tourists visiting at any given time to the total number of residents it would reduce our crime rate significantly.

If Orlando’s average daily number of tourists & visitors were counted as residents

Population: 1,000,000

Avg. Number of Tourists/Seasonal Residents: 750,000

Total Pool of Persons: 1,750,000

Number of violent crimes: 250

 

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The violent crime rate would be 1:7,000 or  .00014

The violent crime rate as defined now would be: 1:4,000 or .00025

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Crime in Florida is not as bad as the numbers look

 

So if we were allowed to include all of the tourists, visitors and seasonal residents into our total pool of persons the crime rate would be much lower, in the example I’ve given it would be nearly 100% lower.

The numbers I used in the example were entirely made-up and were used to make a point, that crime in Florida is not as bad as the numbers look!
I hope that my point was clear and I want to make it known that I love tourists.  If it were not for tourists I would not have the luxury of zero state income tax!

I happen to think that Orlando is a pretty safe place. I have not witnessed a violent crime and do not know anyone who has been involved in one.

Orlando’s Skirt Peeking Pervert Arrested and Free Again

Orlando’s Skirt Peeking Bandit Arrested

ORLANDO, FL – Deputies for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man, James Enos after he was identified on store video footage taken on January 6 at Super Target Waterford Lakes Town Center on Alafaya Trail.  Enos had been free on bond from a prior arrest stemming from an incident at a Home Depot nearby.

James Enos Orlando Florida Skirt Video
The Skirt Bandit

Witnesses reported seeing Enos use his cell phone to take pictures or video under a woman’s skirt at a Home Depot in Orange County.  Deputies said Enos would drop his cell phone camera in his basket and then would carry it around the store and stand behind unsuspecting women.

Enos said he was looking for a “toy for his son”

When confronted by store security related to the Target incident, Enos said he was looking for a toy for his son, but the employee noticed the camera light was still on. Security cameras also caught him taking out the phone’s memory card, putting it in his mouth and walking out of the Target. Once outside the store, deputies said Enos hid the card in his pocket. He was never arrested after the Target employee told him to leave the store, until deputies said he did it again on February 27 at Home Depot. There, deputies said a man caught Enos taking pictures up his wife’s skirt.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies were called to the Home Depot Store; Alafaya Trail in Orlando on Feb. 27 after a man said he saw another man place his Cell Phone in a basket and move very close to the a woman who was wearing a skirt.  The witness said the man looked around to make sure no one was watching. Deputies said the men told them that Enos immediately took off and began pressing buttons on his phone. The witness watched him jump into bushes in an attempt to hide, deputies said.

Enos was charged with video voyeurism in the Target incident

Enos was arrested Thursday and charged with video voyeurism in the Target incident. He posted a $2,500 bond and has been released from jail, but a judge ordered one of his bond conditions to be that he stay away from video recording equipment and Deputies confiscated Enos’ cell phone.  Sheriff’s Office forensics team will be searching the phone and any other items confiscated.

Enos faces a misdemeanor video voyeurism charges; he is the general manager of the Orlando Vista Hotel on Apopka Vineland Road.  It would be a safe assumption that his employment could be referred to in the past-tense.

Forecasts call for more home value losses in 2011 and ahead

Are the Banks getting into the home-ownership business in Orlando?

The so called recovery doesn’t seem to be happening and if you have been watching, the real-estate prices have been on a fairly steady decline since the bubble burst.   If you are thinking of buying some “bargain” real-estate you might want to think twice.   According to ForeclosureRadar.com, the percentage of lenders seriously delinquent and in some stage of foreclosure is over 15%, yet the percentage of properties being sold for the same period is running around 1%.

The Foreclosure Crisis - On hold?
The Foreclosure Crisis - On hold?

Serious delinquencies up,  foreclosure starts up, but sales amount to a tiny fraction.

So what is happening with the other 14% of the properties that should be being sold each quarter?   They are being added to a massive shadow inventory because the banks are not willing to flood the market and crash prices.  The banks are systematically dumping at a controlled rate keeping home prices at a slow, but steady decline.

Is the Bank waiting on purpose?

A friend of mine recently admitted filing bankruptcy, which was completed in December of 2009.  His family gave up the house in the foreclosure.  It has been 13 months since his bankruptcy was finalized, so as far as I know that means he doesn’t even own the house anymore. He doesn’t receive any bill from the mortgage company and he doesn’t have a clue when he will be forced to move out.

My friend isn’t complaining, it is allowing him to save cash for when he has to find a place to live.  He assumes he will need to put a very large security deposit to rent a house since his credit is shot.  I know several other people in my neighborhood living in their houses waiting to be kicked out.  Many houses are vacant, the prior owners moved out because the cost of keeping the house up was more than renting a small apartment.  Many houses are becoming in a poor state of repair which I am afraid will further hurt the so called recovery.

Predictions of home price decreases for 2011 – Credible Sources

  1. Forbes. A report from leading news source Forbes predicts that home prices may fall another 20% in 2011.
  2. Moody’s Analytics. Chief Moody’s Analytics Economist Mark Zandi expects declines but not as badly as Forbes estimates.  Zandi predicts approximately an 8% decline through the third quarter of 2011.
  3. The Wall Street Journal.  Nick Timiraos reports that economists and housing analysts predict home prices will bottom in 2011 but not to expect a recovery until sometime the following year.
  4. TIME Magazine. An article in TIME says that we haven’t quite reached the bottom but it’s almost there.  Time didn’t expect a recovery until as late as 2013.ost there.
  5. Warren Buffet for Berkshire Hathaway. Early in the year investor Warren Buffet was predicting that the housing market problems would be behind us by 2011.  Many sources are saying he was too optimistic.
  6. Zillow. Chief Economist Stan Humphries is on board with Time and WSJ that we are close to an impending bottom of the housing market. He notes that the rebound will be slow and offers no prediction about when the market will be back on track.

How many people do you know that have lost a job and stopped paying the mortgage?

In Central Florida the number of people on unemployment and who have stopped paying the mortgage to use money for bare necessities like water, electricity and food is alarmingly high.  Five years ago I didn’t know of a single person who was having trouble financially and now the number is probably close to 50% of the people I know– and my circle of friends are mostly middle class families who had modest incomes of maybe $150,000 yearly and houses that sold for $350-450K when things were good.

I tend to be a realist so don’t want to admit how bad I think things are.  I’ve read several predictions of “mid-level” priced could see a 30% drop in 2011 if shadow inventory is dumped, particularly areas hardest hit like Florida, California and Nevada

Do you know of any strange situations like I’ve described?  If so please share them.

Here is a link back to the article where I found much of this information.

http://dailybail.com/home/national-average-492-days-from-default-to-foreclosure.html?source=patrick.net#siteTitleWrapper

Did Urlacher say “Cutler is a p_ssy”, or “Cutler has a pu__y”, or neither?

There have been a lot of breaking stories in the aftermath of the Bears loss to the Packers today at Soldier field in the NFC championship game.  Any die-hard Bears fan like myself must have a lot of respect for Brian Urlacher, he has been an overachiever and in my humble opinion, the heart-and-soul of the Chicago Bears lately.

I have to give it up to the Green Bay Packers for playing a good game, and believe me this wasn’t easy to say.  That being said, I have to say that I’ve never been as disgusted watching a Bear game as I was today.  Jay Cutler plays with zero emotion, and maybe the guy is out there trying but he doesn’t have me convinced and from the look on his face I don’t think he really cares what I think or anyone in the city of Chicago thinks for that matter.

So, the media is swarming Urlacher making him out to be the bad guy.  Any Bear fan can see for themselves how tough Cutler is, we don’t need to hear if from Urlacher or anyone else.

Some of the more colorful blog posts:

Urlacher thinks of Cutler as a….

It is rumored that Urlacher called Jay Cutler a pussy, as reported by Pro Football Talk.

Wade told our pal Paul Allen of KFAN within the hour that, during an offseason trip to Vegas with Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, Urlacher expressed a not-so-flattering opinion of new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Basically, Wade said that Urlacher said that Cutler is a “pussy.”

As you would expect Bears fans were upset that PFT reported the story in the first place:

The Bobby-Wade-said-Brian-Urlacher-called-Jay-Cutler-a-pussy story, and now I’ve read some tweets saying that Urlacher may have said Cutler “has a pussy” and that he would never say “he is a pussy”.

As far as I can tell, Urlacher and Cutler are about as opposite as you can get so I could understand how they might not get along.  Urlacher has been an over-achiever and Cutler… well, I don’t have to tell you.

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