RIP John Land, Apopka Mayor

John Land, former mayor of Apopka, passed away on Friday, November 21nd, at the age of 94.  He was recently beaten in a special runoff election by current mayor Joe Kilsheimer on April 8, 2014.  Land was the longest serving mayor in Florida history and will be remembered with pride and honor by all Apopkans.

John Land, Joe Kilsheimer set for Apopka mayoral runoff Tuesday

Set your calendars, as this is a big deal for Apopka! Longtime Mayor John Land and City Commissioner Joe Kilsheimer are going head-to-head in an upcoming runoff. Land has been in office for more than 60 years. On Tuesday, April 8, the 93-year-old incumbent will be facing his biggest challenge in recent years as he goes up against Kilsheimer. Voters can cast their ballots Tuesday at the Apopka Community Center and VFW Post 10147, located at 519 S. Central Ave.

Set your calendars, as this is a big deal for Apopka!

Longtime Mayor John Land and City Commissioner Joe Kilsheimer are going head-to-head in an upcoming runoff.

Land has been in office for more than 60 years. On Tuesday, April 8, the 93-year-old incumbent will be facing his biggest challenge in recent years as he goes up against Kilsheimer.

Voters can cast their ballots Tuesday at the Apopka Community Center and VFW Post 10147, located at 519 S. Central Ave.

What is new retail store on Rock Springs Road?

Does anyone know what the new retail store on Rock Springs Road is going to be?

It is basically across from the Publix and Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ. They have been building fast, but I have yet to see a sign with what business it will be.

It fairly large, but too small for a large grocery store or store like a Target.

I am thinking it may be an ALDI or like a Badcock Furniture..

I will take some pictures to share, but if someone knows, please post a comment below.

Thanks

UPDATE:   Its a Dollar General!

Chris Tucker’s Lake Apopka Mansion in foreclosure?

chris-tuckerThe Orlando Sentinel reports that the actor/comedian owes more than $4.4 million to the bank, citing papers filed in Circuit Court in Lake County.

Tucker, 39, purchased the 10,000-square-foot home waterfront home, on Lake Apopka in Montverde’s pricey Bella Collina community, in 2007. It has five bedrooms, three fireplaces, a personal spa, an outdoor kitchen overlooking a pool and a basement designed like a pirate ship with a wooden deck, mast and sail, according to the paper.

Court documents reportedly show that the IRS imposed an $11.5 million tax lien on the home last year, in an effort to collect federal income taxes from Tucker. The Sentinel reports that documents show the actor’s monthly mortgage payment was $25,812.50.

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Apopka Florida Headlines of the Week for January 31, 2014

Apopka candidate drops out; Dean re-elected

Apopka City Council candidate Brantley Thomas Jr. has dropped out of the race for Seat 1, handing the election to incumbent commissioner Billie L. Dean, the only African-American member of the elected board.

Thomas, an Air Force veteran who volunteers at the Orlando VA Medical Center, cited his intention to “pursue other citizenry interests” but offered no other details in his written notice to city officials.

 

Apopka airport targeted as future aviation center

The dogfight over the Orlando North Airpark has ended.

After objections from bird enthusiasts, neighbors and some government leaders, the West Orange Airport Authority has decided against trying to turn the small airfield on Jones Avenue into an aviation center comparable to Orlando Executive Airport or Leesburg International Airport.

 

Apopka race team finishes 2nd in Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — Twenty-four hours all came down to an eight-minute trophy dash Sunday as the Action Express Daytona Prototype Chevrolet Corvette, driven by Joao Barbosa, took the team’s second Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, finishing about a second and a half ahead of another Corvette DP, the Apopka-based Wayne Taylor Racing car driven to the finish by Max Angelelli.

Apopka Pictures of the Week for January 15th! Apopka Videos of the Month for January 2014

Girls soccer: Apopka trumps Dr. Phillips in 5A-4 semifinal

Lauren Green and Haley Coburn each scored twice to lead Apopka (14-2-4) to a 4-0 victory over Dr. Phillips in a Class 5A, District 4 girls soccer semifinals at Apopka.

The Blue Darters will host West Orange (18-2) in the district final Friday night, who advanced after defeating Olympia 5-1.

Read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/varsity/os-girls-soccer-apopka-trumps-dr-phillips-in-5a4-semifinal-20140116,0,1701379.post

Memorial garden created for K-9 officers in Apopka

This Saturday in Apopka, law-enforcement officers and elected officials from throughout Central Florida are expected to attend the dedication of a memorial garden for those who’ve given their entire working lives to protecting and serving others: members of local K-9 units, aka police dogs.

Read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/blogs/change-the-world/os-k9-officers-memorial-garden,0,4793657.post

Apopka’s Anthony Ellis, Lake Brantley’s Noah Oliver commit to Charleston Southern

Charleston Southern gained two more Orlando-area players this past weekend when defensive linemen Anthony Ellis of Apopka and Noah Oliver of Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley committed to the Football Championship Subdivision school during a visit to the school.

Read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/recruiting/os-anthony-ellis-noah-oliver-charleston-southern-20140116,0,3254160.post

Apopka Golf

There are a few different golf courses in Apopka that are worth the time and the money to play on. You can feel a sense of luxury while you are playing on these courses. The first course to check out is the Errol Estate Country Club. There are 3 golf courses total at this facility. The largest golf course is known as the Lake Golf Course. The lake course is filled with 3,383 yards of green grass and luscious trees. You will be able to play a great game of golf while enjoying the scenery at the same time. The next golf course is called the Highland golf course. This one has 3,306 yards of the greenest grass you will ever see. The smallest of the courses is called the Grove course. This has 3,273 yards of trees and grass for you to enjoy while you are making tee time. All of the courses have exquisite layouts and some of the best designs around Orlando. This facility is unlike any of the surrounding ones. Instead of a flat and boring layout, there were different elevations and landscapes that let you feel like you are no longer in Florida. The locals who play at this facility welcome new members with open arms and treat them like family.

Another great one of the golf courses in Apopka to visit is known as the Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club. There are 2 courses to play on at this facility as well. You can choose from the North course, the West course. All of the courses offer great views of Apopka and unique layouts for the players to utilize. Each course has a different layout with a variation on greenery and levels of the land. You might have to play on hole on flat land and another hole on a slope. The variation of the levels keeps the game of golf interesting and fun for the players. You won’t find another golf course like these ones. These courses have some of the best deals around as well. Now you can play these luxurious courses without paying the luxurious amount of money. You can play 18 holes for a small amount of $20. This comes out to just over a dollar per hole. That is almost better than playing miniature golf somewhere. Don’t waste any more time with the expensive facilities. You can have the same benefits of those facilities for a much more reasonable price.

If you like a challenge you will enjoy the Sweetwater Country Club golf course. This is another one of the larger courses in Central Florida. Many golfers have compared this course to that of an “old school” golf course. The holes are more challenging to complete and you will have a harder time getting through the entire thing. It can be a long course but a lot of golfers out there would rather play a long game than a short one. If you are an experienced golfer, this course might seem like a piece of cake. If you are a new golfer, you might want to practice a little before taking on the complexity of this course. There are tight fairways that require a certain skill to get through. Without that skill, your game might seem off compared to other courses. If you are up for a challenge, you will not regret the time and money needed to play on this course. All in all, the golf courses in Apopka are filled with beautiful scenery and unique layouts.

Rock Springs Ridge has recently opened up 2 18 hole disc golf courses. A championship level course and an executive course (more for beginners). If you haven’t tried disc golf, it is a lot of fun, cheap, and good exercise. Get out and  play!

Northrop Grumman to cut 200 more jobs in Apopka

Northrop Grumman Corp. plans to shed at least 200 jobs at its once-expanding laser-weaponry factory in Apopka — a move that will eliminate 24 percent of the remaining work force, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Once the layoffs take effect, Northrop Grumman Laser Systems will have eliminated more than 40 percent of its work force, or 465 jobs, so far this year. The first round of layoffs, in March, were the first job losses in about two decades at the unit, where employment peaked at nearly 1,100 workers early this year. No further cuts are expected, the company said.

The Northrop layoffs come as the defense industry braces for historic cuts in the country’s military budget, part of the federal government’s plan to cut its annual budget deficits by as much as $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Even before that effort got under way, Pentagon officials had proposed cutting $100 billion from the nation’s defense spending over 10 years.

Source: OrlandoSentinel.com