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30 x February 16 - March 1, 2017 x n Ocoee construction project begins Developers held a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction of City Center West Orange in Ocoee. The $400 million mixed-use destination will be a city-style mix of retail, condominiums, a hotel and office space on 100 acres of lakeside property facing West Colonial Drive, near the junctions of state roads 429 and 408 and Florida’s Turnpike. Construction will commence on the roads and stormwater pond first and should take 10 months before building construction begins. Phase I is expected to be completed by the third quarter in 2019. When finished, City Center West Orange will include 1,720 condominium apartment homes, 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a hotel and another 100,000 square feet of office space. The project is expected to create more than 8,000 jobs, including construction, manufacturing of materials for the project in the U.S., and on-site jobs at the project’s completion. For more information, visit NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS feather-loss, which can happen to penguins in their natural habitats and wild populations. The wet suit, created by SeaWorld’s aviculture and wardrobe teams, was designed to mimic the penguin’s City Center West Orange in Ocoee will cover 100 acres and is expected to create more than 8,000 jobs. natural coat of feathers so it could regulate its body temperature. With the help of the wet suit and continued care from the SeaWorld Orlando team, Wonder Twin successfully grew a new coat of feathers and no longer needs to wear the wet suit. n Windermere mayor joins board compiled by Lauren Salinero Florida Business Watch’s board of directors elected Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn to the board. FBW is a trade association serving the unique needs of government contractors. Its members work hand-in-hand with elected officials and administrators as colleagues, solving problems together. BUSINESS BRIEFS West Orange Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Orlando Health Medical Pavilion — Spring Lake. WOCC builds partnerships, strong businesses and commitment to the community by serving as the leading information about Orlando Health, visit Long & Scott Farms, located at 26216 County Road 448A in Mount Dora, will host the fourth annual Field to Feast dinner March 25 from 5-8 p.m. The event features locally sourced cuisine prepared by award-winning Disney World chefs; wine, craft beer and cocktail pairings; live music and farm tours. Tickets are $175, and all proceeds benefit The Kid’s Cafe Program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, an after-school meal service program for local children in need. For tickets and more information, visit or Officials of Health Central Hospital, the West Orange Healthcare District, and Orlando Health held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Horizon West Medical Campus in Winter Garden. The expansive n Penguin gets its feathers Wonder Twin, the female penguin who received a custom wet suit as part of her specialized care at SeaWorld Orlando, started the new year with a fresh coat of feathers. The 26-yearold Adelie penguin had experienced Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn is elected to Florida Business Watch’s board of directors. Photo courtesy of WOCC West Orange Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the opening of the Orlando Health Medical Pavilion — Spring Lake. business advocate in Central Florida, facilitating opportunity to nearly 1,000 member businesses. For more information about WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit For more medical campus will have the capacity to provide emergency services, inpatient care, outpatient diagnostics, and primary and specialty care to the residents of west Orange County. ª

The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association held its annual Golden Pineapple Awards Dinner on Jan. 26 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive to recognize frontline hourly lodging employees for exemplary service and customer satisfaction. The red-carpet event, attended by nearly 1,000 Central Florida lodging professionals, featured welcoming remarks by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who had the opportunity to take photographs with the award nominees. The dinner was emceed x February 16 - March 1, 2017 x 31 nominate and honor their hardworking staff members for going above and beyond their job requirements. submitted by Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association CFHLA received a record 275 TOURISM UPDATE Twelve $2,000 Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Family Member Scholarships are awarded to students with relatives employed by CFHLA member companies. The 2017 Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Golden Pineapple Award recipients with emcee Tom Johnson of Fox 35. by Fox 35’s Tom Johnson, and awards were presented by CFHLA President/CEO Rich Maladecki. This annual activity allows lodging managers to nominations from Central Florida member lodging establishments and awarded Golden Pineapple Awards to 13 deserving frontline employees. Additionally, 12 Family Member Educational Scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to deserving family members of hospitality employees. ª - Real Estate Photography, Video Tours, & Aerial Services - Aerial Photo and Video offered by our FAA Certified Remote Pilot* - HD Video Tours and YouTube links - Hi-Res Images, including HDR Exteriors - MLS Photos start at just $125! *Only FAA Certificated Airmen are legally allowed to provide aerial images and video commercially. Tony Rappa, CLVS (Owner, Photographer, Videographer) 407-883-7555 • •