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August 2009 • Vol. 1 Issue 8

Aug. 2009

Seminole Nightlife, Page 11

Serving 15,000 West Seminole Residents

Sports marketing big business in Seminole By Sharon Sears, Executive Director, Seminole County Visitors and Convention Bureau

Senior softball tournaments, youth baseball events, fishing tournaments, soccer events and NCAA tennis championships, all different events that share a similar component; all help stimulate the Seminole County economy by bringing weekend business to our hotels, restaurants, and shops. Even with the challenges we face with today's economy, the sports event market continues to thrive and Seminole County continues to grow in our ability to host events that have an economic impact on the Seminole County economy. The key to our success relies on two important components-maintaining our outstanding hotels and sport facilities, and having the right

team in place to offer the highest level of customer service. Leisure Services and the Seminole County Parks and Recreation Department are an integral piece to our success in hosting big events, and a partner of the Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). They do such an outstanding job maintaining our facilities by making sure the fields and courts are competition ready and are compliant with all tournament specifications. Event organizers continue to return to Seminole county because of our excellent facilities and the outstanding customer service they receive from the facility staff. Tennis and softball are

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our two most popular sports in regards to the number of events we host at our county facilities. We have 15 scheduled USTA sanctioned tennis tournaments for the 2009 season that will take place between the three tennis

complexes. In February, we hosted the USTA Winter Designated Tournament with over 300 participants and spectators from Florida and various parts of the country.

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Sanford celebrates re-opening of Main Street The morning of July 25th marked a milestone in the renewal of Downtown Sanford, as Mayor Linda Kuhn celebrated the official re-opening of First Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was commemorated with a day-long festival and open house as businesses such as Robin’s Nest Antiques, The Tree House and Gallery on First opened their doors and set up sidewalk displays. The Farmer’s Market was once again lively with vegetable, floral and craft ven- Sanford Mayor Linda Kuhn gets assistance at Main Street ribbon cutting. dors, who were entertained by acoustic music Rambler entertained at Hollerbachs and magic from the mystical Mr. Magic. Area Willow Tree Cafe, while Mini Theory restaurants and pubs offered food and drink played smooth sounds at The Sanford specials and live entertainment throughout Wine Company. while patrons enjoyed the day and evening. The popular Nash free food samples.

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