Winter Garden, FL May 2021

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OUR TOWN Ground breaking of the Tremaine Boyd building

WINTER GARDEN COMMISSIONER OPENS UP

AUSTIN ARTHUR TALKS WITH WINTER GARDEN DISTRICT 1 COMMISSIONER, LISA BENNETT.

Lisa Bennett and Austin Arthur

WINTER GARDEN COMMISSIONER LISA BENNETT IS ONE OF THE INCREASINGLY RARE, LIFE-LONG WINTER GARDEN RESIDENTS WHO WAS BORN IN THE OLD WEST ORANGE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ON NORTH DILLARD. Her daughter, Heather Fraga, was born there too… and Lisa tells me it may have been the same delivery room! Lisa Bennett is not only a Winter Garden commissioner but also co-owns and operates a successful real estate agency in town, Windsor Realty Group, Inc. She has been very involved in the community for many years, including being a past president of the Winter Garden Rotary Club, past chairman of the Hope Charter School Board, and has been active with other groups such as the Jimmy Crabtree Cancer Fund. Many things about her impress me; one of which is her great self-actualization; coupling that with the humility of a great believer in God, she exudes confidence and capability. YOU ARE IN YOUR SECOND TERM AS COMMISSIONER. TELL US ABOUT WHEN YOU BEGAN AND WHAT YOU HAVE TAKEN FROM THIS JOURNEY. I decided to run for office kind of late in the process. Unbeknownst to me, I really was clueless on the timelines! I felt like it was another opportunity to serve Winter Garden and help the residents. So after praying about it and seeking advice from friends and family, I jumped in the race. I feel like I’ve learned a ton on the process... how our city ARTICLE AUSTIN ARTHUR 18

Winter Garden Lifestyle | May 2021