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Annual Osceola Update Luncheon Spotlights Legislative Delegation and FDOT’s Latest Initiatives

for Upcoming Election

Thursday June 20, 2024
Play Chess with Kelvin Soto, Esq., Osceola Clerk & Comptroller Friday June 21 St. Cloud City Council Candidate Lineup Confirmed Osceola County Secures $1.45M Grant to Enhance Whitted Community’s Water Infrastructure “Boating with Brandon” Episode 3 Now Streaming, Exploring Osceola’s Natural Splendor and Community Changemakers SunRail Unveils New Ticket Vending System, Mobile App, with Enhanced Features and Faster Service!
Videos State Rep. Paula Stark Engages St. Cloud Mobile Home Residents on New Land and Expanded Rights
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April 11th, 2024

LIVE with Jason Wethington from St. Cloud’s Theatre in the Cloud

May 10th, 2024

LIVE with Jennifer Panzella, Director of Education with Osceola Arts

May 2nd, 2024

LIVE with Charlie Draper of Draper

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April 18th, 2024


Boating With Brandon Episode One

Osceola County is on the verge of captivating its residents and visitors alike with a new video series that promises to explore its hidden natural treasures like never before. Titled “Boating with Brandon,” this 10-part series is hosted by District 3 Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington.“

Boating With Brandon Episode Two

“Boating with Brandon” not only highlights the rich biodiversity of Osceola County but also profiles the influential change-makers who are shaping its future. In this episode, viewers will experience the thrilling pace of Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures at Southport, guided by the skilled Captain Chris Bryan. Joining Commissioner Arrington is ClickOrlando’s Trooper Steve Montiero.

Boating With Brandon Episode Three

Joining Commissioner Brandon Arrington in Episode Three of "Boating With Brandon" is Osceola County Commissioner for District 5, Ricky Booth, who delves into the rich history and natural beauty of the county’s scenic waterways, including Trout Lake, Lake Lizzie, Buck Lake, and East Lake Tohopekaliga. This episode showcases the beautiful biodiversity in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

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LIVE at Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at Mt. Peace Cemetery

LIVE as Commissioner Booth and St. Cloud Team Up For Swimming Safety

LIVE at the St. Cloud Fire Rescue Meet and Greet


LIVE for the Awarding of Pa’Pikar Latin Grill in Kissimmee with the Downtown Beautification & Innovation Award

LIVE at the Ribbon-Cutting for OUC’s New St. Cloud Operations & Maintenance Center

LIVE for the Osceola County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

LIVE as Commissioner Grieb and Osceola Community Health Services Announce the Start of Senior Smiles Osceola Denture Program in District 4

LIVE for the Operation Ride SMART Press Conference with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office


Osceola Update Luncheon Spotlights Legislative Delegation and FDOT’s Latest Initiatives

On Tuesday, the Osceola Chamber of Commerce hosted their 'Osceola Update' at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, gathering Osceola County’s Florida state legislators, community partners, and local stakeholders. The event, which featured a panel discussion moderated by Leticia Adams, Senior Government Advisory Manager at Walt Disney World, provided an opportunity to discuss the Spring 2024 legislative session and a look ahead to the upcoming Fall term.

The legislative panel included Senator Victor Torres (District 25), Representatives Kristen Arrington (District 46), Paula Stark (District 47), and Tom Keen (District 35). Representative Carolina Amesty (District 45) was unable to attend due to a last-minute conflict. The discussion focused on legislative achievements and upcoming initiatives.

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Osceola County Secures $1.45M Grant to Enhance Whitted Community’s Water Infrastructure

A $1.45 million legislative grant from the State of Florida signifies a major step forward in the mission to ensure safe and dependable water for the historic Whitted community near Narcoossee. This funding highlights a dedicated effort to upgrade the community's water infrastructure, transforming the quality of life for its residents by providing modern, reliable access to clean water.

The funding will transition 52 residents from contaminated wells to a safe, modern potable water system from the City of St. Cloud. This project is possible through the dedicated efforts of Rep. Paula Stark and Sen. Victor Torres in Tallahassee. Additionally, Congressman Darren Soto secured an additional $850,000 of Federal funds to meet the total estimated project cost of $2.3 million.

County Commissioner Ricky Booth praised the collaborative effort, stating, “When the members of the Whitted Community came to me with this request, I knew we needed to collaborate with our State and Federal leaders. I am proud to have led the effort to secure the funding to make their remarkable community safer. By ensuring access to clean, safe water, we are safeguarding both the health of our residents and the legacy of this historic community.”

Whitted was settled by Black families during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. It has maintained its heritage through generations.

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Florida's Closed Primary System: What You Need to Know to Vote

In the upcoming primary elections on August 20, voters in Florida must remember that the state operates under a closed primary system. This means that only voters registered with a specific political party are eligible to vote for their party’s candidates in the primary election. Understanding this system is crucial for participating effectively in Florida’s electoral process.


A closed primary system restricts voting in primary elections to those who are registered members of a political party. In Florida, this means: Registered Republicans can only vote for Republican candidates. Registered Democrats can only vote for Democratic candidates.

Independent or No Party Affiliation (NPA) voters are not permitted to vote in partisan primaries unless there is a Universal Primary Contest (UPC), where all candidates are from the same party, and the winner will face no opposition in the general election.


The closed primary system impacts how and when voters can participate in choosing candidates for the general election. It ensures that only party members influence the selection of their party’s candidates, which can affect the overall electoral outcome and the issues that candidates prioritize.

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Experience the Hilarious Chaos of 'The Play That Goes Wrong' at Osceola Arts Through June 30

Osceola Arts is set to delight theatergoers with its upcoming presentation of the sidesplitting comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong”, running through June 30 on select dates. Known for its uproarious humor and slapstick mishaps, this award-winning production promises an evening of laughter and entertainment.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” takes audiences to the opening night of the Drama Society at Cornley Polytechnic, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. As the curtains rise, the actors face a series of hilarious disasters, from forgotten lines to faulty props and collapsing scenery. Despite the chaos, the determined cast muddles through with unyielding spirit, striving to reach the final bows. This play within a play offers a behind-the-scenes look at theatrical calamity and the resilience of performers.

Special Performances:

Audio Described Performance: Friday, June 28 at 7:30 PM

American Sign Language-Interpreted Performance: Available on select dates

Rated PG, this family-friendly production is perfect for audiences of all ages who appreciate physical comedy and a hearty laugh.

The play will be staged at Osceola Arts’ main theater. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at OvationTix.

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St. Cloud Celebrates Grand Opening of Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail

The City of St. Cloud kicked off the grand opening of its Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail on Saturday morning at Lakeshore Blvd, with runners, walkers, and “trotters” making their way along the new trail, culminating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9th Street.

St. Cloud City Manager Veronica Miller expressed her enthusiasm during the ribbon cutting, “We are so excited to have everyone here today for the ribbon cutting of the Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail. The trail meanders down the median with the landscaping, shade, park benches, and lighting that you all saw today. What a beautiful addition it is to the city.”

Construction of the trail began in July 2023, costing $2.3 million, funded by mobility fees. The event was well attended, with 100 Florida Avenue Multi-Purpose Trail shirts handed out to attendees.

In attendance were St. Cloud Council members Ken Gilbert, Linette Matheny, and Kolby Urban. Council Member Shawn Fletcher was unable to attend. State Representative Paul Stark, St. Cloud Chamber President and CEO Dirk Webb, City Mascot Sami the Sandhill Crane, and Swish, the Osceola Magic Mascot, also showed their support by attending the event.

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State Rep. Paula Stark Engages St. Cloud Mobile Home Residents on New Land and Expanded Rights

On Monday, State Representative Paula Stark, District 47, hosted a news conference at the Sugar Mill Mobile Home Park in St. Cloud to discuss the implications of the recently passed House Bill 613 and the future steps for mobile homeowners in Florida. House Bill 613, the “Mobile Home Park Lot Tenancies” bill, passed in the 2024 Florida Legislature and will become effective on July 1. The law should give mobile home park residents more rights.

Rep. Stark addressed a full audience, highlighting the recent passage of HB 613, cosponsored by Senator Colleen Burton of Polk County. This new law aims to foster a more collaborative and transparent relationship between mobile homeowners and park owners. Stark emphasized that the bill is a crucial step toward addressing ongoing issues within mobile home parks, including rent stability, mediation processes, and the rights of seniors to have live-in aides without incurring additional rental costs.

“I’m so happy that so many mobile home park residents came out to better understand HB 613 and what this means for them,” Stark stated during the conference. “We still have work to do, and I need their help. It is important that the homeowner is represented and not taken advantage of when it comes to rent, housing stability, and live-in health care aides.”

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Orlando International Airport to Host Orlando Philharmonic Concert Celebrating Nation's Birthday

Saturday June 29

To honor the Fourth of July, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is hosting its annual Liberty Weekend concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, enjoy the musical festivities in a fresh setting: Terminal C at Orlando International Airport. Join GOAA for a spectacular celebration of freedom and community spirit!

The annual performance by the Orlando Philharmonic will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, on Level 2, Departures, of Terminal C at Orlando International Airport. The musical program will include patriotic favorites and American classics. The Aviation Authority invites the community to attend the free event.

Experience the Terror of 'A Quiet Place' at Universal Orlando's New Halloween Horror Nights House

Guests will need to silence their screams when they enter the post-apocalyptic world of Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster movies, A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, in an all-new chilling haunted house at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. The terror of the excruciating silence is set to begin Friday, August 30 at Universal Orlando Resort.

Directed by John Krasinski and critically acclaimed for its suspenseful yet mostly silent storytelling, A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II follow the Abbott family as they try to survive the aftermath of sightless creatures with a sharp sense of hearing that draws them to prey on anything that makes the slightest noise.

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St. Cloud City Council Candidate Lineup Confirmed for Upcoming Election

At a special meeting held on Monday, the City Council officially approved the list of candidates who will be on the ballot for this year’s City election. In alignment with recent changes to the City Charter, all candidates must have resided within the city limits for at least 12 months prior to the election’s qualifying date.

The Supervisor of Elections office is responsible for verifying the residency of each candidate, while the City Council ensures compliance with the 12-month residency requirement. This process aims to guarantee that all candidates are well-acquainted with the community they are hoping to represent.

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Sip, Shop, and Savor on Saturdays at the Downtown

St. Cloud Farmers Market: Enjoy New Summer Hours!

Discover the charm and vibrancy of the Downtown St. Cloud Farmers Market, now with new summer hours! Every Saturday, from 9 AM to 1 PM, New York Avenue and 9th Street come alive with a bustling marketplace offering an array of fresh produce, delectable treats, and unique crafts.

At the market, you can start your day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a sweet pastry, then explore the stalls brimming with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Indulge in handmade crafts and savor savory delights from local vendors.

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“Boating with Brandon” Episode

3 Now Streaming,

Exploring Osceola’s

Natural Splendor and Community Changemakers

The third episode of “Boating with Brandon,” the inspirational 10-part video series hosted by Osceola County Commissioner, Brandon Arrington, is now streaming, delivering another immersive adventure of exploring and featuring Osceola County’s beautiful waterways. The episode is available on Positively Osceola’s social channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and Youtube. The episode will also be available on Positively Osceola’s audio podcast.

“Boating with Brandon,” not only highlights the rich biodiversity of Osceola County but also profiles the influential change-makers who are shaping its future. In this episode, viewers will experience the thrilling beauty of the Chain of Lakes on the eastern side of Osceola County near St. Cloud, guided by Commissioner Brandon Arrington.

SunRail Unveils New Ticket Vending System, Mobile

Features and Faster Service!

SunRail is excited to announce the upgrade to our new Ticket Vending System, designed to enhance customer service with faster processing times and expanded ticketing options. This transition will be seamless for most riders, with only a few changes to note for your ticketing preferences:


• Discontinuation of Old Cards: The yellow SunCard will no longer be valid starting Monday, June 17, 2024.

• Introduction of New Cards: Purchase the new blue SunCard exclusively at SunRail station Ticket Vending Machines.

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Play Chess with Kelvin Soto, Esq., Osceola Clerk & Comptroller Friday June 21

Join Kelvin Soto, Esq., Osceola Clerk of the Circuit Court & County Comptroller, for "Chess with the Clerk" on Friday, June 21st, 5:30-6:30 pm at Susanna’s Café!

Enjoy a fun evening, connect with Kelvin, learn about the Clerk's office, and engage in his favorite hobby. Challenge him to a speed round of chess for a chance to win a prize!

This event isn't just about chess—it’s about building community and celebrating hobbies that boost our well-being.

For more information, please contact the communications department –communications@osceolaclerk.org

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Expanded Trauma Center 8 Years After Pulse Tragedy

Today marks eight years since the Pulse nightclub massacre, the second deadliest mass shooting in United States history. During the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) received an influx of 44 victims. Not one of the 35 victims who made it to

the hospital alive was lost. Now eight years later, the hospital is unveiling its newly expanded Level One Trauma Center that was redesigned based on input from physicians and nurses who treated the Pulse survivors.

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Dive Into Fun at Aquatica Orlando's New AquaGlow: A Dazzling Neon Nighttime Swim Party!

Aquatica Orlando has unveiled AquaGlow, an electrifying nighttime swim party that transforms the award winning waterpark into a vibrant neon wonderland. Launched on Friday night, this all-new event features the dazzling Electric Tides laser show over the iconic wave pool and an illuminated lazy river with glowing tubes, creating a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable experience.

A standout feature of AquaGlow is the transformation of Roa’s Rapids into Roa’s Rapids Amp’ed Up! Guests drift through a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and mist effects, elevating their nighttime adventure.

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Brick by Brick: LEGOLAND Florida's Summer Brick Party Brings Back Non-Stop Fun!

LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced its annual and most anticipated summer event, Summer Brick Party! Through August 11, families, and LEGO aficionados of all ages are in for a treat with new and thrilling shows, characters, and mouthwatering seasonal treats.

The Park’s beloved characters, including LEGO Shark Suit Guy, will be making a return, along with events like Red, White & BOOM!, the Park’s annual 4th of July celebration and more.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is heating up with adrenaline-pumping shows! Catch the highflying action of Go Xtreme! where you’ll be on the edge of your seat as stunt performers compete for fame on LEGO City’s hit TV show soaring on skateboards, stunt bikes and more. Stick around after the show to meet the newest character, “LEGO Producer” for pictures and high fives.

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Country Bear Musical Jamboree: Reimagined Fun at Magic Kingdom

Get ready for a foot-stomping good time as the beloved Country Bear Musical Jamboree returns to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

After a comprehensive upgrade and refreshing update, this fan-favorite attraction will make its grand debut on July 17, 2024, bringing a fresh yet familiar experience to both seasoned park-goers and new visitors.

The Country Bear Musical Jamboree has been a staple of Magic Kingdom's Frontierland since its inception, delighting guests with its charming blend of humor, music, and animatronic artistry.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to Open June 28 at Walt Disney World Resort

Get ready to “Drop on in” with Princess Tiana this summer, as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on June 28!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure invites guests to join beloved characters Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, Louis, and all-new friends on a thrilling adventure, all set against the music and excitement of a New Orleans celebration. This new attraction will feature dozens of Audio-Animatronics figures, a foot-tapping soundtrack, and a celebration where everyone’s welcome. Tiana's Bayou Adventure is replacing Splash Mountain at Disney's Magic Kingdom, which closed in January 2023.

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Atlantic Disturbance Eyed by NHC May Soak Florida with More Rain

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a potential tropical depression that could form by mid-next week a few hundred miles northeast of the central Bahamas. This system has zero chance of formation in the next two days and a 30% chance within the next seven days. Should it develop, it is expected to move slowly westward or west-northwestward, potentially affecting Florida’s east coast.

Additionally, a broad area of low pressure is anticipated to form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental conditions may support gradual development, with a tropical depression possibly forming as it moves slowly westward or westnorthwestward.

Wild Florida's Gator Week Raises $4,000 to Support Osceola Students

Father's Day, celebrated on the third SuFor the third consecutive year, Wild Florida visitors have generously contributed $4,000 during Gator Week to support the Wild Florida Cares Scholarship Fund. This year’s event, held from May 27 through June 1, 2024, attracted wildlife enthusiasts, tourists, and locals to celebrate Florida’s iconic reptile, the American alligator. To encourage donations, guests were granted free entry to the Gator Park with contributions to the Wild Florida Cares Scholarship Fund.

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Black Empowerment & Community Council to Host Vanguard Awards Luncheon to Honor Osceola’s

Community Leaders

The Black Empowerment & Community Council will hold its inaugural Vanguard Awards Luncheon, an event celebrating the outstanding achievements of Osceola County’s community leaders, on June 20 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Marina Banquet Hall, located at 1104 Lakeshore Blvd in St. Cloud.

The Vanguard Awards Luncheon will honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to empowering and uplifting the Osceola County community in various sectors, including education, healthcare, economic development, public safety, and community service.

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The Danger of Leaving Pets in Cars During Hot Florida Weather Conditions

Florida’s scorching weather poses significant risks for pets, especially when left in hot cars. As temperatures soar above 90 degrees, our furry companions are at risk of overheating. Let’s delve into the dangers and explore safety tips to keep our pets safe during hot times.

Leaving pets in parked cars—even on seemingly warm days—is extremely dangerous. Car interiors can become lethal within an hour. Even when it’s only 72°F outside, a vehicle’s temperature can rise to 116°F. Remember that leaving pets in hot cars is illegal in most states.

Remember, our pets rely on us to keep them safe. Let’s ensure they stay cool and comfortable during Florida’s hot weather!

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Lights, Camera, Action! Touchstar Luxury Cinemas to Launch Poinciana’s First Movie Theater!

Poinciana is set to make a significant leap in local entertainment as it prepares to welcome its first movie theater. The community will soon experience a touch of cinematic luxury, thanks to Touchstar Cinemas.

Touchstar Luxury Cinemas, a wellrespected name in the movie theater industry, has secured the site for Poinciana’s first-ever movie theater, Phase 2 of Poinciana Towne Center on Doverplum Avenue, situated just north of the current Walmart Supercenter. The Orlando-based company finalized the purchase for approximately $3.4 million on June 14.

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Osceola County Property Values Surge: 2024 Estimates Show Strong Growth

In a recent report, Osceola County Property Appraiser Katrina Scarborough released the 2024 estimates of taxable values, providing crucial data for local taxing authorities as they plan next fiscal year’s budgets. These estimates encompass both real and tangible personal property values, as mandated by Florida Statute 200.065(8).

“Osceola County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Residential and Commercial market values throughout Osceola County are very strong and show increases over 2023. The county saw over $2 billion in net new construction,” Property Appraiser Katrina Scarborough shared.

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KUA Releases 2024 Hurricane Preparedness Guide Ahead of June 1 Atlantic Hurricane Season Start

With the start of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning on June 1 and running through November 30, Kissimmee Utility Authority has released its 2024 Osceola Hurricane Guide, a free, bilingual, comprehensive preparedness guide offered annually to Osceola County residents.

A partnership between KUA, Osceola County, the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, Toho Water Authority and UF IFAS Extension in Osceola County, the handbook includes information on emergency shelters, evacuation routes, generator safety and power outage restoration as well as helpful telephone numbers, and a disaster supplies checklist.

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Florida's Recreational Marijuana Initiative: Debates, Supporters, and Potential Impact

In November 2024, Floridians will vote on Amendment 3, a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. This measure, if passed, would represent a significant shift in state policy, expanding beyond the existing medical marijuana framework established in 2016. Prominent figures like Attorney John Morgan are vocal supporters of the amendment, while some law enforcement officials express strong opposition.

Attorney John Morgan, a well-known advocate for marijuana reform in Florida, has been a key supporter of Amendment 3.

Meet the Candidates: St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce’s Politics in the Barn Comes to OHP in July

The St. Cloud Greater Osceola County Chamber of Commerce has announced that their Politics in the Barn event will take place at Osceola Heritage Park Event Center in Kissimmee on July 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. This event provides a unique opportunity for constituents to meet and greet candidates running in the 2024 election in Osceola County.

Politics in the Barn offers a relaxed, informal setting where attendees can interact with candidates and discuss their platforms. The event will also feature a Straw Poll hosted by the Supervisor of Elections Office, allowing attendees to cast their preliminary votes and gauge the political climate ahead of the official election.

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This job fair is by invitation only. To be considered for an invitation, scan the QR code or visit jobs.osceolaschools.net - search keyword “Job Fair” and complete the application. Questions? Contact the HR Department of the Osceola School District at 407 870 4800

In the Loop

Experience the Magic: DreamWorks Land Opens at

Universal Studios Florida June 14

Get ready to embark on a magical adventure as Universal Studios Florida opens its newest attraction, DreamWorks Land, on June 14, 2024. This vibrant and imaginative land is filled with fun and excitement for the entire family. Dive into Shrek's swamp, laugh and scream on the Trollercoaster, and learn kung fu moves with Po from Kung Fu Panda.

One of the top attractions is the Trolls Trollercoaster, a family-friendly ride where you join Poppy, Tiny, and the twins Satin and Chenille on a thrilling escape from spooky spiders. This ride promises fun and laughter as you find your happy place with the beloved Trolls characters.

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As the educational landscape continues to evolve in and around Osceola County, parents are seeking more than just a conventional schooling experience for their children. They seek environments that foster individual growth, creativity, and a sense of community. Creative Inspiration Journey School (CIJS), a tuition-free Pre-K through 8th grade public charter school located in St. Cloud, has emerged as a beacon of innovative education, offering an unparalleled learning journey for students. Elevate Your Child’s Learning Experience With Pre-K through 8th Grade Creative Inspiration Journey School in St. Cloud

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KUA Introduces Cutting-Edge Surge Protection for Enhanced Home Safety

KUA customers are now eligible to sign up for the utility’s new surge protection program, which can protect large appliances from electric surges.

The surge protection device is installed directly on the customer’s meter and diverts high-energy surges that can enter through electric power lines from coming into the home.

Homeowners insurance or renter’s insurance typically doesn’t cover appliance damage caused by electric surges, but customers now have the option to protect expensive appliances through KUA’s Surge Protection Program. Items covered under the program include appliances such as air conditioning equipment, refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, and electric ranges.

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Individuals seeking employment as a VPK instructor for the school year must meet one of the following credentials.


issued by Council for Professional Recognition, a passing score

Paraprofessional test and completion of the DOE Emergent Literacy Course outlined below in #6.


60+ Semester hours

college credited from accredited college or university,passing score Paraprofessional test and completion of the DOE Emergent Literacy Course outlined below in #6.

Associate's or Higher Degree

in an unrelated field, minimum six (6) credit hours in early childhood education or child development, passing score Paraprofessional test and completion of the DOE Emergent Literacy Course outlined below in #6

Associate's or Higher Degree

in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, passing score

Paraprofessional test and completion of the DOE Emergent Literacy Course outlined below in #6.

Birth Through Five Child Care Credentials

5 6 completion of an approved Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Florida Department of Education (DOE) Child Care Apprenticeship Program (CCAC) or DOE Early Childhood Education Program (ECPC). Approved programs require a high school diploma or GED, a minimum of 120 hours of training, a minimum of 480 hours of experience in an early childhood childcare setting, early childhood portfolio, and a formal observation. passing score Paraprofessional test and completion of the DOE Emergent Literacy Course outlined below in #6.

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Instructor Emergent Literacy and Standards Course Requirements

Scaffolding and Think, Show, Tell, Talk: Language and Vocabulary Development for Preschoolers (in person and virtual instructor-led STSTTP) 5 hours; 0 5 CEUs 1 3 4

Implementing the Florida Standards in Preschool Classrooms: 3 Years Old to Kindergarten (online VFSP) 5 hours; 0 5 CEUs or (SPC3TK) instructor-led 3 hours; 0 3 CEUs

Emergent Literacy for VPK Instructors (online VPK21) 5 hours; 0 5 CEUs

Language and Vocabulary in the VPK Classroom (online LVPK21) 5 hours; 0 5CEUs

Phonological Awareness Development for Preschoolers (online VIPA21; in-person and virtual instructor-led PAP21) 5 hours; 0.5 CEUs

Building a Strong Foundation for Emergent Literacy (virtual instructor led BSFEL) 5 hours; 0.5 CEU

Dialogic Reading: Language and Vocabulary Development for Preschoolers (in-person and virtual instructor-led DRP) 5 hours; 0 5 CEUs

Book Embedded Vocabulary Instruction: Language and Vocabulary Development for Preschoolers (in person and virtual instructor-led BEP) 5 hours; 0 5 CEUs

Ignite Creativity This Summer with Osceola Arts!

This June, while schools take a break, Osceola Arts turns up the heat with its Summer Arts Camps at Valencia College’s Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses, starting Monday, June 3rd, at 9 AM. Dive into a world where visual and performing arts meet, offering diverse camps tailored for the Central Florida community.

Whether you’re into painting, acting, or dancing, there’s a spot just for you!

Designed for kids aged 8-13, these camps provide a unique blend of learning and fun in a top-notch facility that sparks creativity. Each session concludes with a dazzling showcase, where students display their newfound skills. Witness the remarkable transformation and celebrate the achievements of these young talents.

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As the cooler air of winter gives way to the vibrant blossoms of spring, Florida residents know all too well that the sizzling heat of summer is just around the corner. Preparing for the inevitable spike in temperatures means ensuring your air conditioning system is in top-notch condition. Why? Because a well-maintained AC system is not just about comfort; it’s about health, efficiency, and longevity. And when it comes to reliable air conditioning services in Osceola County, there’s one name that stands out: Osceola Air.

Maximizing Comfort and Efficiency with Osceola Air: The
of Spring Air
Critical Role
Ups Before the Summer Blaze
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Get Ahead of the Storm: Essential Tips and Resources from KUA

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 5 to May 11, and KUA wants to remind you about the importance of preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. Having emergency preparations completed before a hurricane watch or warning is issued is critical.

When a storm alert is announced, take care of last-minute tasks quickly. Make sure emergency supplies like food, water, batteries, pet essentials, and first aid kits are fresh and sufficient. Create a list for any missing items and get them promptly. Fill your car with gas, check the oil and tires, and have evacuation essentials ready.

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UCF Extends Johnny Dawkins' Tenure Through 2027: Commitment to Long-Term Success

UCF men's basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins has solidified his future with the Knights, securing a contract extension through the 2026-27 season, as announced by Vice President and Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir.

In its first season in the Big 12 Conference, the nation’s toughest basketball league, UCF earned eight victories against conference opponents, including seven during the regular season and another in the first round of the Big 12 Championship. Each victory was against a legacy Big 12 member.

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Osceola County Expands Senior Smiles Mobile Denture Program for Greater Access and Care

Senior citizens in select areas of Osceola County now have even more reasons to smile, thanks to the Senior Smiles program—a county initiative launched in 2023 by District 2 Commissioner Viviana Janer. Senior Smiles provides affordable and accessible denture services through a collaboration between the Osceola County Commission and Osceola Community Health Services, and is now available to qualifying seniors in additional areas of the county.

Senior Smiles Osceola offers comprehensive services, including full dentures, partials, X-rays, and extractions, all carried out on a mobile dental trailer equipped with two exam rooms. This allows the Osceola Community Health Services team to deliver quality dental care directly to seniors ages 55 and older.

Funding for the program has now been expanded through the American Rescue Plan Act to reach even more areas within the county. District 4 Commissioner Cheryl Grieb recently distributed vouchers for free dentures to Hope Partnership in Downtown Kissimmee that will make it possible for 45 qualified seniors to receive no-cost dentures and denture services.

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Addition Financial Credit Union Expands Partnership with Osceola County School District to Launch Student-

Operated Branch at Osceola High School

Addition Financial Credit Union and the School District of Osceola County have announced an expansion of their High School Branch Program partnership, with plans to open a student-run Addition Financial branch at Osceola High School.

Addition Financial’s High School Branch Program is designed to introduce young people to financial literacy and money management skills. The credit union will provide full training to Osceola High School students who are accepted into the program and will prepare them to fully staff and run the credit union branch, to be located on the Osceola High School campus.

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Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital doctor performs first laparoscopic nephrectomy – kidney removal surgery

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital’s

Dr. Sarat Sabharwal performed the hospital’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy this month, a milestone for patient care.

Nephrectomy, or removal of a kidney, may be necessary when a patient has recurrent kidney infections, irreversible damage, long-term obstruction or tumors that indicate kidney cancer.

Laparoscopic nephrectomy – a minimally invasive approach – uses tiny incisions in the abdomen that result in decreased blood loss, less pain, plus a shorter hospital stay and recovery. Many patients are able to return to full activity within 3-4 weeks after surgery.

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Exploring Osceola County’s Natural Trails and Spaces: A Paradise for Avid Runners, Walkers, and Kayakers

Osceola County is a hidden gem for avid runners, walkers, and kayakers seeking a combination of physical fitness and natural beauty. Although the county is one of the fastest growing regions in Florida, its picturesque landscapes, serene lakes, and wellmaintained trails, offer a haven for those who want to stay active while immersing themselves in nature.

In this article, we will take you on a journey through ten of Osceola County’s finest locations where you can experience invigorating runs and leisurely walks amid breathtaking natural landscapes.

• Shingle Creek Regional Park:

Shingle Creek Regional Park, often referred to as the “Headwaters of the Everglades,” is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts alike. This vast park offers a network of scenic trails suitable for running and walking. The trails wind through lush forests, along the banks of Shingle Creek, and provide opportunities to spot local wildlife. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or an intense trail run, Shingle Creek has something for everyone.

• Celebration Lakeside Park:

Celebration, a charming community in Osceola County, and known to many as the ‘Town that Disney built,’ boasts Celebration Lakeside Park, a beautiful destination for runners and walkers. The park features a loop trail around Lake Rianhard, offering picturesque views of the water and surrounding greenery. The flat terrain and wellpaved paths make it an excellent choice for a leisurely walk or a brisk run.

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Positively Osceola Unveils Dynamic Business Support Initiative, ‘Positively Osceola Plus’

In a move set to revolutionize local business growth and community engagement, Positively Osceola, the leading hub for local news, sports, and events in Osceola County, has unveiled an innovative initiative known as ‘Positively Osceola Plus.’

‘Positively Osceola Plus’ is designed to extend a helping hand to businesses, organizations, and individuals in and around Osceola County, fostering their capacity to connect with target audiences and achieve their marketing and promotional aspirations.

Recognized as Osceola County’s foremost source for trusted information, Positively Osceola is leveraging its extensive reach and credibility to provide an enhanced platform for businesses looking to expand their marketing presence and connect meaningfully with their communities.

Positively Osceola Plus offers a comprehensive suite of support services tailored to meet the diverse needs of local enterprises. From strategic marketing guidance and targeted advertising to community outreach initiatives, the program aims to empower businesses and organizations in amplifying their visibility and achieving their goals.

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Orlando Health: Avoid Sunburn with These Tips

Almost all of us have experienced a sunburn at some point in our lives. But getting a sunburn is dangerous because it increases your risk of developing skin cancer — one of the most common types of cancers in the world. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime.


Sunburn is actually a radiation burn caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. When you’ve had too much sun, the skin turns red and painful within a few hours. Sunburn symptoms tend to worsen within 24 to 36 hours, and it can take anywhere from days to weeks, depending on the severity of the burn, to feel better.

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Law: Which vehicles are more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents?

Sadly, serious and fatal accidents take place on a daily basis in Central Florida. These crashes can happen in a number of ways and can be caused by not following traffic laws, inexperience, intoxication, distracted driving, fatigue, and medical issues.

Statistics show that fatal car accidents can often occur based on the type of vehicle. You may think that sports cars are most likely to be in crashes due to their speed and performance. However, according to the NHTSA, it’s the everyday cars, trucks, and SUVs on the roadways that are involved more frequently in serious or even deadly accidents, with sedans and pickup trucks accounting for more than three-quarters of fatal accidents. If you drive out on the roadways, here’s what you need to know about which vehicles have been involved in many of the crashes.

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LEGOLAND’s Summer Brick Party: Family Fun from June 1 to August 11

From June 1 to August 11, LEGOLAND®

Florida Resort is bringing back the Summer Brick Party, a celebration packed with fun activities included with your park admission or select annual passes. Get ready for thrilling shows, favorite characters, and special summer treats across various areas of the park. It’s an exciting way to soak up the sunny season with family and friends, offering everything from live entertainment to tasty food and drinks—all in one place.

Catch the action at the Go Xtreme! stunt show and Brickbeard’s Watersport Stunt Show, where energy and excitement fill the air. These shows are perfect for families looking for fun and laughter, featuring high-energy stunts and spectacular performances. Plus, meet some of LEGOLAND’s coolest characters, like the Shark Suit Guy, who’s always up for a photo and ready to add a splash of fun to your visit.

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SeaWorld’s Viva la Música: Celebrate Latin Culture

Every Weekend from June 1 to June 30

Experience the vibrant color and rich culture of Viva la Música, returning to SeaWorld for five festive weekends from June 1st to June 30th. This family-friendly Latin celebration is included with park admission and features an array of Latin entertainment, from thrilling live music to dynamic dance performances. With the park’s coolest attractions and animal adventures as your backdrop, each Saturday and Sunday will offer something exciting for everyone. Don’t miss out on the sound, spice, and spirit of this special event that captures the essence of Latin culture.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to Open June 28 at Walt Disney World Resort

Get ready to “Drop on in” with Princess Tiana this summer, as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on June 28!

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure invites guests to join beloved characters Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, Louis, and all-new friends on a thrilling adventure, all set against the music and excitement of a New Orleans celebration. This new attraction will feature dozens of Audio-Animatronics figures, a foot-tapping soundtrack, and a celebration where everyone’s welcome. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is replacing Splash Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which closed in January 2023.

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Splash into Cinema: Island H2O’s Dive In Movie Nights from May 31 to July 26

Grab your popcorn and get ready for a summer full of cinematic splashes at Island H2O Water Park! Every Friday from May 31 to July 26, starting at 6 PM, families and friends can gather to watch a series of beloved films on Central Florida’s LARGEST Outdoor Digital Wave Pool Screen. Each movie night is a unique opportunity to enjoy blockbuster hits and family favorites in a vibrant, poolside setting. As a special treat, Season Passholders receive a FREE bag of popcorn at every screening. Don’t forget to check our website for any updates to the movie lineup!

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Refreshing Treats: Watermelon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Delight in the positively delicious and whimsical treat of Florida Watermelon Cupcakes. This unique dessert replaces traditional cupcake batter with fresh, juicy slices of Florida watermelon, creating a refreshing and light base. The watermelon is topped with a rich, creamy layer of cream cheese frosting, enhanced with a zest of lemon for a burst of citrus flavor. This inventive dessert is perfect for summer gatherings, offering a sweet, hydrating bite that’s sure to impress.

Positively Delicious Hearty Harvest: Florida Chicken, Sweet Potato & Kale Salad

Enjoy a nutritious and vibrant meal with Florida Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Salad. This positively delicious dish combines tender grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, and fresh kale, tossed together for a wholesome and satisfying salad. Ideal for a lunch or light dinner, this salad is a delightful way to enjoy Florida’s fresh produce and proteins.

Sunshine in a Bowl: Florida’s Ultimate Tropical Fruit Salad, It’s Positively Delicious

This Florida Tropical Fruit Salad is a positively delicious celebration of Florida’s finest produce. This refreshing blend of colorful fruits is perfectly sweetened with a hint of local orange blossom honey, creating a delightful treat that’s as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye. Enjoy this luscious salad on a sunny day for a true taste of tropical paradise.

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Experience Positively Delicious Pan-Seared Florida Culotte Steak

This Pan-Seared Florida Culotte Steak is a positively delicious choice for any meat lover, offering a rich and savory experience. This tender cut is expertly seared to achieve a perfect crust, locking in its natural juices and enhancing its robust flavors. Simple yet luxurious, this steak is sure to impress at any dinner table.

Coastal Cravings: Positively Delicious Florida Blue Crab Panini

This Florida Blue Crab Panini is a positively delicious twist on the classic sandwich. Bursting with the fresh, sweet flavors of local blue crab, this panini is grilled to crispy perfection, melding the delicate crab with a melty, creamy cheese. Ideal for a luxurious lunch or a satisfying dinner, it’s a gourmet treat that brings a taste of the Florida coast right to your table.

Positively Delicious Savory Sensations: Florida Chicken, Mushroom & Bacon Melt

Indulge in the positively delicious flavors of a Florida Chicken, Mushroom, and Bacon Melt. This mouthwatering sandwich layers tender chicken, savory mushrooms, and crisp bacon under a blanket of melted cheese, all nestled between toasted bread. Each bite delivers a satisfying crunch and a burst of hearty, rich flavors, making it a perfect choice for a fulfilling meal.

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