first_img Reply August 25, 2017 at 12:15 pm August 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply Reply Please enter your comment! Reply Mama Mia 6 COMMENTS It is my understanding that the manatees were all over Florida back in ancient times. Don’t know how they are going to survive, or how much longer, before they are gone forever. August 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm We used to have manatees come right up to our boat in the Wekiva River and the St. Johns River. I was always fearful we would accidentally hit one when going across the water. I have seen them over at the Ponce Inlet channel that spills out into the ocean, and have had them come right up to the fishing pier, below where we were fishing, at The Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier in Brevard County, I think that is Titusville. Could almost reach out and touch one, and they were happily munching on aquatic plants. Also saw the numerous manatees in Blue Springs….a sight to see in the cold weather. One lady had her little rat terrier dog holding it in her arms, and it was raising a fit and barking at the manatees. I couldn’t believe her little dog was upset over the manatees down in the water. She said that he was protecting her! Mama Mia I have been reading about the manatee that gave birth to a calf in Lake Eustis and how she was returned to the St. Johns River at one point in time and swam 80 miles to get back to Lake County’s chain of lakes including Lake Eustis. How cool is that? I was thinking about all of those massive gators that we used to see whenever we was boating and fishing in mainly Little Lake Harris back toward the canal back there and wondering if the huge gators would bother the manatee and her calf. Then I read on and see that the GPS was bitten and damaged by a gator that was attached to the mama manatee. Perish the thoughts! This article is in today’s Orlando Sentinel. I still can’t get over the snake coiled around the doorknob photo. I really don’t like snakes. What kind of snake is that thing anyway? Pretty sure it is not a water moccasin. Is it a pine snake? It is NOT a rattler, a black snake, an indigo, a coral, a king, a copperhead, a python, a boa, a pigmy, or a garter…. anybody know? Ugh, it does look just like the one I encountered once. It is still bothering me……gives me the creeps. Tell me if you know your snakes. You know I read the various Apopka Facebook websites regularly, and can’t always see the comments, but sometimes I can, for some strange reason, even though I don’t have a Facebook account, however, I was looking at the latest postings on Apopka Community Facts Uncensored website, and I see a photo of a man standing before a podium at Wekiva Spring Park with flags in the background, and at first I don’t recognize him…..then I look at the words above the photo which states: ” Our future mayor who continues to serve us”…..or something of that nature, so I am thinking, who is this man? This is not Mayor Kilsheimer, nor is it Mr. Bryan Nelson… Then I see it is Scott Plakon……OMG!!! This photo and the other photos were his own photos that he submitted. Thank God, it is NOT Scott Plakon who will be our future mayor!! Sorry, to the two other REAL Apopka Mayor Candidates, Mayor Kilsheimer and Mr. Bryan Nelson, no offense to you two…..LOL Then I scroll down to see the most hideous snake coiled around a door handle ……..I want to know, Apopka Community Facts Uncensored, are you trying to give me a massive heart attack??? LOL!! That is the most frightening thoughts to me, ever!……Scott Plakon as our future mayor, and a big ugly as* snake wrapped around a door handle here in Apopka somewhere! Looks like the same kind of snake and size, I encountered when putting up some campaign signs for a candidate on the side of a road here in Apopka once. Now you know why I didn’t participate in the Wekiva River cleanup awhile back!!! Mama Mia Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia August 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mia Mama Mia Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply August 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm August 26, 2017 at 8:12 pm Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Public Administration & Public Works Budget HighlightsFrom Bryan NelsonOrange County Commissioner/District 2Orange County’s proposed Administrative Services budget is slightly less than last year with a few capital improvement projects planned.  Capital improvements to buildings are very vital to keep County facilities operational and safe and will continue to be a major goal of the Orange County budgeting.From the past year, Orange County has had several accomplishments. The Business Development Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Utilization program has done well over the past year. 464 prime and sub-consultant contracts have been issued for M/WBE. The county currently has a total of 429 certified M/WBE’s, 46 which are newly certified firms. 24 Educational workshops were conducted at the National Entrepreneur Center.  Orange County is excited for the completion of the Young Pine Community Park, Regional Computer Center Roof Replacement, and Corrections Staff Dining, which were some major projects from the past year. Facilities Management has maintained over 5.4 million square feet of space, completed over 42,000 work orders, and achieved a 96% on-time completion rate for 24 hours response work orders. Most spectacular, Facilities Management received a 2016 Facilities Maintenance Achievement Award from Facilities Maintenance Decisions Magazine. Orange County Fleet Management was named as 2016 Top 50 Leading Fleet by Government Fleet Magazine and FPWA. The county maintained over 1,860 rolling stock vehicles and 1,750 off-road and heavy equipment assets in the 2016 fiscal year. The Orange County Procurement department received Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award in 2016 from the National Procurement Institute.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonAccomplishments in the Solid Waste department include its first-year completion of 1-1-1 automated collection service and significantly reduced landfill odors. There will be a new weekly bulk pickup service beginning on January 1, 2018. Utility services successfully maintained wastewater pump stations through Hurricane Matthew without a sanitary sewer overflow event. As noted from the J.D. Power 2017 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Survey, Orange County Utility Services received the second highest overall Customer Satisfaction Index, led the nation in the Billing & Payment plus Customer Service category, and ranked second in the nation for the Price category.Additionally, the Library remodeled its fourth floor and established its Harry Potter and Summer Reading Programs. A fifth floor remodel is in the works as well as improvements to parking at the North Orange Library Branch.  The Library also received an honorable mention by the Library Journal during their annual “Library of the Year” awards. The library faces challenges in retaining part time staff, with 40% of their staff part time. There is a challenge as well in providing future branches in high growth communities like Lake None and Horizon West.The Orange County Public Works Department, during the 2016 fiscal year, maintained 2,860 miles of roadway and 1,831 retention ponds, installed 5.5 miles of new sidewalk, and maintained 604 traffic signals. 220 miles of roads were resurfaced and 110,500 traffic signs were maintained. Costs increases and growth of the county are a couple of financial impact budget challenges that face the department. The road resurfacing program will continue on a 15-year cycle. The right-of-way and retention pond mowing remains at a four to six week cycle on the 765 miles of right-of-way and 1831 ponds edges. The Pedestrian Safety Program will be continuing to conduct corridor safety audits, evaluating and redesigning high volume multi-lane intersections, and retrofitting intersections with ADA compliant ramps. Additional markings and signage as well as driver feedback signs also are continually added to increase pedestrian safety. This program helps to increase education about pedestrian safety, builds pedestrian refuge islands, evaluates lighting, and increases funding for sidewalks. In terms of the budget, the Public Works Department has proposed an operating budget of $70.3 million and a personal services budget of $34.6 million for the 2017 Fiscal Year; for the 2018 Fiscal Year, the department has proposed $35.2 for the operating and $66.7 million for personal services.Despite its accomplishments, Orange County still faces a budget challenge in regard to solid waste. The Solid Waste System is experiencing increasing operational costs, primarily due to the care of closed cells and odor control measures. To ensure the system will continue to operate efficiently, it is crucial to secure the funding needed for capital improvements for transfer stations and new cell construction. The utility services department plans to continue to promote recycling just as strongly. Bear resistant trash and recycling carts as well as water supply and conservation are other major focus areas.In the Community, Environmental, and Development Services department, new positions: Five in Building Safety, six in Parks and Recreation, two in Environmental Protection, and one in Transportation Planning. Some advanced affordable housing projects were completed this past year, such as Goldenrod Pointe and New Horizons in Apopka. Another big accomplishment is the progression of the UCF Area and Pine Hills Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety studies and improvements. The County is preparing for an online permitting system in the upcoming year. Overall, development activity continues to grow, which results in increased workloads. Department position requests correspond to economic recovery and new park facilities.Our employee headcount, excluding first responders, of 5,101 is the same as it was in 2006 despite a 26% increase in the population, which is a tribute to our dedicated staff. The County is working hard in evaluating the budget for the upcoming new fiscal year, and plans to deliver utmost service, safety, and sense of community to its residents and businesses. I have to wonder if the manatees could ever swim to Lake Apopka. I know that it is possible, but only if the locks are opened there at the Apopka Beauclair Canal. We used to fish right at the locks for butter cats. I think the canal may be too shallow, don’t know though. Anyway, the locks would have to be open, for that to happen for them to get into Lake Apopka. 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