SEMINOLE - Chick-fil-A, 10790 Park Blvd., will hold a Seminole Historical Society Spirit Night Thursday, Sept. 29, 5 to 8 p.m.
Fifteen percent of ticketed sales will be donated to the organization.
Those attending must present a flyer to the cashier at the counter or drive-thru. Flyers can be obtained through tSeminole Chamber of Commerce, 7777 131st St. N., Suites 7-8, or by contacting the chamber at 727-392-3245.
SEMINOLE - It was just a little over one year ago that Ann Toney-Deal stepped in to fill the shoes of Frank Edmunds, Seminole’s inaugural city manager, when he retired in August 2015.
“The first year absolutely flew by,” she said. “It’s hard to believe I’ve worked here for an entire year. It’s been a wonderful professional and personal experience.”
Prior to coming to Seminole, Toney-Deal most recently served as director of administration and communications for the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and before that as city manager of Haines City in Polk County for 19 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Florida. She’s also a past president of the Florida City and County Management Association and is a member of the International City and County Management Association.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council unanimously approved a new healthcare plan for city employees. At its Aug. 23 meeting, the council authorized the city manager to select the plan document for the BlueCare 55 health insurance plan with the Public Risk Management of Florida Health Care Trust.
A committee of city staff recommended the council select the BlueCare 55 plan.
The city manager, Ann Toney-Deal, presented various plan options to the council at its Aug. 9 meeting. Prior to the Aug. 23 meeting, Toney-Deal gave councilors a plan document comparison study so they could compare the various plans discussed, including the city’s previous healthcare plan with Aetna.
SEMINOLE - Jessica Yuen always had a passion for cooking and working with children. But she chose a different path when it came to her career, working as an IT professional for 13 years.
Then, two years ago, she threw a birthday party for her daughter, Kaleah, now 8. She invited over a group of her daughters’ friends for a pizza party where they made the pies themselves, kneading the dough and selecting the toppings.
“The kids loved it and something just clicked for me,” Yuen said. “I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.”
SEMINOLE - Vice Mayor Jim Quinn, Councilor Thomas Barnhorn and Thomas Christy will vie for two open Seminole council seats in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.
Mayor Leslie Waters will run unopposed for mayor, winning her second full term in the role. She previously served as interim mayor from November 2012 through March 2013 after Jimmy Johnson stepped down due to health issues.
“I am very pleased to have been re-elected ‘unopposed’ to serve as mayor of Seminole for another three years,” she said. “We live in a wonderful ‘big-little’ city, a city with low taxes, a city that is currently enjoying an economic boom, is caring and giving toward citizens of all ages, and always supportive of our veterans and military members. I am proud to be your mayor! Thanks to the citizens of Seminole in their faith in my leadership ‘for a better Seminole.’”
SEMINOLE - Plans for the Seminole City Center are progressing quickly, City Manager Ann Toney-Deal told the City Council at its Aug. 9 meeting. All but five spots at the mall have been leased, she said.
“So it’s well underway,” she added.
Two new stores are set to open soon. Five Below will hold its grand opening Friday, Sept. 9, while Pollo Tropical has set its grand opening ribbon cutting scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 10.