After an hours-long meeting, the Seminole County School Board voted to end its mask mandate. That means face coverings will now be optional on all district property and in all district buildings. Sign up for our Newsletters Outside the Seminole County School District building, people held signs ahead of the meeting.
School leaders in Seminole County are expected to make a big decision about COVID-19 protocols in classrooms this fall that includes whether masks should be mandatory for students and staff. A task force recommends making masks optional for students and staff members who are vaccinated. A final vote is expected at Seminole County Public School headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.
The man who was convicted last month of the cold case killing of a U.S. Navy recruit in Seminole County more than 30 years ago is now facing charges in another cold case in Hawaii. Honolulu police said Monday that a grand jury has indicted Thomas Garner on charges of second-degree murder of Kathy Hicks.
Probe being assisted by Florida lawmaker’s former friend Joel Greenberg after plea deal struck Matt Gaetz could see charges brought against him by federal prosecutors in July, a report says. The Florida congressman has been under investigation for months amid a sex trafficking probe involving his former friend Joel Greenberg, according to reports.
It was the first big county-run COVID-19 vaccination pod to open in the state, and it’s one of the last to remain open. But on Saturday, the vaccine pod at the Oviedo Mall will shut down operations for good. There has been a drop-off of people going to the vaccine pod.
New home builders are facing many challenges as some materials are in short supply right now. One city in Seminole County said they are seeing a backlog in water meters needed for all the new development. In the first half of the year, the city has installed 500 water meters for new homes.
It was one of the first mass vaccination sites in Central Florida, but on Saturday, the site at the Oviedo Mall in Seminole County will close its doors. County leaders are reminding people that there's still plenty of places to get a shot. Sign up for our Newsletters
Seminole County Fire Rescue has added drones to improve its ability during emergencies. "It's really a force multiplier for us," Chief Otto Drozd said. "The drones just give us so much more capability, to give us more operational knowledge of the scene we're trying to impact."
In a high-growth state, making new development pay for itself has always been tricky. It’s an effort to provide much-needed services without additional costs to long-established residents. Sign up for our Newsletters Seminole County's impact fees, established 20 to 30 years ago are likely to go up.
Federal judge rules for Seminole in lawsuit over rejection of Dorworth’s River Cross megadevelopment
In a blow to developer Chris Dorworth’s controversial River Cross project, a federal judge ruled Friday that Seminole’s rural boundary is not segregative, and that county commissioners did not violate the Fair Housing Act in 2018 when they unanimously rejected the massive development. U.S. District Judge Anne Conway’s ruling closes the lawsuit that Dorworth filed in October 2018, two months after Seminole commissioners voted against River Cross, which would have added 1,370 homes, apartments and townhouses and 1.5 million square feet of commercial and office space on 669 acres of old pastureland just east of the Econlockhatchee River.
Matt Gaetz friend Joel Greenberg will be sentenced in August after federal judge accepts a plea deal that requires him to cooperate with prosecutors
Joel Greenberg, 36, pleaded guilty last month to six of the nearly three dozen charges he faced, including sex trafficking of a minor A federal judge accepted a plea deal for Joel Greenberg, a close associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz, that will require he cooperate with prosecutors
A former Seminole County Assistant State Attorney has entered a plea on two felony charges of having sex with a minor who worked for him. There was emotional testimony on Thursday in court from the victim, as Andrew Jones took the deal. Sign up for our Newsletters WESH 2's Bob Hazen explains why he will avoid jail time for the crime.
Sentencing is now set for former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg. In May, Greenberg took a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to six of 33 felony charges against him, including sex trafficking of a minor. Sign up for our Newsletters He'll now be sentenced on Aug. 19.
The Seminole County School Board and its re-opening task force met Tuesday about what changes they could make to pandemic safety protocols going forward. Here’s what the task force is recommending so far: The task force is recommending that mask use not be required in most situations, especially when it comes to those students and staff who are vaccinated.
More than half the eligible population in Seminole County is vaccinated against COVID-19, but there are still pockets of the population that are significantly under that percentage. In Seminole County, Wekiva Springs’ ZIP code 32779 has the highest number of residents vaccinated at nearly 68%.
Seminole County is now officially a "blue" county, and it's believed to be the first time ever. That's when it comes to voter registration. Sign up for our Newsletters Right now, there are just over 118,300 registered Democrats, and just under 118,000 Republicans.
Wednesday was the last day of school in Seminole County not only for students and teachers, but also the school district’s longtime superintendent. Walt Griffin is retiring after more than three decades with the district. “Everything I’m doing, it’s the last time I’m doing it, so it is emotional,” he said.
Joel Greenberg: Bodycam footage shows Matt Gaetz wingman at in-laws after violating sex trafficking parole to see wife
Incident led to rearrest of disgraced Florida tax collector and cooperation with authorities Video of Joel Greenberg, a former close friend of congressman Matt Gaetz, has resurfaced showing police questioning him when he violated parole and drove across Florida hoping to see his wife. The disgraced former Seminole County tax collector, who recently struck a plea deal with prosecutors, arrived at his in-laws’ home in Jupiter, Florida, early one morning, prompting his mother-in-law to call the police while hiding in a bedroom saying that he was “freaking out”.
People who run local COVID-19 vaccine clinics say now that younger children are eligible, business is picking back up. In Florida, 32,000 people between the ages of 12 and 14 have already gotten their first shot. Sign up for our Newsletters The boost in demand has Seminole County on the threshold of a milestone moment.
Joel Greenberg's guilty plea includes misuse of cash from the Seminole County Tax Collector's Office, a position from which he resigned as legal issues piled up. "The previous tax collector, Mr. Greenberg, from everything we've seen, was using that office like his personal ATM machine," said Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine.