You’ve seen it as you drive alongside Lake Monroe: The round, fortress-like building weirdly situated on a triangular piece of land where Seminole Boulevard and French Avenue meet.

“Just what the heck is that building,” most people ask, including Sanford residents who’ve lived here 30-plus years.

Dylan and Samantha Bashore had no plans to become amateur archaeologists when they woke up Saturday morning, but by the end of the day, they had uncovered a hidden piece of Sanford’s history.

The Bashores own the old Thrifty Service Station at the northeast corner of Palmetto Avenue and 2nd Street(Gmap). The couple are renovating the building so they can open their brewery, Inner Compass Brewing Co. (Website | Facebook), later this year.

Listen to the stories about Bernard David “Buddy” Lake and you assume the tales are baseball’s version of Paul Bunyon: outrageous feats of athleticism that are more fiction than fact.

That is until you realize Lake’s accomplishments were performed in front of thousands of people on such a regular basis, that they almost became commonplace.

The city of Sanford is asking for proposals to purchase and redevelop a city-owned property – and former county jail – in the heart of downtown.

The building recently drew attention when the owners of Lonnie’s Fusion Cuisine expressed interest in purchasing the building to move their Lake Mary restaurant to Sanford (Lake Mary restaurant eyes downtown Sanford).

Bokey is both a place AND a state of mind

If you live in or near Sanford, Fla. you’ve probably heard the term “Bokey” (if you haven’t, the word rhymes with “low key”). It’s Sanford’s unofficial nickname, like O-Town for Orlando or Hotlanta for Atlanta.

But why is Sanford called Bokey?

We all love living in The Bokey, but from time to time it’s good to leave the ZIP Code to broaden our horizons.

Sanford's Doug Marlette on display in Washington, D.C.
Sanford’s Doug Marlette on display in Washington, D.C.

No matter where you travel, though, you’ll find The Bokey is making a positive mark far and wide.

This past weekend I traveled to our nation’s capital. Among the memorials, monuments and other sites of interest, I made a stop at the Newseum, an interactive museum dedicated to news and journalism.

The curators had assembled a large display on the fifth floor honoring editorial cartoons. Of all the great editorial cartoonists who have ever practiced the craft, the curators chose to feature a single cartoonist –Sanford’s very own Doug Marlette.