State Rep. Jason Brodeur
State Rep. Jason Brodeur

For years Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown and her supporters have used the phrase “Corrine delivers.”

Could it be that that phrase will soon be co-opted by Republican poster boy Jason Brodeur?

Naw, it’s doubtful. But you soon could see Sanford’s emissary in the Florida House of Representatives handing one of those surfboard-sized checks to Mayor Jeff Triplett and other Sanford officials.

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Windermere Police Officer Robert German
Windermere Police Officer Robert German

Motorists in Seminole County should expect “major traffic tie-ups” as hundreds pay their last respects for slain police office Robert German.

The Windermere police officer was fatally shot about 4 a.m. Saturday after stopping two teenagers on Conroy Windermere Road. The teens — Brandon Goode, 18, and Alexandria “Alex” Hollinghurst, 17, both of Davenport — were found dead nearby of an apparent murder/suicide according to Orange County deputies who arrived on the scene.

A 5-year law enforcement veteran, German grew up in Sanford and continued to make the Celery City home, said Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith.

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Former Sanford City Commissioner Art Woodruff was twice elected in District 1. A physics teacher and technology consultant at Oviedo High School, Woodruff has taught in Seminole County since 1985.

UPDATE 8:26 p.m.: District 1 Commissioner Mark McCarty picked up reelection paperwork from the City Clerk following the commission work session.

UPDATED 5:28 p.m.: Includes quotes from Woodruff and McCarty

Former Sanford City Commissioner Art Woodruff appears to be gearing up to challenge incumbent Mark McCarty for the District 1 seat.

Woodruff filed papers with the Sanford City Clerk last week to run.

Woodruff served two terms as the District 1 commissioner from 2001 to 2010, when he chose not to run for reelection.

Reached by phone, Woodruff said he left office to spend more time with his family but always planned to return to public service.

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Rob Hawkins recently purchased the building at the northwest corner of 2nd Street and Park Ave. He plans to spend $150,000 renovating the property and open a barbecue restaurant.

Rob Hawkins is an unassuming man. But don’t let his calm demeanor fool you: He’s a man on a mission to rid downtown Sanford of blight.

Hawkins is the owner of Insurance Risk Services, a 35-year-old company that provides field underwriting support for the insurance industry. More importantly, he is the owner of three buildings in the 100 block of Park Avenue.

His most recent purchase is the long under-utilized gas station/bus terminal building at the northwest corner of 2nd Street and Park Avenue.

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Greg Piecora, left, and Peter Minelga, plan to open Wops Hops Brewing Co. in the Stokes Fish Market building on Sanford Ave.

Greg Piecora evaluated a number of places to locate his business, Wops Hops Brewing Co. Conventional wisdom dictated that Winter Park and Maitland were among the top choices.

Piecora chose Sanford.

“I love a city with personality, and Sanford has personality,” Piecora says. “We could have been anywhere, but this city has a heartbeat. The history, the people, the vibe — this place is real.”

chipotleDining options in Sanford will expand later this summer when two fast-causal restaurants open in the Marketplace at Seminole Towne Center.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has developed a loyal following for its use of organic ingredients, and Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers, a new restaurant concept in Central Florida, will open in a newly constructed building located at the 308,571-squre-foot retail center anchored by Target.

Sanford City Commissioner Mark McCarty, District 1
Sanford City Commissioner Mark McCarty, District 1

Mark McCarty has yet to meet with city officials to determine what, if any, action needs to be taken after the District 1 Sanford City Commissioner spent $1,500 on a questionable mailing.

Two weeks ago Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett asked City Manager Norton Bonaparte and City Attorney William Colbert to meet with McCarty after discovering McCarty used taxpayer money to mail about 4,000 post cards to newly registered voters in District 1. Triplett also asked McCarty to repay the $1,500 in postage because the expense was not budgeted (“McCarty asked to repay city funds”).