Community & Services

In the foreground there is a sign advertising the polar plunge event, while in the background there are two people on rubber donuts floating in the water.

Polar Plunge Participants Grin and Bear Chilly Waters of Rock Springs

As the song goes: “The orange and palm trees sway … there’s never been such a day, in …,” well, Orange County, F-L-A! Orange County Parks and Recreation hosted the inaugural Black Bear Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, 2019 in Kelly Park’s Rock Springs in Apopka. While Parks and Recreation staff hoped for a frosty, […]

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Top Newsroom Stories of 2018

In 2018, Orange County experienced historic milestones, accomplishments and successes that will benefit local residents for years to come. Government services continued to be...

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Long Shot from Pine Hills Becomes Long Drive Champion

Imagine driving a golf ball the length of four football fields. For most human beings, this is merely a Sunday daydream, but for Pine...

Mayor Demings with parents

Holiday Heroes Toy Drive Continues to Spread Joy and Holiday Cheer Across Orange County

Orange County’s Holiday Heroes Toy Drive has grown into a highly anticipated event for its employees, volunteers and the extended community in Central Florida....

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Award-Winning Counseling Program Positively Impacts Children and Families in Orange County

In 2015, when Orange County was chosen by the Department of Juvenile Justice as a pilot site for the SNAP (STOP NOW AND PLAN)...

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Boy Scouts Receive Highest Rank by Giving Back to Community through Orange County’s Green PLACE Program

When Roan Waterbury’s two sons approached him about ideas to conduct an Eagle Scout Project in Orange County, a lightbulb went off. As a...

2018 Oath of Office

2018 Oath of Office Ceremony Draws Hundreds to Orange County Convention Center

Hundreds of Central Floridians attended the historic Oath of Office ceremony for Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, who was sworn in by Chief...

Firefighter Steve O leaning on a fire truck inside the station

Orange County Firefighter Beats the Odds and Finds Passion and Purpose

For SteveO Michel, a 26-year-old Orange County Fire and Rescue firefighter and emergency medical technician who grew up in the troubled Tymber Skan community...

Orange County residents at the 2018 Barktoberfest event.

Barktoberfest Wags its Way to Lake Eola Park

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) hosted their 2018 Barktoberfest on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. The signature, rescue-appreciation event...

Mayor Jacobs and a small group hold a life-size check in the middle of a football field

Annual Florida Blue Florida Classic Highlights World-Class Camping World Stadium in Orange County

Once again, Orange County hosted thousands of fans at Camping World Stadium for the 2019 Florida Blue Florida Classic on Saturday, Nov. 17 for...