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Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living on Sanford’s Marina Island Set to Open in New Year

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Construction of Marina Isle Waterfront Assisted Living, located on Sanford’s Marina Island, is reaching its final stage and looks to open its doors to 105 new Sanford residents by January 1, 2020. I recently spoke about the project with two members of the team -- Executive Director of Marina Isle Jody Moll and Vice President of Operations Stacy Hartley from...

Project Hollerblock Update – Expansion of Restaurant & Downstairs Bar on Schedule for November 2019

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In May, readers of HistoricDowntownSanford.com's Growth Watch heard all about ‘Project Hollerblock’ and the $1.6 million expansion of the famed Sanford restaurant Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café. These plans were ambitious, including our city’s very first rooftop bar. Often, and perhaps not unexpectedly, developers and business have their timelines pushed back due to various delays; we are very happy to report...

Orlando’s Famed Sushi & Seoul on the Roll to Take Over Kitchen at Celery City Craft in Historic Downtown Sanford

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Orlando's award-winning sushi truck Sushi & Seoul on the Roll has come to an agreement with Sanford's premier craft beer bar Celery City Craft to manage the kitchen and bring their world-renowned sushi and Asian-inspired menu to the burgeoning food & drink destination Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida! This new venture will be led by childhood friends and culinary phenoms Chef...

Theater West End Kicks Off Second Season with ‘Once On This Island’ in Historic Downtown Sanford

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An enchanting musical tale, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND tells the story of forbidden love between two people from different worlds. Originally inspired by The Little Mermaid and Romeo & Juliet, this award-winning musical is set on an island in the French Antilles where social prejudices run deep and Caribbean music plays hot. Dazzling choreography, lush ballads and rousing choral numbers...

Inaugural Asian Lantern Festival Coming to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will transform into an evening wonderland of lights during the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild starting in November. This limited engagement cultural event will dazzle guests with over 30 larger-than-life sculptural LED lantern displays featuring plants, animals, and traditional Asian elements, including a nearly 200-foot-long dragon. “This festival perfectly integrates cultural traditions...

Introducing the Sanford Wine Walk, a fundraiser for Theater West End

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If you love great wine and tasty food, the Sanford Wine Walk is for you! Unlimited wine tastings, food pairings, shopping, fun with friends and you have the makings of a delicious evening in historic downtown Sanford. Join Theater West End Wednesday, September 25 from 6:00-9:00pm and enjoy wines in over a dozen designated tasting locations in and around historic...

The Photography of Landscape & Nature Photographer Reg Garner Now Available on Historic Downtown Sanford’s ‘Shop Local’ Blog

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As the Fall 2019 version for the Sanford Visitors Guide launches the week of September 16th, visitors and locals will notice a very special advertisement on the inside front cover for local Sanford photographer Reg Garner. "Those who know me well know what a big fan I am of Reg Garner's work, especially the sunsets down by the marina. We...

New Map of Historic Downtown Sanford in Fall 2019 Issue of Visitors Guide

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We are happy to announce v1 of our map of Historic Downtown Sanford featuring our top restaurants, breweries, bars and gastropubs in the Fall 2019 issue of the Sanford Visitors Guide. Right smack in the middle as a two-page spread, the newly designed map will evolve from issue to issue adding new activities and businesses as they open. You can...

Sanford, FL Visitors Guide Fall 2019 v3 to be Printed and Distributed This Week for Sanford Food Truck Fiesta

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We are pretty excited to announce the Fall 2019 version of the Historic Downtown Sanford Visitors Guide will be printed and distributed the week of September 16th just in time for the very popular Sanford Food Truck Fiesta event! This issue features landscape and nature photographer Reg Garner, as his amazing photography which many locals know and love will now...

Visit Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida

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Visit Historic Downtown Sanford, just 20 minutes north of Orlando. The Historic Downtown Sanford district is a global travel destination featuring award-winning restaurants, craft breweries, gastropubs, shopping, world-class events, one of Central Florida’s most vibrant art communities and a spectacular marina featuring dinner cruises, boating and fishing. Love shopping? Historic Downtown Sanford is also home to over 50 independently owned...