Founded and named in 1868 by attaché, diplomat and businessman Henry Shelton Sanford, the city of Sanford was established on land he purchased when he began investing in central Florida. Shelton also purchased the largest grove in the state, Bel Air Grove, where he experimented with citrus plantings that eventually led to new citrus like Mediterranean Sweet and Jaffa. Educated at Episcopal Academy and what is now known as Trinity College, Sanford worked on behalf of the Congo and helping do away with slave trade from there.
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After his Florida groves failed as lucrative businesses for lack of attention, Sanford brought workers from Sweden to supplement his labor shortage. These 175 Swedes later formed New Uppsala settlement. Part of his legacy to Sanford was bestowed by his wife, who wanted his library to serve as his memorial. With assistance from her daughter to fulfill her wish, the Henry Shelton Sanford Memorial Library and Museum was built in 1957 and became what is now Sanford Museum.
Incorporated in 1877, modern-day Sanford is a picturesque city along the south shore of Lake Monroe. The spectacular waterfront is a beautiful backdrop for the city’s brick streets and ancient oaks framing elegant store fronts and nineteenth-century Victorian homes. Its Riverwalk is 1.2 miles of pedestrian walkways with gazebos and benches. Downtown Orlando and east coast beaches are within 45 minutes in opposite directions. Walt Disney World Resort and the attractions are not far but considering traffic, they are approximately 60-90 minutes drive.
Residents enjoy close proximity to I-4, SR 17, and Orlando Sanford International Airport. Built in 1990 on the site of the former naval air base where a bomber squadron trained, NAS Sanford is now the site of Sanford International Airport. Annual airport operations peaked above 400,000 for 1998-2003. In 2010, Orlando Sanford International Airport’s lowest year saw only half as much operations but has been 200,000-300,000 annually since.
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The largest private employer is Orlando Sanford International Airport. It has one of six industrial parks in the city that is part of Foreign Trade Zone #250. Other top industries in Sanford include education, construction and maintenance services.
Sanford population was 53,570 at census and is estimated 58,111 for 2015. Besides the airport, public transportation options include SunRail commuter rail, LYNX city buses and Amtrak/Auto Train. Port of Sanford is a Class A Port of entry part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for passenger and cargo processing.
A-rated Seminole County Schools serve the education needs of Sanford residents. Seminole State College, University of Central Florida and the University of Central Florida Public History Center are a short drive.
Central Florida Regional Hospital is Sanford’s main hospital. Neighboring cities have major hospitals to help meet medical needs for its residents.
Total sales tax is seven percent. Sanford’s millage rate is 7.3250. The total millage rate combined with Seminole County’s 13.0264 mil is 20.3514, and Florida has homestead exemptions for qualifying residents.
Sanford Police Department’s Crime Mapping Snapshot summary for July 12, 2016, shows no homicide in 104 incidents reported since June 29, 2016. Assault, theft, burglary, larceny and drugs or alcohol comprised the majority of incidents.
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