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Orange County Government
Florida Access to Government

The Orlando Museums of Art
Orlando Science Center

On Line Publications
Orlando Sentinel Online
Orlando Business Journal
Orlando Weekly
The Slant

John Henry Design International

Florida Golf Magazine
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Orlando International Airport
Orlando Public Transportation
Florida Dept. of Transportation

Travel & Tourism
Orlando Visitors & Convention Bureau
Metroplan Orlando


Orange County Public Schools

Official City Sites
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Busch Gardens
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University of South Florida
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The Arts & Entertainment
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Chambers Of Commerce
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Employment Resources
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Orlando Zagat Guide
Fodor's Restaurant Index
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Local Resources
Progress Energy
Brighthouse Networks
TECO Energy



Lake County

Lake County Government
Lake County Clerk of Courts
Lake County Economic Development
Lake County Library
Lake County Property Appraiser
Lake County Schools
Lake County Sheriff
Lake County Tax Collector
Lake County Travel & Tourism
City of Clermont
City of Eustis
City of Fruitland Park
City of Groveland
City of Leesburg
Leesburg Sesquicentennial Celebration
City of Minneola
City of Mount Dora
City of Tavares
City of Umatilla
Town of Astatula
Town of Howey-in-the-Hills
Town of Lady Lake

Drivers License Renewals
How to Pay Traffic Tickets
Registrations and Renewals

Cable Companies

8130 County Road 44, Leg - A
Leesburg, FL 34788
(352) 787-7875 or (888) 809-7875

South Lake
331 N. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 241-4630
Florida Cable, Inc
P.O. Box 536518
Orlando, FL 32853
(352) 759-2788
Bright House Networks - Central Florida
1670 E. Highway 50, Suite D
Clermont, FL 34711
(Located in the Kash n' Karry plaza)
(352) 394-5541

Clerk of Courts
Child Support
Jury Management
Marriage Licenses
Online Court Records
Online Official Records

Licenses and Permits
Building Permits
Search Building Permits
Drivers Licenses
Marriage License
Occupational Licenses

The Daily Commercial
Lake Sentinel
The Villages Daily Sun
The Ocala Star-Banner

Property Appraiser
Property Records Search
Homestead Exemptions
Office Locations

School Board
Lake County Schools Home
School Calendars
List of Schools
Lake Sumter Community College

Utility/Power Companies

Progress Energy

Eustis District Office
40 S. Dewey St.
Eustis, Fla.
(800) 700-8744
Serves: Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares, Umatilla, Altoona, Dona Vista, Lisbon, Grand Island, Mt. Plymouth, Sorrento, Howey-in-the-Hills and Okahumpka

Clermont District Office
737 Montrose St.
Clermont, Fla.
(800) 700-8744
Serves: Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Montverde

Lake Jem & Tangerine Areas
(800) 700-8744

Sumter Electric Co-Operative, Inc.

Eustis Office
15720 U.S. Highway 441
Eustis, Fla.
(352) 357-5600

Groveland Office
850 Howey Road
Groveland, Fla.
(352) 429-2195

Marion County

Area Government Links 

Marion County Government
Marion County Chamber of Commerce
Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Marion County Health Department
City of Ocala Police Department
Marion County Public Schools
Marion County Property Appraiser
Marion County Sheriff
Marion County Tax Collector
Ocala Economic Development Council
Marion County Supervisor of Elections
Ocala/Marion Visitor & Convention Bureau
City of Belleview

City of Dunnellon
City of McIntosh
City of Ocala

Emergency Numbers

Telephone Companies
  • Embarq Residential and Small Business - (800) 901-9675
  • AT&T (Dunnellon) - (352) 780-2355
  • Alltell (North Marion County) - (800) 347-1991
Natural Gas
Cable & Satellite TV Providers
Library Services
      • Marion County Public Library/Ocala - (352) 671-8551
      • Belleview Library - (352) 245-5552
      • Dunnellon Library - (352) 489-4196
      • Forest Branch - (352) 625-6511
      • Ft. McCoy Branch - (352) 236-2937
      • Freedom Library - (352) 291-6040
      • Marion Oaks Branch - (352) 347-2179
      • Herman Oberman Public Library - (352) 489-4716
      • Reddick Branch - (352) 591-2698
      • Ocala Star-Banner - (352) 867-4010
        • Additional publications: Bellview Press, The Leader, The Reporter, Summerfield Press, Voz Latina
      • Riverland News - (352) 489-2731
      • The Senior Voice - (352) 804-1223
      • South Marion Citizen - (352) 854-3986
      • The Villages Daily Sun (352) 752-1119
      • Voice of South Marion - (352) 245-3161
City Magazines
Post Office
      • Ocala Post Office 867-1603
Recreation and Parks
      • Marion County Parks and Recreation 236-7111
      • Ocala Recreation and Parks 629-8358
      • Greenways & Trails 236-7143
      • Ocala National Forest 236-0288
      • Rainbow Springs State Park 489-8503
      • Silver River State Park 236-1827
      • Marion County Solid Waste Disposal 245-4584
      • Ocala Public Works 351-673
Social Security Administration
      • Social Security (800) 772-1213
Zoning Information
      • Marion County Zoning Dept 620-7408
      • Marion County Building Dept 620-7422
      • Ocala Building & Inspection 629-8421
      • Ocala Zoning 629-8404
Tax Information
      • Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms (800) 829-3676
      • Federal Tax Information (800) 829-1040
      • Florida Sales, Corporation, Motor Vehicle Intangible & Documentary Taxes
        (850) 488-6800 - (800) 352-3671
      • Marion County Property Tax & Homestead Exemption 368-8300
Business Regulation
      • Florida Business Incorporation (850) 488-9000
      • Florida Dept of Business & Professional Regulation (850) 487-2252
      • Florida Fictitious Name Registration (850) 487-6058
Division of Unemployment
      • Compensation (850) 921-3893
      • Division of Worker's Compensation (850) 488-2713
      • Dept. of Environmental Protection (850) 488-4805
Business Resources
      • Copyright Information (202) 707-3000
      • Florida Div of Hotels & Restaurants (850) 488-1113
      • Florida Bar Assoc. Lawyer Referral (800) 342-8011
      • Foreign Trade Zone #217 629-8248
      • Greater Ocala Community Development 351-4075
      • Minority Business Division - Jacksonville (904) 443-1900
      • OSHA (904) 232-2895
      • SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) 629-5959
      • Small Business Administation - Jacksonville (904) 443-1900
      • Small Business Development Center 622-8763
      • Trademark & Patent Information (800) 786-9199
      • U. S. Customs - Ocala 861-1911
      • Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council 732-1315
      • Withlacoochee Workforce Development Authority 732-1706
Transportation Services
    • AMTRAK passenger service 629-9863
    • Greyhound Bus 732-2677
    • SunTran (local bus service) 401-6999
    • Ocala Municipal Airport 629-8377
    • Dunnellon Airport 489-2804
    • Gainesville Regional Airport 373-0249

Orange County

Orange County Government 

Orange County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Metro Orlando Economic Development
Orange County Library
Orange County Property Appraiser
Orange County Sheriff
Orange County Supervisor of Elections
Orange County Tax Collector
Orange County School Board
Orange County Travel & Tourism
Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce

Cable Television

Bright House Networks
2251 Lucien Way
Suite 320
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 660-5524
Multicom, Inc.
1076 Florida Central Parkway
Longwood, FL 32750
Phone: (407) 331-7779


El Nuevo D a Orlando, Inc.
4780 North Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32810
Phone: (321) 206-3000
El Sentinel
633 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 420-5000
La Prensa Newspaper
685 South Ronald Reagan Boulevard
Longwood, FL 32750
Phone: (407) 767-0070
Orlando Sentinel Communications
633 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 420-5000
Orlando Woman Newspaper, LLC
6445 South Chickasaw Trail
Suite 312
Orlando, FL 32829
Phone: (321) 206-3334
The Orlando Times
4403 Vineland Road
Suite B-5
Orlando, FL 32811
Phone: (407) 841-3052


500 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 237-3327
555 Lake Border Drive
Apopka, FL 32703
Phone: (407) 889-6000
258 Southhall Lane
Suite 330
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 581-1000


Orange County Utilities
Utilities Administration Building
9150 Curry Ford RD
Orlando, FL 32825
(407) 254-9900

Progress Energy
452 East Crown Point Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: (407) 629-1010

Orange County Government Directory

Administrative Services
IOC II, 5th Floor
400 South ST
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-7396
Board of County Commissioners
Administration Building, 5th Floor
201 Rosalind AV
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-7350
Community & Environmental Services
Internal Operations Centre I
450 South ST
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-3111
Convention Center
9800 International DR
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 685-9800
Corrections Administration
3723 Vision BV
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 836-3560
County Administrator's Office
Administration Building, 5th Floor
201 Rosalind AV
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-7370
County Attorney's Office
Administration Building, 3rd Floor
201 Rosalind AV
Orlando, FL 32802-1393
(407) 836-7320
County Mayor's Office
Administration Building, 5th Floor
201 Rosalind AV
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-7370
Economic Trade & Tourism Development
Administration Building, 5th Floor
201 Rosalind AV
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-7370
Fire Rescue
Fire/Rescue Headquarters
P.O. Box 5879
Winter Park, FL 32793
(407) 836-9000
Growth Management
Administration Building, 2nd Floor
201 Rosalind AV
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-5312
Health & Family Services
Health & Family Services Building
2100 Michigan ST
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 836-7616
Public Safety
Administration Building, 5th Floor
201 Rosalind AV
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-7370
Public Works
Public Works Complex, Building 1
4200 John Young PY
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 836-7900
Utilities Administration Building
9150 Curry Ford RD
Orlando, FL 32825

Osceola County

Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Osceola County Economic Development
Osceola County Property Appraiser
Osceola County Sheriff
Osceola County Supervisor of Elections
Osceola County Tax Collector
Osceola County School Board
Osceola County Travel & Tourism

Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce
St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce
City of Kissimmee

City of St. Cloud

Newcomer Resources

Animal Regulations

Animals are required to be registered annually with the County, be on a leash or within a fenced area. Osceola County Animal Control, 3910 Old Canoe Creek Rd., St. Cloud, FL 34769. Phone 407-343-7101.

Auto License Plates

Anyone with a vehicle is required to have a Florida license immediately upon residency or employment in Osceola County, or upon placing a child in school. To register your vehicle, you will need title, car registration, and proof of Florida insurance. County Tag Agency Office, 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769.
Phone Number 407-742-4000.

Boat Registration

Boats used in Florida waters must be registered with the County Tax Collectors Office within 20 days of purchase. Boats registered in another state do not need a Florida license if they are used in Florida less than 90 days. For more information call 407-742-4000.

Cable Television

Bright House provides cable services for most of the City of St. Cloud and parts of Osceola County: Customer service - 407-847-8001. ComCast provides cable services for parts of Osceola County: Customer Service - 877-760-5341.


The entire 15 square miles of the City of St. Cloud is connected to the Internet by means of many overlapping receiver antenna towers that transmit a signal which your computer picks up. This CyberSpot Wi-Fi, wireless fidelity, is offered free of charge to residents of the City of St. Cloud. St. Cloud is the first city in the nation to offer free wireless Internet service to all its city residents. For information call 1-888-499-4971. Use Pin number 600102.

Driver?s License

New Florida residents must obtain a Florida driver?s license within 30 days of establishing residency, registering to vote, or placing a child in school. This may be done at the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, Drivers License Division, 192 & Partin Settlement Rd., Kissimmee, FL. Phone 407-846-5240. Florida driver?s handbooks are available at the Chamber of Commerce.

Electrical Service, Water & Sewer, Natural & Propane Gas

OUC - The Reliable One manages the St. Cloud electrical system. New residential connections can be made at 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769. For OUC Customer Service, call 407-957-7373. Water and sewer services are provided by the City of St. Cloud. Public Works Department is located in the Municipal Building at 1300 9th Street. Phone 407-957-7347. Natural Gas is provided by Kissimmee/St. Cloud Gas Company, 407-847-3582.

Establishing Florida Residency

Legal residency in Florida may be established in one of two ways: By filing a Declaration of Domicile at the Clerk of the Circuit Court office, Osceola County Court House, 407-343-3500; or by registering to vote at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 2509 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Phone 407-742-6000.

Fishing License

Freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses are mandatory for residents between the ages of 16 and 65. Visitors may obtain 7 or -10 day, non-resident licenses from the Osceola County Tax Collector's Office: 407-742-4000, online at Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission: , local bait and tackle shops, sporting goods stores, such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart.

Health Clinics

Osceola County Health Department: 407-343-2000. Center for Women and Family Health, 1050 Grape Ave., St. Cloud FL 34769. Phone 407-943-8699. WIC program, St. Cloud: 407-943-8679.

Hunting License

A license is required for anyone to hunt or attempt to take game or fur-bearing animals. There is a special season, legal methods, bag limits, requirements, and regulations. Consult the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission?s hunting handbook available at 407-846-5300, online at, or at 1601 Scotty?s Rd., Kissimmee 34744.

Marriage License

Both individuals must present photo identification (driver?s license or passport). Osceola County Courthouse, 2 Courthouse Square, Suite 2000, Kissimmee, FL 34741. Phone 407-343-3530

Occupational License

All business and professional offices need an occupational license to operate. Obtain at the St. Cloud Building Department, 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, 34769. Phone 407-957-7297.


Passport office, Osceola County Courthouse, 2 Courthouse Square, Suite 2000, Kissimmee, FL 34741. Phone 407-343-3530

Post Office

There are two U.S. Post Office locations in St. Cloud: 4701 Old Canoe Creek Rd., 407-892-6883; and 1712 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway at Magnolia Square, 407-892-9683.

Public Library

Veterans Memorial Library is part of the Osceola County Library System. Many programs for all ages are provided. For details: 810 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769. Phone 407-742-8888.

Recycling, Solid Waste Landfill

The City of St. Cloud provides regular trash pick-ups within the city limits. For pick-up and landfill schedules and details call 407-957-7289. County residents may call 407-962-1100.

Seat Belts

Florida law requires that all passengers in the front seat of a vehicle wear seat belts. Drivers will be held responsible and fined for passengers age 15 and below in the front seat not wearing seat belts. Passengers 16 and older in the front seat and not wearing a seat belt will be fined. Children three and younger must be in federally approved child restraint seats. For more information call the County Bureau of Public Safety, 407-348-2222 or call the City Bureau of Public Safety, 407-891-6700, 4700 Neptune Road, St. Cloud.

Social Security

Office located at 1201 East Oak Street, Kissimmee. Hours: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Toll-free number 1-866-475-6644.

Supervisor of Elections

You must be a U.S. citizen and 18 years of age by Election Day to register to vote. Proof of residency is not required, but you must fill out an application form and provide some form of local identification with picture and signature. To vote in an election, registration must be made 29 days before Election Day. Voter Registration, 2509 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Phone 407-742-6000.

Tax Information

The Homestead Act is a unique feature of Florida Law which provides that legal residents who meet certain requirements are granted a $25,000 exemption on the assessed evaluation of one?s residence. Florida has no state income tax. There is a sales tax, intangible assets tax on stocks, bonds, and other securities. There is a tax on tangible property used in business. Osceola County Property Appraiser's St. Cloud Branch is located at 1300 9th St., Building B, Suite 120. Phone 407-742-5192 or 407-742-5000. Tax Collector: 407-742-4000.

Telephone Service

St. Cloud and Osceola County receive telephone service from Embarq/Sprint. For residence and business accounts with one to four lines call 800-339-1811; businesses with five or more lines call 800-800-7141. Telephone books may be obtained from the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, 1200 New York Ave., St. Cloud.
Phone 407-892-3671.

Polk County

Polk County Government 

Polk County Clerk of the Courts 863-678-4002
Polk County Economic Development
Polk County Housing
Polk County Libraries
Polk County Property Appraiser
Polk County Public Works Department

Polk County School Board
Polk County Sheriff 863-678-4170
Polk County Supervisor of Elections
Polk County Travel & Tourism
City of Auburndale
City of Bartow

City of Eagle Lake

City of Ft Meade
Haines City
City of Lake Alfred

Cityof Lake Wales

City of Lakeland
City of Polk City
City of Winter Haven
Town of Dundee

Comcast Cablevision 1-888-831-2482

Driver's License
DMV 863-678-4160

License Tag and Title
County Tax Collector 863-678-4295

Telephone Service
Verizon 800-483-4000

The Newschief 863-294-7731
Lake Wales News 863- 676-3467
The Ledger 863-401-6900

Post Office
USPS 1-800-275-8777

Polk Community College 863-297-1000
Southeastern University 863-667-5000
Warner Southern College 863-638-1426
Webber International University 863-638-1431

Progress Energy 1-800-700-8744
Tampa Electric Company ( TECO ) 863-299-0800
Blue Flame Gas 863-676-2917
Central Florida Gas Company 863-293-2125
Polk County Water Utility

Other Polk County Services
Health Department 863-678-4144
Refuse Collection - BFI Waste Systems 863-678-0010
Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213

Seminole County

Seminole County Government
Seminole County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Seminole County Economic Development
Seminole County Library
Seminole County Property Appraiser
Seminole County Sheriff
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections
Seminole County Tax Collector
Seminole County School Board
Seminole County Travel & Tourism
Seminole County Chamber of Commerce
Casselberry Chamber of Commerce
Oviedo Chamber of Commerce
Sanford Chamber of Commerce

City of Altamonte Springs
City of Casselberry
City of Lake Mary
City of Longwood
City of Oviedo
City of Sanford
City of Winter Springs

Important Seminole County Government Phone Numbers
General: (407) 665-0311

Animal Services - (407) 665-5110
Sheriff's Office - (407) 665-6600
Fire Department - (407) 665-5175
Here is a friendly reminder of things you might need to do if you are moving to the area.
Get New Driver's License
Register Auto Tag & Title
Set up Electricity, Water & Sewer, Phone & Cable Services
Register Your Pets
Find nearest bank branch or new bank

Everything a successful business could need is right here. Seminole County has prepared for growth with everything from a new expressway to pre-approved development sites, specialized job training, and infrastructure incentives. This is a community well prepared to do business with business.

Every business in Seminole County is required to maintain a current business tax receipt. There are seven municipalities within Seminole County. If a business is located within a city limit, two Business Tax Receipts will be required ~ one from the city and one from the county.

Florida has no state income tax or inheritance tax. Sales tax is 7% in Seminole County.

Seminole County schools are renowned for excellence. For the past 20+ years, SAT scores in Seminole have consistently exceeded state and national averages. The Seminole County School Board oversees the public education system. There are also several colleges and universities available in the area.

Florida School Grades
Florida Department of Education
Seminole County School Board
Seminole Community College
Rollins College
ITT Technical Institute (Lake Mary Campus)
University of Central Florida
University of Phoenix
Valencia Community College

Make sure you
register to vote so that you can have your voice heard on who your elected state and federal officials will be from the Governor to the Congressmen.

There are several high quality hospitals and clinics within Seminole County. The Health Department and Seminole County Public Safety both provide important health alerts and services. Both the city and county fire and law enforcement agencies work together to ensure the safety of its residents.

Central Florida Regional Hospital
Florida Hospital Centra Care
Florida Hospital
Seminole County Health Department
Orlando Regional Healthcare
Seminole County Public Safety
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Making your way around Seminole County is easy. With I-4 and State Road 417, you can be anywhere you want to go in no time. The County also has an international airport , train station , and a bus system .

It is illegal to drive with an open alcoholic beverage in any vehicle. Seat belts are required to be worn. All children six years old and less must ride in a child restraint car seat. Florida mandates no-fault insurance for all drivers. Personal injury protection and property damage coverage is required.

Orlando Sanford International Airport
Orlando International Airport
Daytona Beach International Airport
Central Florida Expressway Authority
Florida Department Of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles
Florida Department of Transportation
Lynx Public Bus Transportation
Seminole Co. Expressway Authority

The County provides water, sewer, and garbage collection service to unincorporated areas. Cities provide their own services. The watering restrictions apply to everyone regardless of your provider.

Bright House Networks
County Cable Franchising Office

Florida Power & Light
Progress Energy

Garbage Collection
Unincorporated: Solid Waste Division

Orlando Sentinel
Sanford Herald
Bell South

Water & Sewer
Unincorporated: County Billing Office , Watering Restrictions

Sumter County

Sumter County Government 

Sumter County Clerk of Circuit Court
Sumter County Economic Development Council
Sumter County Library System
Sumter County Property Appraiser
Sumter County School Board
Sumter County Sheriff's Department
Sumter County Supervisor of Elections
Sumter County Tax Collector
Sumter County Chamber of Commerce
The Villages


Adelphia Communications
2020 Highway 44 West
Inverness, FL 34453-3804
(352) 637-0123
Fax: (352) 637-2483

Bright House Networks
2850 S. Lecanto Hwy.
LECANTO, FL 34461-9019
(352) 746-7664
Fax: (352) 746-7353


Citrus Publishing, Inc./The Chronicle
1624 N Meadowcrest Blvd
CRYSTAL RIVER, FL 34429-5760
(352) 563-6363
Fax: (352) 563-55

Citrus Times/St. Petersburg Times
15365 Cortez Blvd
(352) 848-1426
Fax: (352) 848-1450

Sumter County Times
204 E. McCollum Ave.
Bushnell, FL 33513
Phone: 352-793-2161
Fax: 352-793-1486


Embarq Telephone
P O Box 610
OCALA, FL 34478-0610
(800) 339-1811


Progress Energy
4359 SE Maricamp Road
Ocala, FL 34471
(800) 700-8744
Fax: (352) 694-8594

Sumter Electric Cooperative
610 US Highway 41 S
INVERNESS, FL 34450-6030
(352) 726-3944
Fax: (352) 726-5707

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative
PO BOX 1055
5330 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
CRYSTAL RIVER, FL 34423-1055
(352) 795-4382
Fax: (352) 795-4190