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Osceola County clerk alleges big-bank mortgage fraud

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez alleges that major banks have committed fraud locally by filing forged mortgage documents, but so far nothing has been proven by law enforcement officials. An investigation by the Clerk’s Office  has passed from a forensic investigator to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office is now in the hands of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Ramirez said 17 boxes of

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  • City of Kissimmee safer from storms, according to insurance industry report

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If you lived in the Kissimmee area in 2004 and sat in the dark for any period of time after Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne  you’ll have a hard time fathoming this. An insurance industry report released results of a study conducted to find the safest Florida cities from severe weather threats, and Kissimmee ranked as the safest city in Florida. compiled severe weather

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  • It’s the sound of music. New Kissimmee studio is a one-stop complex for the industry

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor It used to be the roar of the occasional motorcycle at a remote complex in north Kissimmee. Now the only sound you might hear is that of an electric guitar. Level 11 had a soft-grand opening last week with lots of live music and guitars, hamburgers and free tours of the new facility that promises to be a one-stop entertainment

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  • Osceola sensor facility gets additional $5 million in funding

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Florida Senate has added funding for the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research, which will be housed at the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (FAMRC), county officials announced this week. Five million dollars was included in a list of projects recommended by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development. County officials went to Tallahassee last week as part of a lobbying effort

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  • St. Cloud seeks funding for water projects, change in skate park law

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:27 pm

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The Extreme Sports Park in St. Cloud might close if the Legislature doesn’t change a law that requires minors to get signed permission slips from their guardians before using the facility.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Two major water projects, easing rules at public skateboarding and bike parks and reforming the police-fire pension are St. Cloud’s top priorities this legislative session. City official recently spent three days in Tallahassee pushing the St. Cloud agenda and meeting with lawmakers. Water St. Cloud is seeking $3.1 million to help build a deep water injection well for reclaimed water. Instead of recycling the water

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  • Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club sold at auction

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

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The Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club was sold at auction Wednesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club was sold at auction Wednesday. But residents in the neighborhood who want to see the course spruced up and remain a golf facility don’t have a lot of answers about whether that will happen. Anupam Kothari, president of Toronto-based Prudential Property Management Kothari Group, a real estate investment company under the umbrella of The Kothari Group, won the bidding at

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  • New county development mobility fees launch Oct. 1

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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Road construction occurs on Sumner Street in Kissimmee. Mobility fees fund a wider range of transportation system improvements, including roads, transit systems, bikeways and sidewalks.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Citing the need for anticipated future growth to pay for itself, the Osceola County Commission on Monday approved a mobility fee for new construction that goes into effect Oct. 1. Mobility fees are charges on new development, which are designed to offset its impact on the community’s transportation system. The fee has the characteristics of transportation impact fees, which were eliminated by the Osceola County

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