With 15 years on Winter Park’s lakes, Dan Lancaster, 77, has seen it all: wildlife fights, stormy weather and a “dead boat.”
Nicolas Jay, 43, paints his body, dresses in costume, and stays perfectly still to entertain audiences at Disney World.
Sandra Friend, 52, braves gators, bears and floods to research her guidebooks to Florida’s best trails.
Coffee, like beer, has gone craft, and no one knows that better than Aaron Albright, 26, of Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen.
At 24, Solar Bears forward Scott Tanski is already a veteran—and he still has all his teeth.
Richard Peeples, 53, and his quirky songs have delighted thousands of youngsters over the past decade.
Wes Hamrick, 52, hits the right note among audiences with his musical serenades.
Mike Weakley, 48, has made a career out of walking tall, to the delight of young and old alike.
With a message that’s modern in style but traditional in substance, Pastor David Uth has led First Baptist Church of Orlando to embrace a multicultural outlook—and has become a strong voice in favor of immigration reform.
Trained as an engineer in England, Martin Deeley, 68, found his true calling when he got his first hunting dog.
George O’Leary seems to be the classic curmudgeon. But that’s just one side of UCF’s football coach. We found another.
Matt Broffman’s Bungalower site draws readers by using a straightforward approach to community news.
Bonnie Frank, 55, steers Orlando’s motorists of tomorrow in the right direction.
A UCF student captures life in Orlando through snapshots and snippets of stories.
As worrywart dad Marlin, Robby Pigott, 45, entertains and inspires in Finding Nemo—The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
Master Legend keeps an eye out for evildoers while striving to take care of his fellow man.
Anamarie McGinn, 30, dances through life as a member of the Orlando Ballet company.
Kostya Kimlat, 31, created a career out of magic using some sleight-of-hand and a lot of hard work.
When the electricity goes out, OUC’s Sean Carroll, 43, climbs into the spotlight.
Jose Melendez, 36, is the man behind the hat-tipping masked character that has become a roadside icon.
Jeremy Litwack’s perseverance—and his knack for quirky flavor formulas—have made Jeremiah’s Italian Ice a sweet pursuit.
Attorney, adviser, traveler, friend: Having stared down death, Mayanne Downs lives like there’s no tomorrow.
A Rollins College librarian by day, Dorothy Mays, 47, transforms into an award-winning writer at night.
Donny Aldarelli, 28, educates and entertains audiences at Gatorland, while keeping a sharp eye on his reptilian performers.
Christmastime is year-round for Cindi DeYoung, 42, senior director of floral and holiday for Greenery Productions.
Retired Maj. Gen. John C. Raaen Jr., 91, lived through the hell of D-Day—and penned a soldier’s story about it.
John Pyles, 50, of Orlando, has crafted a career out of living the still life.
Maria Wood, 38, and her slithery companions educate and delight audiences of all ages.
Joe Rimer, 48, keeps cool by creating life-like sculptures made from giant blocks of ice.
For 15 years, Lloyd Lightsey, 52, has had a blast lighting up the night sky.
Ethan Anderson, 24, communes with the animals as a Central Florida Zoo hoof stock keeper.
HEATHER WILL-BROWNE, 59, likes to get her hands dirty when bringing Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival to life.
As the owner of Hung’s Custom Tailor Shop, Jenny Smith, 52, is living her dream.
From his bicycle seat, Rydes Pedicab Co. owner Luke McHenry, 33, has a unique perspective of Orlando at night.
As a modern-day Willy Wonka, Edgar Schaked, 41, is living the sweet life.
For Jeff Thompson, 53, owner of Thompson Aire near Kissimmee, it’s always time to rise and shine.