City of Ocoee

City of Ocoee

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About Us

When Florida was a comparatively young state, people traveled from the north to the area now known as Ocoee. In the mid 1850s, Dr. J.D. Starke established a village known as Starke Lake situated on the body of water of the same name. After the Civil War, confederate soldiers and their families founded the town of Ocoee. Captain Bluford Sims and General William Temple Withers were some of the first to settle in the area. It was Captain Sims who gave the town its Indian name, Ocoee, which means ''wild apricot vine place, later known as the passion flower place.''

Captain Sims acquired a 74-acre parcel of land in what is now considered downtown Ocoee. Since then, Ocoee has been inviting people to share in its beauty and good fortune and now is home to more than 37,000 people with their own passion for life.

With the Florida Turnpike, the East/West Expressway, State Road 50 and the new Western Beltway all leading to or passing through Ocoee, residents can reach downtown Orlando, the airport and all of the major attractions within 30 minutes Ocoee is a shining example of the notion that growth and history can be successfully blended. The Ocoee Christian Church and the Withers-Maguire House and Museum are locations where Ocoee?s history is faithfully preserved for future generations. The city?s past culture is observed in the beautiful parks, brick roads and historic buildings. This past intertwined with the growth and expansion of businesses including Manheim Orlando, Health Central Hospital, West Oaks Mall and Sysco Foods make Ocoee the ?Center of Good Living.?

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The City of Ocoee combines small-town charm with the flair of modern, high-end development
Summertime fun at Jim Beech Recreation Center
Sunset sky over City Hall
Man's best friend enjoys beautiful Lakeshore Drive
Railroad tracks wind into summer sunset near downtown Ocoee
Bicyclists ride by Ocoee High School
Any way the wind blows, Whisper Winds Tree Farm
Host your next event at the beautiful Ocoee Lakeshore Center
Clock tower tolls at Ocoee Lakeshore Center

Rep/Contact Info

Al Butler
Ms. Gequita Cowan
Assistant to City Manager
Janet Davis
Bruce Dunford
Zoning Inspector
Mr. Robert D. Frank III
City Manager
Steven J Goclon
Gary Hood
Commissioner, District 1
Mireya Iannuzzi
Sargeant
Marilyn Johnson
Mark Johnson
Rusty Johnson
Mayor
Mr. Vito Petrone
Recreation Director
Michael W Rumer Jr.
City Planner
Sherry Seaver
Executive Aide to Mayor
Craig Shadrix
Asst. City Manager
Cathy Sills
Carolina Vaca
Redevelopment Specialist - CRA
Diana Wagner
David A. Wheeler
Public Works Director
Rosemary Wilsen
Commissioner, District 2
Joy Wright
Community Relations