November 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia 1 COMMENT Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 I remember when they were trying to enlist the community’s help coming up with a name for the center, and honestly, I couldn’t come up with a suggestion. I am glad a name was selected, although, I had not heard of Frank Smith before. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From District 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod LoveThe Office of Orange County Commissioner Rod A. Love would like to announce the proposed name of the South Apopka Adult Technical Center:The Frank Smith Adult Technical Center A naming committee comprised of local residents with a historic perspective of the Apopka community was charged by Commissioner Love with the task of reviewing and recommending individuals that have made substantial contributions to the area neighborhood south of Apopka. The final name recommendation will be submitted to the Orange County Public Schools School Advisory Council for review and approval. The committee included the following individuals: Francina Boykin, Community Advocate; Former City Commissioner Alonzo Williams; and Linda Lee with the Farmworkers’ Association. District 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod LoveAs an early 1960s African American settler, entrepreneur, and visionary that had settled in Apopka, Mr. Frank Smith provided much-needed business opportunities to the community south of Apopka. Mr. Smith opened a gas station with a general store, was the pioneering entrepreneur of the first taxi-cab service for the area, and built a two-story building including a hotel with a boarding house on the second floor. The two-story facility served the community for more than two decades across the street from Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School. In addition, Mr. Smith built his home in the same location. Mr. Smith has one surviving son: Marcus Smith. The location of where the general store previously existed is where The Frank Smith Adult Technical Center will be built, with a future vision for a two-story vocational training facility. Please contact the Office of Commissioner Rod A. Love at (407) 836-5850 or [email protected] with any questions or for more information. About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness, and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, the nation’s second-largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.ocfl.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! TAGSDistrict 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod LoveFrank SmithSouth Apopka Adult Technical Center Previous articleA history of Veterans DayNext articleApopka and Wekiva win opening playoff games Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.