Those who frequent HISTORIC downtown Sanford are accustomed to a buzz of excitement with the constant arrival of new specialty restaurants, shops, galleries, and other businesses. And soon that scene will be enhanced by the sight of seaplanes arriving in and taking off from Lake Monroe.
Jeteezy, Inc., a manufacturer of amphibious seaplanes, has chosen to expand into Sanford and will be producing its aircraft out of Orlando Sanford International Airport. Jeteezy and city officials estimate that the new operation will result in 50 new jobs over the next two years, with average annual wages of $61,000.
Sanford proved an irresistible location, says Anup Murthy, president and CEO of the company.
“The weather is conducive to year-round operations, and there are plenty of water bodies nearby for testing, demonstrating, and training of the aircraft,” he says. “Orlando Sanford International Airport had the perfect-sized hangars for assembling our aircraft, and the City of Sanford, Seminole County, and the state were very welcoming.”
The seaplanes produced in Sanford will be sold globally and will be used for coastal patrolling, law enforcement, air ambulances, and for private use.
Jeteezy is just one of the many businesses that have decided to make Sanford home over the past year. Anyone strolling through the streets of historic downtown Sanford can choose from a number of new options for wining and dining: Jamaican food, hearty breakfasts, Belgian spirits, Mediterranean platters – it’s all there.
The new proprietors say there is a spirit of community collaboration, not competition, permeating historic downtown Sanford. The restaurant owners, especially, say more choices to eat just make the area all the more vibrant and inviting – for locals and visitors alike.