Homes for Heroes Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration


Homes For Heroes® offers large savings to Kissimmee area heroes when buying or selling a home: A different approach to affordable home ownership.

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What: Homes for Heroes Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration
When: November 11, 2014 – Noon-1:00pm
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Heron Pavillion
Phone: (321) 276-7322

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Homes for Heroes Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration

Please join Mayor Swan and other dignitaries in welcoming the Homes for Heroes program to Kissimmee!

With the improved housing market underway, Homes for Heroes is gearing up to serve as many heroes as possible.  Homes for Heroes provides substantial discounts and rebates to buyers and sellers in the following groups:

  • military personnel
  • police officers
  • firefighters
  • teachers
  • first responders
  • and others who serve our community and nation

In these economic times, every bit helps and we work hard to team up with local businesses to provide you full service real estate at discounted prices!

It is our way to say THANK YOU to those that protect our community and our country on a daily basis! 

The Nation’s Largest Hero Savings Program

Homes for Heroes is the nation’s largest local hero savings program.  Inspired by the hometown heroes who serve and protect their communities and our country, a partnership of realtors, mortgage lenders, title companies, and appraisers created Homes for Heroes, Incorporated. This collaboration of real estate professionals’ sole purpose is to offer savings when buying or selling a home.

It provides discounts for firefighters, emergency medical technicians, military and veterans, law enforcement, teachers and healthcare workers when buying, selling, renting, or refinancing a home.  Our local heroes work hard to make our communities a better place to live.  It’s time for us to give back!

Our mission is to provide extraordinary savings to local heroes who provide extraordinary services to our community every day.

The local Homes for Heroes is gearing up to serve as many heroes as possible.

Spearheaded by Bo Cooksey, The Light Team is proud to be an affiliate of the Homes for Heroes Program and we would love to help our everyday heroes find the home of their dreams or help sell their current home.

Are you a local hero looking to rent, buy, or sell a home?  You can register on the Homes for Heroes website to get matched up with a local affiliate.

Here’s how it works:

Still have questions?  We’re happy to answer them!! For more information, please contact Bo Cooksey at (321) 276-7322 or by email at

Homes for Heroes Kissimmee Ribbon Cutting Invitation

Florida Living at it’s Finest!

Rare opportunity to enjoy beautiful golf course views, a refreshing pool and immaculate interiors all on one floor!
Popular Carrington three-way split plan accommodates live-in relatives, guests and immediate family- spacious master suite on one side of
the home is private and enjoys a pool and golf course view, while on the other side of the home you have a bedroom and full bath up front as
well as two more bedrooms and full bath in the back of the home. This home has been lovingly maintained and tastefully decorated. The
formal living room has been converted to an office/den with french doors- flexible space for your specific needs. Gorgeous kitchen with
beautiful cherry cabinetry, water filtration system, tile backsplash, center island and generous serving bar. Lots of functional upgrades
including central vac, newer energy efficient water heater, newer exterior paint, upgraded appliances, upgraded lighting and faucetry and
much more! Central family room off the kitchen easily accommodates a crowd and is finished with beautiful built-in furniture quality custom
shelving and cabinetry. The Pièce de résistance….step outside onto your screen enclosed pool patio and take in that expansive view….take a
breath and RELAX…you are HOME!


Weekend Fun in Lake Nona – Take a Hike!

Weekend Fun in Lake Nona – Isle of Pines Preserve

Try out the Isle of Pines Preserve for hiking or horseback riding, right here in our neck of the woods!

Weekend Fun in Lake Nona - Isle of Pine Preserve The preserve is consists of approximately 464 acres and accessed from two different entry points, one at the end of Lake Mary Jane Road and the other at the end of Lace Bark Pine Drive. Parking is provided at both locations. The preserve is bordered on the west by Lake Mary Jane and on the other three sides by private property. Depending on the entry point you use, you will encounter two different worlds. One area is mainly wetlands, while the other is mainly dry scrub lands. Because the preserve is not that large, you can wander from one eco-system into another. The green trailhead is at the end of Lake Mary Jane Road and is a walking trail only. The complete trail is only about 1 mile in length, round trip. There is an off trail which takes you to the edge of Lake Mary Jane, where you will get some views of the lake. That section of the lake is not developed, so you will see some of the old lake. While it is a short hike, there is some nice scenery and makes for a nice walk.

Weekend Fun in Lake Nona - Blue Trailhead

Weekend Fun in Lake Nona - Isle of Pine Preserve - CareyLight Lake Nona Real EstateThe blue trailhead is at the end of Lace Bark Pine Drive. There is a nice parking area provided by the county. Here you will find an information station, providing you with information about the area. This is also the entrance for horseback riding. The complete trail is a loop only about 1.83 miles in length. The trail is actually just an old farm road. Some parts are packed down providing comfortable walking, while other parts are comprised of soft sand. This trail is almost completely in the sun, so sunscreen is recommended! The county has provided a picnic table on one spot of the trail and a metal bench on another part of the trail. Dogs, bikes or any kind of vehicles are not permitted. The trail is a preserve and hunting is not permitted. Most animals will steer clear of any humans, but you might be fortunate to see some unusual birds, deer, raccoon, hogs, turkeys or other wildlife.

Take a camera! We live in an area rich in beautiful conservation, nature-scapes and wildlife – take advantage and enjoy!

Homes For Heroes Program

The Homes for Heroes Program

The Homes For Heroes Program allows for first responders, such as firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical technicians, as well as military members and veterans, teachers and healthcare workers to receive discounts with buying, selling, renting or financing a home. This program works with affiliate real-estate teams to offer substantial discounts to the Heroes that serve their communities on a daily basis.Homes For Heroes -CareyLight Lake Nona Real Estate

You can register on the Homes for Heroes website ( and then get matched to a with an affiliate.

The Light Team is proud to be an affiliate of the Homes for Heroes program and we would love to help our every day Heroes find the home of their dreams or help sell their current home.

Weekend Fun in Lake Nona – Lake Nona Farmers Market

Weekend Fun in Lake Nona – Lake Nona Farmers Market


Where: Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
Address: 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road, Orlando, FL 32832
Phone: (407) 568-5138 Website:
What: Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, 9am – 1pm

Follow their Facebook page for weekly updates on events!

Featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, natural home products, plants and more.

A true local produce and product farmers market located in Lake Nona at the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge. Farmer’s Market Saturdays will be coming to the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge starting on October 18th, 2014!

To kick off the Market Fresh Saturdays, please show your support at their kick-off event – Foxtoberfest!

Foxtoberfest is on October 18 and will be a Halloween themed celebration featuring activities for the whole family!! This event will have a kid’s costume parade, pumpkins, safe trick-or-treating, entertainment, and games!

Weekend Fun in Lake Nona – Showcase, Network, and Support

They are currently recruiting vendors and sponsors for Market Fresh Saturdays! What a great place to showcase your product, network with the community and support a great cause!

Vendors can represent anything local, healthy, or original. Produce, baked goods, plants, food vendors, crafts, and artists are welcome!

$20 introductory fee for all vendors through December!

All market vendor fees will go directly to support the wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge.

If you would like to be considered for a vendor space or to sponsor, please email: Weekend Fun in Lake Nona - Farmers Market - CareyLight Lake Nona Real Estate

Featured Lake Nona Business – LATITUDES

The Light Team at Keller Williams would like to showcase a Featured Lake Nona Business – Latitudes

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Featured Lake Nona Business

LATITUDES is a ministry team of Pioneers International. Our primary work creates opportunities for isolated and marginalized artisans all across the globe. We work in partnership with artisan groups, currently in 13 countries, to create markets for their products and help them develop sustainable businesses.

LATITUDES’ business tagline is “Extending Freedom Through Business.”Featured Lake Nona Business - Latitudes - Womens Fashion CareyLight Lake Nona Real Estate


Freedom for our artisans comes in many different forms.

  • For our artisan group, Tabby’s, in India, it means freedom from oppression and isolation as a result of being widowed and contracting HIV.
  • For our artisan group, 3Strands, in Cambodia freedom means protection from the horrific world of sex trafficking.
  • For our team in Amman, Jordan, freedom comes as opportunity to work as a woman in an environment that provides a fair wage and safe working conditions.

We have beautiful products that represent beautiful lives.Featured Lake Nona Business - Latitudes - CareyLight Lake Nona Real Estate You can find our products at our WEB STORE:

Featured Lake Nona Business – LATITUDES Locations

You can also find our products at three locations in Central Florida:

  1. LATITUDES (12345 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando) — inside Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Office/Store. Hours of operation: Sun-Sat 8:00am—5:00pm
  2. Northland Church Bookstore (522 Dog Track Road, Longwood 32750)
  3. Entwined (620 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, 32789) – Furniture and Home Accessories only.Featured Lake Nona Business - Latitudes - CareyLight Lake Nona Real Estate

Keep up with new LATITUDES products, news and events by Liking and Following our FACEBOOK page.

To learn more about our LATITUDES artisans, visit our ARTISANS PAGE here:

To receive more information about or to book a LATITUDES Home Party, email

Here’s a 4 minute video that highlights 3 of our artisan teams (India, Cambodia and Jordan) and is great for giving a brief “visual” of Latitudes.

LATITUDES would like to extend a special offer to friends of the Light Team:

For online purchases, use the COUPON CODE: kwlightteam to receive 25% off your purchase.

*Your purchases can be picked up at our store on Narcoossee Rd. to save on shipping costs.

Community Member Spotlight – Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson, District 4 Commissioner, Orange County

The Light Team is a unique group of professionals who believe that a strong, supported community is one worth living in and improving upon year after year. Our commitment to bring you all things Nona includes special opportunities like this, taking you closer to the people who make all that growth , and development happen behind the scenes.

Jennifer Thompson Writes:

These past four years it has been my honor and privilege to serve as your County Commissioner. I do my best to keep you involved in what’s happening throughout Orange County. Here are a few things I’ve been working on:

Back to Nature Celebrates 25 Years and Moves to Southeast Orange County

There’s a jewel in our backyard, literally just off of Narcoossee Road. Take Clapp Simms Duda Road until it dead-ends into the Split Oak Preserve to see for yourself the remarkable work done by the volunteers at the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge. I’m pleased with the part I played in 2011 in securing the infrastructure investment necessary to jump start the move to their new home. The Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge has been providing care for wild animals throughout Central Florida for the past 25 years. Now they have a new home to continue the good work they do.

Commissioner Thompson joins Mayor Jacobs to celebrate the official opening of the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
Commissioner Jennifer Thompson joins Mayor Jacobs and hundreds of local residents to celebrate the official opening of the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge at their new home in southeast Orange County.

New Lynx Route Comes to Lake Nona Medical City

Commissioner Jennifer Thompson celebrates the opening of the Fast Lynx in Medical City
Commissioner Jennifer Thompson celebrates with local veterans and patients from Nemours the opening of the Fast Lynx 418 from the Medical City to SunRail.

After nearly two years of work with the State of Florida, I was finally able to secure funding for a new Lynx route connecting the Lake Nona Medical City to the
Sandlake Road SunRail Station. This route provides critical access to the jobs and healthcare at the Medical City to the communities of Meadow Woods and Taft. It also
provides southeast Orange County residents with direct access to Sun- Rail and the Florida Mall. More routes are scheduled to begin later this year.

Protecting Rural Settlements

We can all certainly tell that the economy is picking up by the number of development requests that are coming into the County for our area. I have been working closely with members of the Lake Mary Jane and Lake Whippoorwill Rural Settlements to protect rural lifestyles while also striking a balance for future growth. In fact, I recently took an unpopular
stand to protect our rural settlements and their place within the Orange County Comprehensive Plan.

Osceola Parkway Extension

You may have heard recently that the Osceola County Expressway is planning to extend the Osceola Parkway, potentially into Orange County. As soon as I became aware of their plans, I requested that Osceola County hold a meeting in Orange County and that they extend notification to thousands of potentially affected homeowners. I have asked the Orange County Attorney to investigate filing an injunction against the Osceola County Expressway to prevent further decisions being made until a legal interpretation of Orange County’s role may be determined. My primary goal is protecting our citizens and the investment they have made in their homes and in their lifestyle. A road built by another county without our citizens’ approval is unacceptable.

New Park Coming to the Moss Park Area

Although still a few years away, this past month I was successful in beginning the process to build a new community park off of Moss Park Road in southeast County. There are still many, many steps before families will enjoy this new amenity complete with multi-purpose fields and lighting, but we are officially one step closer.

Commissioner Jennifer Thompson - District 4My door is always open to you. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at should you have any questions or concerns. I’m here for you.