Windermere, Florida

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Windermere is a town in Orange County, Florida, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,897. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 estimates, the town had a population of 2,019. It is expected that the 2010 census will show the town with almost 3000 people. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Windermere was established in 1889 and was chartered in 1925. It has been the residence of many professional athletes. After the November 2009 Tiger Woods "incident" Windermere has become well known. However, many celebrities such as Woods actually live in the Isleworth gated community/subdivision which is outside the town limits of Windermere, but utilize the Windermere mailing address.

Windermere has a Town Manager / City Council form of government. 5 Council members are elected at large for two year terms with 3 running for election in odd years and 2 running for election in even years along with the Mayor. Gary Bruhn has served as Mayor for four consecutive terms since 2004.

During late 2007, the Town of Windermere filed a proposal to annex Isleworth and Butler Bay, another wealthy subdivision. This was met with extensive debate from town residents and an objection from Orange County, which stood to lose millions of dollars of property tax revenue. After lengthy discussions, and battles with the county, Isleworth remained in the county, but Butler Bay was annexed into Windermere with over 90% of its residents approving annexation via a mail in ballot.

Windermere is home to former Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells and retired General Jay Garner. Justice Wells was Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court during the Bush v. Gore contested election. General Garner was the first American leader of Iraq after the Iraq War.



Windermere is located on an isthmus between several lakes in the Lake Butler chain. As such, it is on the shortest road route between the east and west sides of the chain. In fact, the next crossing to the south is 7.5 miles (12 km) south at Lake Buena Vista, where County Road 535 (CR 535) and Apopka-Vineland Road meet. The next crossing to the north is at Gotha, the north end of the chain of lakes, 2.25 miles (3.5 km) to the north. 2003 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT), much of which is commuters passing through, is 17,197 vehicles per day for Sixth Avenue (the east entrance), 18,362 on Main Street north of Sixth Avenue, and 9,484 on Main Street south of Sixth Avenue.

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