About Windermere Sun

April 26, 2014

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Windermere Sun is founded in April, 2014, by Susan Sun Nunamaker (a math professor, civil engineer, and solar/renewable energy advocate)

Susan Sun Nunamaker

Susan Sun Nunamaker

as an online news publication to share and promote community ABC’s (Activities-Businesses-Collaborations) of Windermere and planet earth for healthier, happier, and more sustainable living. It is also Windermere Sun’s mission to help promote ideas, individuals, and organizations that would help our planet earth to reach a healthier, happier, and more sustainable place to live. After all, thriving entrepreneurship and small business communities translate into healthy democracy. While Susan Sun develops Windermere Sun by researching-writing-photographing-posting-editing-promoting, her husband Mike (a retired electrical engineer and software developer) assists with tech support.

Mike Nunamaker

Mike Nunamakerassists with his knowledge of IT and video rendering.

The Windermere Farmer’s Market, where Susan Sun frequented on Fridays (between 9:00AM-2:00PM), motivated her to develop Windermere Sun as a way to help promote local businesses and collaborations. “Barter/Trade/Sharing/Giveaways” and  “Loans & Grants For Small Businesses” in the Header Menu above are categories unique to this publication. Windermere residents are encouraged to be creative with future potential in collaborations.


Simply put, Windermere Sun is about Windermere and rest of the world (having reached readers in over 200 countries) and how we can all live healthily, happily, and sustainably. Windermere is a town in Orange CountyFlorida, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 2,462. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area

Windermere was established in 1889 and chartered in 1925.


During late 2007, the Town of Windermere filed a proposal to annex Isleworth and Butler Bay,  two wealthy subdivisions. 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. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.57 square miles (4.07 km2), of which 1.56 square miles (4.03 km2) is land and 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.98%, is water.


As of the census of 2012, there were 2,632 people, 784 households, and 591 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,688.2 inhabitants per square mile (654.0/km²). There were 723 housing units at an average density of 643.4 per square mile (249.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.68% White, 1.3% Black, 0.05% Native Americans, 2.00% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.53% of the population.

There were 704 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $88,809, and the median income for a family was $105,737. The per capita income for the town was $51,370. About 2.4% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.


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

Police services are provided by the Windermere Police Department. Fire rescue and emergency medical services are provided by Orange County Fire Rescue – Fire Station 35, which is located in Windermere. Postal services are provided by the Windermere Post Office. The Floridan Aquifer is Windermere and Orange County’s source of drinking and fire hydrant water, which is filtered naturally through hundreds of feet of sand and rock, and then treated by the Orange County Water Division.

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The schools include Windermere Elementary School and Gotha Middle School, Orange County Public Schools in Windermere, assigned based on the parent/guardian’s home address. OCPS also provides school buses for local students. Windermere is also home to Windermere Preparatory School, a private, coeducational PK-12 college prep school.

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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 (12.1 km) distant 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 (3.62 km) away. 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.

Windermere regulates traffic and encourages traffic to use alternate routes. In 2004, two roundabouts were installed downtown with the largest public works project in the town’s history. This has greatly improved traffic flow and relieved cut through traffic. A third roundabout was completed in August 2010 at the intersection of Park Avenue and Maguire Road. This is at the Windermere Elementary School intersection. All roads in the downtown area (laid out in a grid) are dirt roads except for a few through roads:

  • Main Street from the northern boundary (as Maguire Road, which heads north to Ocoee) south to 12th Street; the pavement turns west at 12th Street onto Chase Road, which connects to CR 535
  • Sixth Avenue east from Main Street to the town line, where it becomes Conroy-Windermere Road
  • Second Avenue west from Main Street (serves a peninsula)
  • “Dirt Main Street”, just west of Main Street (opposite where the railroad used to run), from Third Avenue to Seventh Avenue
  • Several other paved roads exist in the outskirts, in areas that have been annexed since the original town was formed.

These signs (at right —>)

Windermere Business District sign (public domain)

Windermere Business District sign (public domain)

appear on light poles at borders of the business district at the center of downtown.

Until the 1980s, Main Street north of Sixth Avenue and Sixth Avenue east of Main Street were maintained by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as part of State Road 439. This was given to Orange County as County Road 439 (CR 439), and Orange County eventually removed all signs and gave the part inside Windermere to the town. Signs put up by FDOT still mark the north end of CR 439 at SR 50, but no other signs exist, in part because Orange County has a general policy of not signing county roads.

The Florida Midland Railroad, part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, used to run just west of Main Street; there is now a large grassy area between Main Street and the dirt road (often called Dirt Main Street) that ran just west of the railroad. Windermere had a station on the railroad.


Hope you’ve enjoyed learning some history and facts about Windermere, FL above.

Your questions/concerns/suggestions are always welcomed at Windermere Sun.

~Let’s Help One Another~

WindermereSun-Susan Sun Nunamaker, Editor-In-Chief

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