On September 19, 2022, the Longwood City Commission presented Seminole County Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma with the Annual Key to the City Award.
Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma was elected 10th Sheriff in 2017, re-elected for his second term in 2020, and for the past 30 years has dedicated his career to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Lemma is a United States Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the FBI Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership. He began his career in 1992 as a correctional officer with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, later became a deputy sheriff, and over 30 years has worked in virtually every position within the agency, serving as the Sheriff’s Office's primary spokesperson and receiving promotions from the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and chief deputy before becoming Sheriff.
Sheriff Lemma has been a statewide and national leader in responding to and preventing opioid overdoses. In 2019, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody named him chair of her Transition Advisory Committee Working Group on Opioid Abuse where he worked to gather information related to the best practices to stop the influx of deadly opioids, treat addiction, raise awareness, and reduce the death toll of this crisis. In 2019, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis formed a Drug Abuse Prevention Panel with him serving as Chair. The focus of the panel is to discuss and determine best practices and innovative solutions to combat drug use throughout the state, specifically relating to Florida’s youth.
Sheriff Lemma in 2020, was selected for the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice to represent sheriffs on the Business and Community Development Committee. In addition, he was appointed to represent Florida sheriffs as a member of the All Sheriff’s Authority where he worked to address the mental health and substance abuse issues affecting communities across the nation and their impacts on Sheriff’s Offices.
In 2021 Sheriff Lemma joined the Victoria’s Voice Foundation as a Board Member whose mission is to bring awareness and prevention of substance abuse, especially among teenagers. The same year the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office opened the Hope & Healing Center in partnership with Advent Health. This collaboration will provide clinical support for substance abuse treatment.
Sheriff Lemma was sworn in as the President of the Major County Sheriffs of America a Professional Law Enforcement Association and was nominated to serve as Treasurer on the Executive Board for the Florida Sheriff’s Association in 2022.
The City of Longwood is very pleased to have presented the Longwood Key to the City Award to Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma, as an outstanding public servant with allegiance to Law Enforcement and a profound vision for safety in Seminole County, giving of his time and energy to protect the community.
On September 7, 2022, the Longwood City Commission presented Don Musica with the Annual Key to the City Award.
Mr. Musica was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania and now calls Florida his home. He resides in Winter Spring with his spouse Holly Kidder. He has an educational background in electrical construction technology and attended college in Erie, Pennsylvania. Don has been the business owner of Crusin Orlando for twenty-three years and is affectionately referred to as DJ Don.
Mr. Musica has been growing the local car family since 1999 and now hosts events almost every weekend. This November will be the 11th Anniversary of the Downtown Longwood Cruise-In Car Show which is held in Historic Longwood. Don helps local communities and businesses, primarily in the Central Florida area, bring together and entertain car owners, enthusiasts, and spectators by providing DJ services & promoting car show/cruise events. He also fosters and grows the car enthusiast’s community by maintaining web and social media sites to introduce, educate, and share car news & events.
The City of Longwood is very pleased to have presented the Longwood Key to the City Award to Don Musica, for his incredible willingness to give of his time serving the community with passion and years of dedication.
On September 7, 2022, the Longwood City Commission presented Nancy Cancel-Acevedo, Community Outreach Administrator for the Office of the Sheriff, with the Annual Key to the City Award.
Ms. Cancel-Acevedo moved from Puerto Rico to Seminole County in 1987 with her three young boys. She is a proud mother of three successful young men and professionals. Manny is a lawyer in Sanford, Alberto is an owner of the Outback in Oviedo, and Roberto is a business owner currently residing in England with her four-year-old granddaughter.
Ms. Cancel-Acevedo is a graduate of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Community Law Enforcement Academy, a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and the Inter-American University, and holds an M.A. in Education, with a major in Management and Supervision. She has a notable background which began with a career training health inspector in good manufacturing practices and then provided technical assistance to the Pharmaceutical Medical Device and Food industry. In 2002, she joined the Seminole County Sheriff's Office as an Intelligence Analyst. In 2010 she joined the Seminole Sheriff’s Office Chaplain’s Corp. In 2015 she retired as a Crime Analyst II and was a certified Terrorist Liaison. In 2018 she returned as Community Relations Coordinator and currently serves as Community Outreach Administrator for the Office of the Sheriff.
Ms. Cancel-Acevedo is deeply involved in supporting the community. She has been a member of the Florida Faith-Based and Community Based Council, served as Vice-Chair of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Florida, a Commissioner to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, and served as Chairwomen of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. She has been involved with Seminole County Public Schools as a Multicultural Committee Chair and part of the Florida Department of Education SAT review team. Nancy currently serves as a board member of the Seminole Leadership Team of the United Negro College Fund, Vice President of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Florida, and a member of the Seminole County Sheriff's Opioid Task Force. Nancy developed a community strategy called “Making the Match”, a collaborative effort/partnership between the Seminole County Faith Based groups, the nonprofit organizations, and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. She also serves as a Senior Credentialed Law Enforcement Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC), the Longwood Police Department, and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office Chaplain's Corp (SCSO).
Ms. Cancel-Acevedo has received recognition as the “Most Influential Hispanic Woman in Central Florida”, by the National Hispanic Achievers in Florida, and the “Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award”, by the Hispanic Women Chamber of Commerce. She was also nominated to receive the “Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery Unit’s Crime Analyst of the Year” Award.
The City of Longwood is very pleased to have presented the Longwood Key to the City Award to Nancy Cancel-Acevedo, for her outstanding and dedicated citizen volunteering and serving with a passion and commitment to helping mankind.