SANFORD, Fla. - The Sanford Police Department is sponsoring its
first-ever event focused on the Hispanic community.
For 10 years, Yedic Horonato has run his family's Spanish supermarket off U.S. 17-92.
Most of his customers are regulars, but he said he wouldn't mind seeing more unfamiliar faces.
"I think it's a going to be a good idea. We can participate. That's important of us. And, we can meet more people in the city," said Horonato.
The police department wants to bridge the gap with the Latino community.
It's hoping to get $22,000 from the city's community redevelopment fund to host a Latin festival next September.
According to documents,
"I hope that it does bridge the gap and bring the community and races together so Sanford can move forward," said Sanford resident Ron Verzaro.
The department said it expects 15,000 people to show up to the festival, which will be at Fort Mellon Park.
Verzaro has been to similar events
"I'm glad that we're catching
The festival is scheduled for September 2014.