Seminole breaks ground on new courthouse annex

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — After nearly 30 years, Seminole County leaders turned over the first shovelfuls of dirt to commemorate the construction of its new courthouse annex.

The Justice James E.C. Perry Courthouse Annex will become part of Seminole County’s plan to bring all county services to one geographic location.

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When complete, the annex will replace the aging courthouse in downtown Sanford that is home to the county’s civil division.

Seminole County chair Bob Dallari said the old courthouse has seen better days.

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“The building would have to go into massive renovations in order to keep it to where it needs to be,” he said.

With the new $37 million courthouse annex, both the civil and criminal courts will be located at the same complex in the Five Points area of Sanford.

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The 4-story, 104,000 square foot complex will become the new home for the Seminole Sheriff’s civil processing unit, as well as offices for the public defender and the state attorney.

The annex is expected to be completed by May 2023.

Jeff Levkulich

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Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

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Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.