The city of Altamonte Springs lies in Central Florida, a well-to-do part of the region that, according to altamonte.org, claims many corporate and clerical workers as residents. The official website provides links to keep those who live in the city closely connected to information regarding municipal services and the city’s mission statement that revolves around the commitment to giving superior service in a respectful, productive and influential manner. The site also offers a brief explanation of the structure of the city’s government which falls into the hands of a city manager, the chief administrative officer appointed by a board of four district commissioners, who along with the mayor, make up the local government.
Altamonte Springs claimed a population, as of 2012, of nearly 44,000 who live in close proximity to attractions like the Altamonte Mall and Cranes Roost Park that multiple thousands of tourists and visitors visit on a yearly basis. Centrally located, a 20 minute drive separates Uptown Altamonte from other Central Florida cities and the I4 Freeway provides easy access to more distant cities like Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami. The altamonte.org website also outlines that Orlando International Airport conveniently lie 35 minutes away, and downtown Orlando even closer with only a 15 minute drive necessary.
TV shows and movies have shaped the images outsiders hold of many Florida cities and many of those visions hold true for Altamonte Springs. Pictures found on altamonte.org show sunshine, waterways and the trees and greenery of the city as well as a colorful water fountain on display.