|Nancy Z. Daley|
|Term Expires: April 2025 Seat 3|
The ” Z”…She’s often asked, “What does the “Z” stand for?” She was born Nancy Zarza, on June 23, 1953 on Long Island, New York. The “Z” is in remembrance of her father. When she was 10 years old he died of lung cancer, leaving a wife and three young children. Her mom had to get a job in an era when all of her friends had stay-at-home moms. She delivered newspapers and babysat through junior high, and got her first part-time job at age 16 as a sales girl in a department store.
Throughout her years in high school and college, she worked two jobs at a time, selling shoes, waiting tables or driving a delivery car for a medical lab. She graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1975 with a B.A. in English. She enrolled in the Boston University School of Public Communications in a graduate program. She completed the twelve credit course, but was advised to get experience in the field before receiving a Masters Degree.
For the next 2 years, she managed the Klondike Restaurant. She used the profits it generated to renovate the building, and it was sold for a huge profit. She used the commission she was paid to visit Cypress Gardens and fulfill a lifelong dream. She auditioned for the ski show, and after a few weeks of practice she was offered a job as a Cypress Gardens Water Skier.
From 1978 until 2003, she skied in shows, traveled the world with the ski team, met her husband of 28 years (a boat driver) and they had a daughter. She worked my way through management levels as supervisor of the Female Skiers, Wardrobe Supervisor and finally Supervisor of Park Operations. In this capacity she managed the employees and budget for five large departments in the park.
Saving Cypress Gardens
When Cypress Gardens closed the first time on April 13, 2003, she and her husband both lost their jobs after 25 and 30 years with three days notice. She helped organized the employees and joined forces with former Florida Senator Rick Dantzler and Dick Pope Jr. to lobby Governor Jeb Bush to help save the historic tourist attraction. There was a huge public outcry, and after several trips to Tallahassee, they were successful in convincing them to create a solution to save Cypress Gardens. From 2003 until 2011 she worked for Kiteman Productions as Operations Manager where her responsibilities included administration and show producer for Kiteman Shows at Sea World Orlando where she managed the production budget for 53 employees.
In 2001, she became aware of a proposal for a large new housing development in Lake Alfred that was not designed in the best interest of the town. She organized a citizens’ initiative and after many contentious town meetings, the plan was about to pass. The final meeting was scheduled to take place on September 11, 2001, but had to be canceled because of the events that took place in New York City that day. Before the meeting could be rescheduled, one commissioner resigned and the subdivision plan had to be put on hold. She ran for the Lake Alfred City Commission and won a seat. At the following commission meeting, the developer withdrew his rezoning request.
She contacted the Trust for Public Land and they helped her to write a grant. In 2004, the most sensitive 112 acre parcel of the land was purchased by the City of Lake Alfred for $2.6 million with Florida Forever funds. The initial grant for the Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve ranked number seven in importance out of 76 state applications that year. She went on to write a $335,000.00 grant to renovate the historic home on the property for a community center, and a $150,000 recreation grant. She helped to organize a team of volunteers to build nature trails, a fishing pier, a playground, restrooms, a gazebo, a fitness trail and a picnic pavilion.
She has served on the Lake Alfred City Commission for more than 10 years including four terms as mayor and four terms as vice mayor. When she joined the commission, the city was in dismal financial shape. The citizens had voted for a state audit that revealed 64 findings of need for improvement. Over the course of my time serving, we reorganized the city management and finances, and have had near perfect audits for the past three years.
As Mayor of Lake Alfred she became involved in the Ridge League of Cities, serving a term as president. She graduated from Polk County Citizen’s Academy and Water School. She was also appointed to the Congress of Regional Leaders, a board created by the My Region.Org initiative. It opened her eyes to the importance of regional planning so she briefly left the Lake Alfred Commission to run for Polk County Commission. She was less than 1500 votes short of winning the county commission seat. She has continued to attend land use and DRI meetings throughout the county.
One of her greatest accomplishments as former Mayor of Lake Alfred involved convincing the FDOT to reinstate a road widening project through town. When they deleted the item from the 5-year work plan, she joined the Florida League of Cities Home Rule Administrative Council and became chair of the Transportation Committee. They crafted a bill to require FDOT to get legislative approval before canceling projects and had it introduced in the State House and Senate. The bill went through some revisions and was eventually vetoed by the governor, but the widening project was reinstated and accomplished. They had made it clear that they weren’t going to give up.
|Term Expires: April 2023 Seat 2|
Mr. Albertus Maultsby was born and raised in Lake Alfred. His parents arrived in Florida right after the turn of the century so his pioneer roots within our community run deep. Albertus has had a rich employment history. At the tender age of eighteen he worked in the Citrus Industry and then went on to serve four years in the Army. He was a trained medic stationed at the 33rd field hospital in France. Upon his return from abroad, Mr. Maultsby worked for the Swift Company in Winter Haven and then went on to become a messenger/maintenance employee of the United States Postal Service where he served in Lake Alfred for 29 years. He currently owns and operates a local business, Maultsby Rentals.
Mr. Maultsby has always had a love for his community. His service has been noted on the Board of Adjustments, Polk County Code Enforcement Board, Polk County School Board Desegregation Committee and over ten years on the City of Lake Alfred City Commission. His City Commission tenure began in 1992 with four successful campaigns and only one defeat. Commissioner Maultsby’s seat number is one and his term expires in April of 2023.
Mr. Maultsby’s motto is “always spend less than you earn.”
|Term Expires: April 2022 – Seat 5|
Mr. Jack Dearmin was born in Denver, Colorado. He has traveled the United States and Germany in the 1960’s and 1970’s due to his father serving the military for 24 years. He moved to Florida in 1980.
Mr. Dearmin is employed by LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Previously, he was employed by Marriott of Orlando for 28 years. His previous work experience also includes working at Walgreens, Winn-Dixie, and Frito Lay in Florida.
He is a graduate of Northwest High School and attended Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Mr. Dearmin has been a resident of the City of Lake Alfred since 1986 and his wife is a native of Lake Alfred. He has served on the City’s Parks and Recreation Board from January 2002 until he was elected to the City Commission in April 2007. He also served as Vice President of the Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Dearmin is very involved with his community. He serves as a member of the Friends of the Library and still active with the Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a representative of Lake Alfred for the Polk County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and is a member of the First Baptist Church.
|Term Expires: April 2023 – Seat 1|
|Term Expires: April 2025 – Seat 4|
Mac Fuller was born in Bloomington, Illinois. When he was five years old, his family moved to South Florida. He remained in South Florida through high school until college took him to North Carolina where he completed his degree in Finance & Economics and Insurance. Upon graduation, he started his career in the insurance industry. The bulk of Mac’s career, 36 years, was with State Farm Insurance. Mac had several work-related moves across the country, moving 10 times and visiting all 50 states more than once while he was a Senior Loss Control Representative with State Farm at their Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington, IL. Early in his career, there were many opportunities for relocation to other territories in a new and growing Commercial Insurance Marketplace that interested Mac, and eager to grow with the company and the flexibility to relocate, his path took him from Greeley and Denver, CO to Billings, MT, Salem, OR, Winter Haven, FL, Miami, FL, Savannah, GA, Bloomington, IL, back to Winter Haven, FL, and finishing out his career in Dallas, TX. After 41 years in the industry, he retired in June 2018 and moved back to Florida in Lake Alfred which was an area with many State Farm friends and former associates.
Mac is married to Debbie and has one son, Keaton. While Keaton was in High School in Polk County, he attended Summerlin Military Academy, and Mac and Debbie both took on additional opportunities to assist the cadets and their families with Debbie becoming Treasurer and Mac, taking on the role of President of the Captain’s Council.
Mac has a love for old cars and fire trucks and collectible memorabilia. He is a member and past president of the Central Florida Street Rod Association which is a 501-C3 organization that helps support various local Polk County charitable organizations. You may have seen Mac’s 1937 Chevy Fire Truck around town in various car shows and parades.
Mac was a 20+ year member, and past president of the American Society of Safety Engineer’s, which is an organization that specializes in working with safety professionals in all fields and providing them opportunities to see how the practice of safe workspaces and the mitigation of future loss can be such an important tool used to keep loss experience for businesses as low as possible.
Mac served on the Lake Alfred Parks and Recreation Board. Many of the functions that the citizens of Lake Alfred and neighboring cities are organized and offered by the Parks and Recreation Department, offering family fun events that promote a healthy and happy lifestyle for our residents. They also provide many city parks to play in with activities and playground equipment provided by the city.
Mac is energetic and ready to serve the citizens of Lake Alfred and to support the needs of its police and fire departments, and those other departments that help Lake Alfred remain a recognizable and attractive area for healthy, affordable, and profitable growth of both housing and small business over the coming years.