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Orlando Sentinel's Central Floridians of the Year

Once a year, for more than three decades, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board has shined a spotlight on someone — or sometimes a group — whose accomplishments we felt deserved special recognition.

We originally named a statewide honoree but in 2001 began narrowing the focus to Central Floridian of the Year.

In recent years, we have invited readers to tell us who they think deserves this recognition for the current year and why. Our choice is guided by how strong a case is made for candidates, not by the number of nominations they receive.

We reveal five finalists in December, and in January, the top honoree.

Following is our gallery of features and columns on honorees from the present, reaching back to 1983.