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Orlando Sentinel's Central Floridians of the Year

     Since 1983, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board has been calling attention to an individual, or a group, who merits special recognition.  We began choosing a Floridian of the Year, but later sharpened our focus to Central Florida.

The 2014 winner is arts patron Harriett Lake, and there are four runners-up. A full gallery of the honorees, with photos and stories going back to the first one in 1983, is below. In addition, you’ll see links to videos on the winners, beginning in 2007.

    In 2011, for the first time, we invited readers to offer their picks for Central Floridian of the Year. Since then, our annual winner has come from readers' nominees. Our choices have ranged from the well known, such as hotelier Harris Rosen, to the little known, such as homeless advocate Michael Dippy.

         In October, we'll begin accepting nominations for our 2015 Central Floridian of the Year. Let's see who stands out this year.