Thursday, October 25, 2012

50th Anniversary of the Middle District of Florida

Tonight in Orlando, The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida held a 50th Anniversary Dinner sponsored by members of the Middle District Bar and the Historical Society through the Bench Bar Fund. Senior U.S. District Judge George C. Young was in attendance and said it was his first event outing in many years. Geographically the Middle District of Florida (FLMD) stretches over 350 miles from the Georgia border on the northeast to south of Naples on Florida’s southwest coast. Three of the six largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the state, namely, Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando are within the district. The Clerk’s office headquarters is centrally located in Orlando with additional divisional offices in Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Myers and Ocala. Demographically over 10 million people, more than 57% of the state’s population, reside within the district. Fifteen of the twenty most densely populated counties in the state are in the Middle District. In all, thirty-five of Florida’s sixty-seven counties make up the Middle District. Florida’s population has increased by about three million each decade since 1970 and now stands at approximately 19 million permanent residents, a 171% increase over the 1970 estimate of 6.8 million. Additionally this state, and the Middle District in particular, is a primary tourist and convention destination adding millions of visitors to those numbers. The Middle District of Florida remains one of the busiest federal district courts in the nation. I am proud to be a member of the MDFL bar and federal certified mediator roster. Read more at: and see my alternate site: