Dina Sweatt  
City Council
Title: Council Member - District 3
Dina Sweatt

Dina is originally from a small town in South Carolina but due to her father’s military assignments, her family moved frequently living in various places including England and Germany, Alexandria, Virginia, El Paso, Texas, and Union, South Carolina. She has 3 sisters and 2 brothers (both of which served in a branch of the military). Dina met future husband Richard in 1969 while he was in his 1st year of Wofford College and they married the following year. Dina has been married almost 44 years and has 1 son.

The couple moved to Orlando, Florida in 1975 after spending a week there on vacation. After living in Orlando for 7 years they purchased their 1st home in Ocoee, Florida where they spent the next 20 years. Looking for a change, Dina checked out the other nearby cities close to Ocoee and found Groveland.

In 2002, her family bought their 2nd home in the Green Valley West subdivision. Dina’s son attended South Lake High School his junior and senior years. After their move to Orlando, husband Richard secured a job with the Orange County Government in the computer department where he spent the next 37 years. Dina worked for Yogi Bear Campground for a few years as the activity director. In 1979, she began work in a small printing company and decided to attend Mid Florida Tech to study printing and developing. She spent the next 14 years working in the printing industry until developing reactive airways disease from contact with printing chemicals which caused her to retire.

Dina then concentrated on being a school volunteer with Claracona Elementary where she received the Orange County Volunteer of the Year award in 1997. She continued to be a volunteer with Ocoee Middle School, then with Heritage Prep in Orlando where her son spent his freshman and sophomore years. In 2002, she began volunteering her time to drive cancer patients to their doctor visits. In 2005 she joined the Green Valley West HOA as the treasurer and beginning in 2006 through present day as the president. Dina met Rose and Mike Radzik in the fall of 2005 when she asked to volunteer with the 1st free Thanksgiving dinner. In 2013, Rose Radzik and Dina became founders of Groveland Cares, Inc. where they will continue to do the free Thanksgiving dinner each year. In 2013, she helped the Groveland Senior Center receive a free lunch 3 days a week when the state funds were cut.

Dina ran for the Groveland City Council to make a positive difference in our fair city and promises to do the best of her ability to move Groveland forward, to help it grow, thrive, and prosper. She has many new ideas that will help with this endeavor. 

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