Request from Xindian City
In September 2010 the City Council received an invitation from Xindian, Taiwan to become a Sister City. Through the annual Dragon Boat Festival, sponsored by the Tavares Rotary Club, the citizens of Tavares and representatives of Xindian have been working together for over eight years. The City Council felt that the Sister City relationship could be beneficial to both cities and voted, by Resolution, to accept the preliminary request.
Mayor's Trip to Taiwan
At the request of Xindian City, Mayor Robert Wolfe and his wife visited Taiwan on November 2 - 8, 2010. Taiwanese officials had planned a full itinerary to acquaint Mayor Wolfe with the cities of Taipei and Xindian. Mayor Wolfe reported that the trip was very productive. His meetings with various public officials and business leaders enabled an exchange of ideas and opportunities to partner in a variety of venues. Xindian expressed interest in establishing a seaplane base in their city, and various businessmen expressed interest in investing in Tavares. Discussions also included thoughts on expansion of the current Dragon Boat Festival in Tavares, a possible exchange student program, and perhaps more visits by Taiwanese athletes and performers to local schools.
The local Rotary Club has a strong student exchange program. Whenever students are visiting our City employees work with various groups to show them the city and its government.
The yearly Dragon Boat Festival in Wooton Park continues to bring in hundreds of visitors, exposing them to Chinese cultural and entertainment. Chinese delegates come from the Miami Consulate and serve as honored guests at the event.