March 2014 - In This Issue:


Commissioner Boyd opens the Wildwood Area Road Network on Feb. 27.

  
WEST ORANGE COUNTY RELIEF HIGH SCHOOL

 

The topic of the West Orange Relief High School has been of interest to thousands of residents in District 1 and throughout Orange County.

 

We are committed to communicating to you the latest information on current developments as well as resources to help clarify what can be a complex, confusing process.

 

To that end, we have created a dedicated web page to update you on the project. It includes:
  • Key dates in the negotiation process
  • A fact sheet on the decision-making process of development/school capacity
  • A flowchart that illustrates this process
  • Site maps of the properties in discussion
  • Official letters from Commissioner Boyd to residents and BCC/OCPS board members
We are continuing to work toward an amicable solution that will relieve overcrowding at West Orange High School and ensure the school completion timeline remains on target. Because this issue impacts so many families, it is essential that we keep you posted on signficant developments during the process.
  
Visit the dedicated West Orange Relief High School web page today!
  
We hope you find this page useful. If there is additional information you would like to see included, please feel free to contact us directly.
  
Thank you for your patience, input and support as we continue to work toward a final resolution.
  
COMMUNITY MEETINGS   

Photo courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel 

 

Get involved in your community! The following meetings are currently scheduled:
  • Fishback Planned Development (Horizon West)- Meeting will be held March 19, 2014 at 6 p.m. at West Orange High School, 1625 Beulah Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787.
  • Cypress Point Planned Development (Dr. Phillips) -Meeting will be held April 2, 2014. Location to be determined.
  • National Spa & Resort Planned Development (Dr. Phillips) - Meeting will be held April 16, 2014. Location to be determined.
Official meeting notices will be sent via email and posted on Facebook as they become available.
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WHAT'S NEW THIS MONTH!
March 2014

Lots of great things are happening in March...from the start of Daylight Savings Time to St. Patrick's Day!

 

This month in the District 1 Office, we're focusing on some key transportation projects, a new web portal for updates on the West Orange Relief High School and of course, how we're working together with the Orange County Sheriff's Office to prevent crime in our community. Enjoy!

HOT TOPICS
Current Projects & New Developments

 

Public Safety

  
On March 12, Commissioner Boyd and the Orange County Sheriff's Office held a Public Safety Town Hall Meeting to discuss current crime trends and how we are working together to keep our District 1 communities safe.
  
We were delighted with the turnout and would like to thank Capt. Jeff Stonebreaker, Deputy First Class Melvin Spear, Deputy Sheriff Menachen Green and Sgt. Shane Dejarnette from the Orange County Sheriff's Office for their participation. Capt. Stonebreaker's presentation was extremely informative and well received.
 
Couldn't make it? The meeting was recorded by Orange TV, and the video is available online now!
 
We are proud to have such an active District that truly cares about the safety of their neighbors and communty as a whole. Thank you once again for your contributions and helping us work more effectively as leaders.
  
Transportation
 

Some of the top transportation priorities in District 1 are the scheduled improvements to Ficquette Road and Overstreet Road intersection. 

  

Orange County Public Works staff is currently in the bid process for the pending Ficquette Road improvements, which include updates to this intersection. Construction is anticipated to begin in August of this year.

  

While the project's progress is on track, Commissioner Boyd has been working with Orange County Traffic Engineering to  improve traffic safety in the interim. These steps include:

  • An additional "Left Turn Yield To Oncoming Traffic" sign has been installed on southbound Ficquette Road at Overstreet Road (north intersection) to remind motorists that they must yield to northbound Ficquette Road traffic when they attempt to enter Overstreet Road. 
  • Raised rumble strips on Ficquette Road and Overstreet Road are being installed within the week to improve driver alertness and attention as they approach the intersection.  

Commissioner Boyd shares your concern for the safety of our residents and motorists, and we are hopeful these measures will prevent future safety issues until the project commences.

 

Parks
John Young Community Park will be an exciting new addition to District 1. The 27-acre recreational complex located in the Hunter's Creek and Meadowoods vicinity will include two multi-use fields, a playground, exercise and picnic areas and a skate park! Design plans have been presented at recent community meetings, and construction is expected to break ground in late 2014. The park's opening is anticipated for early 2015.
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
Hunter's Creek
Hunter's Creek is a 6.5- square-mile community located in the southwest corner of Orange County. The development of Hunter's Creek was approved by the County in December 1983, with the first homeowner moving in during October 1986.
 
Hunter's Creek is comprised of 35 single-family neighborhoods, seven apartment communities, four condominium properties and one townhome neighborhood. Hunter's Creek, home to almost 25,000 residents, was chosen as the "21st Best Place to Live in America" in September 2011 by CNN's Money magazine. The community is well known for its amenities as well as the number of volunteers who serve in numerous capacities.

 

The District 1 Office enjoys a wonderful relationship with Hunter's Creek. Following in the footsteps of a tradition started in 2002, leaders from Hunter's Creek meet with Orange County Government officials each year to ensure the channels of communication remain open.

 

Commissioner Boyd has been a guest at many Hunter's Creek events, such as Bunny in the Park, July 4th festivities and its 25th Anniversary Celebration.  He has even helped to unload vehicles at the annual Hazardous Waste Collection event! In addition, Hunter's Creek Town Hall has served as a host site for many community functions.

 

Hunter's Creek is anxiously awaiting the groundbreaking for the new John Young Community Park. As its residents will tell you, this thriving community is truly a "Wonderful Place to Live."

Sincerely,

 

S. Scott Boyd
Orange County Commissioner, District 1
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801
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