August 2014 - In This Issue:

Commissioner Boyd, pictured right, joins Town of Oakland Commissioner Joseph McMullen, the City of Winter Garden's Sebrenia Brown and WalMart store managers and associates to gather supplies for the West Orange backpack giveaway. Huge thanks to WalMart for their

 generous support of this event! 

Pedestrian safety is a key concern for Commissioner Boyd. Metro Orlando has already been identified as dangerous for pedestrians. Most recently, Orlando received the dubious distinction of ranking number one in preventable pedestrian deaths. 

However, organizations like Best Foot Forward are working to make things better. The organization was recently recognized as the only pedestrian safety coalition in the country to bring together local governments, elected officials, law enforcement, health foundations and other partners to improve yield rates and cut pedestrian crashes in half over the next five years. 

Similarly, MetroPlan Orlando, where Commissioner Boyd serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the board, has hosted more than 45 events, conducted surveys, sought public input and heard from citizens about the importance of pedestrian safety. MetroPlan Orlando formed a Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), which is responsible for evaluating bike/ped projects. Learn about BPAC's top 10 projects for bike/ped improvements for Orange County (begins on page 13 of the report). 

Sand Lake Road serves as one of District 1's busiest corridors. Its link to Interstate 4, International Drive and the Dr. Phillips community intermingle residents and tourists alike. Its prime location has driven strong business growth. While the positive economic impact is welcomed, the traffic and congestion associated with the growth has been frustrating for many.


In an effort to improve traffic conditions, the Orange County Transportation Planning Division is initiating a study on the Sand Lake Corridor. An outside contractor will be hired to conduct the study and provide their findings to the County with the goal of determining the best course of action.


The study will focus on the area of Sand Lake Road from Apopka-Vineland Road to Turkey Lake Road. All modes of transportation will be evaluated including automobiles, mass transit, bicycles and pedestrians. Access management, landscaping, lighting and other roadway elements also will be analyzed.


Most importantly, the data collection, analysis and recommendations will be presented to area residents and business owners (through the course of several meetings) to collect feedback in order to help shape the recommended improvements.


The study is slated to begin early next year. We'll keep you posted!


The following meetings are currently scheduled through the end of August:

  • Seidel Road Community Meeting (Horizon West) - Meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Korean Church, 16796 E. Davenport Road, Winter Garden FL 34787.
  • Perrihouse Community Meeting (Horizon West) - Meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Sand Lake Elementary School, 8301 Buenavista Woods Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32836.

Official meeting notices will be sent via email and posted on Facebook as they become available.



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August 2014

August is here, and it's time once again for our children to head back to school. We hope your family had a great summer!


We're excited to share several new developments, announcements and public safety news this month.


Enjoy your August issue of the District 1 Newsletter!

Current Projects & New Developments


New District 1 Website is Live   

The new and improved District 1 website is now live!


We designed the site to be more informative and useful than ever. We want you to know the key initiatives your commissioner is working on in the areas of public safety, transportation, economic impact, the environment and more. You'll also find additional, better quality maps and community highlights for District 1.


We hope this improved information portal will help keep you connected to the issues that matter to you. Something missing that you would like to see featured? Let us know!


Our new web portal features easy-to-use left side navigation, which leads to more detailed pages of current projects and features.

Betsy VanderLey

Betsy VanderLey, pictured left with District 1 Aide Diana Garcia, is the Business Development Director for DRMP, Inc., a civil engineering firm headquartered in Orange County. In addition to her role at DRMP, VanderLey is the Vice Chair of the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission/Local Planning Agency and is the P&Z representative on Orange County's Affordable Housing Board.  She serves on a multitude of other local boards, and has also recently achieved her LEED Green Associate certification.


VanderLey's numerous contributions span from fundraising and sponsoring charity events to attentively casting critical votes as the District 1 Planning and Zoning representative. In these broad reaching capacities, she has positively impacted the quality of life for countless residents who will benefit for generations to come.  And in spite of the demands of her profession and advisory board commitments, she still finds the time to volunteer her talents in a multitude of other roles including mentoring.


Orange County residents will continue to benefit from her role in accomplishing calculated progress for the community as well as her leadership that inspires personal growth in individuals' lives.


Read more from the The West Orange Times feature article.


The gorgeous Butler Chain of Lakes is one of the prides of Windermere.  


For luxury living at its best, look no further than the Town of Windermere. Pristine sand bottom lakes surround this small West Orange community. Boating enthusiasts are known to revel in the gorgeous system of canals that connects eight lakes known as the Butler Chain of Lakes.


Windermere was bestowed its name from Dr. Stanley Scott, whose father purchased 160 acres in this picturesque location in 1885. Dr. Scott built his home on the shore of Lake Butler, and it is believed by many that he named this town after England's famous Lake Windermere.


Today, more than 2,300 people inhabit the Town of Windermere. However, the town stays focused on preserving its natural history and strong community atmosphere. In fact, many of the town streets remain unpaved to continue their commitment to retain the pristine nature of the Chain of Lakes. Windermere has been named "Tree City USA" for its commitment to a natural environment for 10 consecutive years.


The Town of Windermere also has a wonderful neighborhood feel with a lively farmer's market and food truck events as well as a multitude of community events and gatherings for residents to enjoy.


Information courtesy of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Photos courtesty of Town of Windermere and Windermere Farmer's Market.



S. Scott Boyd
Orange County Commissioner, District 1
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