Orange County Government, Florida

District 1 Public Safety

Keeping you and your family safe

A Top Priority

Keeping you and your family safe has always been one of Commissioner Boyd’s top priorities and remains a chief priority today. Below is a sampling of the initiatives targeted to improve public safety in District 1.

Loud Noise Ordinance

Commissioner Boyd has been working to update and amend the Loud Noise Ordinance since 2009. This multi-jurisdictional project has brought together the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the County Attorney's Office, County Administration and the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) with the common goal of exploring additional enforcement options for residential noise complaints. The original ordinance is written to address industrial noise and does not address the types of noise issues residents face today. The proposed amended version would provide recourse for noise disturbances more common to residential and business zones.

One of the most notable changes in the proposed ordinance is the shift from relying strictly on a decibel reading system to focus on whether the noise is “plainly audible.” In addition, fees would be increased for violations and enforcement authority would include both EPD and the Sheriff’s Office with provisions for notices, civil citations and criminal charges based on the number of times a violation occurs.

On February 11, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners held a work session on the proposed changes to the Loud Noise Ordinance. The proposed changes to the County Code were routed through the Environmental Protection Commission for review. The amended ordinance was brought back before the Board in June 2014 as a public hearing, and the Commission unanimously passed the new law.

Metals Recycling

In 2010, Commissioner Boyd worked with the City of Orlando to design an ordinance that both the County and City could implement to require increased accountability for the sellers and purchasers of recycled metals and reduce criminal activity relating to theft of secondary metals and secondary metal products. The ordinance was first adopted by Orange County and soon after by the City of Orlando. The ordinance became a model for counties around the state, several of which implemented similar provisions.

Following the success of the new ordinances across Florida, Commissioner Boyd joined state leaders to pass the secondary metals recycling state legislation in 2012.

State leaders used the county ordinance as a model to propose new state legislation. The new law, House Bill 885, requires companies purchasing secondary metals to collect more detailed information on such transactions, including the name and address of the seller, the time and date of the purchase, as well as the weight and description of the metals being purchased. Companies purchasing secondary metal materials must also maintain an electronic database of all transactions that must be regularly shared with law enforcement.

The bill also creates a new category of restricted metals, including manhole covers, any item marked by a government entity, railroad equipment, burned metallic wire, catalytic converters, beer kegs and other items. The law adds another set of requirements for anyone wanting to buy or sell these items. Dealers who break the law could face felony charges.

Summary courtesy of Resource Recycling, Inc.

Public Safety
Town Hall Meeting

Commissioner Boyd believes strongly in working together with partners like the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) and members of the community to find actionable solutions to problems that affect the District. In March 2014, he joined with the OCSO for a Town Hall Meeting to discuss current crime trends and how the County and law enforcement officials are working together to keep the community safe.

The Public Safety Town Hall Meeting was recorded by Orange TV.

Security Cameras

Another public safety measure Commissioner Boyd supported in District 1 is the Home Owners Associations' use of security cameras to enhance neighborhood safety. A permitting process plan was presented on January 28, 2014, at the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting.

The BCC approved staff to move forward with developing a process to allow crime prevention cameras located in the public right-of-way as long as they meet established conditions, restrictions and permitting requirements.

The proposed plan is expected to come back before the BCC for review in late 2014.

Traffic Flow At Sunset Park Elementary

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Commissioner Boyd worked with the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) to address transportation issues surrounding traffic flow and congestion at Sunset Park Elementary. A temporary solution was put in place where parents are double-stacking in the parking lot of the school and queuing in the right lane of County Road 535 instead of Overstreet Road. The Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the school leadership and parents, set up a traffic detail to monitor the new traffic patterns and keep all parties abreast of any challenges and community feedback.

Since implementing this fix, the District 1 Office, OCPS and the Sheriff's Office received positive feedback from both parents and students of the elementary school and residents in the surrounding communities.

Moving forward in 2014, a new road will be built connecting Overstreet Road north to Chase Road as part of the Windermere Landings Phase II development project. Additionally, the opening of a new elementary school to relieve Sunset Park's student population is anticipated for fall 2015. In the meantime, officials are continuing to review options to increase student ridership on buses.

Ranger House

Led by Commissioner Boyd, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) took a unique approach to fighting crime in Orlo Vista in 2011. In an effort to reduce crime that was plaguing the area, the BCC approved a plan to renovate an old park ranger station in Orlo Vista Community Park and allow a deputy to live rent-free at the location. The park, which had become a refuge for illegal activities, had crime moving into the surrounding neighborhoods.

The addition of the deputy living in the old ranger station provided a consistent law enforcement presence, which ultimately deterred crime in the area. It is this kind of innovative and collaborative, citizen-focused thinking that has helped Commissioner Boyd keep district 1 families and communities safe.

Information courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.

Contact Us

Commissioner S. Scott Boyd
201 S. Rosalind Ave., 5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801

Email: district1@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-7350
Fax: (407) 836-5859

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