Concord Street will be closed in both directions at the railroad crossing between North Orange Avenue and North Garland Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday, May 12, to 3 a.m. Monday, May 15. The closure is necessary to replace the crossing, including construction of new concrete panels and asphalt approaches.
The closure will affect traffic trying to access the on ramp to I-4 westbound from Concord Street. Traffic traveling toward I-4 on Concord Street will be directed to turn left onto North Orange Avenue, right onto Amelia Street, right onto North Garland Avenue to the entrance ramp. Detour route signage will be placed at key locations in the area to direct drivers around the work zone. Access to businesses will be maintained.
The crossing replacement is part of project to improve the tracks and grade crossings within the existing SunRail corridor from the DeBary Station in Volusia County to the Sand Lake Road Station in Orange County.
Please note that schedules may change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Updates can be found on the Florida Department of Transportation’s Central Florida website www.CFLRoads.com. For construction-related questions, please contact Public Information Coordinator Carolyn Fitzwilliam at 407-637-7461 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media inquiries should be directed to Public Information Manager Steve Olson at 386-943-5479 or email@example.com.
The Florida Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution near all railroad crossings and when driving in areas with road construction. Please slow down and stay alert.
With the psychological damage from one of the worst massacres in the nation still readily apparent in the communities she serves, State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) has secured the reinstatement of $2.5 million into the Florida Senate’s budget to heal some of the lingering trauma.
The restored funding is earmarked for UCF RESTORES Trauma Management Therapy program, a highly effective, pioneering treatment program established at the University of Central Florida for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“No amount of money can ever truly heal the ache and the pain and the trauma that our community suffered nearly one year ago,” said Sen. Stewart, who continues to witness the after-effects residents and victims still suffer from the Pulse nightclub shooting rampage. “I want to commend President Joe Negron for working closely with me to put this funding back into the state’s budget.”
The UCF RESTORES Trauma Management Therapy program is poised for expansion of its scope of service to include first responders suffering PTSD as well as Floridians afflicted by other tragedies, such as the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.
Photo by CRC: Chairman Carlos Beruff and Commissioners
listen to Floridians at the CRC’s first public hearing in Orlando.
The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) held its first public hearing on March 29 in Orlando at the University of Central Florida (UCF) as part of its, “Floridians Speak, We Listen” statewide tour. Approximately 400 Floridians attended the hearing, and more than 95 individual Floridians spoke before the Commission to share their ideas. The hearing began at 5:00 PM and extended past the noticed end time through approximately 9:00 PM. All Floridians who attended the public hearing and wanted to speak were given an opportunity to be heard by the Commission.
To watch last night’s full hearing, visit the Florida Channel’s website which has a page dedicated to all CRC public hearings and meetings. A complete transcript of the public hearing and appearance forms will be available online at FLCRC.GOV as soon as possible. The next public hearings held by the CRC will be on April 6 at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami and on April 7 at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton. Visit FLCRC.GOV for the schedule of confirmed public hearings. Floridians can also receive updates by following the CRC on Twitter (@FloridaCRC) and on Facebook (@FloridaCRC).
ABOUT THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION
Once every twenty years, Florida’s Constitution provides for the creation of a thirty-seven member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida’s Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration. The Commission meets for approximately one year, traveling the State of Florida, identifying issues, performing research, and possibly recommending changes to the Constitution. Any amendments proposed by the Commission would be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot. For additional information, visit FLCRC.GOV. Follow the CRC on Twitter @FloridaCRC and like the CRC on Facebook @FloridaCRC.
“Gov. Scott Announces Orlando is Leading the State in Job Creation”
March 24, 2017
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Chairman Carlos Beruff invites all interested Floridians to participate in a public hearing of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) on Wednesday, March 29 beginning at 5:00 PM. This will be the first of many public hearings held by the CRC as part of its statewide “Floridians Speak, We Listen” tour.
Members of the media wishing to attend must request a media credential to ensure adequate space is provided at the venue, in addition to bringing their press credentials. To request a media credential, please contact Meredith Beatrice at Meredith.Beatrice@flcrc.gov, providing the name(s), media outlet and if space is needed for a satellite truck.
The event will also be live-streamed by the Florida Channel on www.TheFloridaChannel.org.
WHAT: Public hearing of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29, 5:00 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM)
*End time is tentative depending upon attendance and public interest in speaking before the Commission.
WHERE: University of Central Florida (UCF)
FAIRWINDS Alumni Center
12676 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando, Fla. 32816
*Free parking for attendees available in Garage H. Directions and map are attached courtesy of UCF.
Additional public hearing dates and times will be announced as soon as possible. Members of the public can contact the CRC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (850) 717-9550. Visit FLCRC.GOV for additional information.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION
Once every twenty years, Florida’s Constitution provides for the creation of a thirty-seven member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida’s Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration. The Commission meets for approximately one year, traveling the State of Florida, identifying issues, performing research, and possibly recommending changes to the Constitution. Any amendments proposed by the Commission would be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot. For additional information, visit FLCRC.GOV. Follow the Commission on Twitter @FloridaCRC.
As part of a unified grassroots effort across the State of Florida, join Elizabeth McCarthy and partners including ACLU of Central Florida, League of Women Voters of Central Florida, Greater Orlando NOW, as well as others to support the Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act (Florida SB 410/HB 319). Please join us on March 14 at 11:30 AM at Orlando City Hall for a press conference on equal pay for equal work.
Sponsors of these bills include Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando), Representatives Berman (D-Lake Worth), House Minority Leader Janet Cruz (D-Tampa), Abruzzo (D-Boynton Beach), Baez (D-Coral Gables), Davis (D-Jacksonville), Geller (D-Aventura), and Mercado (D-Orlando).
Named the “Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act” in recognition of her hard work in the field of equal pay, the bill hopes to strengthen state laws in this arena. If enacted, the bills would specify which factors employers could use to decide to pay employees differently, such as education or experience based on seniority or merit, and would prohibit employers from screening job applicants based on prior wages. It would also bar employers from taking retaliatory action against an employee who discloses their wages to a coworker and prohibits employers from discrimination towards employees based on their sex or gender identity.
Who: Elizabeth McCarthy, ACLU of Central FL, League of Woman Voters of Central Florida, Greater Orlando NOW
What: Press Conference to Support Equal Pay for Equal Work
When: March 14th, 2017 – 11:30 am Press Conference/Rally
Where: Orlando City Hall, 400 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will be educating consumers about scams targeting utility customers during the 19th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), which takes place March 5–11, 2017.
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, as part of NCPW, PSC staff will be speaking with customers in Winter Park and Orlando about how to avoid these scams while also providing tips on energy and water conservation and information about the Lifeline Assistance telephone discount program.
For more information about NCPW and to see a nationwide calendar of events, please visit www.ncpw.gov. For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.
The PSC events are scheduled below:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
10 – 11 a.m.
Winter Park Community Center
721 W. New England Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Renaissance Senior Center at South Econlockhatchee Trail
3800 S. Econlockhatchee Trail
Orlando, Florida 32829
Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.
Governor Rick Scott and his grandson, Auguste, greeted President Donald Trump today in Orlando prior to his visit to St. Andrew Catholic School.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that investigators with his Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement made two separate arrests in the Orlando area for filling unlawful bladder trucks with fuel purchased with stolen financial information. A “bladder truck” is a vehicle that has been retrofitted with hidden tanks that hold high volumes of fuel.
Law enforcement officers arrested Alain Michel Montenegro Perdomo, 34, of Orlando after he allegedly filled his bladder truck that was estimated to hold more than 800 gallons of fuel. Investigators also recovered 23 counterfeit credit cards from Montenegro’s possession. Montenegro was charged with unlawful conveyance of fuel, which is a third degree felony; fraudulently obtaining fuel, which is a second degree felony; and possession of 23 counterfeit credit cards, which is a second degree felony.
Law enforcement officers also arrested Gustavo Diaz Correa, 40, of Orlando. Investigators observed Diaz allegedly filling an unlawful bladder truck that was estimated to hold over 200 gallons. Investigators recovered one counterfeit credit card from his possession. Diaz was charged with unlawful conveyance of fuel, which is a third degree felony; fraudulently obtaining fuel, which is a second degree felony; and credit card forgery, which is a third degree felony.
Both Montenegro and Diaz were booked in the Orange County Jail.
The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement protects Florida’s agriculture and consumers through law enforcement in support of all the regulatory aspects of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.
Business, Education, Community and Government Leaders
Gathering to Discuss Economic Development and Job Creation
Governor Rick Scott announced today that he will host the 2017 Jobs Summit next week to bring together Florida business, education, economic development and community leaders to discuss how to keep bringing new jobs to Florida and ensure positive economic development across the state for generations to come. Governor Rick Scott’s 2017 Jobs Summit will be held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando on February 2nd and 3rd.
Governor Scott said, “The 2017 Jobs Summit will connect business, education, economic development and community leaders to discuss the best ways to bring more jobs to our state. A job is the most important thing to a family, and we must fight to make sure our children and grandchildren have every opportunity to succeed in the Sunshine State.”
Some of the speakers include:
- Travis Brown, Author: How Money Walks
- Stan Connally, President & CEO of Gulf Power Company
- Eric Silagy, President & CEO of Florida Power and Light
- Gary Spulak, President of Embraer Aircraft Holding
- Al Stimac, President of Manufacturers Association of Florida
- Syd Kitson, Chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce
- Harry Sidaris, President of Duke Energy Florida
- Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Keiser University
- Jesse Biter, Founder & CEO of Biter Enterprises
- Susan Amat, Founder and CEO of Venture Hive
- John Duffy, CEO of 3C Interactive
- Steve Calle, Co-Founder & CEO of Snow Lizard Products
- Trey Lauderdale, Founder & President of Voalte
- Matthew Levenson, Founder & CEO of Moocho
- Chris Hart, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida
- Ken Lawson, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA
- Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)