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District Updates

Orlando Ballet School Community Open House Week
Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17, 2017
Orlando Ballet School is happy to welcome new and returning students to their Open House. They will be having a series of trial and placements classes at all of their Central Florida locations. To participate, just Bring your child to any of the desired class – no pre-registration needed. For more information about Orlando Ballet Schools and a location list  Click Here

 Attention District 1 Residents: 10 Tips to Keep Your Home Burglar Free

Lock all of your home’s entryways 24/7: Most unlawful entry is through doorways and almost 1 in 3 burglaries are through unlocked doors and windows. An unlocked lock does not provide any protection.

  • 51% of break-ins occur during daylight hours.
  • More than 2 million burglaries occur every year; one every 13 seconds.
  1. Deadbolt all exterior entrances: Most burglaries are the result of forcible entry. Every exterior entryway into your home needs a deadbolt with a full 1″ throwbolt.
    • Treat doors leading from the garage to house as exterior doors, install deadbolts.
    • Exterior doors should be solid, 1 – 3/4″ hardwood with secure frames.
  2. Don’t hide your key: Never hide keys under a mat, in planters or taped above a door jamb…burglars know these places.
    • Only leave keys with trusted neighbors and family.
    • Don’t place identification tags on your key or key rings.
  3. Glass can shatter your security: A sliding glass door is lifted into position when installed and easily lifted out if you’re not careful. Adjust screws in the door track to limit clearance.
    • Place a wooden dowel or broom handle in the door’s track.
    • Retrofit ground floor windows with locking hardware.
  4. Maintain the appearance of occupancy
    • Use automatic timers to turn on different lights at different times.
    • Have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers or put on hold until you return.
    • During the winter, arrange to have snow shoveled.
    • Put a radio or a TV on a timer. Turn the ringer on the telephone down or off.
  5. Join neighborhood watch: Neighbors watching out for each other are the most effective method of crime prevention.
    • Keep your block informed of the latest innovations in home security. Host a neighborhood watch meeting for your block, and invite a police department representative to address safety and prevention techniques.
  6. Intruders fear the spotlight
    • Use motion activated light fixtures.
    • Exterior lighting around a home’s perimeter creates a psychological barrier.
    • Light porches and other entrances with at least a 40-watt bulb.
    • Trim overgrown bushes, tree limbs, or landscaping to the height of porches or windows.
  7. Help the police help you
    • Report strangers running through private yards or anyone looking into windows of houses or parked cars.
    • House numbers should be at least 4″ – 6″ high, reflective and visible from the street. Numbers should be illuminated at night.
    • Call the police. Don’t worry about false alarms. Be safe, not sorry.
    • Call 911 if an emergency threatens human life or property.
  8. Burglars prefer cash: Criminals want cash and items easily fenced for cash like small electronic equipment, computers, cameras, jewelry and guns.
    • Leaving empty stereo and television boxes on the curb is a strong temptation for criminals to inquire within.
    • Hide your valuables or keep them under lock and key.
    • Engrave your valuables with “This Property Stolen From…” and include your driver’s license number. Marked property is difficult to fence and easier to recover.
  9. Gone in 60 seconds: Research by the National Crime Prevention Institute shows that burglars generally will work no longer than 60-seconds to obtain entry. Leaving empty stereo  and television boxes in the alley or on the curb is a strong temptation for criminals to inquire within.

Did you know the Orlando Police Department offers free residential security surveys? Under this program, an officer will come out to your property and instruct you on how you can better safeguard your home. To schedule your free security survey, call 407.246.2369.

 Mayor Dyer’s State of the City Address Friday, July 21, 2017
If you didn’t get a chance to watch it live, Don’t worry…... Click Here

Narcoossee Road expansion Final Design update
The Engineering final design for the Narcoossee Road expansion is advancing as we move closer to Fall 2017 when the process is expected to be completed. Once the final design is determined the contractor procurement will start, near the end of the year. The construction phase will begin within the first few Months in 2018. Once we get more detailed information about the exact start and end date from our Public Works Department, we will notify you for your convenience.

The duration of the construction is approximately 18 months.  This road expansion will move towards the median of the road and there will be a Landscape plan in place with the appropriate plants and trees to maintain the appeal of the street.
We will be organizing a District 1 community meeting to share the final plans with all of you.  Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at 407.246.2001

 Make your Summer Pool party one to remember
Pool parties at City of Orlando aquatics facilities will offer a fun new activity this summer, log rolling! Based on the 100-year-old lumberjack sport, spinning atop a floating log builds physical fitness including balance, coordination, cardiovascular endurance and endurance and core strength, but mostly it’s just fun! If you are looking for something new at your summer get together, book a pool party with our Aquatics department and ask for the log.  407.246.4281. For more information Click Here.
 Construction Survey on Narcoosse Road
Starting on Monday May 22, 2017 and over the next few weeks, you may notice survey crews doing field measurements along the Narcoossee Road corridor between the Beachline and the 417 Expressway. These measures are in preparation for the expansion of Narcoossee Road scheduled to begin in the 4th quarter of this year. If you have any questions, please contact Commissioner Gray’s office at 407-246-2001.

Solid waste Pilot Program
District 1 will be in the Phase 2 of the pilot program, which will start on June 26, 2017. To see attached map Click Here.

Last February 2016, the City of Orlando launched a pilot program in seven Orlando neighborhoods where our Solid Waste Division increased recycling collection from once every other week to once per week and reduced garbage collection from twice per week to once per week. The goal of the program was to meet the demand for increased recycling service by current participants and to encourage more resident participation in our recycling program.

Due to the success of this pilot, we are expanding the pilot citywide in several phases over the coming months. By providing increased recycling pickup, we hope that even more residents will participate in the City’s recycling program and help make Orlando one of the most sustainable cities in America.

Pilot Details :
Weekly collection will increase recycling to once per week and decrease garbage collection to once per week. Yard waste and large item collection will remain once per week. If your household produces more garbage than the one cart can hold, a second garbage cart will be issued at no extra cost as long as you recycle.

City Sanitary Sewer Project Construction within the Southport Community
There will be some construction activities going on along 8th Street between Seven Seas Drive and the drainage to the east where the road becomes Express Street. The City of Orlando will be constructing a new santitary sewer system in this area to increase capacity and replace old pipes. Construction will start in the beginning of May and is expected to conclude by the end of the Summer, 2017.

Currently, there is some power pole relocation and underground utilities improvements. Immediately following the sewer construction, the subject section of the road will be widened to three 12′ wide lanes.

During the sewer and roadway construction, this portion of 8th Street between Seven Seas Drive and the drainage canal to the east will be closed. A detour route will be marked to take Avenue C to Binnacle Way and Tradeport Drive. 8th Street west of Seven Seas Drive will remain as it currently is during all of this work.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact our Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator for the Public Works department, Lisa Rain 407.246.3675 or by email at lisa.rain@cityoforlando.net

New Images of Phase 2 of the Lake Nona Town Center
Images of the new phase of the Lake Nona Town Center have been revelead. The 3.8 M SF Center will feature a movie theater, bowling or sports concept, retail shops, medical fitness facility and a variety of dining options. Click to see Images, for more information Click Here.

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