Lake Pickett Text Amendment
Call to Action
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East Orlando citizens took Orange County to court over the Lake Pickett Text Amendment and we WON the legal battle! The judge ruled in FAVOR OF the people and the community. The judge found that Orange County violated its own land use plan when approving the developers’ private initiative to change the County land use plan.
Save Orange County took the Judge’s legal order back to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). We requested that the County politicians retract their vote of approval for the plan amendment. With the exception of Commissioner Emily Bonilla – the Board refused. INSTEAD, the County and the developers (TOGETHER) are appealing to Governor Rick Scott to OVERTURN the Judge’s legal ruling!
In a “last minute” add on to the Governor’s agenda, the citizens were notified that the Governor’s cabinet would hear the Lake Pickett Text Amendment appeal on 2/28/18 9 AM at the Capital Building and that the actual Governor’s hearing will be March 7th at the Capital Building in Tallahassee.
Governor Rick Scott is considering a Senate bid. We need to get 5,000 petition emails sent to his cabinet by 9 AM Wednesday 2/28. The judge ruled that Orange County could not build urban development in a rural area. The judge stated that Orange County has demonstrated a CLEAR PATTERN for building urban development in the urban area and rural development in the rural area.
So what makes the Lake Pickett occurrence any different you ask? You might guess it…BIG MONEY DEVELOPERS! Well, BIG MONEY DEVELOPERS are not more important than the quality of residents’ lives! And, BIG MONEY DEVELOPERS are not more important than protecting the home (Econ River basin) of protected species and fauna as well as the FL black bear. And BIG MONEY DEVELOPERS don’t have to sit in gridlock traffic jams – WE DO! BIG MONEY DEVELOPERS also don’t have to wait extended response times for police, fire, or ambulances but WE DO!
The people SUED Orange County. AND, the people WON! TELL GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO ADOPT AND UPHOLD THE JUDGE’S ORDER. If Orange County politicians won’t serve the people maybe our Governor will! PLEASE GO TO OUR PETITION PAGE http://saveorangecounty.org/petitions/ (OR USE THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE) AND SIGN THIS PETITION. SHARE WITH IT ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT ARE FLORIDA RESIDENTS.
Potential New Town
Those of you who have followed Save Orange County know we are always looking at ways to stop uncontrolled growth and preserve a rural lifestyle in east Orange County. One way we are considering accomplishing that is establishing a new Town (municipality). Benefits from creating our own Town include:
- Tax dollars stay in East Orange County and work for you
- Faster emergency response time
- Promote responsible growth and a stronger economy, not sprawl
- Maintain a better quality of life
- Preserve rural lifestyle east of the Econ
- Solve traffic problems locally
If this is an idea that you think be interested in, we encourage you to go to our "PETITIONS" page and sign the petition there. This is NEW petition; your signature on the other petitions we have posted will not carry over. Also, you can be confident that we never SHARE personal information collected with anyone.
By signing this petition, you are only expressing interest in creating our own Town. Your signature does not bind you in any way regarding a future incorporation vote; it does help us gauge the interest levels of citizens and business owners within the boundary map located at the bottom of this page. Once data are collected from the areas of interest, a town hall meeting will take place to discuss the next steps. We encourage all HOA's and local businesses to contact Save Orange County at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our "CONTACT" page to set up a meeting.