This is my introduction public comment to the Board of County Commissioners. There are four new board members so I wanted them to remember me. I made an interesting little video so the next time they see me they remember who I am and know that my focus is the traffic issues in East Orange County.
At the end of the public comment, Commissioner Bonilla made a reference to a traffic study that is underway in East Orange County. She said she has been working on the traffic issues since she took office and to me that sounded like this traffic study was initiated by Orange County due to the traffic issues.
But that traffic study is in response to a recent action being taken by Research Park who is thinking about tolling their roadways. Their roadways are private property and they have every right to do just that. Can you imagine what that action would do to Alafaya Trail, Lake Pickett and N. Tanner Road as commuters who use those roads as cut-throughs to UCF try to find a cheaper alternative to get around the tolled roadways.
Orange County needs a plan. The blueprint for that plan is the regional transportation plan that Mayor Jacobs authorized in early 2017 and was funded with INVEST funds. But because 6 residents filed a law suit against the county to prevent the Lake Pickett Text amendment, that study was abandoned. Commissioner Bonilla was one of the 6 residents who was part of the law suit until she was elected commissioner and had to drop out.
I want to know what Commissioner Bonilla’s plan is to fix traffic. It is not the traffic study she referred to in this video. She is in her third year of office and so far I have seen no forward movement to fix our traffic issues. What’s the plan?