Hunger, Hospitality and Trafficking Dominate Orange County Board Meeting

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The Orange County Board of County Commissioners saw hunger, hospitality and human trafficking as the main conversation during its August 20th meeting.

The board signed a proclamation to recognize September as Hunger Action month. The board also gave an award to representatives from the Recycling Improvement Program.

In the public comments, 24 speakers signed up to speak, the vast majority coming from two organizations; Organize Florida and the hospitality worker’s union.

Organize Florida and the hospitality workers union had the same concerns to bring up to the board. These concerns were all about the new Universal Studios park that is set to be built. The two organizations want the Board of County Commissioners to not give Universal millions of dollars to build the park unless there is an agreement between the County and Universal to guarantee good jobs for the people of the area that the park is going to be located in. People from both organizations also brought up their concerns about the increase in housing and rent prices in the neighborhoods that are going to be by the new theme park.

A resident from Organize Florida brings up her concerns about the new Universal Studios park. Photo: Leyton Blackwell/Florida National News.

A resident from Organize Florida brings up her concerns about the new Universal Studios park. Photo: Leyton Blackwell/Florida National News.

Following public comment, the legislative affairs official shared the upcoming 2020 legislation session details with the board and audience. The board shared with residents in the audience which bills they supported for the upcoming session and which ones they opposed.

Director Ronald Stucker of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation then talked to the board and residents about what the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation is and what they do. He talked about the crime areas the Bureau focused on: large national and international crime that happens in Central Florida, including drug trafficking and human trafficking. Director Stucker showed pictures of some of the operations to end drug trafficking and human trafficking in the area, and told stories about the criminals and victims of these crimes, which captivated the board and residents in the audience.

The next meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners is set to take place on September 10, 2019.


Leyton Blackwell is a contributing photojournalist for Florida National News. |

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