ORLANDO — Today Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg led a roundtable at Orlando International Airport (MCO) to discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure law’s impact on Florida. The new law includes more than $283 million for expansion of MCO’s new Terminal C as well as additional funding for Central Florida’s other transportation infrastructure needs.
Said Rep. Demings: “Orlando International Airport is growing thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure law, which will keep planes flying, keep travelers safe, and ensure that Orlando remains the best place in the world to bring your family, host a conference, or start a business. I fought for the bipartisan infrastructure law because Floridians deserve safe, modern, and efficient airports, highways, and railroads whether they’re traveling for work, school, or vacation.
“Central Florida’s economy depends on transportation infrastructure, and this new investment is a huge bipartisan win for Florida. By continuing to expand alternative transportation systems here in Central Florida and around our state, we support not only our world class tourism industry but also our growing and dynamic workforce.”
Rep. Demings voted for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, citing the need to rebuild Florida’s economy and get people back to work. Said Rep. Demings on the vote, “When we invest in middle class America, when we invest in people who have to go to work every day, America does better.” The legislation included $25 billion over the next five years to improve airports.
Earlier this year, MCO received $50 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law for the Terminal C expansion. The funding will be used for four gates capable of serving either four wide body or eight narrow body aircraft. This was on top of $47 million per year for 5 years (over $233 million total) previously announced for Airport Improvement Projects at MCO.
Rep. Demings also called on the FAA to invest in a replacement building for the Central Florida Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility located at MCO. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included $5 billion to replace Air Traffic facilities, update and upgrade equipment including landing and navigational aids, and improve safety, security, and environmental standards at facilities.
Over the last year the bipartisan infrastructure law has enabled thousands of infrastructure projects around the country, including:
- Historic funding for bridge repair and electric vehicle infrastructure
- Flood Mitigation and Resilient Infrastructure grants to protect Floridians from hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters
- Florida will receive $70 million for projects to mitigate flooding during extreme weather
- Highways, railroad, and rural road funding that keep drivers safe and moving.
- The bill has funded repairs on over 2,400 bridges nationwide to date, as well as 11,000 projects to improve driver, cyclist, and pedestrian safety
- Public transportation expansions that reduce commute times and help families and workers get where they need to go.
State Senator Linda Stewart Filed Bill To Fight Human Traffickers
Tallahassee, FL – Senator Linda Stewart (D – Orlando) has begun crafting a bill to address the human trafficking epidemic seen across the State of Florida. The bill looks to include expanded requirements for the posting of human trafficking awareness signs, increase hours of training on trafficking for law enforcement, and create a human trafficking data repository allowing anonymous tips.
In recent years, it was revealed that the state’s hotels and motels had been favored by human traffickers to conduct their illegal trade, and Central Florida had an exceedingly high amount of human trafficking in hotels, ranking in at the third largest region for trafficking in the state.
The bill will additionally work on adjusting language passed last session by Senator Stewart in her Tenant Safety bill, also known as Miya’s law. The bill prohibited hourly rentals at certain lodging establishments in an effort to curb exploitation.
“I’ve always advocated for human trafficking reform, and we can’t wait any longer with people’s lives at stake,” said Stewart. “I’m hoping that my legislation will see bipartisan support so we can work to put an end to trafficking across the state.”
VIDEO: Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates 2nd Annual India Republic Day in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN) – Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez hosted the 2023 India Republic Day in Kissimmee for the second year in a row, in partnership with the Indian American Chamber of Commerce and other community partners. The festival celebrated the ratification of India’s constitution and Indian culture in the Central Florida community.
FAMU Law Fellows and Partners Provide Support to Eatonville Families with Heirs’ Property Issues
ORLANDO, Fla –Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students Madison Flanagan, Alec Rose, and Sofie Barrett have been selected as Heirs’ Property Protection Legal Fellows working with Helping Everyone Live Prosperously (H.E.L.P.) Community Development Corporation and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida to provide free legal services to families in Eatonville that are experiencing heirs’ property issues.
“I have always been committed to giving back to my community,” said third-year FAMU Law student Flanagan. The Allamuchy, New Jersey native continued, “I hope that by working on the Heirs’ Property Project alongside such dedicated and hardworking people from H.E.L.P. CDC and Community Legal Services, who have a true passion for giving back to the community, I will be able to make a positive and meaningful impact on those living in Eatonville.”
Fellows provide legal assistance in real estate, probate, title, and estate planning. “Fellows are also engaged in property mapping, tax, and other public records research, will prepare community outreach and informational materials, attend community meetings and participate in educational presentations,” said FAMU Law Clinic Director Mark Dorosin.
H.E.L.P. Community Development Corporation is a HUD-approved, Central Florida-based, comprehensive housing counseling agency that provides quality financial education and counseling to improve the lives and financial stability of individuals and families.
“We are so excited to be working with our FAMU Law fellows to help Eatonville,” said Deputy Executive Director Nicole Oriol, H.E.L.P. “Their enthusiasm and commitment to working on this project is inspirational. Each of them contributes knowledge and skills that are important for our program’s success.”
Families with heirs’ property in the Town of Eatonville may contact H.E.L.P. CDC at (407) 628-4832 ext. 188700.
Community Legal Services is the primary provider of no-cost legal services to the most vulnerable in Central Florida, helping them to protect their families, health, and livelihoods. For legal assistance, call the CLS Helpline at 1-800-405-1417.
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