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Update for Presidential Event on Tuesday, June 18th in downtown Orlando 

Update for Presidential Event on Tuesday, June 18th in downtown Orlando 

— Update #3 – June 17, 2019 — 

June 17, 2019 – Orlando, FL – Today, the City of Orlando, together with federal, state and local partners, released several more details related to expected impacts to the Downtown area for the Presidential event on Tuesday, June 18th .

On June 18, the city will be using the City of Orlando Twitter account (@CityBeautiful) to provide the most up-to-date road closure and transportation information.  

Transportation Update – Monday, June 17, 2019:  

The following information was provided at the press briefing today, including new details on specific road closures and recommended detours –


Road Closures 

It is expected the roadways in the immediate area surrounding the Amway Center in downtown Orlando will begin closing starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, including:   

• Church Street, from Hughey Avenue to Garland Avenue  

◦ Church Street, from Hughey Avenue to Division Avenue (closed on Sunday, June 16 and will remain closed through Tuesday, June 18)

• South Street, from Hughey Avenue to Division Avenue 

• Pine Street, from Garland Avenue to Hughey Avenue 

• Hughey Avenue, from Central Boulevard to South Street 

• Division Avenue, from Anderson Street to Central Boulevard 

Additional road closures are planned to be implemented at 2 p.m. Tuesday, including the closure of the I-4 westbound South Street on-ramp.  

Further road closures may be implemented on the event day as needed.  Specific event road closures, including any decisions regarding necessary traffic changes on I-4, are being determined by the U.S. Secret Service, not the City of Orlando. 


Pedestrian Closures

Due to the event, several areas will not be accessible for pedestrian traffic.  Those areas will close to pedestrian travel starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow and include:

• Church Street from Garland Avenue

• Pine Street from Garland Avenue

• Hughey Avenue between Central Boulevard and South Street.

All Pedestrian traffic attending the event must use Central Boulevard to Division Avenue.


Recommended Detours 

In an effort to reduce travel delays on Tuesday, June 18, the city recommends taking the following routes to get around the area: 

• To head north in downtown: from Division Avenue, make a right onto east Anderson Street, and then make a left to go north on Rosalind Avenue. 

• To head south in downtown: from Division Avenue, make a right onto Central Boulevard and then make a left to go south on Orange Blossom Trail. 

• To move east and west in downtown:  the following roads will provide east and west bound access – Anderson Street, Washington Street and Robinson Street. 


Alternative Modes of Transportation

The City of Orlando encourages those who may be traveling in or out of downtown on this day to plan for additional travel time in anticipation of traffic delays.  Alternate forms of transportation, such as LYMMO, SunRail, and bike share, can also assist in getting around.


• LYNX and LYMMO will operate normal hours on Tuesday, June 18.

• Please anticipate route detours and schedule delays. 

• Please check for the latest information or call their customer service hotline at 407.841.5969. 



• SunRail has announced additional evening service for Tuesday, June 18. SunRail will operate its normal service schedule until 10:00 p.m.  

• Beginning at 10:00 p.m., SunRail will operate three northbound and three southbound trains departing exclusively from Church Street Station.

• The last train is scheduled to depart at 10:45 p.m.  

• SunRail anticipates higher than normal volumes on all trains throughout the day.  To ensure safety, SunRail reserves the right to limit onboard storage of bikes and strollers when trains are crowded.

Parking/Shuttle Service

• For tomorrow, additional parking will be made available at the Camping World Stadium Lots 6 and 7.

• These parking lots will open and shuttle service will begin at 7 a.m. Shuttle service will operate until 11 p.m.

• Shuttle drop off is currently planned to be at Parramore Avenue and Central Boulevard. 


• For a map of road closures, including detours and recommended routes, please click here. 

• For a map on parking at Camping World Stadium and shuttle service to Downtown, please click here.


Orange County Mayor Announces Four Senior Staff Appointments

Orange County Mayor Announces Four Senior Staff Appointments


Orange County, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2018) – Today, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced four Orange County Government veterans for key staff appointments to his new administration. The appointments include:

  • Jeffrey J. Newton, County Attorney: Previous work: Since 2011, has served as Orange County’s County Attorney and has been reappointed to that position by Mayor Demings. Other positions of note: Deputy County Attorney in Seminole County as well as County Attorney in Broward County for five years. Prior to that, he worked for Orange County Government for a total of 13 years as Deputy County Attorney and Assistant County Attorney. Newton practiced in private law as an attorney at Merchant, Davis & Rosenblum/Pearson & Newton in Connecticut; Education: J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law; B.S., University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

  • Louis A. Quiñones, Jr., Chief of Orange County Corrections: Previous work: Since 2017, has served as Deputy Chief of Operational Services at Orange County Corrections. Quiñones has a total of 31 years of experience in the field of Corrections and has been employed with four large agencies in two states. In his new position, Quiñones will provide oversight and leadership to the fifth-largest jail in Florida, with an average population of more than 2,400 inmates and more than 1,700 staff members. He will serve as the County’s first Hispanic Chief of Corrections. Other positions of note: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in TX as Deputy Chief, Assistant Jail Administrator; Captain at Osceola County Corrections; Broward County Sheriff’s Office as Detention Deputy; Orange County Correctional Department as Captain. Education: M.S., Mountain State University; B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration, Columbia College.

  • Randy Singh, CGFO, CPFO, Deputy County Administrator, Administration & Fiscal Services: Previous work: Since 2014, he has served as Assistant County Administrator at Orange County Government overseeing the Family Services Department, the Administrative Services Department, the Office of Management & Budget, the Office of Economic Trade and Tourism as well as being a liaison to all County Constitutional Offices. In his new role, he will oversee all of the fiscal and administration services of the County, including the $4.4 billion budget as well as the Human Resources Division. Other positions of note: Singh has a total of more than 30 years of professional experience. He served as Manager of the Office of Management & Budget at Orange County for more than 12 years; Office of Management & Budget Administrator at Orange County; LYNX’s Manager of Financial Planning and Budgets; Education: B.S. in Accounting from the City University of New York’s Bernard M. Baruch College of Business. In addition, he is a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) within the United States and Canada and a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) within the State of Florida.

  • Chris Testerman, AICP, Deputy County Administrator, Infrastructure, Community & Development Services: Previous work: Since 2012, he has served as Assistant County Administrator for Infrastructure Services and Government Relations at Orange County Government. In his new position he will continue to be responsible for the oversight of all the County divisions associated with growth and development. Other positions of note: Testerman has served Orange County Government for more than 28 years. His positions have included Orange County Director of Government Relations and Manager of the Planning Division as well as Chief Planner and Senior Planner. Education: Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida; B.S. from Florida State University.


“All of these professionals bring extensive experience in each of their respective fields,” said Mayor Demings. “They have proven to be excellent public servants to Orange County Government, and I’m confident they will carry out their appointments with continued service and distinction.  I look forward to working with them in my administration.”

2018 Oath of Office Ceremony Draws Hundreds to Orange County Convention Center

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Hundreds of Central Floridians attended the historic Oath of Office ceremony for Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, who was sworn in by Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court on Dec. 4, 2018.

“I am elated for the opportunity to continue my public service as Orange County Mayor after serving as the elected Sheriff for a decade. The future holds great opportunities for us to build on Orange County’s thriving and robust economy,” Mayor Demings said. “My primary focus will be on smart growth, sustaining livable neighborhoods, public safety, business development, education and forming partnerships with a regional emphasis. Our priority is to make Orange County the best community for our residents, businesses and guests.”

With record-breaking attendance, the ceremony at the Orange County Convention Center was attended by more than 1,400 residents and watched by many more online. Orange County also welcomed District 2 Commissioner Christine Moore, District 3 Commissioner Mayra Uribe and District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero, who were all sworn in for their first terms on Tuesday morning. Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin will serve District 6 for another term.

Commissioner Moore, who was sworn in by Senior Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center, will serve District 2, the northwest part of the County which includes Apopka, Ocoee, Pine Hills, Orlando, Zellwood and Lockhart.

“This is the beginning of a new journey of servant leadership for me. We must address the issues which constituents expressed to me the most – traffic, an inadequate transportation network, pedestrian safety, protecting a strong economy, and ensuring high paying jobs as the foundation of a healthy community,”  Commissioner Moore said. “Finally, my folks are extremely concerned about the septic regulations, in conjunction with, protecting our lakes, springs and water.”

District 3 Commissioner Uribe, who was sown in by Rev. Paul J. Henry of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, serves the south-central region including Azalea Park, Conway, Pine Castle, Sky Lake and Rio Pinar.

“I am honored and privileged to have this opportunity to serve the citizens of District 3 in Orange County.  As a dedicated wife, mother, business owner, and first generation American born and raised here, I pledge to work hard to serve the many needs of our residents and to fulfill the trust you have bestowed upon me,” Commissioner Uribe said. “I look forward to working with the citizens of District 3 to continue building a brighter future for our community.”

Commissioner Gomez Cordero represents District 4, southeast Orange County which includes Orlando, Southchase, Alafaya, Lake Nona, Taft and Meadow Woods, and was sworn in by Judge Tina Caraballo of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

“My heavenly father, my family, my friends, and my supporters, I humbly thank you for your faith in my ability to serve. I have always been passionate in serving the families of my community,” Commissioner Cordero said. “Through servant leadership and experience, I am prepared to meet the challenges of District 4. On day one, with the greatest integrity, I am committed and prepared to protect and enhance the way of life for all District 4 residents.”

Commissioner Siplin, who was sworn in by Pastor Marc Adolphe of the First Haitian Free Church of Nazarene By Faith, will continue to serve District 6, which includes Pine Hills, Parramore, MetroWest and the International Drive Corridor.

“As I embark on the collective journey of ushering in a new level of progress for our community for the next four years, I look forward to working with the Mayor and my fellow Commissioners to create solutions to meet our county’s unique challenges,” Commissioner Siplin.

Fred Kittinger, Senior Associate Vice President, Government Relations for the University of Central Florida, served as the ceremony’s emcee. The talented Jones High School Master Singers provided the pre-ceremony music and 11-year-old violinist Leah Flynn performed “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

The National Anthem was sung by Allison Cento and the Invocation was provided by Terence R. Gray, I – Senior Pastor at Saint Mark AME Church. The Presentation of Colors was offered by Orange County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Orange County Fire Rescue Honor Guard and Orange County Corrections’ Honor Guard. The Pledge of Allegiance was provided by Vionn Welcome of Boy Scouts of America Troop 642.