Monday, March 10, 2014

It's Election Day!

Sorry about the multitude of posts in the last day or two. Everything will slow back down to a normal pace very soon. Here's all the last minute election information you will need. 

Voting Locations, Requirements and Times

Find your proper polling place on the green post card mailed to you by the Supervisor of Elections. You have to go to the correct location, but they are only about a mile apart. Worse come to worse, try one and they'll send you to the other if needed.

Voting is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Below are the addresses of the polling locations. Click them to load a map.

Belle Isle City Hall, 1600 Nela Avenue

Pine Castle Masonic Lodge, 1216 Hoffner Avenue 

Recent Posts

Have you been keeping up? A lot has happened in the last 24 hours, so be sure to review the last few articles if you have any questions before voting. Here's a recap:

Where Is All This Money Coming From?

Who is Doug Guetzloe Part I / Part II [UPDATED]

City Manager Salary Revisited 

Election Results

Get your election results first from the Sun! If you haven't already, sign up for Belle Isle Sun email alerts, which will notify you each time a new article has been posted (usually no more than once or twice a week). You can find the "Subscribe" link at the top right of the page under the Sun banner. You can also follow us on Twitter (@belleislesun) for new article notifications. Election results will be posted here as soon as the counting is done.

No matter how it turns out, just having our first local election in almost a decade has been great for our City by inciting discussion and debate between residents about the important issues we face every day. Happy voting!


  1. We really appreciate your dedication to providing us information this past year or so, it's definitely given us motivation to go to the polls today!

    1. Yes, we thank you for giving us a connection to what is going. Many of us are very interested in what is happening, but just don't make it to the meetings and therefore, HOW do we know what is happening. You have encourage many of us, I am sure to make it a point to attend these meetings in the future.

      Please continue to do the good work-one way or the other.

  2. Here's hoping that integrity is brought back to the Belle Isle city council today. Having been born and raised in Belle Isle, I am ashamed of the political games that have been played. Unfortunately, those who support the old guard must be benefitting from their continued incumbency. Regardless of the outcome though, a big thank you has to go out to Jeremy and the Belle Isle Sun for being there for us to make sure the light is brightly lit on the actions of the Belle Isle city council. May the light continue to shine.

  3. Ditto! And I'm going to go out on a limb and try to convince Jeremy to run for office when the position comes up in 2016 in District 3.

  4. I also would like to thank Jeremy for opening my eyes to what is going on at City Hall. After voting this morning I walked over to the police station to inquire about the motorcycles and the ATV that are parked in front of the office. I was told these are new transportation for our police force. Can anyone tell me why the Belle Isle police force needs two motorcycles and an ATV to patrol our small burg?

    1. The motorcycles were donated for use by the city, to be used along the cut through corridors such as Hoffner, McCoy and Nela/Seminole. They have been used on Flowertree and Trentwood also addressing the traffic problems there. They are not utilized much in the neighborhoods that are not cut through routes. While these motor units address the traffic complaints, the patrol cars focus on neighborhood patrol. Hoffner Avenue with 18,000 vehicle trips a day, will be weight restricted soon and the motorcycles will be utilized in the enforcement of the weight restrictions, again leaving the patrol units to focus on the neighborhoods. The ATV was obtained from the military reutilization program for $400 and is used primarily when road conditions necessitate such mode of travel. In the event of a storm event that causes tree fall as it did in 2003 when the streets were impassable, such vehicle allows us to respond to areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. With the unpredictability of storms but the potential need for some type of transportation, obtaining an used ATV at 1/20th the cost of a new vehicle seemed a practical solution for a potential problem. Trying to equip a public safety entity for potential issues requires some foresight, the acquisition of the used ATV addressed transportation concerns at a very minimal cost. With tropical storms a constant issue for Florida, certain contingencies must be planned and prepared for. If further information is required, please call 407-240-2473, ask for Chief Jackson.

  5. What the Police Chief wants he gets! According to the City Manager the city should give them what they want/need. I think it's absurd and haven't seen anyone riding in one of them in my neighborhood. I'd like to know when and where they are used.

    1. Is there anything wrong with accepting donated motorcycles and purchasing the ATV as mentioned above for use in emergencies? I don't think so, but the total cost of these items (insurance, maintenance, etc) should be considered and budgeted for.


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