Monday, March 30, 2015

Busy Agenda for Wednesday Workshop

There are lots of interesting and important items up for discussion at this month's workshop meeting, which will take place this Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00 a.m. Council discussion topics will include:
  • Belle Isle political signs ordinance
  • Canvassing audit
  • Lake Conway East 1995 engineering report
  • Delia Beach update

Additionally, City Attorney Frank Kruppenbacher will be addressing the issue of the height variance recently requested by Beech Outdoor Company for a billboard in the Trentwood/McCoy area. You can read more about the requested variance by clicking here.

The requested height variance was denied by the Belle Isle Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday, March 24. However, the billboard company has appealed the P&Z Board's denial, which means that the Belle Isle City Council is scheduled to vote on the height variance at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Just as a reminder, workshop meetings such as the one this Wednesday are intended for in-depth Council discussion of City issues. However, public comment is not presently permitted at workshop meetings. So if you are concerned about the billboard variance or any of the other issues up for discussion, you can learn more at the workshop meeting and then express your thoughts at the regular Council meeting coming up next Tuesday.

Once again, the workshop meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. this Wednesday, April 1. You can find a copy of the workshop meeting agenda linked below.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Second McCoy/Trentwood Billboard Hearing This Tuesday

As reported previously, there is a developer seeking to increase the height of a billboard on McCoy Road, located immediately behind many homes on Trentwood. In order to increase this billboard's height, the developer requires and has requested a code variance from the Belle Isle Planning & Zoning Board (P&Z Board).

The first P&Z hearing on this issue took place last month, where Belle Isle residents expressed their concerns about the proposed increase in height. The primary concern is that this lighted billboard, already visible to many Trentwood residents at night, will become significantly more invasive once its height has been increased.

Last month, the P&Z Board postponed voting on this height variance until they could evaluate the amount of light emitting from the billboard as well as how this change in height would affect Trentwood residents. Tuesday night, the P&Z Board will take this issue back up, and will likely rule on the developer's variance request. If the developer's height variance is denied by the P&Z Board, the developer could appeal the decision to the Belle Isle City Council at a later date.

You can read more about this billboard height issue in these prior articles:

If you are concerned about this proposed increase in billboard height, please be sure to attend the P&Z Board meeting this Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Also, don't forget about the Orange County meeting regarding transportation-related issues tonight at 6:00 p.m. You can read more about the Orange County transportation meeting here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Upcoming Aviation Noise & Transit Meetings

Pete Clarke, our Orange County District 3 Commissioner, will be hosting two important upcoming meetings that directly impact our Belle Isle community:

Aviation Noise Meeting
Thursday, March 19 @ 6:00 p.m.

Coming up first is an informal meeting regarding flight noise in Conway and Belle Isle. Many residents were unable to attend the last aviation noise meeting, held on a weekday morning at the Orlando International Airport. The upcoming meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will be conveniently located at the nearby Agricultural Center, at 6021 S. Conway Road.

Orange County Planning Update: Developing with Transit in Mind
Monday, March 23 @ 6:00 p.m.

Next Monday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m., Commissioner Clarke will be hosting a community meeting regarding a number of topics related to local transportation, including:
  • Sand Lake Road Station Plans
  • Airport and Convention Center Transit Plans
  • Orange Avenue Multimodal Corridor
  • Land Development Code Changes
The transit meeting will be held at the Pine Castle Woman's Club, located at 5901 S. Orange Avenue.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2015 City Council Election Results [UPDATE]

Here they are, the unofficial results of your 2015 Belle Isle City Council election! Remember, these results are unofficial and subject to change prior to final certification by the Canvassing Board.

City of Belle Isle, District 5:

Larry Miles - 443 votes

Harvey Readey - 491 votes

Thanks to everyone who came out to vote this year! I think this was a great election season that really set the stage for some positive campaigning next year!

UPDATE 3/14/15:

The above election results were certified by our Belle Isle canvassing board on Thursday, March 12 and have been made official.

Election Day Is Here!

Today is the day! We had a record turnout for the City Council election last year, and I can't wait for another great turnout today!

Voting Locations and Times

Find your proper polling place on your sample ballot or the green post card mailed to you by the Supervisor of Elections. Below are the addresses of the two Belle Isle polling locations. Click the links to load maps.

Belle Isle City Hall, 1600 Nela Avenue

Pine Castle Masonic Lodge, 1216 Hoffner Avenue

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Try not to wait until the last second, but so long as you arrive by 7, you will get to vote!

Election Results

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Election results will be posted here as soon as the counting is done!