Orange Co. commissioners to discuss fate of troubled condos



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - On Tuesday, Orange County commissioners will discuss how much tax dollars they are willing to spend to keep the light on and the water running at a troubled Orlando complex.

The complex is plagued with crime and many owners have abandoned their units, and left tens of thousands of dollars of unpaid bills.

Community leaders handed out fliers on Sunday warning tenants about the challenges they are about to face this week.

It said the water in the buildings could be shut off on Tuesday.

Landlords, who have abandoned about two-thirds of the units, stopped paying their bills.

County commissioners will meet with the Sheriff’s Office and Orlando Utilities Commission to talk about the issues this week.

For years, Eyewitness News has covered problems with shootings, abandoned units, and arson inside the complex.

One tenant, who didn’t want to be identified, said she knows it is a crime-ridden neighborhood, but she’s more scared because she has nowhere else to go.

“I don’t mind staying here. We are low-income families. You (have to) do what you (have to) do for your family and kids,” she said.

Many of the buildings inside the complex have code violations.

In 2013, two buildings had to be torn down.