Updated:ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —
A hotel mogul is calling for more security along International Drive following a recent rash of crimes in the area.
WFTV learned property owners along the road were spending about $160,000 for off-duty officers and deputies to increase patrols.
It came after a string of robberies, mainly at hotels.
Henry Rosen, who owns Rosen hotels, is now suggesting property owners form their own private security force to keep people safe.
His proposed safety measures would include trained dogs.
Tourists said they had mixed feelings about the extra security in the area.
“I don’t see a lot of cops around,” said tourist Susan Field. “We try and be as careful as possible, and our hotel guide said where we should, and should not go.”
Another tourist told Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell he feels safe on International Drive, and doesn’t see any need for private security.
Rosen said he just wants to make a sure International Drive gets what it needs, and that visitors and locals are safe.