Here’s what the new ordinance to keep downtown Orlando safe could include

ORLANDO, Fla. — Another move to keep downtown Orlando safe is in the works right now.


Orlando city commissioners will be considering an ordinance for what they call “better control of late-night behavior” downtown.

It comes three weeks after police say a gunman opened fire on Orange Avenue, hurting seven people and sending hundreds nearby running for safety.

On Monday, the city council is considering a proposal that would require overnight parking lots to add more lighting and security.

READ: Orlando City Council plans to discuss downtown safety measures

It also limits the amount of noise at venues, and forces late-night bars and clubs to submit safety plans to the city.

The ordinance has been in the works for more than six months while crime has continued.

READ: Video shows panicked crowd in downtown Orlando shooting

The Municipal Planning Board is suggesting an amendment to the land development code to:

  • Add security in parking lots, including more lighting and closing the area off when it’s not in use.
  • Include a noise report for special events and sidewalk café speakers.
  • A new permit for any new business trying to stay open after midnight.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the new safety changes implemented, like checkpoints and K-9 units, are making downtown Orlando safer.

READ: Downtown Orlando security checkpoints begin this weekend

“The crowd is getting better and under control,” Dyer said. “People carrying guns have not been evident, so that’s just a measure to make sure we have a great downtown.”

A city report shows there are about 100 bars in the downtown entertainment area.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.