Orlando leaders to consider incentive program for increased safety measures downtown

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando leaders are working to try to avoid another violent streak downtown.

The city is looking into security checks to protect crowds of people in the area.

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Some of the ideas being floated include adding cameras, metal detectors, and ID scanners to popular places downtown.

The city’s idea is to help those business owners make it happen, without having to shoulder the expense.

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Wall Street general manager Pat Griffin said more cameras throughout downtown wouldn’t be a bad thing.

On Monday, at an Orlando City Council meeting, city leaders are set to talk about an incentive program that would budget out $500,000 from the Community Redevelopment Agency to fund the ideas.

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If approved, executive director for downtown development Thomas Chatmon said it would add more security downtown.

Also on the agenda Monday is a proposal to extend a speaker moratorium downtown. The moratorium has been in place for the last six months. The idea was to try to curb loud music being played downtown, to see if it helped detract from some of the violence seen last summer. Chatmon said they’re hoping for more time to study the impact.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.