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Osceola County, Florida – At their weekly meeting on Monday, Osceola County Commissioners reached consensus to table the implementation of a Stormwater Assessment Fee at this time due to the current difficult economic climate in Osceola County. Commissioners will officially vote to postpone the resolution at their meeting on August 10, 2009 however, staff is recommending postponing implementation of the program.

“The County’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the establishment of a Stormwater program by 2011,” explained Chairman John Quiñones, “so we will revisit our stormwater program at some point in the future.”

“There are still a lot of questions from citizens regarding the stormwater program,” said Commissioner Fred Hawkins. “We are continuing the community meetings in order to meet with citizens and answer their questions.”

Osceola County Commissioners also adopted a resolution to increase the Fire Assessment fees for residential property by $4.37 per dwelling unit per year, commercial by $0.12 per square foot per year, industrial/warehouse by $0.05 per square foot per year, transient properties (short-term rentals) by $17.39 per unit per year, and vacant land and agricultural land by $33.80 per year. Vacant land and agricultural land is based on 0.5 acre minimum and ten acre maximum per parcel. Provisions for an additional exemption are available for agricultural land only where proof of common ownership for contiguous parcels is provided.

“If approved the total fee amount collected to fund Osceola County Fire Rescue will be $23.9 million dollars – the same amount collected last year,” stated Osceola County Fire Chief Richard Collins. “The fee, which was first established in 1989, will allow us to provide the same level of service that our citizens expect. It is a public safety issue.”

The final rates will be established at a public hearing on September 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM in the County Commission Chambers. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Community meetings are scheduled for the following dates to provide citizens a forum to learn more about the fee.

August 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM Celebration Town Hall
851 Celebration Avenue
Celebration, FL 34747

August 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM Osceola County Administration Building
Commission Chambers, 4th Floor
1 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 10, 2009 at 7 PM Council on Aging Barney E. Veal Center
700 Generation Point
Kissimmee, Florida 34744

August 11, 2009 at 6:00 PM Osceola County Administration Building
Commission Chambers, 4th Floor
1 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM Igliesia Cristiana Renuevo de Kissimmee
(Renewal Christian Church of Kissimmee)
290 Competition Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34743

August 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM Osceola County Administration Building
Commission Chambers, 4th Floor
1 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 13, 2009 – 5:30 PM Home Builders Association
Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce
1425 E. Vine Street
Kissimmee, Florida 34744

August 14, 2009 – 7:00 PM Extension Services @ OHP, Room #162
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

August 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM Indian Point Community Meeting
Poinciana Blvd. Fire Station 42
2000 North Poinciana Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34746

August 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM Harmony Fire Station #54
3600 Arthur J. Gallagher Blvd.
Harmony, FL 34771

Meeting dates may be viewed on the County’s website at For more information regarding this press release, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Osceola County – On August 4, neighborhoods across Osceola County are encouraged to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide to celebrate the 26th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a crime and drug prevention event. The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to turn on an outside light from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to support the campaign. This year, Osceola County neighborhood watch programs in Holopaw and Remington will participate by providing activities for their residents. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit will make an appearance at various communities by flying over and “shining a light” at these neighborhood events.
The purpose of this event is to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“This is a night for citizens to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of law enforcement-community partnerships and citizen involvement to build safer neighborhoods.”

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Zachary Lee Snowden and charged him with Grand Theft Auto and Criminal Mischief. The investigation began on May 29 when deputies took a report from Living Water Church located at 4101 Pleasant Hill Road in Kissimmee. The church reported their All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) was stolen. On July 29, a witness to the incident contacted detectives and identified Snowden as the suspect who stole the ATV. On July 30, detectives executed a search warrant at Snowden’s residence and located the stolen vehicle. Snowden was booked into the Osceola County Jail. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.

July 29, 2009 — Now open on weekends, The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve consists of 12,000 acres of restored wetlands, pine flatwoods, cypress domes and prairie. The preserve, located just outside Poinciana, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and entrance is free.

Cited as one of Central Florida’s best hikes by the Orlando Sentinel, the preserve features a 2.5-mile trail that leads to Lake Russell, one of Central Florida’s last remaining undeveloped lakes. Relax on a rocking chair at the Conservation Learning Center’s porch, hike the trail or enjoy a picnic lunch at the lake. Absorb the sights and sounds of Florida’s wilderness at the headwaters of the Everglades.

Come visit us seven days a week from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Trails close at 4:30 p.m. For directions or to learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve, visit our Web site at or call (407) 935-0002.

Visitors should call ahead as access to the preserve may be limited due to flooding or land management projects.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. With funding from the Florida Forever program and our generous donors the Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.2 million acres in Florida since 1961.

The United States Department of Justice notified the Polk County Sheriff’s Office yesterday, Tuesday, July 29, that it is scheduled to receive a grant through the Federal Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program that will provide $5,780,128 to hire 32 new deputy sheriffs. The grant covers funding for salaries and benefits of full-time deputies for a 36-month funding period from the date of hire. No local funding match is required for the positions. The grant funds may not be used to supplant or replace existing deputy sheriff positions or local funding.

The award is contingent upon the Polk County Board of County Commissioners’ acceptance of the grant. When the BoCC accepts the grant, the Sheriff’s Office will begin the hiring process for the 32 new deputies.

The award to Polk County was the third largest amount provided to the 66 Florida agencies who received grant funds.

“In these difficult economic times, we look for every opportunity to invest back into Polk County,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “A portion of the hard-earned Federal tax dollars residents have paid will be brought back into Polk County through this grant – that’s a win for our residents, and for the 32 people who will receive a new job.”

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Robert Allan Deem, 56, died at home in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sunday, July 26, 2009, with his wife by his side.

Originally from East Liverpool, he moved to Florida in 1985. He is a graduate of East Liverpool High School. He was a member of the Kissimmee Moose Lodge. He worked for Toho Water Authority for eight years, Poinciana Utilities for 13 years and Crucibal Steel Local 1212 in Midland, Pa., for 12 years.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughters Bobbi Jo DeSpain (Mike) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Trish Marie Neal of Hermitage, Tenn.; a stepdaughter Lisa Marie Goerner of Kissimmee, Fla.; a stepson John William Goerner, Jr (Katie) of St. Cloud, Fla.; six grandsons; two step-grandsons; and brothers John Timothy Deem of East Liverpool and Thomas Franklin Deem Jr of Youngstown.

Osceola Memory Gardens is handling the cremation. Interment will be at a future date. A memorial service is being held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at St. Cloud Presbyterian Church, 909 10th Street, St. Cloud, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Vitas Innovative Care, 5151 Adanson St, Ste 200, Orlando, Fla., or Pancreatic Cancer, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Ste 7000, El Segundo, Calif., 90245.

Osceola County – On July 28, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Melvin Ortiz and charged him with Felony Murder. The death investigation began on July 24 when deputies responded to 1379 Burnley Court in Poinciana. When deputies arrived, they spoke with the resident who indicated her five-year-old stepson was losing consciousness. She advised he had fallen at the playground the day before, but did not appear to have sustained any injuries. The victim was not breathing so deputies performed CPR until Fire Rescue arrived. The victim was transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center and a short time later was pronounced dead.
On July 26, the medical examiner ruled an autopsy and concluded the death a homicide. She told detectives the victim had internal and external bleeding and his death was due to blunt force trauma to the abdomen and chest.
On July 27, detectives brought Frances Rodriguez, the victim’s stepmother and Melvin Ortiz, the victim’s father in for questioning. Rodriguez first told detectives the victim fell on the playground and thought that was the cause of his injuries. Then, Rodriguez told detectives Ortiz was angry with the victim for not eating breakfast and she witnessed Ortiz hit the victim. Rodriguez was arrested and charged with Neglect of a Child. During Ortiz’s interview, he initially told detectives he never struck the child but then changed his story and indicated he was angry with the victim for wasting food. He stated he hit the child two more times, but did not think the child, was seriously injured because he was not bleeding. Ortiz was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery.
On July 28, Rodriguez came to the Sheriff’s Office and provided additional information about the incident. Rodriguez told detectives she became angry with the victim and hit him with a belt. The victim hit Rodriguez and Ortiz became angry and seriously injured the child. Based on the information she provided, Rodriguez was charged with Battery. She was booked into the Osceola County Jail. Ortiz was charged with Felony Murder. He was booked in the Osceola County Jail with no bond.
Frances Marie Rodriguez (DOB 11/20/84), 1379 Burnley Court, Poinciana
Melvin Ortiz (DOB 8/1/80), 1379 Burnley Court, Poinciana

Osceola County – On July 27 at approximately 12:00 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives with the Tourist Policing Unit were conducting an investigation near Indian Ridge Trail. Detectives observed a vehicle driving without headlights on. They followed the vehicle and watched the driver exit the car and walk up a driveway to two parked cars. The driver walked back to the car and drove to another residence. The driver again walked up to two parked cars and attempted to gain entry into one of the vehicles. The driver got back in the car and drove away. Detectives attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver accelerated and hit the detective’s car. After following the car a short distance, detectives were able to stop the vehicle and the driver and three passengers were arrested. Anthony Cambridge, Andrew Feliciano, Malcolm Bernard Rondell and Anthony Michael Peters were and booked into the Osceola County Jail. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.

Anthony Cambridge (DOB 4/3/90), 413 Jay Court, Kissimmee

Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Burglary Conveyance, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams

Andrew Alberto Feliciano (DOB 1/13/90), 3043 Heron Lake Drive, Kissimmee

Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Attempted Conveyance Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Michael Anthony Peters (DOB 6/5/90), 621 Cotulla Drive, Kissimmee

Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Attempted Conveyance Burglary

Rondell Malcolm Bernard (DOB 6/24/90), 762 Americana Court, Kissimmee

Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Attempted Conveyance Burglary

Osceola County – Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies charged Angel Diaz and Raymond Cortes, Jr. with Burglary, Grand Theft and Possession of Burglary Tools. Diaz and Cortes are registered felons. They were booked into the Osceola County Jail. Detectives were able to recover numerous stolen property including laptop computers, electronics and jewelry. They also contacted other Central Florida law enforcement agencies because some of the items recovered matched descriptions of property stolen from their jurisdiction. The investigation is on-going at this time with additional charges pending.


Today at approximately 2:42 a.m. deputies responded to a burglary alarm at 2927 Vineland Road in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies observed broken glass where the front door was smashed open and electronic items in the store were missing. Approximately 20 minutes later, deputies responded to a burglary alarm at Target located at 4795 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Deputies met with store management at the location but nothing appeared suspicious. At 4:04 a.m. employees who were opening the store reported the front doors were broken and items from the jewelry counter were missing. At 5:10 a.m. deputies responded to Digital 4 Less located at 5001 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in reference to a burglary alarm. The front doors of the store were smashed open and electronic items were stolen. Minutes later deputies located the suspects and conducted a traffic stop on West 192 near Poinciana Boulevard.

Angel Diaz (DOB 5/2/84), 1002 Morvan Lane, Poinciana

Raymond Cortes, Jr. (DOB 5/12/87), 1720 Mabbette Street, Kissimme


At a meeting on June 16, 2009, Tony Iorio, Vice President for Avatar Inc. stated the hospital for Poinciana is in the planning stages;
It is designated to go on a 40 acre site across from Solivita Marketplace on Cypress Parkway, (toward Johnson Road) in
Osceola Cunty. Avatar Property Inc owns this land.

On May 23, 2009 there was a meeting with the planners from Healthcare Administration, Inc. (HCA) the parent company for
Osceola Regional Medical Center who is building the hospital in Poinciana, civil engineers, and Avatar representatives.

  • The discussions included planning for the Hospital site (including Solivita Marketplace) as it pertains to the Master Plan for
    the surrounding area.

  • Entitlements. Avatar has done the entitlements as described below

  • State Land use has been approved the Department of Community Affairs

  • Planned Unit Development (PUD) has been approved

  • The plan may include a medical building first. The purpose is to establish doctor’s offices in the community near the
    Hospital .This is the concept usually applied to building a new hospital. The office building is to be a 30,000 sq. ft. unit building.

  • The hospital has been approved under the Certificate of Need (C.O.N.) for 60 beds. This can change after construction
    to expand up to 250 beds with approval from AHCA based on “needs”. This expansion will be included in the building plans.


  • Land acquisition by HCA from Avatar Properties Inc

  • Conceptual Planning approval by HCA and Avatar

  • Architectural & Engineering Improvement Plans must be submitted to Osceola County by HCA and approved

  • Storm water facilities would be planned for the master site in conjunction with the Hospital

  • Solicit and award construction contracts


    The plans to build the hospital must be to the state agency (AHCA) 18 months from C.O.N. approval (March 5, 2009),.
    After State agency (AHCA) approval the hospital should take approximately 12 months to build. The estimated time
    to be completed is in three years- sometime in 2012.

    Mr. Iorio, stated even though the country is in a financial crisis, HCA has stated they are committed to building this
    hospital in Poinciana. This was confirmed by Brian Marger, Chief Operating Officer of Osceola Regional Medical
    Center, in a communication to Annette Brown-Best of the Friends of the Poinciana Hospital on May 29, 2009.

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