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Archive for July 2007

Osceola County (7/28/2007)– Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives are currently investigating a possible homicide that took place in Intercession City early this morning.
At approximately 3:33 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 5609 Osceola Avenue in Intercession City. A resident at the home called 911 to report a burglary. Upon arrival, deputies located a deceased adult male victim in the home. Aviation, K-9 assisted with searching the area. Forensics and the medical examiner’s office are assisting detectives with the investigation.
At this time it appears the incident is not random. The cause of death and victim identification have not been released. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Osceola County, Florida – As part of the ongoing Neptune Road reconstruction project, Lind Avenue in Kissimmee will be closed due to the installation of a storm sewer line.

The scheduled closure will be Thursday, August 2 and Friday, August 3, 2007. Traffic will be detoured onto Idora Boulevard during the closure.

For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A structure at a former Central Florida theme park burned to the ground on Thursday.

A fire broke out on the property that formerly housed Florida Splendid China, which at one time was a $100 million version of China in miniature that included a half-mile long replica of the Great Wall, 60 scale replica Chinese temples and palaces, a big cat show, and scads of contortionists, according to the Web site roadsideamerica.com.

Osceola County fire officials said the blaze was contained to one abandoned building.

It is not known what caused the fire.

No one was injured.

The Kissimmee park opened in late 1993 and closed in late 2003.

Items from the theme park were auctioned off in December 2004 and February 2005, Local 6 News reported.

In May 2006, Local 6 News reported that Falcone Land and Development, a South Florida developer, purchased a partnership that included the former theme park along with 366 acres of land and a 330-room hotel.

Officials with the company said then that they planned to build condominiums, retail shops and resort homes on the property with 24 months.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

Published Thursday, July 26, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007

Polk County Commission
In other action Wednesday, county commissioners:

Voted unanimously to send at letter to Bartow Regional Medical Center officials urging them to reconsider closing the hospital’s obstetrics unit.

Voted to have a resolution prepared supporting state Sen J.D. Alexander’s efforts to push for a $20 million appropriation for the University of South Florida Lakeland campus, which could occur as early as the September special legislative session.

Approved agreements with Lakeland, Auburndale and Winter Haven exempting defined “core improvement areas” from county impact fees.

Tabled action on a proposed $121,700 contract with Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Inc. to update the parks and open space master plan until a consultant completes a review of county programs.

Received an update on the Polk Land Stewardship Program, which will be discussed at a public workshop on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bob Crawford Center in Bartow.

Agreed to spend $126,500 to demolish the “Old Cigar Factory” in Bartow.

Approved, sitting as the North Ridge CRA Board, a $1.7 million contract with URS Corporation Southern to design the first phase of the North Ridge Trail from Deen Still Road to Sand Mine Road.

Approved the appointments of Ed Chambers, M. Irene Dobson, Hector Gonzalez, Marie Horton, Annette Howard, Elka Lopez, Katrina Lunsford and Lori Walsh to the Workforce Development Board.

Set a hearing for 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 to consider an ordinance governing allocation of water supplies in the Northeast Regional Utility Service Area.

Voted to spend $15,000 to install traffic-calming devices on Magnolia Avenue, a residential street near Banana Lake.

Approved a $217,300 agreement with Commercial Risk Management of Tampa for workers compensation administration services.

Approved a $35,000 mediated settlement with Patricia Ann Sightler in connection with a 2006 lawsuit involving an collision with a Polk County Sheriff’s Office patrol car.

Firefighters in Polk County say they’ve contained a 600-acre brush fire that burned near Interstate 4.

The fire broke out Wednesday night in Lakeland after an apparent lightning strike.

Crews say once the humidity dropped overnight, the flames began to pick up.

Firefighters worked for hours overnight and in rough terrain to get the fire under control.

The fire was in a rural area and didn’t threaten any homes.

Crews will continue to watch for hot spots.

Osceola County, Florida – As part of the ongoing Kissimmee Park Road/Old Canoe Creek Road reconstruction project, southbound traffic lanes from the Florida Turnpike interchange to the St. Cloud Fire Station will be switched to the new northbound lanes.

Traffic lanes will be split from the fire station to the Osceola County Road and Bridge building. From there to the Neptune Road intersection, traffic will be shifted back to existing traffic patterns

These lane shifts will begin August 6, 2007.

For more information, contact the Osceola County Public Information Office at 407-742-0100.

Cambios de Carriles en la Carretera Kissimmee Park

Condado de Osceola – Como parte del proyecto continuo de la reconstrucciσn de las carreteras Kissimmee Park/Old Canoe Creek, los carriles de trαfico con direcciσn al sur en el intercambio del Florida Turnpike hasta la estaciσn de bomberos de St. Cloud, serαn cambiados a los nuevos carriles con direcciσn al norte.

Los carriles de trαfico serαn partidos desde la estaciσn de bomberos hasta el edificio de carreteras y puentes del condado de Osceola. Desde ese punto hasta la intersecciσn de la carretera Neptune, el trαfico serα cambiado de nuevo a patrones de trαfico existentes.

Estos cambios de carriles comenzarαn el 6 de agosto, 2007.

Para mαs informaciσn, comuniqϊese con la oficina de informaciσn pϊblica al 407-343-7173.

The Kissimmee Elks Lodge (#1873) is hosting Public Safety Appreciation Night to recognize law enforcement and firefighters for their public service. The event is scheduled for September 15, 2007, beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will be held at the Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway in Kissimmee. The cost for the dinner/dance is $15.00 per person. The public is invited to attend.

Kissimmee Elks Lodge members will present deputy/police and firefighter of the year awards to one individual at each of the law enforcement and fire rescue agencies in Osceola County. For more information about the event, please call (407) 847-847-2444.


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