The Lake Eola Heights second-quarter neighborhood meeting took place on May 9 at Trinity Lutheran, a local church. As always, Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Orlando Police Department Liaison Officer Eddie Rosado attended and provided some informative details on several projects downtown. One of the projects the city approved involves $3.5 million dollars in brick restoration and repairs for the historic neighborhoods. Lake Eola Heights being is a priority, specifically Livingston Street.
Rosado reported Lake Eola Heights has one of the lowest crime rates in the area. He cites the neighborhood crime watch helps reduce crime and commented that he uses the Lake Eola Heights neighborhood watch as a model for other communities to follow. Rosado also added Lake Eola Heights has some of the fastest response times from OPD due to the proximity of the neighborhood.
Lake Eola Heights is one of the closest neighborhoods to the city. It is bordered by commercial buildings. One topic discussed was the new demo fencing around the old Travelodge, which is close to one of the entrances of Lake Eola Heights. It has been approved for a new hotel. This does impact the neighborhood and all developments are followed closely to make sure they are in line with the historic features.
The quarterly meetings are generally well attended by an average of 30 to 40 people per meeting. The neighborhood advertises through lawn signs and its Facebook page. Meetings are broadcast on Facebook Live, as one resident said he watched the meeting on a flight once.