Lake Mary is going to solve a major problem surrounding everyday use of Sunrail

One of the biggest questions surrounding Sunrail, the commuter train system that will eventually run from Volusia to Osecola counties, is a relatively simple one that hasn’t found a good answer, from any of the lawmakers or transportation officials behind the highly scrutinized project.

What happens when you get to the rail station on the second half of your commute? How do you get to work/school/shopping center when you’re stranded? How do you get to your true final destination?

The City of Lake Mary has the answer to those questions, but it’s going to cost a little money.

According to a WFTV Report that aired last night, the city is considering renting vans from Lynx, to get commuters through the final leg of their journey.

Watch the report.

As you heard, the proposal is still up for a vote from the City Commission. $690 a month per Van is the cost but the city will pay half. So, 345×12 (the number of vans wanted)= + the cost of paying the driver (unless there is another plan for that).

So, about $4100 a month to ensure Sunrail isn’t a bust in your town?

Plus, Lake Mary is arguably the most fertile ground for higher paying jobs in the area. Verzion, Florida Blue are due to expand, and it’s already a growing tech hub. There might also be riders going to work on the Wekiva Parkway at some point.

Other cities with big employers located miles from the spine of Sunrail, should look into similar arrangements if they want Central Floridians to separate from their cars. An analogy once put by an expert that would be like “Getting Mickey Mouse to Divorce Minnie Mouse”.

This is only one half of the equation. Riders still have to consider the first part of their journey, and weigh whether it’s worth parking their cars at a station, just to jump on a train. Instead of slugging it out with I4 traffic.


Mayor Dyer said there wasn’t a public outcry over Tinker Field demolition plans on Sunday TV

Yesterday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer appeared on Central Florida Spotlight and spoke about the Citrus Bowl renovations as well as the possible destruction of Tinker Field.

The latter has been the source of much controversy. Many Orlando residents are fond of Tinker Field’s place in the history of the City Beautiful that has had many notable times including an event featuring Civil Rights Hero Martin Luther King Jr.

Mayor Dyer’s comments on that controversy was a little surprising.

“There wasn’t really any public outcry, there was a commissioner and the media a little bit but most of the citizens I’ve talked to are ‘why are you tearing that down now?’” thats at about the 2min mark of the interview.

There was in fact many reports and outcry on social media over the rushed plans to destroy Tinker Field.

He continued that workshops were being held to listen to voters and that he “was going to let it sit for now”.

The interview continued and he laid out the plans over Citrus Bowl Construction and the sequence of phases which would ultimately lead to a brand new chapter for a venue that’s 80 years old. The field is estimated to be game ready by November.

It’s good television. You can watch the whole interview below.

How it played: Grayson not charged in Domestic scuffle with Wife

Good new for Congressman Alan Grayson.

The Orange County Sheriff’s office announced last night that it would not be seeking charges against the House Rep for the 9th District, because there was no probable cause that he visited his home last weekend to harm his estranged Wife, Lolita Grayson in a nasty domestic incident. Lolita Grayson was granted a protective injunction by a Judge Monday, after she said her Husband (whom she is in the middle of a divorce with) caused bruises by pushing her against the door. Grayson’s staff vehemently denied those allegations and published cellphone video, presented by his attorney earlier this week. You can watch that video HERE.

Here is how the announcement played in the Orlando media last night.

WESH 2: Rep. Alan Grayson will not face charges in domestic incident

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WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Investigators say no charges will be filed in U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson domestic dispute

CF News 13: No arrest for Rep. Alan Grayson in case involving his wife

WOFL FOX 35: No probable cause to charge Rep. Alan Grayson

Orlando Sentinel: Sheriff will not pursue case against Grayson

How did it play?: Well, it’s obviously good news for Congressman Grayson but it could have been prevented.

You don’t really win in a situation like this as much as you stop the bleeding. Listen, Grayson’s team may be declaring victory after law enforcement agreed with their side of the story but there never really is a winner in a situation like this. He’ll go back to being the way Alan Grayson is. Bold. Aggressive. And yes, occasionally reckless. We’ve learned and hopefully his administration has learned that a quiet Grayson is usually best for everyone involved.

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Here is the video of the altercation between Alan Grayson and his Wife

Up to this point there has been a lot of finger pointing between Congressman Alan Grayson and his Wife Lolita (who he is currently in the process of divorcing) over what took place this past weekend. The latter was granted a protective injunction by a judge after she said that Congressman Grayson pushed her into a door and caused some bruises. Grayson’s staff says she was the aggressor.

Today, a press conference was held by the Congressman’s new council, Orlando Super Attorney Mark NeJame (who’s very effective). He says that Lolita Grayson charged her Husband and landed an uppercut when he came to the house to visit his kids and collect the mail. Grayson’s older Daughter also says that her Father was not to blame for the altercation.

Here is a video of the incident taken by a member of Grayson’s staff that was shown to the media today. You watch and you decide. Nejame believes that the judge will life restrictions after he sees this video. It’s unknown if either of the two will face charges.

You watch and decide.

How it Played: Congressman Alan Grayson accused of Domestic Violence

Yesterday, the Congressman from the 9th District Alan Grayson was accused of domestic violence by his Wife Lolita (whom he is currently divorcing). She has since been granted a protective injunction by a judge. Grayson’s staff have vehemently denied all claims and say she was the aggressor during the incident.

Here’s how it played:

WESH 2: Staffer denies claims made by Grayson’s Wife (link to video)

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WFTV 9 Eyewitness News:

CF News 13: Judge grants wife’s protective injunction against Rep. Alan Grayson

Orlando Sentinel: Wife says Alan Grayson shoved her during domestic incident

WOFL FOX 35: FOX 35 News Orlando

So How Did It Play?: It’s a crisis that will stretch on for weeks because of the conflict of accounts of what happened that afternoon, and Grayson’s controversial reputation.

Grayson has a history of aggressive behavior both behind the podium and even during events (that story HERE). He’s a sitting Congressman that’s being accused of a nasty crime and that will always draw the cameras and generate headlines. This story actually outplayed Governor Scott’s State of the State yesterday. If there is one bright side, his Rep handled himself well on the phone and was very assertive when explaining what he saw this afternoon. A statement from Ms. Grayson’s attorney asking for privacy would have been better than coming to the door and barricading herself from the media. I’ll keep an eye on this for you.