Developing Infrastructure for Growth
In partnership with local government and Florida DOT, the OBTDB has planned, implemented and managed such projects as South OBT roadway and right-of-way improvements; entryway features and signage; installation of a sewer system, drainage, sidewalks, street paving and street lights in Holden Heights; changed legislation and zoning to limit adult entertainment establishments; toughened zoning violations; and facilitated community safety and renovation initiatives. The Board currently focuses on the infrastructure for the North end of OBT, from I-4 to Hwy 50 (Colonial Drive).
Improving the Historic Gateway
Once Central Florida's scenic route to inland attractions and lined with family-friendly destination motels, the Orange Blossom Trail fell on hard times in the '70s. Adult entertainment lined the historic trail, giving rise to the proliferation of the drug and sex trades. Homes and businesses alike were abandoned and the corridor fell into disrepair. OBT became synonymous vice. In 1984, the OBT Development Board was created to address the needs and decline of the area. For 35 years, we have worked diligently to restore value, dignity and hope to the OBT corridor, its residents and visitors.
Creating Safe Neighborhoods
OBTDB created Florida's flagship Safe Neighborhood Program to help combat crime in the area surrounding OBT. By drafting crime prevention legislation that was adopted in Tallahassee, this unique program is funded by fines collected on a local level from criminals who violate the law. Seven other such Safe Neighborhood programs in Orange County communities have spun from our proven record of combatting crime and rebuilding our neighborhoods.
The OBTDB Board of Directors holds regular meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am, at our offices at 2719 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805.
Meetings are open to the public. Approved minutes can be viewed on "About Us" page.