“I am very pleased with the results of the order. Finally, after over three years, the people’s voice has been heard,” Orange County Commissioner Emily Bonilla posted on social media tonight.
“Fighting the Lake Pickett developments is what prompted me to run for office and what I ran my campaign on,” she continued. “Growth continues to encroach upon rural Orange County. It is more important than ever for County Commissioners to ensure that our environmentally sensitive, rural and agricultural areas are protected for future generations. While we must maintain a delicate balance, I will continue to fight to preserve rural East Orange. I will request that the Board of County Commissioners vote to support and solidify the judge’s order at the next BCC meeting.”
It should be interesting to see how Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will react. The Mayor and Commissioner Bonilla have clashed in the past, which now could also include on development. Who will win at the Board of County Commissioners – the voice of the people or the developers?
UPDATE: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the other County Commissioners refused to reconsider the original Lake Pickett vote, with Commissioner Bonilla being the only one calling for a new vote. The voice of the developers has won this time, but stay tuned as Bonilla is sure to fight on.