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MARTIN ‘LEIGH SHANNON’ FUGATE ENDS RUN FOR DISTRICT 3 COMMISSIONER SEAT, ENDORSES ROBERT STUART
ORLANDO | Martin Fugate, owner of Ritzy Rags Wigs & More and better known as drag entertainer Leigh Shannon, announced that he is ending his campaign for Orlando City Commissioner – District 3.
In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Fugate said he was ending his campaign “[d]ue to unforeseen circumstances.”
“I have been honored and humbled by the support shown to me these past few months, and will continue to be engaged and serve as a ‘voice of the people’ for our community going forward,” Fugate said in the statement.
LOCAL BUSINESSMAN/ENTERTAINER PROMISE TO BE THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
SAVE OUR GREEN SPACE AT ROSEMONT
COLLEGE PARK, FL—“The voice of the people must be heard and acknowledged,” said Martin “Leigh Shannon” Fugate candidate for District 3 Commissioner. “Despite the RoseArts application being defeated in April due to community opposition, the developer has brought the same plan back.” Shannon encourages the community to come out and make their voices heard again at the Municipal Planning Board Meeting, July 20 at 8:30 a.m. in Orlando City Council Chambers located at 400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando.
Last November, Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board (MPB) approved the multi-phased redevelopment of the land, which called for 6,000 residential units surrounded by parks, with adjacent shopping and dining within the community. The project drew support, as well as fierce opposition due to the proposed building heights and intensity of the project. Rosemont area residents appealed the MPB decision, and the City Council was seconds away from granting that appeal on April 12 when the attorney Rebecca Wilson withdrew the applications. Commissioners agreed with the Rosemont residents that Westside Capital’s vision wasn’t compatible with the existing neighborhood.
The community is not against development, “ said Shannon. “We want smart growth that ensures the safety of our roads and streets. This project as proposed, is too big and will impact the community negatively which was why it was defeated in April.”
If you are unable to attend the meeting, Shannon encourages you to contact Lourdes Diaz, Municipal Planning Board secretary by email Lourdes.Diaz@orlando.gov or call her at (407) 246-3365 and state your opposition to RoseArts.
Commissioner Candidate Martin “Leigh Shannon” Fugate, a College Park resident and business owner, owns Ritzy Rags Wigs & More and is also an actor, comedian and female impersonator who frequently performs at Hamburger Mary’s and other venues around the region. “I’m already in public service,” Fugate says. “That’s just what I do. Everything is about the people. Here at my business, I listen to my customers and make decisions based on what they want and need. In my shows, I adjust as I perform based on the reactions from my audiences. I think if you do the same as a commissioner and you do your best to hear them and do as much as you can to help them, then you will succeed, and I truly believe I’m the best man for this job and will be the voice of the people.”
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SCOOTERS NEED TO CO-EXIST WITH PEDESTRIANS
SAFETY IS OF CONCERN TO DISTRICT 3 CANDIDATE
COLLEGE PARK, FL—Orlando, city commissioners are expected to make the 18-month test of scooters permanent. However, many feel they are not addressing the continuing safety concerns expressed by residents such as sharing the road, safe speeds, and devices that are strewn all over town blocking sidewalks and creating safety concerns.
“Scooters are here to stay, but we must find a way to safely co-exist”, said Martin “Leigh Shannon” Fugate, District 3 Commissioner candidate. “We need to institute safety rules, just like we do for bicyclists, to share our roads and sidewalks.”
Recognizing that scooters can serve a vital function in a city with limited mass transportation, Shannon has proposed that proper docking locations for bikes and scooters be created to eliminate clutter and dangerous conditions as well as creating penalties for those who do not return scooters to the docking station. “We also need to set a safe speed for electric scooters being respectful of everyone who uses the sidewalks and look at creating special bike lanes for them,” said Shannon.
The scooters come in several varieties: some require a rider to stand on a platform like a kick-scooter and use a throttle to accelerate up to 10 mph, while others have a seat and can travel 20 mph on the street. Riders pay a fee on an app to unlock the vehicle and then are charged an additional fee based on how long or how far they travel. Currently, there are no rules that cover scooters on city streets which is a major concern to Shannon.
Shannon who is running as the “Voice of the People” vows to fight for his constituents. “I just think people are so frustrated by these scooters and that they didn’t get action on their complaints, that they have just given up. That’s not right. I promise to listen and propose solutions that benefit all.”
Commissioner Candidate Martin “Leigh Shannon” Fugate, a College Park resident and business owner, owns Ritzy Rags Wigs & More and is also an actor, comedian and female impersonator who frequently performs at Hamburger Mary’s and other venues around the region. Among Shannon’s priorities is updating the Rosemont Development Plan, a massive mixed-use project on the shore of Lake Orlando. Shannon believes the proposed development is too large for the area and as presented, will have a negative impact. That is why he supports a sharper eye to development proposals including public input. “I truly believe I’m the best man for this job and will be the voice of the people.”
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CANDIDATE FUGATE CONCERNED ABOUT LACK OF COMMITMENT ON CURRENT ROSEMONT DEVELOPMENT PLAN
HOMEOWNERS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS NOT MADE CLEAR ON THE 8 STORY PLAN
COLLEGE PARK, FL—Commissioner Robert Stuart was unable or unwilling to answer the question, “Do you support the eight story plan?” asked at the Rosemont Homeowners Association on July 13 according to District 3 Commissioner candidate Martin “Leigh Shannon” Fugate.
“Like many others at the meeting, I am concerned about the impact of the eight story building on our community,” said Shannon. “Many of us were troubled that Commissioner Stuart didn’t answer the question.”
Shannon’s priorities include updating the Rosemont Development Plan, where a developer has proposed a massive mixed-use project on the shores of Lake Orlando. Shannon believes the proposed development is too large for the area and many in the room agreed with him citing concerns such as traffic and flooding.
Shannon has been canvassing the Rosemont area for the last three weeks speaking with community members and attending meetings as he runs for Commissioner. “This is a wonderful community and the last thing they need is 5,600 apartments as proposed in this project,” Shannon said. “There are existing apartments that need attention to bring them up to community standards.” Shannon is in favor of encouraging more home ownership in the area much like the Baldwin Park model.
Shannon also shared the opinion of community members at the meeting that their voices were not being heard or validated. “Commissioners are elected officials of the people. When the people are not being heard and acknowledged, it creates problems. I intend to be the voice of the people by encouraging open discussion and engagement.”
Martin “Leigh Shannon” Fugate, a College Park resident and business owner, owns Ritzy Rags Wigs & More and is also an actor, comedian and female impersonator who frequently performs at Hamburger Mary’s and other venues around the region. “I’m already in public service,” Fugate says. “That’s just what I do. Everything is about the people. Here at my business, I listen to my customers and make decisions based on what they want and need. In my shows, I adjust as I perform based on the reactions from my audiences. I think if you do the same as a commissioner and you do your best to hear them and do as much as you can to help them, then you will succeed, and I truly believe I’m the best man for this job and will be the voice of the people.”
FATAL COLLEGE PARK WRECK POINTS OUT NEED FOR SAFER STREETS
DISTRICT 3 COMMISSION CANDIDATE MARTIN “LEIGH SHANNON” FUGATE VOWS TO MAKE SAFETY A PRIORITY—WHILE OPPOSING ROSEMONT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
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July 13, 2021 (407) 897-2117
College Park, Florida---“One fatal accident is one too many,” stated Martin “Leigh Shannon” Fugate, candidate for District 3 Commissioner referencing the early morning crash at the intersection of Edgewater Drive and W. Smith Street when an Orlando Fire Department Rescue Unit and a car crashed early Friday in College Park.
According to Shannon, “Speeding on Edgewater is a continuing problem.” He referenced Orlando’s Transportation Systems Manager, Cade Braud who stated that the city is looking at ways to deal with speeding issues in the area.
“Accidents do happen all of the time,“ Leigh said, “But this horrible crash here in College Park might be one of the effects of improper overgrowth and hazardous traffic conditions within our communities. It all trickles down from the top of population, developments that may not really do the proper traffic studies. Pedestrian safety will always be my number one goal.”
Leigh is running for District 3 Commissioner. A 15 year resident and business owner in College Park, Shannon has several key issues he is passionate about including opposition to the scope of the Rosemont Development Plan which will not only negatively impact street safety with increased traffic but also flooding concerns.
For more information on Fugate’s campaign, go to ElectLeighShannon.com.
ON ROSEMONT DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The Rosemont Development Plan (RDP) generates strong opinions from business leaders, politicians, and other locals. These opinions vary from shock and disdain to impartiality and skepticism.
In early July, the developer behind the RDP held a meeting at the community center where it presented the second draft of the RDP.
It was not clear if the meeting was open to the public as a small sign hung on the door of the community center that read: “Closed to the Public.”
Our community leaders have a responsibility to residents and engaged members of the public to properly notify them of public meetings. In addition to traditional, standard ways of notification (such as newspapers or government postings), social media, and electronic communications should be utilized.
Despite this, District 3 City Commissioner Robert Stuart attended the meeting as did a crowd of interested citizens. Commissioner Stuart offered little feedback while the crowd passionately advocated against the plan.
Inside the community center, no accommodations were made for public attendance – not even for senior citizens. Initially, seating was not even available, but individuals eventually got their own chairs out of the storage closets. One could see the lack of seating and unwelcoming accommodations as another deterrent to attending the presentation.
Regarding the content of the RDP presentation, it lacked detail and the developer, at times, condescended in his replies to the audience.
Approximately eight printed presentation boards featuring mockups of the RDP were placed throughout the meeting room. The information presented regarding traffic solutions left much to be desired, including the potential for an improved entrance on Orange Blossom Trail.
The developers appeared rushed and simply fulfilling an obligation to present these plans to the public. While it can be difficult and uncomfortable to present to a very impassioned crowd, it is the duty of our public officials and commissioners to respect differing viewpoints and to promote public input. Developers are hired to create, present, and adapt plans based on public input. At no point should a developer be discouraged by public feedback such that they fail to do their job.
After attending this meeting and speaking to a great number of residents and community leaders, I believe the RDP needs some tweaking.
It is still just too massive, mainly due to the eight-story floor plan. When large buildings are situated near residential homes, traffic flow and pedestrian safety issues arise.
Moving the majority of the development’s units predominantly near Orange Blossom Trail would alleviate many of these concerns.
This plan needs to be revised and it cannot be implemented as it is now.
Residents demand answers on the brownouts of electricity that many are already experiencing before we create a surge of new units that could potentially lead to further brownouts. Questions about traffic flow, drainage, flooding, environmental issues, and tree preservation deserve direct answers.
Smart development that enhances living, provides affordable housing and encourages safer neighborhoods should be promoted. The RDP should take the community’s feedback into consideration and develop a plan that allows us to continue to grow as a community, together.
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