Orlando looking at ways to reduce crime downtown to help improve safety

ORLANDO, Fla. — There is an ongoing debate surrounding safety in Orlando.

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A focus of the debate is the around 100 bars in the downtown entertainment district.


Orlando City Commissioner Jim Gray told Channel 9 that more alcohol means more trouble.

Photos: Orlando looking to reduce bars downtown to help improve safety

Gray has proposed to add more retail to the area.

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“Nighttime in downtown Orlando is all about bad behavior,” Gray said. “We’re pouring too much alcohol.”

City data that 9 Investigates obtained shows that in the year before the pandemic, there were about 3,200 calls for violent crimes and suspicious incidents in the downtown area.

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“How we move away from having 100 bars, we probably have to start incentivizing some things to come in,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Last year, after most businesses were back open, there were more than 3,600 calls.

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