Port Orange Council Approves Late Hours for Iron Horse Amid Opposition

The Port Orange City Council recently approved an extension of operation hours for the local establishment Iron Horse, despite vocal opposition from residents concerned about noise levels and the impact on the residential area. This decision was one of the key outcomes in a meeting that also included discussions on the city’s smart light system, reappointments to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and updates on various community projects and initiatives.

The council meeting, which included a debate on the Iron Horse’s new hours, saw residents Jacqueline Cravenlofer and Mary Hy opposing the extension from 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., bringing up previous infringements of noise ordinances and the establishment’s original classification as a family restaurant. Despite these concerns, the approval for extended hours was granted.

Another point of discussion was the city’s smart light system. The council expressed disappointment regarding the system not operating at full capacity and frustration over the lack of clarity surrounding its implementation. The financial investment in the system was a point of concern, leading to a unanimous decision to invite a Department of Transportation representative to a future round table meeting for an in-depth explanation.

The meeting also featured a proposal for the acquisition of a lot across from Sugar Forest for Public Works projects, with the idea of designating it as Sugar Forest Park at Pepper Hill. This initiative aims to enhance residents’ quality of life, and the council members were in agreement with the proposal.

On the topic of community engagement and collaboration, the League of Cities presentation by League President Mayor Lois Paritzky of the City of Ponce Inlet and First Vice President Daytona Beach Shores Mayor Nancy Miller was highlighted. They emphasized the league’s advocacy, education, and collaborative mission and encouraged active participation from Port Orange and other member cities. The presentation also touched on efforts to influence legislation in Tallahassee and the importance of a unified voice for the league.

The Advocacy Committee reported on its activities, including support for the Badier Fuel Farm in Orman and the Liv Local initiative, as well as the Mentoring Program designed to guide newly elected officials. The Florida League of Mayors’ President’s initiatives on mental health, veterans’ support, and mentorship were also discussed. The council stressed the importance of working with neighboring cities through the Valua League of Cities.

The Community Advisory Committee for the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) provided routine updates, and the Parks and Recreation Board Advisory reported on the bond process, the recreation center, and a new program called “Agents of Discovery.”

The reappointment of five members to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was unanimously approved, a decision described as long overdue and of critical importance.

Furthermore, a proposed project list for the river to sea TPO 2024 Transportation Improvement program priority list was approved. The projects, focusing on traffic flow and pedestrian safety, were discussed in detail by the community development director, highlighting the need for improvements at strategic intersections.

The First Step shelter and the Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce committee reports were also part of the meeting. The chamber president provided updates on several initiatives, including job fairs and career expos, and extended an invitation to upcoming events, including a town hall meeting.

In addition to the aforementioned discussions, the council addressed concerns about long wait times on the non-emergency police department line, commended Station 73 for their swift response to a car accident, and celebrated the success of the first annual Craig Morby Pumper Pull event, benefiting the group Youth Emotional Support (YES).

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Donald O. Burnette
City Council Officials:
Reed Foley, Tracy Grubbs, Drew Bastian, Scott Stiltner, Robin Fenwick (CITY CLERK)

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