As you may know, part of Vista Lakes, the Odyssey Middle School and other areas were once part of the Pinecastle Jeep Range, an area used for military training and demonstrations in the 1940’s. About a decade ago it was discovered that there was some explosive material still embedded in developed areas that were once part of the Jeep Range. Accordingly, in 2007 the City of Orlando imposed a temporary moratorium on construction until it could be certified that developed areas within the former Jeep Range presented no danger. The Army Corps of Engineers performed a Time Critical Removal Action to remove immediate safety issues. After completion of this effort, the city lifted the moratorium in the developed areas where the Army had worked. The city did not lift the moratorium in the undeveloped areas and has waited for the Army Corps of Engineers to commit to clear these areas.
One of the parcels in the undeveloped areas is called Vista Park parcel. Vista Park’s 1,576 acres are bounded by Windsor and Warwick to the west, the southern boundary of the Odyssey Middle School property to the north, State Road 417 to the east and State Road 528 to the south. According to a fact sheet sent to us by Kathy Putnam of Salter>Mitchell Public Relations, the owner of the Vista Park parcel sought and received a Voluntary Cleanup Order from FDEP authorizing clearance of the land of dangerous military munitions. The owner has set up a website with more details on the Voluntary Cleanup Order and other information. This can be found at: http://vistapark.info/.
Remediation Project Update
Atonement Lutheran Church
8849 Passaic Parkway
Orlando, FL 32829
November 15 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm