ORLANDO, Fla. – Downtown Orlando is gearing up for a massive celebration as thousands of people are expected to ring in the new year in style. Monica McCown, operations advisor for Church Street Entertainment, expressed excitement about the annual ball drop event at the High Tide rooftop bar, which has become an iconic Orlando tradition.
In recent times, the fun atmosphere in downtown Orlando has been overshadowed by incidents of violence. As a result, business owners are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of their patrons. McCown revealed that ID scanners have been implemented, allowing bars to communicate with each other and prevent individuals with a history of violence from gaining entry. This measure aims to create a secure environment for all attendees.
Additionally, McCown mentioned that her team will conduct thorough security checks at the entrance, including the use of wands and bag inspections. However, she also expressed confidence in the Orlando Police Department’s commitment to closely monitor the area. McCown emphasized that troublemakers would find it nearly impossible to evade law enforcement in downtown Orlando.
Regarding security measures, the Orlando Police Department issued a statement reinforcing their dedication to maintaining the safety of residents and visitors during the New Year’s Eve weekend. Although specific details were withheld for security reasons, increased patrols, officer presence at venues, and the deployment of additional resources were mentioned as part of their comprehensive plan. The statement urged the public to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement or call emergency services if needed. Furthermore, the department’s DUI enforcement team would actively work to prevent incidents of drinking and driving.
Amidst the preparations for New Year’s Eve, a new establishment called Debonair Supper Club is set to open its doors to the public on Orange Avenue. Ovais Jalil, the owner, provided News 6’s Treasure Roberts with an exclusive tour of the meticulously designed space. The lounge boasts unique furniture, themed bathrooms, and a menu featuring five-course meals. Jalil expressed his enthusiasm for meeting and serving people, emphasizing the importance of building relationships with his patrons.
However, Jalil emphasized that safety remains his paramount concern. He acknowledged that most incidents in downtown Orlando tend to occur after a certain time of day. To address this, he outlined specific safety measures for the establishment, including the implementation of wanding and metal detection after 10 p.m. Additionally, ID scanning will be enforced to ensure the safety and well-being of every individual within the venue.
In conclusion, downtown Orlando is eagerly preparing for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration, with business owners and law enforcement collaborating to create a secure environment for all attendees. As the clock strikes midnight, residents and visitors alike can expect a vibrant and safe atmosphere to welcome the new year.