Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke is calling on Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to halt the planned demolition of historic Tinker Field. Since the announcement this week by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, there has been fallout and many new questions. In the memo, just released and published first here, Commissioner Clarke states:
It has been brought to my attention that Tinker Field is scheduled to be demolished, in order to make way, for the renovations of the Citrus Bowl. This venue has hosted a variety of iconic events, specifically Dr. Martin Luther King, in 1964. Since we are upon the eve of Black History Month, perhaps we should pause and reflect on how this moment can be preserved. In addition, I have received numerous inquiries, regarding our County’s ability to retain this venue as a member of the National Register of Historic Places. Any consideration provided, given public interest in Tinker Field, would be deeply valued.
Commissioner Clarke is taking a major step in representing the interests of our community and our local history. This is breaking news, and now the public will wait to hear from Mayor Jacobs and the other Commissioners.