“As long as they don’t harass us, we’ll be good”
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
The front half of East Winter Garden’s “pop-up” police station and community development center arrived on a flatbed truck at 10 a.m. Wednesday and slid into place next to J&J Grocery on Center St. at Tenth St. The back half is anticipated to be in place by the end of the day. The one-room building (with bathroom facilities) was fabricated by Creative Modular Buildings, based in Tampa. It will house a six-member community liaison team of police officers, led by Lt. April Durias, whose core mission is to improve police and community relations. Jamie Holley, president of One Winter Garden, said there were concerns about increased harassment. “That’s the biggest concern,” she said. “Everyone should still feel comfortable walking and driving by. As long as they don’t harass us, we’ll be good.” The building had originally been scheduled to arrive in early November, but supply chain issues had delayed its completion.