At Monday’s City Council, Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Dennis
McNamara family recognized the recipients of the 2010 Dennis
McNamara Employee of the Year Awards.
Mike Tatum, Parks Maintenance Contract Coordinator, Families, Park
Julie Iooss, Horticultural Manager, Families Parks and Recreation
Cindi Merrithew, Employee Benefits Supervisor, Human Resources
Carmen Dunlap, Police Officer, Orlando Police Department
Redding, Jones High School Senior, won the $1,500 scholarship
through the Black History Month Celebration’s essay contest. The
essay’s theme was Coming Home: Giving Back to the Community.
Redding, a member of the Marching Tigers and the Jones High School
step team, has been accepted to Howard University. The Black History
Celebration was made possible by the City of Orlando and the Orlando
I want to remind everyone that our State of the City Address is
on March 10th here in City Council Chambers at 10 a.m. We’re excited
to talk about the work being done to create new careers for our
residents… and to make sure we’re in position to come out of
recession stronger and faster than just about anywhere else. I’m
also excited about a slight format change for this year’s event.
This year after my address, I am going to step out from behind the
podium and take questions from our residents.
This is a chance for our residents to be more involved in the State
of the City by asking questions about what’s most important to them
as we work together to make our City a better place for all our
families. Visit the City’s website at
cityoforlando.net for all the details and different ways you can
submit your question. If you are a member of Facebook, you can visit
my page – Orlando Mayor
Buddy Dyer - and submit your question RIGHT NOW!!!
week, Mayor Teresa Jacobs and I announced the next step toward the
construction of a new performing arts center. As we work to move
from design to construction the new not-for profit entity --
Community Construction Corporation will manage the construction
contracts, develop a guaranteed maximum price that matches available
funding and oversee the entire construction process. This new
structure will allow DPAC to focus on the important mission of the
project, the critical role of philanthropy and planning for the
Jointly all parties will continue to work together to identify
additional cost savings opportunities and ensure we are spending
every dollar wisely. We will only bring forward a plan for
construction that can be built within the dollars available.
As we move through this process we will continue to provide regular
updates to the City Council. Additionally there will be items that
come back to the Council for a vote before the Dr. Phillips Center
can break ground
Items of Note
Small Business Façade Program Agreements
Also on Monday’s agenda were three small business façade program
The small business façade program provides an interest free deferred
loan to provide assistance with costs related to design and façade
It just so happens that coincidentally all three of the small
business façade program recipients happen to be located in various
Main Street districts:
• Shag’d Hair Studio [pronounced Shagged], is located in our Audubon
Park Main Street district;
• The Bead Bar is located in our College Park Partnership Main
Street district; and
• 1201 Park Plaza which is a series of storefronts located on the
east side of Mills Avenue is located in the Mills 50 Main Street
The City of Orlando is proud to support our small businesses through
this unique business assistance program…and we wish the receiving
businesses continued success in our Main Streets and in our City.
On today’s agenda, our housing and community development department
has allocated a portion of ($150,000) our Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) funding to assist residents with housing
counseling services. These agreements will offer services relative
to purchasing a home, budgeting, and foreclosure prevention. Our
partner agencies will provide a safe, legitimate option for
residents, who are eligible, to get advice without incurring a cost.
Residents who are interested in these services can visits
cityoforlando.net/housing for agency contact information.
Mad Cow Update
On today’s agenda is an architectural agreement that will allow the
City to move forward on the build out of the arts space at 54 West.
This space at 54 West will host the Mad Cow Theatre, who has been a
cultural icon for our Downtown community, and increase entertainment
options for our entire Central Florida community. The City remains
committed to continue growing arts and culture in Downtown Orlando.
Construction is anticipated to be complete by October of this year.
Monday’s agenda included a construction contract for the Semoran
Boulevard Community Wall project.
This uniform wall will replace an old fence and greatly enhance the
appearance of the Semoran Boulevard Business District. For residents
in the area, the wall will reduce traffic noise and provide better
just this past weekend, Mayor Dyer joined Commissioner Ortiz, the
Semoran Business Partnership, Keep Orlando Beautiful and more than
250 community volunteers in an effort to further beautify the
Semoran Boulevard neighborhood at the “Let’s Clean Up Semoran!”
This event and the wall project will help the neighborhood implement
some of the goals outlined in the recently completed vision plan for
The Semoran Boulevard Vision Plan, developed under Commissioner
Ortiz’s leadership, is a long-term guide for future development and
improvements in the area.
Construction will begin March and is expected to be complete by July
of this summer.
Push Cart Programming
Also on Monday’s agenda is a proposed agreement with the newly
formed Church Street District.
Since the opening of the Amway Center, Church Street is booming with
activity and thousands of Central Floridians.
In Orlando’s continuing efforts to restore Church Street to its
former stature of the late 80s and early 90s – and take advantage of
the positive economic impact the Amway Center is having on the
District – the City is partnering with the Church Street merchants.
The proposed agreement will allow Church Street to close to
vehicular traffic nightly and will also allow the placement of
vending carts in 20 pre-identified vending locations.