September 12, 2011
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Orlando City Soccer
like to congratulate our very own Orlando City Lions Soccer Club for
winning the USL Pro Championship by defeating the Harrisburg City
Islanders on September 3 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The Orlando
City Soccer Club also received four All-League Awards for Goalkeeper
of the Year, Defender of the Year, Coach of the Year and Most
Valuable Player. In addition, they led led the League in attendance
and surpassed 11,000 people at the USL PRO Championship Final; In
recognition of their great inaugurial year, I proclaimed Monday,
September 12, 2011 as “Orlando City Lions Day” in the City of
September 11 Remembrance Events
years ago yesterday, our nation was shocked and saddened by the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 civilians,
military personnel, fire fighters and law enforcement officers died
To pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the terrorist
attacks of 2001, yesterday I joined with Orlando City Commissioners,
Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney and Orlando Fire Chief John Miller
to host a September 11 Memorial Ceremony at the Lake Eola Park
the ceremony, we marched from Lake Eola to Firehouse 1 where we lit
343 candles to honor the 343 FDNY Firefighters and lit 60 candles to
honor the 60 NYPD Officers and Port Authority Law Enforcement
Officers who lost their lives paying the ultimate sacrifice for the
job they loved on September 11, 2001.
I would like to thank the Orlando Fire Department and Police
Department for organizing that important ceremony for our community
to come together to honor all 2,977 victims who lost their lives in
the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Work-along with Joel Miller
week I had the opportunity to work-alongside Joel Miller the
homeless outreach coordinator with the Central Florida Commission on
Homelessness. Everyday Joel is on the streets to engage with
homeless individuals in order to connect them with local services
that can assist them in acquiring ID, medical care and transitional
This can be a challenging job as each individual faces different
challenges and barriers and Joel works through each of those to
assist them. For example, one person I met at the Goodwill
Self-Sufficiency Center told me he had been homeless until he landed
a construction job helping to build the Amway Center.
Since Joel Miller has been on board with the Central Florida
Commission on Homelessness, he has assisted approximately 400
homeless individuals and placed 25 of them into housing.
Items of Note
Right before the City Council meeting, Mayor Dyer joined with
Orlando City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings and the Orange County
Health Department to announce a new City resolution urging for more
smoke-free public places in Orlando.
The City of Orlando resolution will urge all Orlandoans to
consider the public health hazards associated with secondhand smoke
and to not smoke in public parks, plazas, squares, sidewalks, and
other outdoor public places where children and others commonly play
The project is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services to help make Orlando and Orange County
parks, colleges and universities smoke-free environments and reduce
the exposure of second-hand smoke in public areas.
Fair Housing Choices
As part of our HUD certification reporting, there was a Housing
item on Monday’s agenda that includes a Fair Housing analysis
report. This comprehensive report provides valuable information that
will help guide the City's fair housing education, outreach and
The report was developed with involvement and guidance from the
Orange County Housing and Community Development Department staff,
the City of Orlando Office of Community Affairs- Human Relations
Office, the Orlando Housing Authority, housing advocacy groups and
Mayor’s Budget Reminder
The City held its first of two budget public hearings. These
hearings are held every year in order to ensure that our residents
have ample opportunity to be a part of the process of crafting a
balanced budget for our City.
These hearings are an important part of the open and transparent
process by which we allocate taxpayer dollars for the benefit of our
As we have said for several months now, Orlando is in the best
financial shape of any major city in Florida, and this budget is a
reflection of that hard-earned reality.
- This is a balanced budget that requires no increases to our
tax rate, and therefore keeps money in the pockets of our
- This budget requires no additional cuts or reductions in
services – and that is because of our work to cut costs and
reduce the size of our government over the past several years.
- This budget maintains our investments in key areas like
police, fire, public works and our Downtown core.
The next budget public hearing is Monday, September 19, at 5:01