April 23, 2012
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Byron Brooks: Hall of Famer
I want to wish big congratulations to our very own Byron Brooks, who
will be inducted into the Edgewater High School Hall of Fame this
Saturday, April 28th.
Byron – from Edgewater’s class of 1979 – is being honored for making
a difference in our community in two categories 1) for his community
involvement and 2) for his professional achievements.
Congratulations, Byron and thank you for being an exemplary public
servant both in your job and in our community.
Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets Awards
I am happy to announce the City’s DubsDread Golf Club was named the
“best place to tee off” in Central Florida by Orlando Sentinel
readers. Located in College Park, minutes from Downtown Orlando, the
course features the oldest public layout in Central Florida,
originally designed in 1923 and renovated in 2008. The course is the
former site of the Orlando Golf Open and hosted golf legends such as
Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Claude Harmon.
International Downtown Association Re-cap
Last week, Downtown Orlando was center stage for the world’s
downtowns as our Downtown Development Board hosted the 2012
International Downtown Association Spring Conference showcasing
Downtown Orlando to attendees from all over the world including the
United States, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
A highlight of the conference was on Thursday night with the 2nd
annual Snap! Orlando. The event featured a 3-D visual projection on
the historic Kress Building that illuminated Downtown Orlando’s
Items of Note
North and South BRT
Monday, City Council accepted the draft
Locally Preferred Alternatives for the North
and South BRT corridors.
This is the first of many steps
necessary for inclusion in the regional transportation planning
process and for possible availability of State and or Federal funds.
Traffic Control Cabinet Artwork in
Main Street Districts
It’s hard not to notice the
colorfully-painted traffic signal boxes when driving or walking
through our Mills50 Main Street District. Painting the traffic boxes
and turning them into pieces of art began as a pilot program between
the City and the district last year. The project has been a success
in both improving neighborhood pride and reducing the City’s
maintenance effort required to remove graffiti and posters from the
At Monday’s meeting, City Council
approved four additional agreements to create traffic control
cabinet artwork in the City’s Main Street Districts. Mills50 will
increase the number of boxes within their district and the program
will be replicated in three other districts including Audubon Park
Garden District, College Park and Downtown South.
Main Street Districts continue to
demonstrate their success. Just recently a Mills50 Main Street
business, Process Architecture, was recognized by the American
Institute of Architects for the design of the Mills 50 Bus Shelter
Prototype. LYNX is now moving forward with the bid process for the
Small Business Façade for GTC
Today, City Council approved a Small Business Façade Program
Agreement for GTC Engineering (98 South Semoran Boulevard). GTC is
using the funds to install a new monument sign, parking pavers and
The total capital improvement for this
project is more than $21,000 and the enhancements will be a
wonderful addition to the Semoran Business Partnership Market Street