June 4, 2012
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Central Florida Leadership Academy
Today, we have a leadership group of eight graders in attendance
from the Central Florida Leadership Academy who are preparing for
the transition to high school. Today they had the opportunity to
learn about local government and tour City Hall.
Here with them today is CFLA Board Member, Clara Walters, who I am
told has recently completed 45 years of service in children
education in working in leadership positions in Orange County
schools. In her honor, we have marked today a special day and are
declaring today, June 4, 2012, as “Dr. Clara Walters Day” in the
City of Orlando.
Welcome Commissioner Gray
I would like to officially welcome our new District 1 Commissioner,
Commissioner Gray to the Orlando City Council. Today is Commissioner
Gray’s first City Council meeting. He was sworn into office along
with myself, District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz, District 4
Commissioner Patty Sheehan and District 6 Commissioner Samuel B.
Ings on Friday, June 1 at the Oath of Office Ceremony. Welcome
Commissioner Gray! We look forward to working with you.
Passing of Paul Hay on Memorial Day
Commissioners, it gives me great sadness to report that Paul Hay,
Chairman of the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council died this past
Paul was a Korean War veteran and served as the Chairman of the
Veterans Advisory Council since 2005. In addition, since 1999, Paul
coordinated the City’s annual Veterans Day parade and was the Grand
Marshal in 2010. Paul also helped coordinate and organize programs
in recognition of President’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed
Forces Day, D-Day, The 4th of July, POW/MIA Recognition Day and
Pearl Harbor Day.
Please keep the Hay family and those who knew Paul in your thoughts
and prayers during this very difficult time.
Mayor’s Matching Grant
Today on the consent agenda, the City Council will vote to approve
funding for 17 Mayor's Matching Grant projects.
These grants require neighborhood associations, tax-exempt 501(c)3
organizations or schools to partner with community organizations,
businesses and the City to offer programs that address neighborhood
needs, engage our City's youth in constructive, adult-supervised
activities during non-school hours and improve education.
These projects involve hundreds of volunteers and will impact the
lives of thousands of residents and youth throughout the City.
Projects include neighborhood revitalization, mentoring, creative
arts, academic, cultural, career exploration and athletic programs.
We have representatives from some of these organizations in our
audience today or viewing live from the City's website. I applaud
you for your efforts to do good work in our community and I look
forward to engaging with you through our Office of Community
I just want to remind everyone that we are officially in Hurricane
Season. Now is the time to Get Prepared.
While it has been several years since we have experienced a
hurricane, it is important for our residents to not get complacent
on planning. It is critical for everyone to:
• develop an emergency plan,
• ensure that you have the supplies in your disaster kit,
• and when a system is approaching, keep informed.
For more information and hurricane preparedness tips you can visit
the City of Orlando Emergency Management website and follow them on
Twitter and Facebook. Go to
for more information and links to these
tools you can use.
Amway Sports Facility of the Year
The Amway Center was just named the 2012 Sports Facility of the Year
by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business
Daily, which annually recognizes excellence and outstanding
achievement in the business of sports.
To have the Amway Center recognized as the “Sports Facility of the
Year” is a testament to the vision and is not only incredibly
gratifying but further proof that teamwork makes it all possible.
I want to thank everyone on the City team who worked on the Amway
Center and recognize you for your involvement and helping us to win
Sports Facility of the Year.
Best Foot Forward
Keeping our residents and visitors safe is a top priority for my
Administration. This includes the safety as you are walking our City
Last week, the City of Orlando in conjunction with community
partners launched the Best Foot Forward coalition, an initiative of
Bike/Walk Central Florida, to make streets safer for walkers and
drivers. The coalition will focus on using low-cost engineering with
community education and high-visibility enforcement to break old,
bad habits and establish new safer ones.
I want to encourage everyone to yield to pedestrians and join us in
this mission to prevent accidents and improve safety, while
encouraging walking as a safe, fun form of transportation and
Items of Note
High Tide Harry’s
This afternoon, a Business Assistance Program application will
be presented for our approval for High Tide Harry’s, a casual
seafood restaurant located in District 2.
While High Tide Harry’s has been in our community for many years,
the business moved into the City of Orlando in 2011 and has enjoyed
great success with its relocation. The Business Assistance Program
helps to off-set permit and impact fees for assists new and existing
businesses within the City limits.
Amway Arena Demolition Contract
If you’re like me, each time I drive along I4 near the former Amway
Arena, you may take a quick look to see how the demolition is
Since we began demolition in December, followed by the implosion in
March, five million pounds of steel have been removed from the site.
Seventy percent of the materials that have been removed have been
recycled, diverting these materials from landfills. This percentage
will only increase as demolition continues and the concrete is
crushed and later used for building roadways.
This method ensures this demolition occurs in the “greenest” way
Our development partner, Creative Village Development, LLC committed
to removing and recycling the aluminum and copper from the building.
They are here today and have updated our City Council that $100,000
in proceeds from these materials is being presented to the City to
be held in trust for future capital improvements to Nap Ford Charter
Today, we are taking another large step toward the development of
the Creative Village, by approving an amendment to the Amway Arena
demolition agreement. This amendment will allow us to move into
stage II of the demolition, which includes removal of the concrete
The project moves to stage II of demolition within the current
budget allotted to complete stage one. This is due to cost cutting
techniques, including implosion and recycling, that was used during
Also, we received other great news recently as it relates to the
project. The City, in partnership with Creative Village Development,
was awarded EPA Brownfield Assessment grants totaling $400,000. This
grant provides for the inventory, characterization, and planning
related to assessing contamination on Brownfield sites.
The Parramore Community and the Creative Village site will be the
focus of the assessment efforts…and the funds can also be used to
support community outreach and to develop a public health plan.