September 10, 2012
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September 11 Remembrance
Eleven years ago tomorrow, 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 that day.
I would like to take a moment of silence today, during this meeting,
to all of those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001
We will never forget September 11, 2001, as America’s darkest day.
But out of the darkness of that horrible day has risen a national
resolve to make this world a safer place.
United in purpose, we continue to grieve for the victims of 9-11 and
feel for families and friends who lost loved ones.
Also this same week we will honor and recognize our prisoners of war
and those who are still missing in action.
This Friday, September 14, at 10 a.m. please join my Veterans
Advisory Council for the annual POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony
conducted by the Winter Springs High School JROTC cadets in the
rotunda of City Hall.
I want to thank the city council members who will attend the
ceremony and encourage each of you to also attend.
This is the first POW-MIA ceremony I will be missing in my 10 years
as your Mayor, so I want to give special thanks to Commissioner Ings
who will read a proclamation on my behalf reaffirming the City’s
pledge to never forget our prisoners of war and those who are still
missing in action.
State of Downtown
On Wednesday, October 3, from 7:15-9 a.m. at the Amway Center, I
will hold my annual State of Downtown Address. In the past, we’ve
typically held this as a luncheon, but we decided to change it up a
bit and make it a breakfast instead.
This year’s topic will focus on sustainability and will be
highlighted by our featured speaker, Nancy Sutley, Chair of the
White House Council on Environmental Quality. For more information,
It Takes Courage Door Hanging Event
On Saturday, September 29, Harbor House of Central Florida will
host another “It
Takes Courage” door hanging event to stop abuse. In partnership
with the Orlando Police Department, teams of volunteers will canvass
the city raising awareness on the signs of domestic violence.
Harbor House has set a goal of recruiting 300 volunteers. I
encourage you to register at
Harborhousefl.com and participate in this life saving event.
Thanks to the City’s It Take Courage initiative, domestic violence
incidents are down 21.8% for the first six months of this year
compared to the first six months of 2011.
Sixth Annual Hispanic Heritage Kick-Off
The City of Orlando will host the annual Hispanic Heritage Month
kickoff this Thursday, September 13, at 5 pm at the City Hall
Rotunda to celebrate the influence of Hispanic culture in Orlando.
This free event celebrates the commencement of Hispanic Heritage
month which runs from September 15 to October 15. It honors the
culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to
Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America,
South America and the Caribbean. The starting date coincides with
the Independence Commemoration of Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The kickoff will feature food from local Hispanic vendors as well as
a colorful showcase of Hispanic art and performances.
FLC Main Street Award/Thornton Park District
As residents of Orlando, we have the opportunity to enjoy several
unique neighborhood commercial districts, districts that have become
renowned for their colorful selection of boutiques, diners and
bakeries and communities known for the support structure they offer
to small business owners. These attributes are the hallmark of the
Orlando Main Street program.
These districts play an important role in the overall health of our
City, providing jobs, goods and services for our residents. Just
last month, the Florida League of Cities recognized the City of
Orlando with a “MUNI” Award for our Main Street Program. This award
recognizes the partnership between local government, residents,
businesses, property owners to transform Orlando’s unique commercial
neighborhoods into not only vibrant business districts but
destinations for our citizens and many visitors…
And so, I am excited to announce that one of Orlando’s most spirited
neighborhoods is joining the Orlando Main Street Program. The
Thornton Park District has already created an incredible amount of
synergy among businesses, property owners and even residents in the
The addition of the Thornton Park District to the Main Street
program was made possible by a generous financial contribution from
District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan. I would like to personally
thank Commissioner Sheehan for providing this district with the
funding necessary to participate in the program.
Items of Note
Multi-Modal Transportation Impact Fee Schedule and Policy
During today’s workshop, the City’s Transportation Planning
Division Manager FJ Flynn, presented information on the proposed
multi-modal transportation impact fee schedule and policy.
Today, we will hear the first reading of an ordinance for a new
Multi-Modal Transportation Impact Fee which replaces our
transportation impact fee schedule and encourages transit oriented
development in our community by providing fee reductions for
businesses within walking distance of SunRail and Lymmo.
The new ordinance also proposes making the change of use
transportation impact fee waiver for small businesses permanent.
Commissioners, if you will recall, in April 2011, as part of
Strengthen Orlando, we voted to waive transportation impact fees for
small businesses moving to existing space. This was all part of our
larger effort to encourage capital investment in our community and
create jobs for our residents.
Since then, 55 businesses have benefitted from the impact fee waiver
resulting in more than $6.7 million in capital investment and the
creation of more than 820 jobs. We have also engaged a
Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) to regularly review our
impact fee policies to ensure Orlando remains competitive.
The City is proud to support our small businesses and encourage
future smart growth and development around our evolving