October 1, 2012
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I want to remind everyone that October is
Breast Cancer Awareness month. As a Mayor, a husband, a son
and a father, I want to urge all Central Floridians to talk with
their friends and loved ones about the importance of breast cancer
screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatment. I also want
to recognize and thank all of the City teams and staff that are
participating in Breast Cancer Awareness events this month. Thank
you all for your support and for joining together in support of this
State of Downtown
This Wednesday morning, October 3rd, I
will deliver my annual State of Downtown Address at the Amway
Center. The focus will be on how Orlando is working towards becoming
one of the greenest cities in America. Along with my address, we are
honored to have Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on
Environmental Quality deliver some remarks. If you are unable to
attend this event, I encourage you to watch it live on
Commissioners, I am happy to announce that
Assistant Chief Roderick “Rod” Williams of the Fire Department has
been promoted to the position of Deputy Chief.
Later this month, after 23 ½ years of service to
the citizens of Orlando, Fire Deputy Chief Greg Hoggatt, will retire
from the Orlando Fire Department (OFD). While I am sad to see Deputy
Chief Hoggatt leave, I wish him all the best in retirement.
As the new Deputy Chief, Williams – a 17 year
veteran of OFD and an Orlando native from the Richman Heights
neighborhood and a Jones High School graduate - will be responsible
for the Fire Support Services Bureau (FSSB) which includes Emergency
Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Management, Fire Safety
Management, technology management and communications.
This appointment will be effective on October 14, 2012.
Public safety remains a top priority of my
administration and I look forward to working with the next
generation of leadership and the fine men and women of the Orlando
Fire Department as they continue to deliver the highest level of
safety and fire protection to the citizens of Orlando.
Please join me in congratulating Rod on his new position.
Summer Crime Initiative
The Orlando Police Department recently concluded the 2012 Summer
Crime Initiative. This was the third year the Orlando Police
Department utilized this “all hands on deck” approach to boost
police presence in all City of Orlando neighborhoods to combat
violent crime and property crime during the summer months when this
type of activity typically rises.
During this year’s initiative, Orlando officers made 56 felony
arrests, 58 misdemeanor arrests, contacted 510 suspicious persons
and recovered 11 firearms and seized more than 321grams of cannabis
and more than 21 grams of cocaine.
I would like to thank the citizens and communities of Orlando for
their support during this initiative. Through initiatives like this,
the City of Orlando continues to be relentless in our efforts to
keep Orlando safe and keep crime out of our neighborhoods.
It Takes Courage
There were a number of community engagement events this past
On Saturday, 353 volunteers participated in the largest domestic
violence prevention event in the history of Orlando. Launching out
of Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 29 teams fanned out across the City
of Orlando visiting apartment complex and housing subdivision . In
just three hours, 13,558 door hangers were placed at residences with
the message "It Takes Courage To Stop Abuse!"
Thank you to all who participated in this event and helping make
this so tremendously successful!
Prescription Drug Boxes at Orlando Police Headquarters
Also this past Saturday, the Orlando Police Department
participated in the “National Prescription Take Back Day” initiative
- a one day collaborative effort with state, local and federal law
enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous prescription
drugs from homes.
In addition to this one day event, the Orlando Police Department has
also introduced its newest MedReturn Drug Box, located in the lobby
of the Orlando Police Headquarters located at 100 South Hughey
Avenue. This MedReturn box is available to any citizen wanting to
drop off unwanted prescriptions or other drugs.
The MedReturn box will be available Monday through Friday between
the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Items of Note
EDV #9 – Quiet Zone Resolution
Today through a resolution, we have the opportunity to support
the establishment of a regional quiet zone where train whistles and
horns would not be blown or used, along the SunRail route.
Quiet zones constitute a public purpose by improving the quality of
life for citizens, residents and visitors as well as improving
redevelopment opportunities along the corridor.
The Florida Department of Transportation is currently in the process
of modifying the rail corridor through Central Florida to
accommodate SunRail. By supporting these quiet zones now, it allows
FDOT to construct these zones as part of the SunRail project instead
of through a retrofit program after SunRail is constructed.
EDV #29 – Best Foot Forward
Commissioners as you know, in May the City helped launch the
Best Foot Forward coalition a community-wide effort to cut
pedestrian deaths and injuries in half over the next five years in
Metro Orlando. Elements of the program focus on enforcement, using
low-cost engineering and community education to break old, bad
habits and establish new safer ones.
We have already seen results, for example, over the summer, the
Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sherriff’s Office,
issued a combined 1,616 warnings to drivers for failing to yield –
slowing or stopping if necessary – to pedestrians at marked
Today is an item on the agenda to allow the Florida Bicycle
Association to receive a $100,000 federal grant towards the
EDV #31 – Renewal of Main Streets
Today, the City will renew its annual Orlando Main Street
program agreements with the Audubon Park Garden District, College
Park Partnership, Downtown South, Ivanhoe Village, Mills50, Church
Street District and Semoran Business Partnership.
The renewal of these agreements for 2012/2013 fiscal year marks the
6th anniversary of the College Park Partnership and Ivanhoe Village,
the 5th anniversary for Mills 50, Audubon Park and Downtown South
and the 2nd anniversary of the Semoran Business Partnership and the
Church Street District.
The Orlando Main Street program plays an important role in the
overall health of our City by providing jobs, goods and services for
our residents. Since the program’s inception in 2007, our community
has benefitted from the addition of 467 new businesses and the
investment of more than $36 million into our neighborhood commercial
Ordinances/1st Read #2 – George DeSalvia Way
Also on today’s agenda, we will vote on a ordinance to rename
the westerly portion of Andes Ave. to George DeSalvia Way, in honor
of OPD Officer George DeSalvia, who was killed in the line of duty