October 22, 2012
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Solar Bears First Game
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to drop the puck to start
the first home hockey game of the Orlando Solar Bears opening season
“Out of Hibernation.”
The Solar Bears, who have revived the name of Orlando’s original IHL
team, competed against the Florida Everblades and won in overtime!
It was a great game and start of the season, and I am looking
forward to more action on the ice from our Orlando Solar Bears at
the state-of-the-art Amway Center.
Dragon Boat Races
We continue to raise awareness this month on the important health
issue of breast cancer. And as part of that, this past
Saturday, I joined the City’s Chief Financial Officer Rebecca
Sutton, a breast cancer survivor, and City of Orlando employees to
race in the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival which raises
money for the fight against breast cancer.
The OPD Dueling Dragons team also rowed in the festival with members
from the Parramore Kidz Zone and OPD’s SWAT Team.
I want to acknowledge and thank all our City of Orlando employees
who participated in this event and many of the other events during
Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Items of Note
Police Substation in District 2
The City Council approved a lease agreement to
relocate the District 2 Orlando Police Department (OPD) satellite
office to allow OPD to maintain its presence in the area.
The satellite office provides police officers in District 2 with the
tools and resources to continue to combat criminals and is home to
the first Seniors vs. Crime Project office in Orlando. The
Seniors vs. Crime Project provides seniors in Orange County with a
place to file complaints about fraud and scams, discuss their
concerns with peers and receive assistance.
Mayor Dyer thanked District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz for his hard
work and dedication in making this office and the partnership with
the Florida Attorney General’s Seniors vs. Crime Project possible.
Creative Village Grants
The City’s efforts to secure funding for the Creative Village have
been successful to date. The first grant received, the TIGER
II Grant, will fund necessary infrastructure improvements to
accommodate the new Parramore bus rapid transit.
Last year, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
received $2.4 million to develop inclusive and sustainable
implementation plans around the SunRail stations. Today, City Council
authorized the City to receive a portion of this grant which be
used to fund engineering and design services associated with
infrastructure improvements near the Creative Village.
In June 2012, the City received EPA Brownfield Assessment grants
totaling $400,000 to assess potential contamination at the Creative
Village site. Today, City Council authorized the City to apply for an
EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant, which would be used to cover cleanup
costs for contamination that may be found during this assessment
In collaboration with our development partner, the City continues to
pursue grant funding to further support the Creative Village, a
project that will diversify our economy and provide thousands of
jobs for our residents.
DUI Awards and Grants
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently recognized the Orlando
Police Department (OPD) with the 3 awards:
Top agency DUI Officer, Bobby Schellhorn,
Outstanding Dedication to Sobriety Checkpoints
Outstanding Dedication to Saturation Patrols.
Today, the City Council approved 2 grants that will
further assist the Orlando Police Department in protecting the
Orlando community against drunk drivers.
The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded OPD with
$100,000 in grant funding to fund a DUI Enforcement Team. The
objective of the DUI Enforcement Team is to efficiently and safely
remove suspected DUI offenders and traffic violators from the
highways by mobile, high visibility, traffic enforcement tactics.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded OPD with
more than $75,000 in grant funding for the purchase of in-car
audio/video camera systems to enhance DUI and aggressive driving
George DeSalvia Way
The City Council voted to rename the westerly portion of Andes
Avenue to George DeSalvia Way, in honor of OPD Officer George
DeSalvia, who was killed in the line of duty in 2000. Mayor
Dyer invited everyone out to the official renaming event on November
21 at 10 a.m. at the OPD training facility.