February 4, 2013
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On Saturday, February 16, join us for the Orlando Wetlands Festival
at the Fort Christmas Historical Park. This event includes a variety
of hikes and bus tours of the wetlands, animal demonstrations, hay
rides, a climbing wall, face painting and tree climbing for kids.
Speaking of the wetlands, those of you who are participating on our
Green Works Orlando interactive forum have an opportunity for a rare
tour. By answering questions and offering ideas on our green
initiative, you earn points that can be redeemed for rewards like
VIP tickets to the Blues B-Q festival, dinner at Fire Station 1, and
an airboat ride at the Orlando Wetlands Park. Having toured the
wetlands on an airboat myself, I know it’s a great time.
To join in our “How Do You Green?” conversation or find out more
about the Orlando Wetlands Festival, go to
State of the City Reminder
I want to encourage everyone to please join me on Wednesday,
February 27, at 10:30 a.m., here in Council Chambers, for my annual
State of the City Address. My annual address gives me the
opportunity to share with you the City’s current and future plans.
If you cannot attend, we will stream my address live on
For more information on parking and encore presentations, please
Neighborhood and Community Summit Reminder
I'd like to invite all of our Orlando residents to attend my 8th
annual Neighborhood & Community Summit on Saturday, February 23,
from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel at the entrance
We'll have a variety of neighborhood engagement workshops, best
practices and networking opportunities available for attendees.
Plus, a continental breakfast and lunch are included!
Some of the many workshops that will be offered are:
- Ask Your Mayor
- How do YOU Green?
- It Takes Courage to Prevent Domestic Violence
- Mayor’s Matching Grants for Neighborhoods,
Faith-Based and Non-Profits Organizations
- How the Arts Build Community
Register by this Friday, February 8, and you pay
For more information, please visit
Cupid’s Undie Run
I am looking forward to participating in one of Orlando's most
talked about events – the Cupid’s Undie Run!
I invite you to join Belle Isle Mayor Bill Brooks and me on February
9 as we run in our underwear through Downtown Orlando for this first
event run which will benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Black History Month
Last week I joined with Onyx Magazine to kickoff Black History
Month. The event honored the Florida Highwaymen, a group of African
American artists, who were inducted to the Florida Artists Hall of
Fame in 2004 and have been nationally recognized for their paintings
and contribution to Florida’s history.
For more information on Black History Month and events in Orlando,
Southwest Community Police Office Opening
Last Wednesday, I joined with Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney,
District 5 City Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum, District 6 City
Commissioner Samuel B. Ings and the southwest community to open the
relocated police office in southwest Orlando.
The expanded community police office provides our officers with more
resources to continue protecting the southwest community and keeping
crime out of our neighborhoods.
Predators Announcement Recap
Also last week, I joined the Orlando
Predators to announce another major event coming to Downtown Orlando
at the Amway Center: the 26th annual Arena Bowl on August 17, 2013.
When we first planned for the new Amway Center, we wanted to build
an events center that could host national and international events
like this. We held the NBA All-Star game, we have been awarded the
NCAA 2nd and 3rd round games, we recently submitted a proposal with
the Orlando Solar Bears to host the 2015 ECHL All-Star game and we
are working to host the NBA All-Star game again in 2016.
Items of Note
On today’s agenda, we voted to approve a
grant that will further assist the Orlando Police Department in
protecting our community against drunk drivers.
The Florida Department of Transportation has
awarded OPD with a $100,000 grant to fund our DUI (Driving Under the
Influence) 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.
Rosemont Playground Replacement
Also today, we approved an item that will
allow us to use Community Development Block Grant funds to replace
the Rosemont playground, which is more than 20 years old. I know
Commissioner Stuart has been a champion for this project to benefit
The project will include updating the playground with new play
equipment, benches, bike racks, shade structures, drinking fountains