April 8, 2013
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Florida’s 500th Birthday
As many of you are already aware, this year we celebrate 500 years
since Ponce de Leon arrived on Florida’s east coast.
One little known fact you may not know about Ponce de Leon is that
he was born in a village in the northern part of Valladolid which is
one of Orlando’s nine sister cities.
There are a number of events, festivals and shows to honor Florida’s
important milestone, and I encourage you to visit VivaFlorida.org to
take part in this year-long celebration.
Since, the Amway Center opened in 2010, the action hasn’t stopped,
from hosting the NBA All-Star Game in 2012, to some of the top
country and pop artists, to next year’s second and third rounds of
the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And today, we announced another huge event for the Amway Center:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Paul McCartney will be arriving at
the Amway Center on Saturday, May 18, with his Out There Tour.
This will be Paul McCartney’s first time in Orlando as a solo artist
and the first time he has been in Orlando since 1993 when he
performed with Wings at the Citrus Bowl.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m.
This past Friday, Byron Brooks, our Chief
Administrative Officer, was inducted by the University of Central
Florida’s School of Public Administration as an honorary member into
Pi Alpha Alpha, which is the National Honor Society for Public
Affairs and Administration.
This was in recognition of Byron’s professional accomplishments and
service in the field of public administration and for his support of
UCF's Public Administration program.
Byron currently serves as the Chairman of the School of Public
Administration's Advisory Board, which consists of city, county and
authority administrators and private sector executives from across
the Central Florida region.
Items of Note
See Art Orlando
At today’s meeting, the City Council approved an agreement for the
See Art Orlando sculpture located at the History Center.
Phase one of the See Art Orlando project will include eight
permanent sculpture installations, underwritten by corporate
sponsors and maintained by the City of Orlando without utilizing
See Art Orlando did an international call for artist and received
more than 180 submissions from 16 countries and 36 states. The See
Art Orlando Board has just finalized contracts with the selected
artists. The artists are now creating their pieces, and the City
expects installation to be complete by the end of September.
Central Station Plat
Earlier this year, the Orlando City Council approved the Central
Station Master Plan for one of the first transit-oriented
development projects in the core of Downtown Orlando, located near
the SunRail stop.
Today, the City Council took the next step toward realizing the
future of transit-oriented development in the City by approving the
Central Station Plat creating two lots on the project site for
planned residential, commercial, retail and hotel development at
SunRail’s Central Station.