June 3 2013
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This past Saturday, June 1, Commissioner Daisy
W. Lynum celebrated 15 years of service to the citizens of the City
of Orlando. I want to thank Commissioner Lynum for her dedication to
the residents in District 5 and our entire community.
Special Guest from Brazil
I'd like to take a moment to introduce Rosanne Kupka,
the International Affairs Head Officer from our sister city
Rosanne traveled to the United States to get her daughter who had
been studying in a foreign exchange program in Kansas. Rosanne
thought she'd make a quick stop in Orlando to learn more about our
community. Earlier this year, a new Mayor was sworn in in Curitiba,
so Rosanne is newly appointed to her role. While she is here, she
will be visiting the Economic Development Commission, Visit Orlando
and the University of Central Florida.
Welcome Rosanne. We greatly value our sister city relationship with
Curitiba and look forward to working with you to strengthen the
Fourth of July
The City of Orlando’s annual Fireworks at
the Fountain event is Thursday, July 4, at Lake Eola Park. This
free, patriotic celebration begins at 4 p.m. and features live
entertainment, a play area just for the kids and food and beverage
for purchase. The highlight of the event begins at 9:10 p.m. with a
20-minute fireworks display. For more information, visit
Hurricane Season Start
I just want to remind everyone that we are
officially in hurricane season and now is the time to get prepared.
While it has been several years since we have experienced a
hurricane, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting an active or
extremely active season this year. NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season
Outlook says there is a 70% likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms of
which 7 to11 could become hurricanes, including 3-6 major hurricanes
(Category 3, 4 or 5).
The recent devastation caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma shows how
important it is for our residents to not get complacent on planning
and to be ready in advance of a natural disaster. It is critical for
- develop an emergency plan,
- ensure that you have the supplies in your
- and when a system is approaching, keep
For more information and hurricane preparedness
tips you can visit the City of Orlando Emergency Management
website and follow them on
Facebook. Go to
CityofOrlando.net for more information and links to these tools you
Items of Note
Mayor’s Matching Grants
Today on the consent agenda, the City Council voted
to fund 25 Mayor's Matching Grant projects. These grants require
tax-exempt 501(c)3 community organizations, neighborhood
associations or schools to partner with businesses, other
organizations and the City to offer programs that enhance our
neighborhoods and engage our City's youth in constructive,
adult-supervised activities during non-school hours for enrichment
These projects involve hundreds of volunteers and will impact the
lives of thousands of residents and youth throughout the City.
Projects include things like a nutrition and fitness after-school
program for our youth, a bringing STEM to life program at Jones High
School for students and a Book Club program for adults through the
Adult Literacy League.
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
On today’s agenda is a permit for the Walk A Mile
in Her Shoes fundraiser to benefit Harbor House of Central Florida
and raise awareness about domestic violence.
The City encourages all the men in our community to join with Mayor
Dyer in this fun event and “strut” in heels in Downtown Orlando to
take a stand against domestic abuse. The walk is Thursday, June 13,
from 4 to 6 p.m. kicking off at the Orange County Courthouse and
wrapping up at the Orange County History Center.