August 5, 2013
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Tuesday is National Night Out, our annual event to give crime a
going away party, connect neighbors and build a safer, stronger
Leading up to today, National Night Out kickoff parties were hosted
in District 2 by Commissioner Ortiz and District 3 by Commissioner
Tonight, Commissioner Sheehan will host the fourth annual National
Night Out kickoff party in SODO starting at 6 p.m. at Target.
Tomorrow, I will lead a caravan along with Orlando Police Chief Paul
Rooney, Orlando Fire Chief John Miller and the City of Orlando’s
Neighborhood Watch staff to join the three neighborhood watch
parties selected as the first, second and third place winners in the
National Night Out theme contest. This year’s National Night Out
theme is “Lights on mean lights out for crime!” and the winners
- First place: Washington Shores Neighborhood
- Second place: Clear Lake Cove Neighborhood
- Third place: Carver Shores Neighborhood
Congratulations to our winning neighborhoods! I
also want to thank and recognize all of our Commissioners and their
neighborhoods who are hosting National Night Out events this year.
Your partnership in the fight against crime is important and helps
us send a message to criminals that we won’t tolerate crime in our
And one last thing…. don’t forget to share your National Night Out
Facebook and on
Twitter and use the hashtag, #saferorlando.
Citrus Bowl Community Meeting
I’d like to invite our residents to a community update on the
Florida Citrus Bowl reconstruction. The meeting will be held on
Thursday, August 15, at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Club located at the
The meeting will provide information on the reconstruction project
including timelines, stadium design renderings and how surrounding
neighborhoods might be affected during this transitional period. The
BLUEPRINT employment office will also be on hand to discuss job
I have a few things to provide an update on as it relates to SunRail
and other transportation options.
As you may have heard on last week’s news, the first SunRail car has
arrived in Central Florida. The SunRail team is planning
opportunities in the near future for residents to get a peek at the
car and even get to see inside. The arrival of this vehicle in
Central Florida is a reminder that SunRail operations will begin in
less than ten months, and will provide residents and visitors with a
much needed alternative way to travel throughout Central Florida.
In anticipation of SunRail, the entire region, in collaboration with
the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and our other
partners, have been looking at additional ways to make connecting to
SunRail easier like carsharing and bikesharing programs, and I have
some updates on those too.
FDOT is finalizing a contract for the operation and maintenance of
our new car sharing program, which should be announced in the near
future. Commissioners, if you’ll recall, back in May, we approved
the use of twelve parking spaces throughout the City to be used for
this program. It’s anticipated the carsharing program will be up and
running as early as October of this year.
Also, the City’s Transportation Planning Division currently has an
Request for Proposals out for a bikesharing program with proposals
due on August 15. A bikesharing program will allow users to rent,
ride, and return a bicycle to various docking stations throughout
Items of Note
Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park at Lake
On today’s agenda is a funding agreement
that will help the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park become a
This memorial, located near the VA Medical Center at Lake Nona, will
be a focal point for residents and visitors of the City of Orlando
to honor and remember our veterans for their courage and sacrifices
while bravely fighting for our country. The park will feature a
monument that will carry the names of more than 1,400 veterans
including 120 veterans from the City of Orlando.