August 26, 2013
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Florida League of Cities
A few weeks ago, the Florida League of Cities held their 87th annual
conference here in Orlando.
The City of Orlando was delighted to again host this conference.
Commissioner Ortiz, Commissioner Lynum and Commissioner Ings were in
As you know Commissioner Lynum is past president of the NLC/National
Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO); past president of
the NLC/Women in Municipal Government; and past president of the
Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
Commissioner Ortiz is currently the Tri-County League of Cities 2013
Board of Directors President and he is a member of the NLC/ Hispanic
Elected Local Officials (HELO) organization.
Commissioner Sheehan is Past President and Current Member of the NLC/Gay
Lesbian Bisexual Local Officials organization.
And, I am also pleased to report that Commissioner Ings was elected
as Chair of the Democratic Municipal Officials Organization.
Congratulations Commissioner, we appreciate your service.
Commissioners, thank you all for your continued commitment to the
Florida League of Cities and the leadership roles you play in this
OFD Achieves ISO 1 and International
I am proud to announce that our Orlando Fire Department is one
of only 15 departments in America to have both international
accreditation and an ISO 1 rating.
These recognitions allow Orlando residents to live, work and go to
sleep every night knowing that their fire protection is the best in
I would like to thank Fire Chief Miller and all of our Orlando
firefighters for their dedication and service to our community.
Orlando City Soccer Playoffs
I am proud to announce our hometown soccer team, the Orlando City
Soccer Lions, beat the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Pro
quarterfinals this past Saturday and have advanced to the USL PRO
Semifinals. They will compete again the Charleston Battery at the
Florida Citrus Bowl this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
I want to encourage everyone to dress in Lions gear and wear purple
this Friday to show their support as they compete to bring another
postseason championship to Orlando.
Let Freedom Ring
I’d like to invite everyone out to the “Let Freedom Ring” event here
in Council Chambers this Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The event will honor
the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs,
Justice and Freedom and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech
represented through music, video and a replay of Dr. King’s iconic
I’d like to thank the Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, in
partnership with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, the
African American Council of Christian Clergy and WUCF Public
Television for making the event possible.
Kicks for Guns
Last Thursday, the Orlando Police Department participated in the
annual Kicks 4 Guns Event. This is the 15th year that OPD has
participated in this event. There were 15 locations throughout
Central Florida. A total of 1,065 guns were collected and 43 were
illegal type weapons. Nine guns had previously been reported stolen
and now recovered.
Items of Note
Building on the City’s commitment to invest in youth programming, on
today’s agenda was an item that will fund the addition of 32
AmeriCorps members through the Orlando-Partnership for School
Success (O-PASS) to provide academic and social support to some of
our most at-risk students here in Orlando.
These volunteers will work in approximately 17 of our community
centers and public schools and serve an estimated 600 students
throughout the City.
Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan
On today’s agenda is our Green Works Community Action Plan which
will set our priorities and goals for the next 40 years as we
continue our mission to become one of the most environmentally
sustainable communities in the United States.
Now is the time to take real action on climate matters. And being
good stewards of the environment is also good business. We can save
money and create jobs for our residents while protecting the
environment and building a sustainable future for our children.
Mears Headquarters Annexation
On today’s agenda is the first reading of an ordinance to annex
nearly four acres of land near the Orange Blossom Trail to
facilitate the development of the new Mears Transportation
headquarters. The four acres being annexed will be combined with
other surrounding parcels for a total of 22 acres of land. Mears
will be constructing an administration building and a vehicle
maintenance building on the property and estimates an investment of
nearly $20 million.
Mears was founded here in Orlando in 1939 and has grown to be one of
the largest private transportation providers in the country. We are
proud of Mears’ growth and continued commitment to Orlando.
The Mears Complex will have a meaningful impact on the visual
character of Orange Blossom Trail within the City bringing more
activity to the corridor and improving economic viability in the