November 25, 2013
See Art Orlando & MLS Announcement Re-cap
I’d like to briefly reflect on the events
on last week. Commissioners, what an amazing week last week to
launch SEE ART ORLANDO, the largest permanent sculpture collection
of different pieces by different artists installed at one time.
And then the next day, to announce another professional sports team
- Major League Soccer - coming to our City!
There are not many cities that can have this many amazing things
going on in their communities right now and this is a testament to
the hard work and support of so many.
Thank you Commissioners for your leadership and vision in continuing
to make Orlando the best City in America.
I want to invite all our Central Florida residents and visitors to
join with our City Commissioners and me in celebrating the holiday
season. There are several events in our community, including;
- The Jack Kazanzas Star was installed this
past Sunday morning over Orange Avenue.
- Holiday shopping will start this weekend and
I want to encourage everyone to shop local on Small Business
Saturday, November 30.
- Holiday Movies at Lake Eola park will start
on Thursday, December 5, at 7 p.m. with “A Christmas Story” and
a new holiday movie will be shown every Thursday leading up to
- Our annual Holiday Lights on Friday, December
6, when we will light the City’s official Christmas tree.
Skyhouse Opening/Kevin R. Tyjeski Park
On Tuesday December 3, we will
commemorate the opening of Orlando’s newest residential tower, SkyHouse Orlando,
along with the adjacent pocket park named for the late Kevin Tyjeski,
who we tragically lost earlier this year.
Throughout Kevin’s 18-year career with the City, he rose from Chief
Planner to Deputy Director of Economic Development. It will be an
honor to memorialize his achievements through the dedication of the
Kevin Tyjeski Park. I invite you all to join me at the park
dedication on Tuesday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m.
Philippines Relief Drive
As you all know, the Philippines were
recently severely devastated by a typhoon that left thousands dead
and hundreds of families homeless.
I want to encourage our City employees and residents to help these
victims by making a donation to the Council for Filipino-American
Organizations of Central Florida. They will be collecting canned
foods, clothing, toiletries and monetary contributions on November
30 at the Marks Street Senior Center, 90 East Marks Street, from
1:30 to 7 p.m. All donations will be sent to the Philippines through
Unicef, Doctors Without Borders and the Philippine Red Cross.
For more information, contact Luis Martinez, the City’s Director of
our Multicultural Affairs Office at 407.246.4128.
National League of Cities Awards to FPR
Last week, at the National League of
Cities (NLC) Annual Congress of Cities in Seattle, the City of
Orlando was recognized for our commitment to helping young people
eat healthy foods and be physically active. The recognition was part
of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, which is
dedicated to solving childhood obesity within a generation.
Orlando is one of 18 communities nationally that have made the most
progress. FPR’s Division Manager for Recreation, Rodney Williams,
accepted the award on behalf of the City.
Orlando’s accomplishments include:
• Teaching parents of preschool aged children about healthy eating
habits through Parramore Kidz Zone’s Baby Institute parent education
• Prominently displaying information on healthy nutrition at all
City recreation centers
• Providing healthy meals to thousands of children every day, year
round, at City recreation centers;
• Providing opportunities to thousands of Orlando children to be
physically active through our sports and recreation programs.
Congratulations to our Families, Park and Recreation Department for
all their hard work.
Healthy 100 Workplace Award from Florida
And speaking of awards, Florida Hospital
announced their inaugural Healthy100 Workplace Wellness Award
winners earlier this month, and the City of Orlando earned a silver
This award recognizes the City’s expanding wellness programming.
Championing the health of our employees with programs that encourage
a healthy lifestyle translates into increased morale, reduced
absenteeism, increased employee productivity and an increase in the
I want to thank all our employees for participating in our wellness
programs and encourage you to keep up the good work!
Items of Note
Take Heart Orlando
On today’s agenda is a grant that will provide a
training simulator and training equipment for our first responders
Providing tools and training for our public safety personal is a top
priority at the City of Orlando. Recently, we’ve also launched a
training initiative for our residents too.
The City invites residents to participate in our Take Heart Orlando
initiative, where our goal is to train every Orlando resident in
“hands only” CPR and ensure Orlando has the highest cardiac save
rate in America.
The Orlando Fire Department hosts community training sessions
throughout the year that you can attend or even schedule in your
neighborhood. For more information, please contact the Orlando Fire
Department at 407.246.4CPR or HandsOnlyCPR@CityofOrlando.net.