June 17, 2013
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I hope all the Father’s enjoyed their special day Sunday, and I want
to thank all the Fathers in our community for their involvement and
dedication to their children.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Re-cap
In an effort to bring greater awareness to the issue of domestic
abuse in our community, and to benefit Harbor House, last Thursday
afternoon, Commissioner Gray, Commissioner Ortiz, Commissioner
Stuart, Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney and Chief of Staff Frank
Billingsley joined me for Orlando’s first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
event. The walk kicked off on the Orange County Courthouse steps,
with most of the men – including us - wearing “high heels” to show
their support. It was quite a sight.
I would like to thank the organizers, sponsors and participants in
this successful, history-making event, especially the men who walked
in high heels for this important cause. The walk raised thousands of
dollars for Harbor House.
Fireworks at the Fountain
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 music on two stages including the
98.9 WMMO Acoustic Café, the Orlando Concert Band and National
Recording Artist Joel Crouse, a play area just for the kids and food
and beverage for purchase. Preceding the fireworks is patriotic
water, light and sound show from the Lake Eola Fountain. The
spectacular 20-minute fireworks display will begin at 9:10 p.m. For
more information, visit
Vote for Lake Eola, Coca Cola Competition
The Coca-Cola - "America is your Park" campaign focuses on getting
people to vote for their favorite park. The park with the most votes
wins $100,000, second and third place win $50,000 and $25,000.
We'd love for everyone to go onto the Coca-Cola website coke.com/parks
and vote for Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave Orlando, FL. You can
vote once a day and there are three different ways to vote. The
voting ends on July 15 at midnight.
Please spread the word and ask your friends, family and neighbors to
vote each and every day!
More information can be found at coke.com/parks
National Small Business Week/NEC Ten Year
This week, in recognition of National Small Business Week from June
16 through 21, you might notice posters hanging in the windows of
small businesses throughout the City of Orlando. These businesses
are the backbone of our local economy. In addition to offering a
variety of goods and services, these businesses make up the majority
of the workforce in Orlando. I encourage you to support these
businesses especially this week but also year-round.
It is timely that we also celebrate ten years of success at the
National Entrepreneur Center this week. With the support of the City
of Orlando, the National Entrepreneur Center has become one of the
most highly coordinated entrepreneurial engines in the country and
offers small business owners in our community a variety of support,
training and networking opportunities.
Please join me in congratulating the National Entrepreneur Center on
Items of Note
Orange Cycle, an Orlando mainstay for more
than 40 years, is expanding its operation and plans to build a new
7,200 square foot building behind its existing 10,000 square foot
storefront on Edgewater Drive. Through our Business Assistance
Program, Orange Cycle is eligible to have 50% of its impact fees
waived. In exchange for the nearly $18,000 worth of impact fees
offset, Orange Cycle plans to make a $1.1 million investment through
this project, and hire an additional five full-time employees
bringing their employee count to 35.
I’d like to thank Orange Cycle for their continued investment in our
The Ivy Residences at Health Village
Also, on today’s agenda is a developers
agreement for the Ivy Residences at Health Village.
Adjacent to the Florida Hospital SunRail station, the Ivy is a $38
million, 248-unit residential complex and will be another option for
Florida Hospital employees and other workers who would like to live
near our new commuter rail line. The project is set to be finished
in mid-2014, about the same time SunRail begins operations.
Homeless Outreach & Men’s Service Center
Commissioners, as you know, we are
committed to meeting the needs of our homeless population and
providing opportunities to help those most in need become
self-sufficient. An important part of helping the homeless is to get
them connected to key services and resources.
On today’s agenda are two items that will provide funding for the
Men’s Service Center and Homeless Outreach Coordinators to continue
to assist homeless individuals overcome the barriers they face in
their journey from homelessness to permanent housing and