February 24, 2014
On Monday, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius traveled to Orlando and together with members of
our City Council, we announced the availability of Licensed
Affordable Care Act Navigators in six City of Orlando community
centers between now and when open enrollment ends March 31, 2014.
Residents who have questions about or need help enrolling in
Affordable Care Act coverage plans can get one-on-one help from a
Licensed Navigator at the following community centers on Tuesdays
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.:
• Dover Shores Community Center
• Engelwood Neighborhood Center
• Rosemont Community Center
• Northwest Community Center
• Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center
A licensed navigator is also available every Wednesday from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the HOLA Office.
An appointment is required. Residents can call 211 for more
information or to set up an appointment.
Join us for our ninth annual Neighborhood & Community Summit on
Saturday, March 1. This summit brings together over 300 neighborhood
and community leaders and over 40 exhibitors for a day of learning,
sharing and networking. Sign up before the end of this Wednesday
when registration will close. For more information, go to
Blues B Q
Blues B-Q features great music and delicious barbecue in Downtown
Orlando on Saturday, March 1. The free event will be held on the
corner of Garland Avenue and Central Boulevard from 4-10 p.m., and
includes some of Orlando's best barbecue available for purchase.
R&B/soul singer Denise LaSalle and The Lee Boys, a funk and gospel
band, are among the performing acts. For more information, visit
New Police Chief John Mina
As Mayor, my top priority is the safety of our community and I have
been honored to work with Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney over the
past three years, serving the residents, businesses and visitors of
On Wednesday, February 12, after nearly 28 years of service with the
Orlando Police Department, Chief Rooney announced his retirement.
With Chief Rooney’s retirement, I announced the appointment of John
Mina as the 38th Chief of the Orlando Police Department. There is no
one more equipped to manage this department than Chief Mina. He has
risen through the ranks of OPD over the last 23 years, working in
nearly every aspect of the department.
Commissioners, this appointment comes before you today for approval.
Thank you for your partnership in our public safety efforts and
supporting our City’s investment in public safety.
Items of Note
On today’s agenda the Council approved an item that will allow the
City to better assist our minority and woman-owned businesses.
With Orange County, OCPS and GOAA, the City will conduct a 24-month
study to assess the current marketplace and identify barriers for
our minority and woman-owned business in the procurement process.
This will allow us to ensure the City’s M/WBE program addresses
these issues and creates a fair opportunity for these businesses.
Main Street Agreements
Today, the City renewed its annual Orlando Main Street program
The Orlando Main Street program plays an important role in the
overall health of our City by providing jobs, goods and services for
our residents. Since the program’s inception in 2007, the Orlando
community has benefitted from the addition of 545 new businesses and
the combined investment of more than $169 million into our
neighborhood commercial districts.
The City of Orlando's Main Street districts have also attracted
national attention because of the many unique businesses that call
these neighborhoods home. They have grown from sleepy neighborhood
commercial districts to vibrant regional destinations.
These districts are truly a model for the revitalization of
neighborhood commercial districts.
On Monday, the City Council approved a housing project that will
provide affordable owner-occupied housing and further stabilize the
The project, Heroes Commons, is a partnership with the City of
Orlando and the Florida Real Estate Foundation which will redevelop
six lots that are currently vacant into single family housing for
income-qualified disabled veterans, veterans, local law enforcement
officers and other public safety personnel.
The homes will be attractive and functional, designed by members of
the Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and
built by members of the Metro Orlando Home Builders Association.
In the months ahead, the Florida Real Estate Foundation will begin
raising funds for the construction of the project with plans to
break ground on the first house by the end of the year.
Monday’s agenda included two Use Agreements for the City’s venues,
one with Florida Citrus Sports for the reconstructed Citrus Bowl and
the other with Orlando City Soccer for the use of the new soccer
stadium. The Use Agreement with Orlando City Soccer is consistent
with the memorandum of understanding that was approved on October 7.
One important deal point is that Orlando City Soccer has agreed to
make an annual payment to the City to ensure a break even on the
stadium’s operating costs and includes a non-relocation agreement.
The Florida Citrus Sports agreement is constructed very differently
than previous years and is done in a manner that provides more
predictable revenue for the Citrus Bowl.