Mayor Dyer’s General Items of Note:
Orlando Solar Bears Hockey Playoffs
I am proud to announce our hometown hockey team, the Orlando Solar Bears, beat the Cincinnati Cyclones this past Saturday and will compete again in game six this Tuesday at the Amway Center at 7 p.m. in the Eastern Conference Kelly Cup quarterfinals.
I want to encourage everyone to dress in Solar Bears gear and wear purple this Tuesday to show their support as they compete to bring a championship to Orlando.
SunRail Opening/Free Service
Commissioners, for more than two decades, our region has worked together to bring a passenger rail system that would move residents and visitors throughout Central Florida. That vision will be realized this Wednesday, when we celebrate the grand opening of SunRail’s 31-mile, 12-station first phase.
I’d like to invite our entire community to join in the celebrating this momentous occasion by attending one of several grand opening events.
The SunRail grand opening main event is at the Sand Lake Road station (8030 South Orange Avenue) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. The program will feature several elected officials and other state and federal dignitaries who helped make SunRail a reality.
In the City of Orlando, our station partners are planning four mini celebrations to welcome the train to each station. I invite you to pick the station nearest you and join in the festivities:
- From 9:45 to 10:40 a.m., I will join with Commissioner Stuart and Commissioner Ortiz to welcome the train to the Florida Hospital Health Village Station.
- From 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. Commissioner Lynum and Commissioner Gray will open the LYNX Central Station.
- From 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., celebrate with Commissioner Ings at Church Street Station.
- From 10:40 to 11:10 a.m., join Commissioner Sheehan to welcome the train to the Orlando Health Station.
And, don’t forget, SunRail will be offering free service May 1-16 during regularly scheduled hours. For a full schedule, visit SunRail.com
Agenda Items of Note:
I #2 – Best Foot Forward
On today’s agenda was a funding agreement for the Best Foot Forward initiative.
As our region continues to embrace alternative modes of transportation, it’s important to support programs like this that are focused on preventing pedestrian deaths and injuries in our community.
Since the program launched in 2012, we have seen results in the City such as:
- Nearly 1,700 drivers have been issued warnings for failing to yield to a pedestrian at targeted intersections within city limits.
- OPD has cited almost 411 drivers with tickets or violating the yield law at targeted intersections.
- Compliance (yield rate) has gone from 9% at the start of education to an average of 48% in the City.
Most importantly, behaviors are changing with Best Foot Forward, but I want to continue to encourage everyone to yield to pedestrians and join us in this mission to prevent accidents and improve safety, while encouraging walking as a safe, fun form of transportation and healthy activity.
B #1 – Ballet Lease
Also on today’s agenda was a proposed lease agreement with the Orlando Ballet at the Loch Haven Community Center.
At this location, the Ballet will preserve the existing building and enhance the building with a renovation while continuing to make the space available to other groups.
In addition, the Ballet plans to further invest in the area and incorporate an expansion that will create a permanent home for this non-touring, resident arts and cultural asset – one of only two of our resident art companies who will perform regularly at the soon to open Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
Partnerships like this continue to take the arts and culture in Orlando to the next level and benefit the entire Central Florida region. I’d like to recognize Commissioner Stuart for his involvement and leadership on this issue.
C #9 – QTI for Antech Diagnostics
Today, we approved a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Resolution supporting the expansion of Antech Diagnostics into the City of Orlando. Antech Diagnostics provides veterinary diagnostic testing services to more than 19,000 animal hospitals throughout North America and has plans to develop its Southeast regional headquarters in Orlando. As a result of this incentive, Antech Diagnostics will create 45 new high wage-high value jobs in Orlando.