Commissioner Hill and Ortiz Birthdays
On August 15, 2015, District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill will celebrate her birthday and on August 18, District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz will celebrate his birthday.
Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked the Commissioners and wished them a happy birthday.
The Mayor announced the City joined with Orange County and Orlando City Soccer Club to announce the U.S. Women’s National Team will return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl for the first time since 2013 as part of a 10-match Victory Tour to celebrate the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship. They will play Brazil on October 25. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m. and tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m.
Last week, the City joined with Florida Hospital to announce Mexican soccer clubs Cruz Azul FC and Puebla FC will play in the “Shares Cup International” on September 3 at 7:30 p.m. This inaugural game will benefit Florida Hospital’s Sharing Smiles program. Tickets went on sale this past weekend and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
2015 Back to School Summit
The City of Orlando Chapter 57 Review Board in partnership with the Center for Peace is hosting a 2015 Back to School Summit on Saturday, August 15th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. here at City Hall.
The event will help to empower our youth to be leaders and get involved in causes that they care about and that can help to positively impact our community. The Summit is free and students can register online or by calling our Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations at 407.246.2500.
Mayor Dyer invites residents and businesses to join him, our City Commissioners and Police Chief John Mina on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. for ORLANDO SPEAKS: an interactive workshop designed to strengthen relationships and trust between our police officers and our residents.
Building on the national dialogue, the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute, in partnership with the City of Orlando, will conduct this workshop to enhance our City’s community policing initiative. Our community’s strength is our diversity and we are committed to ensuring that our City remain safe, inclusive and accepting of all.
The workshop will be held at the Orlando Citrus Bowl and registration is required. Click here to register or call the Office of Community affairs at 407.246.2500 Seating is limited, so please register early.
Fire Station 2 Groundbreaking
The Orlando Fire Department’s Station 2 “the pride of Parramore” is getting a new home.
Mayor Dyer invites everyone to join him, Commissioner Hill and Fire Chief Williams on September 8 at 11:30 a.m. as we break ground on the newest fire station in Orlando. This LEED certified, modern facility will deliver enhanced services to the residents and businesses of the Parramore neighborhood.
During the groundbreaking event, Firefighters will offer free blood pressure checks and hands-only CPR training, as well as light refreshments.
The new station is set to open the summer of 2016 and will be located off Robinson Street and Hames Avenue.
For more information visit cityoforlando.net.
Art in Odd Places
Mayor Dyer invites everyone to Downtown Orlando’s First Art in Odd Places event September 17 – 20 hosted by our Downtown Arts District. Art in Odd Places is an annual festival that is also occurring in other nationally recognized cities like Austin and New York. The event will feature performances, visual installations, video, sound and more in public spaces around Downtown.
This visual and performance public art festival will engage our residents and visitors through unique experiences and mediums; adding to the City’s art and cultural offerings.
The inaugural event will take place on Magnolia Avenue between Anderson Street and Washington Street and feature 50 various works of art and demonstrations from artists around the globe.
Item of Note:
Mayor – GOAA Contract
City Council voted on a new 50-year agreement with GOAA for the operation of OIA and the Orlando Executive Airport. Mayor Dyer believes the airport is one of the best organizations at long-range planning and visioning in order to ensure we meet the growing demand of tourism in our region. And this agreement is yet another example of that.
These types of agreements encompass many details and complicated legal matters and in order to develop this type of long term agreement it takes a great level of communication and cooperation to address every issue from planning to police.
Mayor Dyer recognized and thanked the staff for the extraordinary time and energy it took to develop this agreement.
This agreement ensure the City and GOAA work together to operate one of the best and safest airports in the Country. Mayor Dyer recognized Executive Director Phil Brown and General Counsel Marcos Marchena from the Airport who were in attendance at the City Council meeting.
The City is working to make it even easier for drivers of companies like Uber and Lyft to comply with the updated ordinances that allows them to operate in the City. When we developed our ordinance working with Uber and Lyft, one of the comments we have heard was that they would prefer to have our permitting process electronic. Moving all of our permitting online is a current priority for us.
On Monday the Council approved a contract with Kony Services – a local, but nationally known, app development company – to build and deploy a first of its kind Vehicle for Hire application that will allow for online digital permitting.
Orlando continues to lead the way as one of only about a dozen major cities across the country that have put forward a legal framework allowing Uber and Lyft to operate legally – all while still providing our residents and visitors with safe transportation options.
City Council approved an item that will help to further our efforts to transform our urban environment and make our City more livable and sustainable.
The approve grant will allow us to expand and establish new community gardens at City of Orlando Parks. Currently, the City has a total of eight community gardens throughout the City.
These community gardens not only help reduce our impact on our environment and provide affordable and fresh produce for residents, but they also bring our community together by providing a place for our residents to gather and grow together.
Youth Outreach Positions
There were several items on Monday’s agenda that will further our outreach to Orlando youth.
The Council voted on eight new employment contracts for After School All Stars and PKZ, which will help us expand our programs to ensure the success of Orlando’s youth.
And the best thing about these positions, is that they are fully funded by $8 million that we have received in grant funding from organizations like the State of Florida Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Volunteer Florida and Heart of Florida United Way.
Thanks to these efforts we will continue to ensure we serve the 11,000 children every day, year round, who take advantage of our City programs. Programs like – After School All Stars – which provides tutoring and educational lessons focused on the core areas of reading, math and science and our – Parramore Kidz Zone – which helps to equip our Parramore children with education and development programs to become successful, healthy adults.
We look forward to adding staff to these programs to help continue shaping the future of our cities youth.
There was an item on Monday’s agenda addressing a $124,000 grant that will help to further the City’s improvements to the Loch Haven Cultural Park, Central Florida’s premiere cultural destination.
The improvements include new sidewalks and ADA enhancements which will better connect the park to the Orlando Urban Trail and SunRail station stop at Florida Hospital, providing visitors to the park convenient and safe travel options.
In addition to the new sidewalks we are also enhancing the park by upgrading street lighting with LED technology, installing new wayfinding signage, adding a new performance plaza which will include space for outdoor gatherings and events and installing a new art piece at the Florida Hospital SunRail stop to welcome guests to the park.
The entire Loch Haven Cultural Park enhancement project is expected to be complete by mid-2016.
City Council approved a new monument at our Blue Jacket Park – The Lone Sailor Navy Memorial, which will commemorate the Orlando site where many of our local heroes began their service in the U.S. Navy at the former Recruit Training Center.
Commissioner Stuart has been working with the Central Florida Navy League for over 5 years to help the Lone Sailor Navy Memorial become a reality. Mayor Dyer thanked the Navy League members who were present at Monday’s Council meeting for their efforts – it is thanks to organizations like this and others like, my Veterans Advisory Council who work to support our veteran outreach efforts in Central Florida.
There was a hearing on Monday’s agenda about the proposed approval of the Fourth Amendment to the Third Amended and Restated Development Order for the Millenia Development of Regional Impact. Once the motion was approved, the Mayor opened up the floor for public testimony.