Items of Note:
Our Orlando United Assistance Center continues to serve as a navigation point to assess the needs of and provide information, support and resources to those directly impacted by the Pulse tragedy.
Council approved an item that will extend the partnership agreement with Heart of Florida United Way to provide administration and management services for the assistance center for an additional 60 days.
The additional 60 days will allow the City and Heart of Florida United Way to gather and more data and assess the needs of clients to determine a long-term agreement.
Fire 3 – Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services
Our Fire Department is applying to go through the accreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Known as CAAS, this accreditation acknowledges that an agency is delivering the highest EMS standards in the industry.
If awarded in 2017, our department would be the only department in Florida to have three different accreditations. Attaining these recognitions demonstrate our continued commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community and help our residents to live, work and go to sleep every night knowing that their fire protection is the best in the country.
Ordinance 1st Read – Afterhours Nightclubs Task Force
In December we established a moratorium on afterhours nightclubs and appointed an internal Task Force to look at these types of establishments. This moratorium was established after an afterhours nightclub opened in Downtown.
Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the operation of afterhours nightclubs. The afterhours nightclub that opened is no longer operating, leading the Task Force to believe these types of establishments are not currently in demand from our residents.
In addition, the Task Force believes afterhours nightclubs could:
- Place additional strain on our public safety resources
- Cause additional noise impacts to our residents
- Create additional pressure on City resources to ensure our streets and sidewalks are cleaned in time for the opening of business the following morning
As such, the Task Force believes these burdens outweigh the benefits of allowing afterhours nightclubs to operate in the City.
While the Task Force was only mandated to look at afterhours nightclubs, at the Mayor’s direction, the Task Force will continue the work they have been doing as it relates to looking holistically at our nighttime economy. The Task Force will come back to City Council in the coming months with recommendations on how we can continue working with the industry to diversify our nightlife offerings, improve safety, cleanliness and overall experience for our residents and visitors.
New Business- Approving Compassionate Cities Campaign Resolution
Council voted to adopt a resolution that designates Orlando as a Compassionate City.
By signing the Charter for Compassion, we will show the world that Orlando has a long history of establishing partnerships, which have supported the development of services and programs that were built on the foundation of compassion.
And as our City continues to heal, it remains important to us that we renew that commitment to support and help each other.
Residents can join us in our Compassionate City Campaign, by visiting our website: cityoforlando.net to learn more, connect to a variety of programs that exemplify the compassionate nature of our great city, share acts of compassion and upload photos.
Preliminary GOAA Budget for FY 2016-2017
Mayor Buddy Dyer opened a public hearing with respect to the preliminary budget of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority for fiscal year 2016-2017
Mayor Dyer recognized our GOAA representatives present who are present:
- Phil Brown, Executive Director
- Kathleen Sharman, Chief Financial Officer
- Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman
On August 10, 2016, the GOAA Board passed a resolution approving its preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 commencing October 1, 2016 and ending September 30, 2017.
The preliminary budget for Orlando International Airport is $554,317,000 and the preliminary budget for the Orlando Executive Airport is $2,847,600.
In accordance with Section 12 of the City Charter, GOAA has submitted the preliminary budget to City Council for review during a public hearing. The hearing was informational and City Council did not take action.
Hearings/Ordinances 2nd read #3 – Majorca Annexation
This ordinance proposes the annexation of about 11 acres of land located near the intersection of Turkey Lake Rd. and Sand Lake Rd., in what would be part of our District 6.
At the request of Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd, we deferred the second reading of this ordinance at our meeting of July 25 to Monday, August 29. At the request of the County and the applicant, Mayor Dyer recommended that we again defer this second reading until a date certain, this time till our meeting of October 24.
Hearings/Ordinances 1st Read – #5 Park Impact Fee
Parks provide our residents and families an opportunity to gather and socialize with each other, they promote active lifestyles by offering organized recreational programs that benefit residents of all ages, including some of our most at-risk youth. And, our parks help us to preserve important public spaces for the benefit of all our residents, that also keep our City greener, cooler and more sustainable.
As our City’s residential population grows, so does the impact on our parks.
Based on our current growth projections, our population is expected to grow by 100,000 residents in the next 25 years which equates to the need to grow our parks, green space and recreational facilities by more than 300 acres.
Council proposed an ordinance that would create a dedicated revenue source to bring new and enhanced parks and recreational facilities to our City.
The City’s Deputy Director of our Economic Development Department, FJ Flynn, gave a brief presentation.