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Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center Update
Phase two of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts continues to take shape.
Kathy Ramsberger, President and CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, gave City Council an update about the progress made so far in phase two.
Monday, December 11, 2017, was the final Council meeting of the year.
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family, friends and neighbors, and also about sharing with those who are less fortunate. What makes our community so special is that our residents, business community and city staff are giving and compassionate year round.
Mayor Buddy Dyer expressed how proud he is that our city continues to work together to make our community a better place.
UCF Football and Bowl Games
This New Year’s Day our UCF Knights will look to complete an undefeated season when they face Auburn in the Peach Bowl up in Atlanta. UCF is ranked 10th nationally and had some thrilling wins at the end of the year, including the victory over rival USF.
Mayor Dyer had a friendly wager with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Mayor Buckhorn was a great sport in raising a giant UCF flag over Tampa City Hall.
Adding to our region’s offerings as America’s premier sports event destination, our Camping World Stadium will also host three bowl games this month.
- Georgia State and Western Kentucky will meet in the Cure Bowl on Saturday,
- Oklahoma State will play Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl on the 28th
- and LSU and Notre Dame will square off on New Year’s Day in the Citrus Bowl.
ITEMS OF NOTE
FPR # 1 – Memorial at Colonialtown Square Park
Council voted on an item that will continue the healing process following the Pulse tragedy.
As part of the City’s construction of a labyrinth at Colonialtown Square Park, we are installing pavers at designated locations bearing the names of the 49 individuals to memorialize the lives taken following the tragedy. Additionally an “Orlando United” heart – a symbol of the tragedy has also been installed as part of the project.
Mayor Dyer recognized Commissioner Sheehan for her leadership in this effort in creating this unique place in our community where we can remember those lives lost and pay honor to their memories.
Parramore Famers Market
Another item on the agenda supported the Parramore Farmers Market, which will officially open on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
The Parramore Farmers Market is in partnership with Orlando City Soccer and will feature foods locally grown in the area, helping us to expand food access in our West Orlando neighborhoods.
Mayor Dyer recognized Commissioner Hill for her leadership efforts in this.
Initiatives like this continue to help support our City’s efforts to transform our urban environment and make Orlando more livable and sustainable for everyone.
Vision Zero – Transportation #6
As part of our continued efforts to make our community a safer place to walk, bike and drive, council approved a Vision Zero resolution that commits the city to adopt a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2040 and also endorses Vision Zero as a collaborative approach that involves all city departments to achieve this goal.
This resolution is the first step of a process that will establish a plan, timelines and actionable items with the goal of consistently reducing the number of crashes resulting in death and severe injury until we reach the ultimate goal of zero.
New Business/Hearing # 1 – Grant & Community Infrastructure Agreement – Packing District
Council signed off on a donation from Dr. Phillips Charities of 104 acres to the City of Orlando that will spur the construction of a new tennis centre, parks, trails and a private mixed-use development, The Packing District.
This redevelopment will be transformative along Orange Blossom Trail and Princeton, preserving our community’s history while providing a vibrant base of living and commerce.
Kevin Edmonds, our Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, gave a presentation on The Packing District, followed by Ken Robinson, President and CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities.