Mayor Dyer’s General Items of Note:
Oath of Office
This morning we hosted an Oath of Office Ceremony to celebrate the swearing-in of District 1 Commissioner Jim Gray, District 3 Commissioner Robert F. Stuart and District 5 Commissioner Regina I. Hill for four-year terms on the Orlando City Council. We congratulated and welcomed Commissioner Regina Hill to the Orlando City Council for her first term as District 5 City Commissioner. Also recognized were District 1 Commissioner Jim Gray who was sworn into his first full-term and District 3 Commissioner Robert F. Stuart who was sworn into his third term.
Commissioners, I look forward to working with all of you as we serve the citizens of our great City.
Fireworks at the Fountain
On July 4th, join us at Lake Eola Park for Fireworks at the Fountain. The free patriotic event includes a kids’ play area, games and activities on the East Lawn and live entertainment featuring performances by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concert Band.
Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with the fireworks set for 9:10 p.m. For more information, click here.
Agenda Items of Note:
B # 6 – Permitting Pilot Program
Our Permitting Services Division continues to see a dramatic increase in activity since 2011 with more than double the permits issued in 2013. With that, the number of inspections performed, between 2011 and 2013, has increased by 72-percent and the data we have for 2014 shows activity continuing to increase.
As Orlando’s economy strengthens and development increases, it remains critical that our Permitting Services Division continues to provide efficient and responsive services to keep commercial and residential projects moving forward. Last year, the City added the ability for customers to schedule Permitting appointments online.
Today we discussed an item which will further allow us to continue to respond efficiently to these increasing demands while continuing to provide excellent customer service through a pilot program, which will provide the City with the flexibility to enhance staff for building inspection and plan review services on an as-needed basis.
C #9 – USTA QTI
Today, we approved a QTI Refund supporting the development of the United States Tennis Association’s state-of-the-art training facility and divisional headquarters for Community Tennis and Player Development in Lake Nona.
Our Medical City at Lake Nona continues to be an economic engine for our entire region. The USTA’s new facility will build upon that economic opportunity, creating more than 150 new jobs for Floridians with an average wage of more than $100,000.
Ordinance/1st Read – SED
On first reading today was the Planned Development ordinance for the Magic’s Sports and Entertainment Development. The Orlando Magic are planning a development across from the Amway Center – with office, residential, retail and a conference center. This project further supports the sports and entertainment corridor along Church St. and will be a destination for residents across the region, drawing people to our Downtown.
There are still a number of steps in this project including master plan approval and development agreements. At our next Council meeting the Orlando Magic will be here to present an update on the project.