Commissioner Gray Birthday
Mayor Buddy Dyer took a moment to wish Commissioner Gray a happy birthday. He celebrated his birthday earlier this month on November 6.
Mayor Dyer thanked our residents, businesses and city staff for their hard work, patience and cooperation as our city is restored after Hurricane Irma.
City crews and contractors have completed the second pass of debris collection and are working on the final pass.
It is important that residents and businesses report any remaining items by Friday, November 17 in order to avoid incurring a charge for collection. This includes vegetative debris and construction materials such as fence and roofing materials.
As soon as all your debris is out, please don’t wait, report your remaining collection needs to our Solid Waste team now by calling 407.246.2314 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Orlando continues to assist evacuees from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in the recovering efforts from Hurricane Maria by offering our resources and support through our Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (HOLA).
Our satellite office at the airport in the Disaster Relief Center (DRC) operated from October 3 – November 1 and served more than 3,300 individuals and over 1,000 families. During the same time frame the HOLA office at Primrose served 587 individuals seeking assistance
In order to best serve evacuees and residents, starting November 2nd, HOLA moved all of its staff to the North Primrose Drive location, providing all of the services that the satellite office was offering at the airport at the permanent location now.
Mayor Dyer praised the HOLA office staff and the City of Orlando employees that volunteered for nearly a month at the Relief Center.
He recognized Ana Cruz, our Program Coordinator, who stepped up to meet this challenge and lead out on these efforts.
Because of this team’s dedication, the citizens who arrived from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have been given much needed assistance and guidance during this difficult time in their lives.
Time and time again, our community continues to demonstrate that the very best that America has to offer lives right here in Orlando.
Orlando continues to be one of the best cities for new businesses. And as we grow, it’s a priority for us to incorporate new technologies that allow us provide the best customer service possible.
We are entering the next phase in our move to a fully integrated digital permitting system. To successfully migrate to our new software, our Permitting Services Office will close to walk-in customers the week of Thanksgiving, Monday, November 20 through Wednesday, November 22.
During this week all online and telephone services will remain operational and staff will continue to process permits, review plans and perform inspections.
Regular operations will resume on Monday, November 27 and all Permitting and Planning services will be fully digital.
For more information, visit cityoforlando.net/permits.
Tree Lighting Celebration
Mayor Dyer invites you to Lake Eola Park on Friday, December 1 for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration.
The free event starts at 5 p.m. and includes the lighting of the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree on Washington Plaza, which will be decorated with 88,000 LED lights.
The celebration also includes a holiday concert by local performers and musicians, TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar and Trinity Lutheran School’s holiday musical.
For more information, visit cityoforlando.net/treelighting.
Veterans Day Parade Thank You
Thousands came out to show support for our military service members, past and present. Our TV partner News 13 broadcast the event live this year and did a fantastic job.
Items of Note
Mayor # 1 – Community Invest Program Grants
Council voted to approve over $2 million in grant awards through the City’s Community Investment Program.
The City is proud to invest in these efforts that help us to solve community problems together and to meet the growing needs of our residents and families.
B # 14 – RFP for Fire Station 9 and Two Others in Five Years
In the past year, the City of Orlando has broken ground on many new parks, fitness trails and opened a new fire station in Parramore and our new police headquarters.
City Council approved the investment in three state-of-the-art replacement fire stations over the next five years to further enhance the quality of life and safety of our residents.
Transportation # 2 – Safe Streets Academy
As a city we’re also focused on making our streets safer for everyone – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
As part of those efforts, Council approved an agreement with Smart Growth America, a non-profit organization that helps cities with smart growth strategies, to participate in the Safe Streets Academy.
Orlando is one of three cities nationally that’s been selected to take part in the academy. Our Transportation staff will work with Smart Growth America to identify implementable pedestrian and bike safety solutions on Curry Ford Road between Bumby Avenue and Gaston Foster Road.