Mayor Buddy Dyer addressed two very unfortunate passing. He extended his sympathies to Commissioner Hill for the passing of her daughter and to Commissioner Ings for the passing of his father-in-law.
Hispanic Heritage Month & Hispanic Parade
Earlier this month, Mayor Dyer and Commissioners Ortiz, Stuart and Hill joined with the City’s multicultural community to kickoff Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate the rich history, culture and contributions of Latinos in our community.
Mayor Dyer invites residents to join Commissioner Ortiz at the Hispanic Parade & Festival this Saturday, September 26 starting at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the corner of Orange Avenue and Livingston Street and will end with a festival in front City Hall and the Dr. Phillips Center’s Seneff Arts Plaza.
Englewood and Citrus Square Playgrounds
Earlier this month, Mayor Dyer joined with Commissioner Gray to cut the ribbon on a new playground at Citrus Square. Later this week, Mayor will join with Commissioner Ortiz to cut the ribbon on a new playground at Englewood Neighborhood Center.
Mayor Dyer invites residents and businesses to join with him, City Commissioners and Police Chief John Mina on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. for our second ORLANDO SPEAKS, 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, is conducting these workshops 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 Edgewater High School and registration is required. Please visit our website: cityoforlando.net for registration information. Seating is limited, so please register early.
Items of Note:
Mayor Dyer announced the City is partnering with Growing Orlando, a new non-profit urban farm initiative, to develop our City’s first urban garden. Growing Orlando will use the garden to grow food that will be made available for purchase to our residents at the Lake Eola Farmers market and to local restaurants. They will also host workshops and learning opportunities for residents to how to grow for themselves, learn about food and health and how to grow for others.
Growing Orlando plans to open the urban garden site early next year in 2016.
To further the City’s efforts to be one of the most sustainable cities in the country, the City agreed to a new partnership with OUC which will allow for the installation of 30 hydration stations throughout the City at our parks, community centers and neighborhood centers.
These new stations will enhance our current water fountains by providing residents with an easy way to refill disposable or reusable water bottles while on the go.
The stations will not only save our residents time and money by allowing them to re-use water bottles conveniently, but will also reduce the number of plastic bottles recycled every year and provide easily accessible, clean water to keep our residents hydrated while in our parks or at our community and neighborhood centers.
The stations are another way we can continue to transform our urban environment and make our City more liveable by enhancing our parks and providing our residents with the tools to help them reduce their impact on our community.
Monday’s agenda included an action to support the recruitment of a regional headquarters for Atlanta-based Orion Technology Services to the City of Orlando.
Orion is a full-service, high-end technology company whose clients range from small businesses to large international companies. Orion anticipates creating 30 new jobs in the next three years and is considering locations for its regional headquarters.