OFD – Hurricane Harvey
Please continue to keep those in Texas in your thoughts and prayers as they cope with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey.
Also, please pray for the nine Orlando Firefighters from the Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force who are headed to Texas to help with the rescue efforts. When Orlando has been in times of need, we have had an outpouring of love and support come from all corners of the US and the globe.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Join the City of Orlando to continue celebrating our diversity at the City’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Tuesday, September 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the rotunda. The free event celebrates our diverse and rich Hispanic heritage and culture. The event includes Latin food and entertainment and the grand opening of the Hispanic Art Exhibit at the Terrace Gallery featuring pieces from Central Florida Hispanic artists. Click here for more information.
The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) recently honored Amway Center with the 2017 Venue Excellence Award during the 92nd annual VenueConnect Conference in Nashville, TN. The award is bestowed upon facilities that excel in the management and operation of public assembly venues. Amway Center was the only arena to garner this distinction.
This IAVM honor is given by industry peers and recognizes all the people who operate Amway Center and ensure their patrons have memorable moments in a safe environment.
This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Orlando Venues team and their many valued partners. Amway Center continues to set the bar high and this award is something our entire community can be proud of.
Items of Note:
Anti Terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program Grant & Amendment to the City’s agreement with Heart of Florida United Way for the OUAC
A few months back, it was announced our community would be receiving grant funds to support our immediate response and to continue providing critical assistance to the victims following the Pulse tragedy.
On Monday, council voted on an agreement that will allow the City to be the recipient of those funds, which will help us recoup funds we used in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
Additionally, there is an amendment to the agreement with the Heart of Florida United Way, which reaffirms that a portion of our funding will be to continue operating the Orlando United Assistance Center. This grant will help ensure the OUAC continues to operate through the end of 2020.
Our Orlando United Assistance Center continues to serve as the central resource hub to connect those directly impacted to a wide array of services available to assist them in their recovery. The OUAC serves more than 320 clients and has an average of 160 appointments each month.
We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Justice and the state’s Attorney General’s office for this grant funding … and for partnerships like that with the Heart of Florida United way that continue to serve those impacted on June 12.
Computer Aided Dispatch Supplier Selection
City Council approved an for the implementation of a new Computer Aided Dispatch system that will utilize next generation technology for our 911 system.
The new system will integrate both OPD and OFD into a unified dispatch system that will increase operational efficiency, interagency collaboration and further enhance the safety of our residents.
Much of City staff worked very hard on this initiative and brining this innovative technology to our City. Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked all who worked so hard to help us to continue to provide our community with exceptional service.
Temp Use Permit for West Arts District
We as a City are extremely supportive of public art, including murals, and the unique impact they have in our community, helping to create vibrancy and place-making.
Council approved an item that will allow us to explore an expansion of our mural program and help further this creative expression.
Working together with the West Orlando Arts District property owners, we’ve developed a temporary use permit to allow for art to remain on the buildings there, with minor modifications, and to use this specific site as a test pilot as we continue to study this type of mural structure and its impacts.
Mayor Dyer thanked Commissioner Hill for her leadership on this project and look forward to continuing to grow the arts together.
Funding for Social Enterprise Accelerator
Also on Monday’s agenda was an item to support the new Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator, a new six-month program to support the startup and growth of social enterprise companies, which are companies that exist to solve social, environmental and economic challenges.
The accelerator will provide these startups with the support, programming and mentorship, to help grow their product or business into self-sustainable ventures, in turn, creating new jobs for residents and improving the quality of life in Central Florida.
The accelerator is a partnership led by two of Orlando’s most successful social enterprise companies – Clean the World and CREDO Coffee.
Hearings # 1 – Public Hearing with respect to GOAA Budget for FY 17-18
On August 16, 2017, the GOAA Board adopted a resolution approving its preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 commencing October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018.
The preliminary budget for Orlando International Airport is $518,254,000 and the preliminary budget for the Orlando Executive Airport is $3,516,000.
In accordance with Section 12 of the City Charter, GOAA has submitted the preliminary budget to City Council for review during a public hearing. This hearing is informational and City Council does not take action.
Mayor Calls for public comment, after which the Mayor closes the hearing and no vote was taken.
Hearings # 3 – Purchase agreement between the City and CVD for sale of Lot M
This is a public hearing for the sale of a parcel of City-owned land valued in excess of $500,000, as required by Chapter 13, Section 7 of the City Charter. Notice of the hearing appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on August 21, 2017, and approval of this transaction will require a majority vote of all members of City Council.
The property is located in downtown Orlando within the Creative Village development site.
Creative Village Development, LLC is the City’s competitively selected master developer of Creative Village, and has assigned the purchase agreement to Ustler Development, Inc. Ustler or an entity related to or under common control with Ustler will form a single purpose entity to act as the owner/developer of the multi-family housing project proposed for the site. The City will deed the property to the single purpose entity.
The parcel is approximately 1.57 acres, and the purchase price is $5,475,396.00. The estimated fair market of the property is $5,475,396.00.