Last Monday, our community marked one year since the Pulse tragedy with Orlando United Day. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming, not just locally but from around the country and the world. The residents of Orlando came together once again with love, unity and compassion to honor the victims and support the survivors.
Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked the countless volunteers who helped with the various events or with Acts of Love and Kindness. He also like to recognized City employees who played a role in supporting this day from police and fire who kept our city safe to parking and transportation departments who ensured a seamless transportation plan for the tens of thousands of people coming to Pulse and Lake Eola to all the departments who operated the Emergency Operations Center.
Fireworks at the Fountain
Another opportunity for our community to come together is at the annual Fireworks at the Fountain event on Tuesday, July 4, at Lake Eola Park.
This free, patriotic celebration begins at 4 p.m. and features live music on two stages, a kids play area, and food and beverages available for purchase. The spectacular fireworks finale is accompanied by a live performance from the Orlando Concert Band.
For more information, visit cityoforlando.net/fireworks.
Items of Note
Mayor’s Matching Grants
Council voted on funding for 14 Mayor’s Matching Grant projects. These matching grants will support our local neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations and schools that offer programs that enhance the quality of life in our City by providing opportunities and partnerships that benefit our residents.
Projects will include adding neighborhood safety features and enhancing the beauty of our neighborhoods… and offering critical mentoring programs and increased access to creative arts, education, culture, career exploration and athletic programs for our youth. These volunteer-led projects will be completed within the next 12 months.
Council approved an agreement to open a new Canvs co-working space in Parramore. Canvs-Parramore will provide space for up to 15 startup entrepreneurs, within any industry, to base their operations and get the support they need to get their businesses off the ground.
Mayor Dyer acknowledged Commissioner Hill for her leadership in bringing Canvs to Parramore.
At the City, we are always seeking ways to make it easier and more affordable for entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams, and we are proud to partner with Canvs on this new location.
Parramore Infill Housing & F # 3 – Parramore Homebuyers Club
Two other items related to furthering revitalization in Parramore were on Monday’s agenda – these two relating to affordable, single family housing in Parramore.
First, is an item for the City to partner with Future Leaders Development Corporation to build three new single family homes on city-owned lots. The homes will be built along McFall Avenue, an area where the City has made significant investments to support new affordable homes in the past.
The other item will help us accomplish the goal of finding homeowners for the new homes we’re constructing in Parramore. To further this effort, we are partnering with the Housing and Neighborhood Development Services of Central Florida, Inc. (also known as HANDS) to establish a Homebuyer’s Club program in Parramore, designed to assist individuals improve their creditworthiness in preparation for homeownership.
Life Sciences Consortium Amendment
Another item was on the agenda that will continue the City’s efforts of making Orlando a great place to do business, and further diversify our economy, by bringing a new life sciences incubator to the Guidewell Innovation Center at Medical City.
The incubator is a partnership between Florida Hospital and Tavistock and will be managed by UCF’s award winning incubator program and will help to expand on the ground-breaking research and medical discoveries happening at the Medical City and continuing to create the jobs of the future.