Buddy Dyer's Remarks
April 20, 2005
Today, I stand before you once again as your Mayor.
Today Special Prosecutor, Brad King, dismissed all the charges
brought against me and the three other people who were charged in
this case. That, resulted in the Governor issuing an order to
immediately reinstate me as your Mayor.
Contrary to recent reports this was not the result of a plea bargain
or a deal offered by the State Attorney. The only outcome I would
accept was that the truth to be told and all charges be dropped.
That has now been done.
This marks the end of allegations and complaints filed by a losing
candidate in an election that took place more than 13 months ago.
Since then, hundreds of interviews and depositions have been taken
from candidates, campaign workers and elderly African -Americans who
simply wanted to vote.
The investigation was exhaustive. The findings complete. As I stated
from the very start of this ordeal, no actions taken by me, my
campaign or any of my campaign workers were in any way illegal,
unethical or wrong. The Prosecutor, Mr. King has expressly
acknowledged there was no voter fraud of any type and has even
commended the work of Ezzie Thomas and others who helped people
exercise their fundamental right as citizens to vote. It is time to
put this election behind us and focus on our future.
I want to thank Ernest Page for his strength and leadership during
this difficult time. We as citizens are lucky that Page was in place
to guide our city during these difficult days. And we owe a debt of
gratitude to Mayor Frederick for his willingness to step forward and
offer himself as a candidate in our city’s time of need.
No visionary could have predicted two years ago when I ran for this
office, that our city would face three hurricanes, three budget
deficits and the ongoing legal battle over the city election
Nor would I have envisioned the tremendous strides we would make in
creating the downtown renaissance that other Florida cities are
envious of. We have passed a living wage ordinance, funded our
capital improvement budget so our children have the community
centers and swimming pools they have been promised for generations,
made sure our skilled tradesman and craftsman have a level playing
field to compete for work, held the line on increasing property
taxes in the face of record budget deficits, and created the Pre-K
classrooms that I know will make a difference in the lives of our
The hurricanes have come and gone. Our community was bent but not
broken. For me, the storm of my indictment has passed and I, too,
have been bent but not broken.
My conviction and my faith along with my loving family and dedicated
supporters have seen me through.
You have supported our efforts with your hearts and you have invited
me into your homes because you believe we can make a difference.
We have made great progress in building the great city I asked us
all to envision.
We have done our best and I believe we can do better..
You have never argued with the substance of our
accomplishments...but some of you have taken exception with our
style...and perhaps rightfully so.
Tonight represents a fresh start for this administration with fresh
faces and new attitudes being brought to bear on how we conduct
business here at City Hall. My goal will be to have a transparent
government for the people and by the people.
Prior to addressing you this evening I met with my Cabinet and left
them with one clear and fundamental charge that the days of doing
things that create the perception of secrecy around City Hall are
over. The business of the Dyer administration for the next three
years will be done in the sunshine and I will not tolerate anything
less from my Cabinet or City Staff. If we accomplish nothing else in
the next three years we will accomplish that.
My friends we have some difficult and exciting challenges in the
coming weeks that need to be addressed. We will charge head on into
finalizing and implementing our plans for Parramore, we will work
closely with Mayor Crotty to find a solution to our aging
entertainment facilities both at the Centroplex and the Citrus Bowl,
we will push to move forward on the development of a new Performing
Arts Center and we will double our efforts to work with the
University of Central Florida in creating the best digital media
center in the country right here in the heart of our city. And we
will begin the work of providing our City Commission with a balanced
budget for next year.
Both my wife, Karen, and I and our boys cannot begin to express our
thanks to those of you who extended your hand in friendship during
these difficult days. You will never ever be forgotten.
To those who offered your prayers and support from across this City
and throughout this state I also want to say thank you.
Tonight we bring an end to this Chapter in our city’s history.
Tomorrow we move forward.
I ask for your support, your prayers and your faith as we strive to
move Orlando down the road of progress in the sunshine that our
state is known for.
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