Davis/Greenwood Community Garden Grand Opening
The Lake Davis/Greenwood neighborhood received a Mayor’s Matching Grant to fund the 16-bed garden located at the Greenwood Urban Wetland. After more than two years of planning, permitting and construction, Mayor Dyer, District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and City staff joined more than 70 attendees to thank those involved for their hard work and take a tour of the garden.
Dan Homblette, President of the Lake Davis/Greenwood Neighborhood Association, noted that the primary objective of building the garden had already been achieved – neighbors coming together and making new friends, further enhancing the Lake Davis/Greenwood neighborhood.
Do you know a City resident who has made a positive impact on their neighborhood or the City of Orlando? If so, nominate them for Mayor Dyer's Neighborhood Champion Award. This award values the contributions that neighborhood volunteers make to improve their City and recognizes the unsung heroes that work hard to keep their neighborhood a great place to live. For more information, please click here.
Did you miss the October 12
Community Connections Workshop?
If you missed the workshop, click here for more information about accessing government resources.
The Spring Lake Neighborhood Association does an effective job enticing their neighbors and members to participate in its annual meeting. What’s their secret? Make it a family affair and provide plenty of food.
The Spring Lake Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting takes place first Sunday in November and is a highly anticipated event. In addition to conducting business, the meeting features a neighborhood picnic with activities for kids and opportunities for neighbors to renew friendships or get to know each other. The Spring Lake Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting model is a great example of how to make a meeting more than just a meeting and entice the entire neighborhood to get more involved.
Homeowners’ Association Required to Register
The 2013 Legislature amended Chapter 720, Florida Statutes, to require homeowners’ associations, which meet the definition of section 720.301(9), Florida Statutes, to register with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) by November 22, 2013. Click here to register or go to myfloridalicense.com/hoa.
Homeowners’ associations that are required to register with the Division must be a Florida corporation responsible for the operation of a community or a mobile home subdivision in which:
The term “homeowners’ association” does not include a community development district or other similar special taxing district created pursuant to statute.
If you are a Community Association Manager filing on behalf of the association, please provide your License Number.
If you have any questions, please contact the DBPR at 850.488.1122 or 800.226.9101.
Orlando is made up of wonderful and unique neighborhoods that serve as the foundation of our great City. To celebrate our rich neighborhood heritage, the Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations (OCNR) is creating neighborhood histories for all of the City's neighborhoods to post on the City's website.
Knowing the history of our neighborhoods is important because it helps us to know who we are as a City and contributes to molding Orlando's future. OCNR's Neighborhood Relations Team is asking all neighborhood organizations to contribute to this history project by sending us your history and photos.
Please send your information to Jennifer Chapin at Jennifer.Chapin@cityoforlando.net. For more information, please call Jennifer at 407.246.3846.
OUC Upgrading Streetlights to LED Technology
Orlando is one of only a handful of major U.S. cities converting to energy efficient LED streetlights. The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) is in the process of upgrading 14,000 of the most common streetlights to LED technology. Residents will notice a whiter, clearer light in their neighborhoods providing better visibility for motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement. The new lights will help control light pollution because LEDs offer a more focused, directional light as opposed to their old orange, cobra-head style predecessors.
OUC first piloted the LED streetlight program in
Thornton Park in 2010. Since then, the
technology has improved and the price has
dropped. OUC is also studying the viability for
larger lights on highways and smaller
acorn-style ones on smaller roadways. The
rollout will take five years, and the energy
savings alone will be enough to power 243 homes.
Hands-Only CPR/AED Training
On September 21, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 3 Commissioner Robert F. Stuart and Fire Chief John Miller led Orlando’s first large scale community Hands-Only CPR/AED training at Edgewater High School. More than 150 residents participated in the training event that also included free health screenings and vendors providing valuable information. If you are interested in holding a Hands-Only CPR/AED training in your neighborhood call 407.246.4277 or email email@example.com.
Mayor Dyer’s 8th Talks & Tours at Orlando International Airport
On September 4, Mayor Dyer conducted his 8th Talks and Tours event at the Orlando International Airport (OIA) which was hosted by Carolyn Fennell and her team in the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s Office of Public Affairs. Nearly 30 City residents learned about the economic impact of the airport’s presence in our community, and were given a tour of its beautiful facility. Residents were even taken to the top floor of airport’s terminal top parking garage and literally received a bird’s eye view of the west side of the airport, which includes its two longest runways.Special thanks to Hojeij Branded Foods owners Carol and Wassim Hojeij for sponsoring lunch.
Do you ever see solicitors in your neighborhood and wonder if there are any City codes that regulate them?
The answer is
yes. Chapter 45 of the Orlando City Code
regulates solicitors and their conduct.
for things to think about when you spot
solicitors in your neighborhood or at your door..
If you see a solicitor violating any of this City Code, call 9-1-1 to report it to the police.
It’s also important to note that in some cases, door-to-door solicitation is used as a cover for criminal activity. Be careful and insist on identification before opening your door to any solicitor. Use your peephole, and if you don’t have one, make the investment. Report suspicious solicitations to the Orlando Police Department, and when calling, be prepared with a description of the individual.
How often are you bragging about your association?
Recognizing the good work your neighborhood does promotes your association and helps it develop, grow and thrive; it helps to attract and retain new members and fosters enthusiasm and excitement. Some of the many ways you can seek recognition include things like association meeting signs, hats and t-shirts. Also, make sure to keep your City Commissioner aware of the good things your neighborhood does – Commissioners love to brag about the good things going on in their districts. The Neighborhood Relations team enjoys sharing information about the great work neighborhoods and residents are doing in our “Neighborhood Happenings” section of the City News e-newsletter. Those notable events may in turn inspire other neighborhoods to accomplish new and creative things themselves.
Other great resources you can utilize to spread the word about the good things your neighborhood is doing is on an association website if you’ve got one or through social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Several Orlando neighborhoods currently have Facebook pages and the Neighborhood Relations team would be happy to share with you which neighborhoods they are so that you can see how they use these tools to communicate with their residents in case you wish to try something similar.
Taking recognition a step further, Mayor Dyer has two recognition award programs available to help you share the good things that are happening in your neighborhood - The Neighborhood Champion award and the Community Builder award. The deadline to submit nominations for both awards is in January of each year.
Orange County also has several awards that are presented at their Community Conference each year. For more information on what awards are available and how to nominate for them, please click here.
There are even ways to brag about your neighborhood on the state and national level. At the Florida Neighborhood Conference, the All State Neighborhood Team Award recognizes neighborhood leaders from throughout the State of Florida for their efforts to improve the neighborhoods and communities where they live. Recipients are recognized at the Florida Neighborhoods Conference. For more information, click here. Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) is the national nonprofit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. They have a variety of award programs available as well, from Neighborhood of the year, Best Neighborhood Program, Neighborhood Newsletter Competition and Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods. Don’t be shy about going after these awards – Audubon Park, one of our very own Orlando neighborhoods, won the Neighborhood of the Year award in 1998! For more information, visit nusa.org.
Did you know that in the United States, a pedestrian is struck by a car every seven minutes? It is estimated that over 4,000 pedestrians are killed and 59,000 pedestrians are injured each year. Best Foot Forward is a community-wide coalition formed to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries in the Orlando/Kissimmee metro area. Best Foot Forward educates pedestrians and drivers about what to look for, what to expect and how to proceed in an attempt to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Best Foot Forward can present pedestrian safety information (for both pedestrians and drivers) to neighborhood associations that are interested. For more information, please visit their website iYield4peds.org, Facebook page facebook.com/BestFootOrlando or Twitter @BestFootOrlando.