Last week, I delivered my annual State of the City address on Church Street. I took the address “on the road” to showcase the exciting era of transportation beginning in Central Florida, starting with the launch of SunRail in just a few days.
SunRail is Central Florida’s first commuter rail line and will provide an alternative to congested roadways and rising gas prices. The first phase opens May 1 and you will have the opportunity to ride for free from May 1 through May 16.
Thanks to our community’s determination and willingness to work together, SunRail is now a reality. Already, we are creating jobs, spurring development and paving the way for enhanced public transit throughout our community.
On April 10, Lynx launched its new Grapefruit LYMMO line, which will provide SunRail riders with another way to easily connect with destinations throughout our Downtown. Parking enhancements are also on the way and by the end of 2014, we will install more than 1,000 smart meters that accept debit and credit cards at all on-street public parking spaces throughout Downtown.
The carshare program, which launched this past fall, provides SunRail riders with a connection to hourly car rental service. A bikeshare program, which is expected to begin service by the end of 2014, will connect to existing transit like LYMMO and SunRail and provide another affordable transportation option.
SunRail is part of a whole new era of transit for the region. I encourage you to take advantage of SunRail and the other new transportation options and experience their comfort, ease and cost savings.
For more of Mayor Dyer’s State of the City address, click here.
Two New College Sporting Events
Earlier this week, Mayor Dyer helped announce two major college sporting events, the Cure Bowl at the Citrus Bowl and the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship at the Amway Center. Click here to learn more about the events and watch a video focusing on the charitable efforts of the Cure Bowl.
Change of Command
On April 4, the Orlando Police Department held its traditional Change of Command ceremony, transitioning the department’s leadership from Chief Paul Rooney to Chief John Mina. Click here to watch highlights of the ceremony.
iLead is a comprehensive program that provides you with the tools to inform, connect and involve your neighbors through a series of guides, videos, webinars and workshops. Click here to learn more about iLead.
Mayor’s Matching Grants
The Mayor’s Matching Grant program provides grant funds to neighborhood associations, schools and non-profit organizations that plan and implement projects which address neighborhood needs, improve education and build community pride. Click here to learn more about grant guidelines and the application process.
Did You Know
Summer Camp Registration
Registration for the City of Orlando’s summer camps is now available. Click here for more information and to register online.
Bike to Work Day
Make plans to join Mayor Dyer for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 9. Click here for more information about the ride from Loch Haven Park to City Hall.
It’s Playoff Time
Orlando’s hometown hockey team, the Solar Bears, are currently facing the Cincinnati Cyclones in the quarterfinals of the ECHL playoffs. Click here for the playoff schedule and ticket information.
Mayor in the Community
Grapefruit LYMMO Line Kickoff
On April 10, Mayor Dyer helped kickoff the opening of the new Grapefruit LYMMO Line, which serves 15 stations and new destinations, including the Thornton Park and Parramore neighborhoods.
Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo
Mayor Dyer celebrated the grand opening of the 21st Annual Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo at the Orange County Convention Center on April 11.
Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Reception
At City Hall on April 14, Mayor Dyer recognized volunteers who donate their time to worthy causes throughout the City.
2014 Central Florida Boy Scout Golden Eagle Dinner
Mayor Dyer joined Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs at the 2014 Boy Scout Golden Eagle Dinner at the Amway Center on April 15 to honor exemplary Central Floridians with the Golden Eagle Award.
10th Anniversary of the Hispanic Office for Local Assistance
Along with District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz and business and community leaders, Mayor Dyer celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (HOLA) on April 16.
Child Abuse Prevention Month Announcement
On April 17, Mayor Dyer joined regional leaders to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and to pledge the City’s dedication to reducing child abuse in Central Florida.
• City Council meets on Monday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall.
• On April 30, celebrate the historic Grand Opening of SunRail with events at each station.
• Experience the comfort and ease of SunRail for free from May 1-16.
• Join Mayor Dyer on May 9 at Loch Haven Park for Bike to Work Day.
• City Council meets on Monday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall.
• Come experience Central Florida’s largest weekly market. The Orlando Farmers Market, located at the southeast corner of Lake Eola Park, takes place every Sunday and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 321.202.5855 or visit: OrlandoFarmersMarket.com