September 21, 2012
- City News
This Tuesday, the City Council approved our
budget for the fiscal year beginning in October.
The budget we passed minimizes taxes and
delivers the highest levels of services
possible, so that our government can support the
private sector and Orlando's residents to
continue to fuel our economic recovery.
Every year, our
budget process focuses much attention on the
many services and programs our City government
provides. This year, we made the conscious
choice to also focus on the value of those
services to Orlando residents.
The average City
household pays $38.86 per month
in City property taxes. In return for those $39,
- We get
police protection and safe neighborhoods.
- We get fire
protection at a level that's better than 99
percent of cities in America.
- We get
parks, ball fields and green space.
- We get our
streets cleaned more often -- and our
potholes fixed faster -- than any major city
- We are able
to maintain our roads and sidewalks.
- And, we get
a multitude of other City services.
about that 39 dollar figure in comparison to
other monthly bills we might have.
- A basic
cable TV package runs about $70.
- The average
electric bill is $110.
- The average
car insurance is $125.
- A home alarm
system is about $40.
We make these
comparisons not to brag about our City
services, but to show our residents exactly
what they're getting in return for their
hard-earned property tax dollars and
illustrate the relative bargain those
This budget is
another step in leading our City through
recession and into recovery.
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The Orlando Solar Bears are Out of Hibernation
It has been more than 11 years since the Orlando
Solar Bears won the Turner Cup Championship,
only to see their league close down, forcing the
team to close its doors. However, on Saturday,
October 20, the Solar Bears are coming Out of
Hibernation for their Opening Night at the Amway
Since announcing the team's name on November 16,
2011, the Solar Bears have been busy ingraining
themselves in the community. Just a few weeks
ago, partnerships with the RDV Sportsplex Ice
Den and Space Coast IcePlex were announced.
Youth House League players in both venues will
wear jerseys with special Orlando Solar Bears
House League logos on the crest.
On Wednesday, September 19, single game tickets
went on sale for their 2012-13 Out of
Hibernation season. Fans can get tickets and
schedule information by logging on to
OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com, visiting the Amway
Center Box Office, or calling Ticketmaster at
800.745.3000. Full season and half season ticket
plans are also available by calling the Solar
Bears at 407.951.8200.
See you October 20th!
It Takes Courage Door
Join the City of Orlando, the Orlando Police
Department and Harbor House of Central Florida
for the third It Takes Courage Door Hanging
Event on September 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12
p.m. to help raise awareness of the warning
signs of domestic abuse in our community.
National Public Lands
Join the community in celebrating National
Public Lands Day Saturday, September 29, at Bill
Frederick Park at Turkey Lake (3401 South Hiawassee Road) from
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors will enjoy an animal
farm, fishing, nature connect trail, playground
and more! Admission is free.
For volunteer and event information,
Grants Funding for
now available for the 2012-2013 Mayor's Matching
Grant. Through this grant, neighborhood
organizations may implement physical
improvements, public safety or educational and
cultural projects and programs that benefit
Grant funds are
available with awards up to $5,000 that are
matched dollar for dollar by the applicant using
a combination of cash, volunteer labor and/or
in-kind donations of goods or services. The
Neighborhood Relations team can assist you with
project ideas, fund raising tips and identifying
potential partners for neighborhood grants. Call
Cindy Light at 407.246.3245 or Reggie Colimon at
407.246.2070 for assistance.
organizations interested in applying for a grant
are required to send two representatives to one
of the application
to submitting an application. Reservations are
information, including applications, guidelines
and a list of application workshops, visit
or call 407.246.2500.
City of Orlando
District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz Opens Dover
Shores Community Center Playground
City of Orlando District 2 Commissioner Tony
Ortiz celebrated the opening of the new Dover
Shores Community Center Playground on Tuesday,
September 18, with an official ribbon cutting
The new playground features play equipment for
children of all abilities and ages including a
clear rock climbing wall, two bays of swings,
some of the newest playground gear and all new
benches, picnic tables and a shade pavilion for
In addition to the new playground, the Dover
Shores Community Center (1400 Gaston Foster
Road) offers a variety of amenities for
neighborhood residents including a 9,000
square-foot multi-use gymnasium, fitness center,
computer lab, multi-purpose rooms, Olympic size
swimming pool, baseball field, racquetball
courts, handball courts and tennis courts. For
more information, visit
City Resource Guide: Your Directory to Services
and Programs to Enhance your Neighborhood
The City of
Orlando has a variety of services available to
inform, connect and involve residents and
neighborhood organizations. The City's Resource
Guide provides a list of the most frequently
requested City telephone numbers and resources.
To view an online copy,
For hard copies, please contact Jennifer Chapin
at 407.246.3846 or
events, photographs, best practices and
processes that are working in your neighborhood
with other neighborhood organizations throughout
the City. Contact Cindy Light with the Office of
Communications and Neighborhood Relations at
Did You Know?
Parramore Kidz Zone Youth
Join Teen Dragon Boating Program
Dragon Boating team, Dueling Dragons of Orlando,
a competitive teen dragon boating team, is
expanding its program to include the Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ).
Created in 2011 by
founder Andrea Eliscu, the Dueling Dragons of
Orlando team pairs youth with Orlando Police
Department officers in an effort to expand
youth development opportunities and strengthen
relationships between at-risk teenagers and
local police officers.
“PKZ has an amazing track record at helping
reduce juvenile crime, teen pregnancy and high
school drop-out rates by equipping Parramore's
children to become healthy and well-educated
adults. It's a perfect match for our goals.”
Dragon boating began
in China approximately 2,500 years ago and is
the fastest growing water sport in the world
with more than 50 million people participating
For more information
about PKZ, please visit
Mayor in the
The Grassroots Council of
the US Army Reserve Employers' Recognition
On Thursday, Mayor
Dyer attended the Grassroots Council of the US
Army Employers' Recognition luncheon to
celebrate the commitment of Central Florida
employers who support our citizen soldiers and
College Lake Nona Campus Dedication Ceremony
Also on Thursday,
Mayor Dyer cut the ribbon and gave a speech at
the dedication ceremony for the Valencia
Community College Lake Nona Campus. The Lake Nona Campus, the newest
addition to the Medical City, opened on August
19, 2012 and currently has 1,500 students
Words + Art:
A Museum Adventure at the Mennello
Public Lands Day
Courage Door Hanging Event
Division Golf Tournament
November 3 -
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400 South Orange Avenue
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