January 11, 2013
- City News
When looking for
solutions, people talk about thinking outside
the box. Today, I encourage our residents to
find solutions by looking inside a parking spot.
design firms have created mini-parks the size of
parking spaces for our "One Less Car, One More
Park" event today from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In
the metered parking spaces in front of City Hall
you will have the opportunity to relax in a
reading garden, experience the arts, learn how
to start your own garden and discover
transportation options in our area.
As we look at
ways to make Orlando a greener city, this is an
opportunity to see how a change in the way we
commute not only impacts our roads, but also the
landscape of our Downtown and neighborhoods. You
can even vote on your favorite park.
So often, we
wonder if our individual actions can really make
a difference. These mini-parks show what one
less car could create in our community.
If you can't make
it to today's event but are intrigued at
alternative ways to improve our community,
please join us on our Green Works Orlando
interactive forum at
and help us develop a plan to create the
greenest city in America.
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Important Notice for
Residents in Area 8 Regarding Single Cart Recycling
to inform residents that the new recycling carts
to implement single cart recycling in area 8
have been delayed at the factory.
click here to
read the notice from Mike Carroll, Solid Waste
Division Manager, regarding the delay.
boundaries of area 8 includes Fern Creek to the
West, the East/West Expressway to the South and
the City limits to the North and East.
Click here to
view a map of area 8.
Bag it! Don't Blow it!
mowing or landscaping, the City of Orlando
reminds you to bag your yard waste. Don't blow
When placed on a
paved surface like streets, driveways or
sidewalks, leaves, grass clippings and other
yard waste are carried by stormwater to the
closest storm drain, which flows directly into
Yard waste clogs
storm drains and dumps excess nutrients into our
waterways, creating algae blooms, destroying
wildlife habitats and decreasing recreational
value. Always bag yard waste or tie it in
bundles, and place it on the curb (not in the
street) on your scheduled yard waste collection
information, please visit
Participate Online For
to participate in our interactive survey and
earn points to be used in our rewards store. By
offering your opinion, you can earn points
towards a firehouse station dinner, a Leu
Gardens membership, an airboat tour of the
Orlando Wetlands Park and more!
The next Community
Connections workshop, "Getting Things Done
Through Volunteers Despite Difficult People,"
will be held Saturday, January 12, from 9 a.m.
to 12 p.m. For more information, including how
you can register,
It's a New Year and
a Fresh Start - Has Your Association Defined
As an association, it is important to determine
the mission and goals of your organization and
communicate them to your neighborhood. For tips
on how to define your organization's goals,
Register for Mayor Dyer's
2013 Neighborhood & Community Summit
Orlando Mayor Buddy
Dyer's 8th Annual Neighborhood & Community
Summit is Saturday, February 23, 2013. To
register and see a recap of last year's
Want to attend for
free? Sign up on the City's Green Works Orlando
interactive website, and redeem your
participation points for two free passes to the
Summit. A limited number of free Summit
registrations are available.
accomplishments of your association and its
members is critical. People enjoy being a part
of a successful team. Neighborhood leaders
should share the association's successes with
their members in order to encourage
participation and show the result of hard work.
For tips on recognition,
Another great way to
recognize a member of your association's hard
work is to nominate them for the
Award. The award will be presented at
the annual Neighborhood and Community Summit on
February 23, 2013. Complete the
by Feb. 1, 2013. For more information,
please contact Cindy Light with the Office of
Communications and Neighborhood Relations at
Did You Know?
Mayor's City Academy
The City of Orlando
is now accepting applications for the 2013
Mayor's City Academy.
program offers citizens a unique look inside
their City government. Participants will
interact with City employees and take part in
real life situations. They will tour Orlando
City Hall and the new Amway Center, interact
with our police and fire departments, learn
about downtown development, participate in
activities with our Families, Parks and
Recreation Department and learn more about our
housing and transportation initiatives.
Participants will leave the program being more
informed, engaged and ready to get involved in
their City government!
The 2013 Mayor's
City Academy will begin on Thursday, March 21.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday,
February 1. For more information or to
download an application, please visit
MLK Commission Events
Mayor Dyer and
the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
are hosting a variety of events to celebrate the
life and legacy of Dr. King. To view the
calendar of events, including the MLK Holiday
Mayor in the
Financial Group 40th Anniversary Kick-off
On Tuesday, Mayor Dyer joined Jim Seneff,
Executive Chairman of CNL Financial Group, to
celebrate CNL's 40th anniversary by lighting the
CNL Center's iconic cupola ruby red, the
traditional color of 40th anniversaries.
Luther King, Jr. Parade
Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
click for details
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