March 1, 2013
- City News
This Wednesday, I
marked my 10th anniversary as Mayor by
delivering my annual State of the City address.
While the address referenced many facts and
figures, I also spoke of our residents and
business owners whose unique stories truly
articulate the state of our City.
stories of inspiration. Jennifer Chap, who
helped save her husband Rick using CPR, created
a new goal for the Orlando Fire Department (OFD).
Over the next five years, OFD will train every
City resident in hands-only CPR to help save
other lives in our community. Ashley Castillo,
an eighth grader at Jackson Middle School, spent
much of her life homeless. After-School
All-Stars gave her tutoring, support and
assisted her family, helping turn her from an
introvert to a dynamic young lady involved in
school and public speaking. Turquoisia McNabb
will graduate from Jones High School this year
and will be the first person in her family to go
to college. She grew up in a single-family
household with a special needs sibling, but
found mentoring and a safe environment to learn
at the Parramore Kidz Zone.
stories of entrepreneurs. Since 2008, our Main
Street districts have created 400 new businesses
and 2,400 new jobs. Carry O’Neill and David
Lang’s dress shop in Thorton Park made dresses
for 16 contestants in the Miss American Pageant,
including the winner. In Audubon Park, Gabby
Lothrop and Heather Grove will soon open the
East End Market, a farmers' market that will
create an incubator for chefs and artists. And
in College Park, Susan and Bryce Olds’ passion
for animals turned into a dog-grooming salon. Called “Woof!",
the business has so many canine customers,
including my dogs, it recently tripled in size.
Above all is the
story of Orlando. The potential of our City and
its residents is unlimited. That is why I
announced I would not run for Governor. I have a
responsibility to you to finish what we started.
When I think about the stories that were shared
during State of the City, there is no place else
that I would rather be than Orlando.
If you were unable
to view the State of Address live,
to watch an archive or
to read the speech.
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Florida Friendly Landscape
Design with Natives
Learn how to make
your yard Florida friendly by attending this
landscaping class at 3:30 p.m. on March 8 at
the Orange County Extension Education Center
(6021 South Conway Road). To register, visit FriendlyYards.EventBrite.com. For more
information and additional class dates,
We Need Your Feedback.
Tell Us How You Green.
How much would
you pay for streets designed for walkers and
bicyclists? How much more would you spend to use
alternative energy sources or to buy local
fruits and vegetables? Give us your feedback on
the Green Works Orlando
And don't forget
to check out our rewards store where you can
redeem your participation votes for an air boat
tour of the Orlando Wetlands Park, a Leu Gardens
membership, a firehouse dinner and more.
New Features to a Historic
At the center of the City
Beautiful sits Lake Eola Park, the City’s crown
jewel and the site of many local events. Among
the offices, services and entertainment
surrounding the park is The Metropolitan at Lake
With the help of the Mayor’s Matching Grant
awarded by the City of Orlando, this once famed
building is in the process of being restored to
its former glory.
to find out what’s happening!
Hundreds of Community
Leaders Attend the 8th Annual Neighborhood and
February 23, more than 300 neighborhood and
community leaders attended the 8th Annual
Neighborhood Summit. Attendees visited workshops
and exhibits designed to inform, connect and
engage them with their community. For a recap of
the event, including information regarding
We would also like
to congratulate the winner of this year’s
Mayor’s Neighborhood Champion Award,
President of the Clear Lake Cove Homeowners
winner of the Mayor’s Community Builder
as well as all of the
who were recognized for making Orlando the best
place to work, live and raise a family.
The next Community
Connections workshop, “Help Your Board Members
Know What They Don’t Know,” will be held
Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For
more information, including how you can
Lake Beauty Park
On Thursday, Mayor Dyer joined District 4 City
Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Orlando Health
Board of Directors Chair Linda Chapin for an official
ribbon cutting ceremony to open Lake Beauty Park
located on the corner of South Orange Avenue and
Miller Street. The effort was a result of a
collaboration between the City of Orlando,
Orlando Health and Dr. Stanley Hand with a joint
vision for a quality new open space in the
Downtown South area. Lake Beauty Park features
innovative rain gardens to capture and treat
roadway stormwater runoff before entering the
lake, native plantings, a tree canopy and usable
spaces for people who visit the park.
Click here for
an update from Monday's City Council meeting.|
Did You Know?
The 7th Annual Blues B-Q is Saturday, March 9,
from 4 to 10 p.m. in front of the Orange County
Courthouse. There will be live music on two
stages, including headlining act Robert
Randolph and The Family Band and Orlando’s
best, mouth-watering barbecue available for
purchase. The event is free. For more
Donate Your New or Gently Used Shoes
Throughout the month of March, the City of
Orlando, in partnership with NBA player Chris
Duhon’s Stand Tall Foundation, the Art of
Stepping and the UCF Alumni Association's
Community Volunteers Chapter, will collect new or gently used shoes
to help children and families in need through
the “Sneakers 2 Succeed” shoe drive.
The drive will
benefit the City of Orlando's Parramore Kidz
Zone (PKZ) and Orange County Public Schools
McKinney-Vento Program (MVP).
to see a list of locations that you can visit to
donate your shoes.
Mayor in the
On Saturday, Mayor Dyer attended the 2013
African-American History Month Trailblazers
Prayer Breakfast presented by State Senator
Geraldine Thompson and Preserve African-American
Society, History and Tradition (PAST) Inc. The
event honored members of the religious community
and professionals in the fields of law,
education and social activism.
Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc. Luncheon
On Saturday, Mayor Dyer joined the Beta Xi
Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa Inc. for its eighth annual “Celebrating
the Gift of Teaching” event to honor educators
and community leaders for their commitment to
quality education and visionary leadership.
Gala to Benefit the Mennello Museum of American
Also on Saturday, Mayor Dyer attended the
Mennello Museum of American Art Gala. The gala
paid tribute to art patrons of the Mennello
Museum and honored former City of Orlando Mayor
Glenda Hood and former Orange County Mayor Linda
Annual Mayor’s Black History Month Luncheon
On Monday, Mayor Dyer attended the 2013
Mayor’s Black History Month Luncheon hosted by
the Orlando United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
UNCF helps to enable more than 60,000 students
attend colleges each year.
Community School’s Annual Fundraiser
On Thursday, Mayor Dyer joined Nap Ford
Community School friends and family, community
leaders and corporate partners to help raise
funds for the school. Nap Ford Community School,
located in the Parramore neighborhood of
Downtown Orlando, is a pre-kindergarten through
fifth grade title one charter school. .
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