Greetings from Mayor Buddy Dyer
The City is going through its budget process for the upcoming year, which starts on October 1, 2008. I encourage you
to participate in this process by attending our two Budget Open Houses and public hearings scheduled for Monday,
September 8, 2008 with the Open House beginning at 4 p.m. and the public hearing starting at 5:01 p.m. and Monday,
September 15, 2008 with the Open House beginning at 6 p.m. and the public hearing and Council vote starting at 7:01
p.m. Both Open Houses and budget hearings are being held at City Hall (400 S. Orange Ave.).
The community Budget Open House will begin one hour before each public hearing. City finance staff and other key
departments will be on-hand to distribute information about core City services and answer questions about the
upcoming budget. Staff will also be available to provide residents an estimate of their City taxes using the City's tax
calculator at www.cityoforlando.net.
I have moved the start time for the second hearing being held on September 15 to 7:01 p.m. in an effort to make
participation in the public budget hearing process more convenient for you and your neighbors. It’s our desire to give
as many neighbors as possible the ability to take part in the budget process. I am confident that we will generate a
balanced budget that will keep the City of Orlando safe, provide a high quality of life and create opportunities, even in
these challenging economic times.
In our effort to be as open and transparent as possible and to engage you and all our citizens in the budget process,
we have created a Fiscal Year 08/09 Proposed Budget section on the City’s website- www.cityoforlando.net, click on
Fiscal Year 08/09 Proposed Budget in the center of the City’s homepage. Under this section, we have posted my FY
08/09 Budget Address, the PowerPoint presentations made by staff to City Council and other details about the FY
08/09 budget process. I have enclosed the fact sheet with this Briefing. We also want to provide our City residents with
the most accurate estimate of their City taxes under the proposed FY 08/09 budget plan. Homeowners will be able to
go to the City’s website, under the Fiscal year 08/09 Proposed Budget page and do this calculation for their individual
Mayor Buddy Dyer
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
A Message from OPD Chief Val Demings – The men and women of the Orlando Police Department rely
on our citizens to help us keep our streets and neighborhoods safe. The annual National Night Out event,
which is held the first Tuesday in August, is one opportunity we have to come together to celebrate this critical
partnership. This year’s National Night Out was another outstanding success. There were 63 parties hosted by
Neighborhood Watch groups this year. This year’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd place theme contest winners for National
Night Out were:
2008 National Night Out Theme Contest Winners:
1st prize - Richmond Heights - Brooke Street (Leader: Jeanette Marcus)
Theme: Drum Out Crime in Our Neighborhood - Listen to the Drums
Prize - $100 from Target and $100 from Publix
2nd prize- North College Park- Neptune Drive (Leaders: Bertie Hunt, Patti Riva and Craig O’Neil)
Theme: Light Up the Night, Give Crime the Red Light
Prize - $150 from Publix Supermarkets
3rd prize- The Willows - Shady Willow Drive (Leader: Erma Green)
Theme: "Time" Out for Crime
Prize - $75.00 from Target
My thanks to all the Neighborhood Watch leaders and volunteers for all of your hard work and support of this
year’s National Night Out. I ask all our citizens to join OPD in keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe by
participating in Neighborhood Watch, which is proven to be very effective in reducing crime. If you are not a
member, I urge you to join. Together, we can make a difference. For more information about starting or
joining Neighborhood Watch please contact:
Laura Velez Commissioner Districts 1 & 2 407-246-2644
Jehan Shelton Commissioner Districts 3 & 4 407-246-3773
Georgeanna Butler Commissioner Districts 5 & 6 407-246-3628
On Thursday, August 14, 2008, the Orlando Police Department partnered with Real Radio 104.1’s Monsters,
102.JAMZ and Rumba 100.3 to sponsor the 10th Annual Kicks for Guns – 2008. Participants were able to
exchange firearms for a new pair of tennis shoes or miscellaneous gift cards at three different locations in
Orlando. The event was a huge success. The Orlando Police Department collected 118 guns.
For detailed information about the Orlando Police Department, and crime prevention programs, log on to
www.cityoforlando.net and click on “Police.”
Get involved in stopping and preventing crime:
Reporting Crime & Suspicious Activity – call 911
Neighborhood Watch – 407-246-2461
Crime Prevention Presentations/Residential Crime Prevention Surveys – 407-246-2461
Operation Identification –407-246-2461 – Marking or taking pictures of your property to prove
Crimeline – 1-800-243-8477 - Available 24 hours a day, taking anonymous tips on any felony criminal
activity. Spanish speaking operators available. (If you witness a crime in progress, you should call
Drug Hotline 407-246- CRAK (2725) – An anonymous hotline for citizens to report drug activity to the
Orlando Police Department.
Illegal Gun Bounty Program - call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-8477. CRIMELINE, along with the City of
Orlando, sponsors the very successful Illegal Gun Bounty program. You are eligible for a $1000.00
reward for information that leads to an arrest, a gun recovery and a weapons charge. You can also
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
Hosted by City of Orlando and Orange County Government
Topic: Asset Based Community Development
Date & Time: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. NOTE: This workshop
starts at 9 a.m.
Location: Orange County Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard
Overview: It is all about community building! This workshop will give you the facts, community resources and
tips to work with the assets that exist right in your own neighborhood. You will learn how to motivate neighbors
to get involved by helping neighbors get to know one another. This workshop is also designed to teach
neighborhood leaders and volunteers new strategies for finding resources through "civic and social
networking.” See enclosed flyer for details.
Registration: To register for this workshop, please call Orange County Neighborhood Services at 407-836-
0035 or register on-line at www.ocfl.net/CommunityConnections.
2008-2009 City of Orlando Budget Open House and Public Hearings- Mayor Buddy Dyer and the
Orlando City Council will hold two Budget Open Houses and public hearings as a part of the City’s annual
budget approval process. Monday, September 8 is the first Budget Open House from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and
first public hearing is at 5:01 p.m. Monday, September 15, is the second Budget Open House from 6 p.m.
to 7 p.m. and final public hearing and Council vote starts at 7:01 p.m. Both hearings will be held at City
Hall (400 S. Orange Ave.) in Council Chambers on the second floor. Please advise your neighbors. See
enclosed flyer for details.
POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony on Friday, September 19, 2008 at 11 a.m. -
Please join Mayor Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council as they host the 2008 POW-
MIA Recognition Ceremony in the City Hall Rotunda, 400 S. Orange Avenue, Downtown
Orlando. The City will renew our commitment to bringing prisoners of war home and
vowing to never forget those missing in action. Please plan to attend and show your
support for our military. Free parking available in the visitor lot on the southeast corner of
Orange Avenue and South Street. Covered parking is available in the City Commons
parking garage located on the southwest corner of Boone Avenue and South Street.
Handicapped parking is available on every level of the parking garage. See enclosed
flyer for details.
2009 Mayor’s Neighborhood Matching Grant – Deadline September 19, 2008 - Applications are now
being accepted for the 2009 Mayor's Neighborhood Matching Grants (MNMG). These grants provide funding of up
to $5,000 for projects that address neighborhood needs and improve the quality of life in City of Orlando
neighborhoods. Through this grant, neighborhood, condominium, resident and homeowner associations
implement physical improvement, public safety, educational or cultural projects and programs that benefit all
residents of the neighborhood. At least two members of the neighborhood organization must have attended
one of the eight application workshops that were held in July and August in order to be eligible to apply.
The 2009 MNMG guidelines and application were mailed to all Orlando neighborhood organization presidents. For
additional copies, please call 407- 246-2169. Applications may be completed on-line or a hard copy may be
delivered to the Office of Neighborhood & Community Affairs or postmarked no later than September 19, 2008.
Please visit our website at www.cityoforlando.net/grants for more information.
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
FUNDS AVAILABLE! – Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Mayor's Faith-
Based and Community Matching Grant - Deadline October 17, 2008. Please pass this funding
opportunity to all the non-profit or faith-based organizations working in your neighborhood or who have
partnered with your association. This grant provides funding to non-profit and faith-based 501(c)(3)
organizations, which offer youth programming in crime prevention and anti-violence. Organizations applying for
these grant funds must have a letter of support from a City of Orlando condominium, homeowner or
neighborhood association where the project is located. These organizations will receive grant funding to provide
adult supervised and structured activities for youth during non-school hours. Grant funds are available annually,
with awards up to $10,000, which are matched dollar for dollar by the non-profit organization using a
combination of cash, volunteer labor and/or in-kind donations of goods and services. The applicant’s attendance
at an application workshop is required to apply for this grant. For more information, please visit
Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration – Sunday, September 14 - Join Mayor Buddy Dyer,
City Commissioners and the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Network on Sunday, September 14, 2008 from 12:30
p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park to kick off National Hispanic Heritage
Month, which takes place from September 15 to October 15 and coincides with the anniversary of
independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and
Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. This
free event will feature music and information from many Hispanic countries. There will be a variety of Latin food
available for purchase. Pedro Brull, a local Hispanic artist, has created an art piece that will be on exhibit at
Lake Eola Park. For more information on the event, contact Maria V. Zapata, at
HispanicAdvisoryCouncil@gmail.com or 407-254-4652. See enclosed flyer for details.
Join Mayor Buddy Dyer for his annual CityKidz! Buddy’s Benefit for Children – Mayor Dyer will
be hosting his annual fund raising benefit for children on Thursday, September 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at
the Amway Arena. CityKidz! Buddy's Benefit for Children will raise funds for the City’s Parramore Kidz Zone
(PKZ) program. PKZ gives children in the historic Parramore neighborhood positive opportunities they
otherwise might not have, such as pre-kindergarten programs, pediatric health and dental care, mentoring,
tutoring, after school and summer programs, and programs that help youth transition into jobs and higher
education. In partnership with existing children’s organizations, non-profits and schools, PKZ aims to make
Parramore the kind of neighborhood where children grow up strong, healthy and well educated. This will be an
evening of surprises, excitement and entertainment. See enclosed flyer for details.
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
Keeping the City Informed about Your Association Meetings and Events – We need your help in
keeping us informed about your association’s board and membership meetings and any events or activities
hosted by your association. Our Neighborhood & Community Affairs Outreach Team maintains a list of
association meetings and events. Each week Jennifer Chapin and Patricia Newton, our Community Outreach
Coordinators, generate a two week calendar that reflects all the association meetings and events NCA is
aware of. This calendar is sent to Mayor Dyer, the City Commissioners and City department directors to keep
them apprised of association meetings, events and activities. Although NCA knows that your association meets
on a specific day of the month, Jennifer or Patricia still must call or email the president each month to verify the
date, time and location of your meeting or event. NCA strives to produce the weekly calendar that is accurate
and thorough, which requires NCA to count on your information and verification. If you are not receiving a
call or email from NCA confirming your meeting for the month, please contact Susan Harris at 407-246-
2779 or email@example.com. We greatly appreciate your assistance with producing this weekly
association meeting and event calendar.
Need a Speaker for Your Association or Civic Organization Meeting? Contact the Office of
Neighborhood and Community Affairs (NCA) to schedule a member of Mayor Dyer’s senior staff to speak to
your organization about City priorities, programs and services. NCA can also help you with program ideas and
presentations that may be of interest to your neighbors and members. Contact Jennifer Chapin, Community
Outreach Coordinator, at 407-246-3846 or Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
September is National Preparedness Month - National Preparedness Month is held each September to
increase public awareness about emergency preparedness. During the month, everyone is encouraged to take simple
steps to be prepared for any natural or man-made disaster. Build a Kit: Gather necessary items for your family's
emergency preparedness kit; Make a Plan: A thorough and practiced plan can help you keep track of family
members in any emergency; Be Informed: Daily tips will add to your knowledge and help you make a wise decision
during any crisis; Get Involved: We all have a role to play in keeping our hometowns safe. Make it yours, and
prepare yourself and your family to minimize the emotional and physical effects and be ready to help others in need
the first 24 to 72 hours after a disaster when responders can't get to your community. For more information on the
Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, please visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov. Information is
also available by phone at 1-800-BE-READY or 1-888-SE-LISTO. Also, you may contact Adolfina Ortiz, Disaster
Volunteer Manager/Orlando Citizen Corps Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management, at 321-235-5432 or
email her at email@example.com.
Disaster Volunteer Open House - Get involved and find out about the different areas where you can
volunteer before, during and after a disaster. Meet the Orlando Office of Emergency Management staff and partners,
learn the role of the Emergency Operations Center and take a tour of the Orlando Operations Center. Volunteers are
at liberty to choose their area and level of commitment.
Date: September 13, 2008
Time: 9 am - 11 am
Where: Orlando Operations Center located at 110 N. Andes Ave., Orlando, FL 32807, (Off of Lake Underhill Rd.,
between Conway Rd. and West of Semoran/SR436, there is a traffic light at Andes Ave.)
RSVP: To Janice Owens-Cannady at 321-235-5437 or Janice.Owens-Cannady@cityoforlando.net
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
For more information, please contact Adolfina Ortiz, Disaster Volunteer Manager/Orlando Citizen Corps Coordinator
at 321-235-5432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to know what it is like to be an Orlando Firefighter? Attend the next Citizen Fire
Academy from September 16, 2008 through November 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is conducted by the Orlando Fire
Department. The Citizens Fire Academy is a ten-week program designed to give Orlando residents an inside look at
the life of Orlando Firefighters. Each week citizens meet for three hours and interact with firefighters on a number of
topics, such as: fire fighting apparatus and protective gear; fire hazards should you look for in your home; how to
survive a fire in the workplace; using a fire extinguisher; arson and bomb detection procedures; basic first aid and
CPR, and; other firefighting techniques. To register or for more information, contact Vicki Robles at 407-246-3128 or
The City’s Mayor William Beardall Senior Center provides a variety of activities and events -
Each month over 2,000 people attend nearly 100 classes, clubs, meetings and events managed by the City of
Orlando's Families, Parks and Recreation Department. The Beardall Center sits on 3 ½ acres at 800 Delaney
Avenue, on the northwest corner of Delaney Avenue and Gore Street. The center was the Delaney Elementary
School, constructed in 1920. Some older adults who enjoy classes and events at the center attended grammar
school at Delaney Elementary more than 70 years ago. In 1983, Orange County Public Schools sold the
building to the City of Orlando. After completing award-winning renovations, it was dedicated as the Mayor
William “Billy” Beardall Senior Center on November 13, 1986. For a monthly schedule of events and activities
being held at the Beardall Senior Center go on line to http://www.cityoforlando.net/fpr/Html/PDFs/Beardall_Aug08.pdf for
the August and September Calendar. See the enclosed September Calendar.
Help Seniors, People with Disabilities and Veterans Get their $300 Stimulus Check from the
Federal Government – Did you know there are more than 14,000 City of Orlando residents eligible for an
economic stimulus check who have yet to file their 2007 tax return? This unclaimed money totals more than
$4 million. Even if you do not usually file a tax return, you can get the stimulus payment from the federal
government if you file this year. To get this payment, citizens must file a tax form (1040A) with the IRS by October
15. This payment should not affect a person’s other benefits, such as SSI, Food Stamps or Medicaid. We need
your help to reach our City’s eligible seniors, people with disabilities and veterans. Please encourage them to
attend one of these events where they can file for this stimulus check:
Monday, September 8, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Engelwood Neighborhood Center, 6123 LaCosta Dr.
Monday, September 8, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center, 1723 Bruton Blvd.
Wednesday, September 10, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Beardall Senior Center, 800 S. Delaney Avenue
Wednesday, September 10, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Northwest Community Center, 3955 W.D. Judge Dr.
Friday, September 12, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dr. J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center, 101 N. Parramore Ave.
Friday, September 12, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Disabled American Veterans, 2040 W. Central Blvd.
In addition to these events, citizens may file for free at:
Orlando ACORN – 120 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, 407-423-9832
Mon. – Fri. 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center – 850 Trafalgar Court, Maitland, 407-660-5830
Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
For more information about filing for the stimulus payment, dial 2-1-1 or contact the IRS at 1-866-234-2942 or
www.irs.gov. See enclosed flyer for details.
Graffiti Hotline: 407-254-GRAF (4723) - Residents can call in and report graffiti to 407-254-GRAF (4723).
This information clearinghouse, managed by Keep Orlando Beautiful, streamlines the process for graffiti
removal by working in tandem with City departments and the OPD Gang Enforcement team to aggressively
locate and remove graffiti. Residents can also report graffiti online by going to
Keep Informed about your City – Subscribe to “City News” – City News is the City of Orlando’s
weekly electronic newsletter delivered to your e-mail every Friday. City News keeps you up-to-date on what is
happening in Orlando by featuring a message from the Mayor, City Council updates and information on City
programs, services and events. If you would like to receive City News, please go on-line to subscribe at
Shop for Fresh Vegetables, Plants and Unique Arts and Crafts at the Sunday Farmers Market -
The Sunday Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located at the southeast
corner of Lake Eola Park. Vendors line the sidewalks with artwork, plants, handcrafted jewelry, fresh produce
and gourmet food all available for purchase. For more information call 321-202-5855 or visit
Update on Community Venues
Events Center, Citrus Bowl and Performing Arts Center
Looking for Information - The City is committed to keeping you informed and providing updates on the
progress of the Venues projects. Go online to the City’s website – http://www.cityoforlando.net and click on the
“Community Venues” icon in the center towards the bottom of the page or here is the direct link -
http://www.cityoforlando.net/elected/venues/. If you have questions that are not addressed on the City’s
Community Venues web pages, or would like to have a Community Venues presentation at your association
meeting, contact Susan Harris at 407-246-2779 or email email@example.com.
JOBS - The City of Orlando has partnered with Workforce Central Florida and four community based
organizations (CBOs), to develop a local workforce initiative to provide trained workers for Community Venues
construction and retail venues created by development. Anyone interested in finding a job with one of the
Venues, needs to contact one of these CBOs:
1. Center for Change, Inc. - 407-836-8497
2. Community and Church Assistance Program - 407-351-4151
3. Community Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. - 407-851-5920
4. Nehemiah Education and Economic Development, Inc. (N.E.E.D.) - 407-661-9050
These four CBOs provide targeted community outreach, advocacy, intake, assessment and employment/training
referral services to Workforce Central Florida. CBOs will also provide supportive services to eliminate barriers
to employment, if needed. Examples of supportive services are resume writing, bus passes, childcare, tools and
mentoring. Workforce Central Florida will assess the individual’s employment interest, ability and skills and
assist them with finding employment. Job training will be provided based on individual abilities and skills.
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFING September 2008
Invitation to Upcoming City Events & Meetings:
To stay on top of City events, visit the City’s web site at http://www.cityoforlando.net and click on Calendar tab at the
top and then click on the calendar you want to view. For Harry P. Leu Garden’s event information go to
http://www.leugardens.org. Please share this information with your neighbors.
Every Sunday Sunday Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the southeast corner of Lake Eola Park.
September 8, 2008 Economic Stimulus Check Filing Event, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Engelwood Neighborhood
Center, 6123 LaCosta Dr. See information above.
September 8, 2008 Economic Stimulus Check Filing Event, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dr. James R. Smith
Neighborhood Center, 1723 Bruton Blvd. See information above.
September 8, 2008 Mayor’s Faith-based & Community Matching Grant Application Workshop, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
at Beardall Senior Center. See information above.
September 8, 2008 2008-2009 City Budget Open House at 4 p.m. and Public Hearing (first hearing) at 5:01
p.m., at City Hall (400 S. Orange Ave) in Council Chambers on the second floor. See
September 10, 2008 Economic Stimulus Check Filing Event, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Beardall Senior Center,
800 S. Delaney Ave. See information above.
September 10, 2008 Economic Stimulus Check Filing Event, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Northwest Community
Center, 3955 W.D. Judge Dr. See information above.
September 12, 2008 Economic Stimulus Check Filing Event, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dr. J.B. Callahan
Neighborhood Center, 101 N. Parramore Ave. See information above.
September 12, 2008 Economic Stimulus Check Filing Event, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Disabled American
Veterans, 2040 W. Central Blvd. See information above.
September 13, 2008 Community Connections Workshop, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Orange County Regional
History Center. Topic: Asset Based Community Development. See information above.
September 13, 2008 Disaster Volunteer Open House, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Orlando Operations Center. See
information above under the Orlando Citizen Corps section.
September 14, 2008 National Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Lake Eola Park. See
September 15, 2008 2008-2009 City Budget Open House at 6 p.m. and Public Hearing (final hearing and
Council vote on budget) at 7:01 p.m., at City Hall (400 S. Orange Ave) in Council
Chambers on the second floor. See information above.
September 16, 2008 Mayor’s Faith-based & Community Matching Grant Application Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12
p.m. at Rosemont Community Center. See information above.
September 16, 2008 Citizen Fire Academy, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance registration is required. See information
September 18, 2008 CityKidz! Buddy's Benefit for Children, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Amway Area. See
September 19, 2008 POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony, 11 a.m. in the City Hall Rotunda. See information above.
September 19, 2008 Mayor’s Neighborhood Matching Grant Application Deadline, 5 p.m. See information above.
September 24, 2008 Mayor’s Faith-based & Community Matching Grant Application Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12
p.m. at Wadeview Community Center. See information above.
September 29, 2008 Mayor’s Faith-based & Community Matching Grant Application Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12
p.m. at Engelwood Neighborhood Center. See information above.
October 8, 2008 Mayor’s Faith-based & Community Matching Grant Application Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12
p.m. at Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center. See information above.
October 13, 2008 Mayor’s Faith-based & Community Matching Grant Application Workshop, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
at Orlando City Hall. See information above.