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28.Nov.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2:00 p.m.

OUC Board Meeting

Commission Chambers

100 West Anderson Street

Mayor Dyer will attend the OUC Board meeting.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Smart Parking Meter Installation Work-Along

In front of Orlando City Hall

Mayor Dyer will work-along with Parking Division staff to install the first smart parking meters in Downtown Orlando.  The new meters will enhance parking in Downtown by allowing for the use of debit and credit cards at all on-street public parking spaces.

3:30 p.m.

2014 State of Downtown Address

Church Street Exchange Building

101 South Garland Avenue

Mayor Dyer will deliver his annual State of Downtown address at the Church Street Exchange Building, Downtown Orlando’s new hub for technology companies. This year’s speech will share the latest on the City’s comprehensive visioning process for the continued revitalization of Downtown Orlando, led by the citizen taskforce, Project DTO— Advancing Downtown.  As part of the event, Mayor Dyer will make several announcements that will shape the next decade of Downtown.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

8:00 a.m.

American Diabetes Association Champion Appreciation Breakfast

Citrus Club

255 South Orange Avenue

Mayor Dyer will recognize fundraisers, donors and sponsors of the Step Out – Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraising event, benefitting the American Diabetes Association (ADA). As part of the event, Mayor Dyer will speak of the impact the event has on the mission of ADA and present awards to the event’s top fundraisers.


State of Downtown Gift Donation Delivery

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

639 West Central Boulevard

Mayor Dyer will deliver gifts to children and families at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, donated by attendees of his 2014 State of Downtown Address. As part of the event, Mayor Dyer will also pass out gifts to children in the daycare, which provides early childhood education for children from six weeks to four years old and includes a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.

5:45 p.m.

PGA TOUR Superstore Ribbon Cutting

7603 Turkey Lake Road

Mayor Dyer will join with business and community leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the Orlando PGA TOUR Superstore, the first and only 50,000-square-foot golf superstore in Central Florida.

Friday, December 5, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Orlando Business Journal’s “Doing Business in Downtown” Panel Discussion

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 South Magnolia Avenue

Mayor Dyer will serve as the keynote speaker of the Orlando Business Journal’s “Doing Business in Downtown” panel discussion. Panelists for the event include Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts CEO Katherine Ramsberger, Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, Echo Interaction Group CEO Carlos Carbonell, Ustler Development President Craig Ustler and Downtown Development Board Executive Director Thomas C. Chatmon, Jr., who will discuss Downtown Orlando projects and how they affect the local economy in the coming year.  


Tourist Development Council Board Meeting

BCC Cambers, Orange County Administration Center

201 South Rosalind Avenue

Mayor Dyer will attend the Tourist Development Council Board meeting.

6:00 p.m.

**6:05 p.m. - Mayor Media Interview Window** (following tree lighting)

City of Orlando’s 7th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

Lake Eola Park, Walt Disney Amphitheater

195 North Rosalind Avenue

Mayor Dyer will join Central Florida residents and guests to kick-off the holidays at the City of Orlando’s 7th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, featuring the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree and its 88,000 animated lights. This free event includes a holiday-themed choir performance, Food Truck Bazaar, Gifts ‘n’ Goodies Christmas Village vendors, a musical from Trinity Lutheran School and a free outdoor-viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 

13.Nov.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

On the heels of a disappointing mid-term election in which Republicans again gained a number of new seats in the legislature, the Democrats appear to be irretrievably lost.  If the criticism offered by a number of commentators is correct, Democrats didn't fare well during the last election because they ignored a significant portion of their base-- and then paid the price.

11.Nov.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Don't blame black voters for last week's election debacle by Democrats, says Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge.

10.Nov.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here's a big reason we've seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That's a principle known as "net neutrality" — and it says that an entrepreneur's fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student's blog shouldn't be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.

07.Nov.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Both incumbents --- one Democrat and one Republican --- lost their seats Tuesday in Florida's two most hotly-contested congressional races.

07.Nov.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

California voters took a significant step toward ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs by approving Proposition 47.  On the heels of reforming the state’s “three strikes” law in the 2012 election, Californians overwhelmingly voted to change six low-level, nonviolent offenses – including simple drug possession – from felonies to misdemeanors. 

06.Nov.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

NOVEMBER 8, 2014

Community Open House

Free and Open to the Public
NOON TO 6:00 P.M.
Dr. Phillips Center Members preview from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Guests will take self-guided tours and explore the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater and the Seneff Arts Plaza. The tour includes spots for photos and the opportunity to purchase tickets for upcoming shows and events.

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NOVEMBER 9, 2014

Community Open House and Family Festival on Seneff Arts Plaza, Free and Open to the Public
Dr. Phillips Center Free and Open to the Public
NOON TO 4:00 P.M.
Guests will take self-guided tours and explore the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater and the Seneff Arts Plaza. The tour includes spots for photos and the opportunity to purchase tickets for upcoming shows and events. Access to  a climate-controlled hospitality area with private restroom facilities, high top tables and chairs, lunch from Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ and three drink (beer/wine/soda) tickets are available for $30.00 advance/$30.00 at the door.

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

Broadway & Beyond at the Walt Disney Theater Presented by Dr. Phillips Charities and The Bryce L. West Foundation

Tickets Available
Dinner 5:00 p.m.
Performance 8:30 p.m.
Broadway & Beyond is an incomparable variety show featuring luminaries from Broadway, and beyond, including international music and dance performers.

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NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Carmina Burana, produced by Orlando Ballet with Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
Dr. Phillips Center Tickets Available 7:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets

With midterm hangover setting in, many will chatter and finger-point into next month about what happened, who did what and why. And at the center of it will be questions about the black vote. In crucial Senate and gubernatorial races where the black vote was needed most—Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina—Democrats faced humiliating blows to the stomach.

30.Oct.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by

Washington, D.C. — A new issue brief released today by the Center for American Progress explores the current role of women-of-color voters, a bloc that turned out in record numbers in the 2008 presidential election. The brief looks at the national demographic trends turning this emerging voting bloc into an increasingly powerful electoral player. This new political landscape points to a reality in which these voters will wield great influence in 2014 and beyond.

30.Oct.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Written by


Last month, candidates were asked for positions related to policy that has shut approx. 1.5 million Floridians out of the democratic process; Gov. Scott, A.G. Bondi, and all other incumbent Clemency Board members refused to respond

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