Commissioner Stuart – September 2016
As we celebrate the start of a new school year, the start of football season and the beginning a great fall, I wanted to take a moment to update you on some things happening around our city.
Sporting events provide us many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends, what better way to support your local community than by attending some high school football games and other sporting events? Both Edgewater and Winter Park High Schools offer family and individual sports passes that allow entry into all home games on their campuses. For more information, visit ehs.ocps.net or wphs.ocps.net.
Speaking of football, this will be an exciting season here in Orlando at Camping World Stadium (aka The Citrus Bowl), with Ole Miss and Florida State meeting for the Inaugural Camping World Kickoff on Monday, September 5th at 8 p.m., along with a free kickoff concert featuring Brad Paisley, on the evening of September 4th downtown in front of City Hall. And this new tradition will continue with Alabama and Louisville meeting for the 2018 season kickoff, while the Gators and Hurricanes will meet in 2019.
This year’s season continues with the annual Florida Classic on November 19th, the Auto Nation Cure Bowl on December 17th, the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 31st and culminating with the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl on January 29th.
Golf is another great activity we can all enjoy as the weather cools off. Our city’s own Dubsdread Golf Course not only offers open play, but adult and junior clinics as well as leagues for all age levels.
For our nature lovers, head out to our annual National Public Lands Day celebration taking place on Saturday, September 24th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. Entry to the park is free and there will be many great activities for the whole family.
As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this month, join the Orlando Fire Department and the Camaraderie Foundation for a special ceremony at 6 a.m. on Sunday, September 11th. Flags will be planted in remembrance outside the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
Also, please join us in the City Hall Rotunda on Friday, September 16th at 11 a.m. for the mayor’s annual POW/MIA Ceremony. It is a time where we can all remember those soldiers who are missing in action and reflect on our commitment to continue working together to bring them home to their families.
I’m so excited that for the first time, our city’s annual National Night Out event is taking place in the fall, rather than the summer. So goodbye to stifling heat and a high probability of showers and hello to National Night out on the evening of Tuesday, October 4th! National Night Out is one evening where neighbors host some sort of get together on their street or in their community so that they can get a chance to not only interact with each other, but also with the police officers and other first responders who patrol and cover their area, in order to build a cohesive network that can help prevent crime in our community.
If you have never been to or hosted a National Night Out event on your street or in your neighborhood, there is no better time to start. With everything going on in our world, now more than ever, we can be the torch bearers for how police/ community relations can and should be.
For more information on how to host a party, visit cityoforlando.net/police. Also, please join us for the city-wide National Night Out kickoff party at the SODO shopping area on Monday, October 3rd from 6-8:30 p.m. Enjoy free food, live entertainment and a chance to visit with all of our different OPD divisions while learning more about the Neighborhood Watch program.
As always, thanks for your support of our great City! I look forward to seeing you around town this fall enjoying one of our great local amenities.