First and foremost, thanks for your support of my re-election and for allowing me the opportunity to serve the residents of District 3 for four more years as a member of the Orlando City Council. As you have heard me express before, I am grateful for the confidence you have placed in me and am humbled by your support—this is truly a privilege I don’t take lightly.
Thanks for the opportunity to provide this e-mail update about some time-sensitive things happening around our community.
Since many of you may subscribe to the Mayor’s City News, you have probably already heard about Google’s search for a City like Orlando to pilot their experimental ultra high speed internet connection (a connection 100 times faster than any that currently exists). We know that we are well-positioned to offer a wonderful testing ground for this type of technology. In fact, our City government just went ‘Google,’ migrating all of our employees from Lotus Notes to internet-based Google Mail for a savings of more than $200,000 annually. Please see the Mayor’s recent City News blast for ways we need your help (by March 26th) to show Google all of the amazing things our residents could accomplish with ultra high speed internet capability.
With so much mis-information swirling around this year’s Census, I just wanted to provide a little factual information for you to consider as we approach April 1st, Census Day. While I understand the many reasons how and why so many are skeptical of their government, I want to clarify that the mandatory part of the census, which should be arriving in your mailbox this week if it hasn’t already, is just 10 questions and not one asks for your social security number, your income, or any other extremely personal information. If you do receive anything in the mail, even if it looks official, that asks anything of that nature, don’t fill it out.
Below is the official website for the Census that further explains its purposes, the types of questions you will be asked and why (such as your race and whether you own or rent your residence).
With the start of Daylight Savings Time, we all now have more time to spend outdoors enjoying all of the great Spring events taking place around our Great City. Below is a list of just a few in and around District 3 during the next few weeks. For more information on these events, check out my webpage at http://www.cityoforlando.net/district3.
– Wednesday, March 17th from 2:30 – 3:30 p (St. Patrick’s Day), join our Transportation Planning staff and me for a fun, kid-centered bicycle safety event at the College Park Community Center . The event will feature activities and fun for all ages. We will even be raffling off a brand new bike to one lucky participant.
– Saturday, March 20th from 9 a – 11 a, City Beautiful Lake Clean-up taking place at Lake Lorna Doone, Lake Mann, Lake Dot and Park Lake; Volunteers needed
– Saturday and Sunday, March 20th and 21st from 9 a – 5 p, Leu Gardens Annual Plant Sale. Admission to the Gardens is free both days.
– Sunday, March 21st from noon- 5 p, College Park Neighborhood Association’s Annual Sunday in the Park at Dartmouth Park. Event is free, open to the public and fun for the whole family.
-Monday, March 22nd from 6- 8:30 p at College Park Community Center and Tuesday, March 30th from 5:30 – 8 p at Rosemont Community Center, OUC’s Reliably Green Open House; OUC staff will be on hand to discuss what you can do to take control of your utility costs through making your home more energy and water efficient as well as through alternative billing and payment methods.
Again, thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing you around the District this Spring!
Robert F. Stuart, Commissioner, District 3
City of Orlando
400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801