MAY 2017

The month of June will be a time of reflection for our community as we take part in  Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness  on June 12, 2017. In addition to remembering the 49 innocent victims who were lost, their family and friends, as well as those who were physically injured and those who bear the deep emotional scars of survival, we also extended our support to the Pulse family, Pulse Nightclub owner Barbara Poma and the LGBTQ, Latinx and Hispanic communities.

I invite you to join Orange County as we participate in " Acts of Love and Kindness " in partnership with the City of Orlando and One Orlando Alliance. Share your story about how June 12 touched your life, show your generosity and kindness through giving or lend a hand and get involved to help our community . For more information, visit .

As we close another school year and the season of commencements, local residents are encouraged to update their family emergency plans and information in preparation for  Florida's hurricane season , which begins on June 1 and ends November 30.  Orange County Government is here to ensure you have the information you need before, during and after any severe tropical system that affects our community, including a variety of tools that are available online and on mobile devices .

Local residents are invited to attend Orange County's 2017 Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 3, at Orange County's South Econ Community Park, 3850 South Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. This free, one-day event will offer preparedness information and supplies including, weather radios and first-aid kits. 

Hurricanes can bring hazards in many forms. From high winds to tornadoes and flooding, hurricanes can present a variety of severe weather. Your ability to plan ahead will be your best protection against injury or damage to your home and property. Last October, Hurricane Matthew moved through Orange County. It was the first major storm to impact Central Florida since 2004. In addition to a last minute change in the projected path, our vigilance, planning and preparation led to very little damage in the region. Still, it is important to prepare now for what could potentially be a dangerous storm season.

I encourage you to download the OCFL Alert app , our emergency and non-emergency notification mobile phone application, and the   OCFL News app , which provides breaking news and information about Orange County Government. Citizens can also register for the OCAlert system, which sends emergency alerts, notifications and life-saving instructions via text message to cell phones and email accounts. 

It is important to remember that the summer months are also the prime mosquito season. Orange County Mosquito Control continues to be vigilant in monitoring the status of the Zika virus but we need your help to minimize the potential spread of this virus, so please remember to "Tip, Toss and Cover!"
  • TIP out standing water - even very small amounts - from flower pots, toys, buckets, pet dishes, trash containers, wading pools and car covers. Flush gutters, bird baths and bromeliads with fresh water from your hose.
  • TOSS items that can collect water. Put away items that are not being used and could hold standing water. Remember, even very small amounts of water provide a home for mosquitos carrying Zika.
  • COVER exposed skin during the day by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves. Apply mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. EPA-approved repellent is safe for pregnant women to use. Use mosquito netting on strollers for infants and babies and be sure that screen doors and window screens are in good condition.
As always, I thank you for staying connected with your local government and for making Orange County the best place to live, work and raise a family. 


Teresa Jacobs
Orange County Mayor
Orange County Joins UCF and Valencia to Celebrate Downtown Campus Groundbreaking UCFGroundbreaking

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined community leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony ushering in a transformative campus that will soon rise in downtown Orlando. Dr. Phillips Academic Commons is the first building to be built at the new campus which the University of Central Florida will share with Valencia College. The campus is expected to serve 7,700 students from both institutions when it opens in 2019. The groundbreaking was a chance for the community to celebrate the campus' beginning and the changes it will bring to downtown Orlando, Orange County and future generations' success.  Learn More >
Central Florida Gathers for the 35th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at Orange County Courthouse  LawMemorial

The 35th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony was held on May 4 at the Orange County Courthouse to honor the lives and legacies of the region's fallen law enforcement officers. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, community leaders and local law enforcement agencies attended the ceremony, held annually in the courtyard of the Orange County Courthouse. The event paid tribute to those officers who have suffered a serious injury, who died of natural causes and those brave men and women who currently serve the community.  Learn More >
Visitors  Orlando Shatters Visitation Record with 68 Million Visitors and Sets Record by Thanking Guests for Making It No. 1 Destination in U.S.  

When Visit Orlando announced a record 68 million visitors in 2016, it took the concept of appreciating its visitors to unprecedented heights as it achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title by gathering thousands of hand-written thank you cards to mail to actual guests who visited the region in 2016. The thank you cards were penned by community leaders and staff from local attractions and hotels, including Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.  Learn More >
Orange County Parks and Recreation Celebrate Groundbreakings in Christmas and Windermere Parks

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division celebrated the groundbreaking of the Deputy Scott Pine Community Park on May 10 and the groundbreaking of the East Orange District Park Recreation Center on April 28.  Located at 22023 East Colonial Drive in Christmas, the East Orange Recreation Center is 243 acres and is approximately 4.5 miles west of the intersection of SR 50 and SR 520.  The property will offer two new soccer fields, play areas and a concession building.
The Deputy Scott Pine Community Park is a 19.5-acre property located at 17199 Ficquette Road in Windermere, south of C.R. 535/Winter Garden - Vineland Road. Deputy Scott Pine Community Park will have two multi-purpose fields - one for the new Windermere High School stadium and one for recreational activities.
Orange County Brings Regional Partners to Affordable Housing Workshop Series AffordableHousing

According to a 2016 report by the University of Florida's Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area has a deficiency of 33,577 units for very low-income households. This is the third-highest deficiency in the state. Under the leadership of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Government is working hard to change this statistic by collaborating in partnerships with other counties and with the private sector.  As such, regional partners and residents from Central Florida gathered at Orange County Government's first Affordable Housing Workshop to discuss inclusive communities and housing solutions for all income levels on May 19.   Learn More >
Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Veterans Advisory Council Honor Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

The Orange County Mayor's Veterans Advisory Council led the War Memorial Commemoration Ceremony to honor the nation's fallen Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen. Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Council remembered and saluted the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the annual ceremony which featured a resolution by Mayor Jacobs.  Learn More >
Orange County Celebrates 2017 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month  Asian

Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orange County's Board of County Commissioners (BCC) recognized Asian Pacific Heritage Month with a proclamation and a festive cultural celebration held on the lawn of the Orange County Administration Center organized by employees and community partners on May 23.  

The event, now in its fifth year, was coordinated by the Orange County Asian Committee (OCAC), an employee-based volunteer organization formed in 2012. OCAC's goal is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Asian Americans, while forming partnerships throughout the community and building relationships with local and international governments. 
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Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Frederick Lauten to honor Jury Appreciation Week in Orange County in May.   
Local and state leaders gathered at Orange County Government's Administration Building for a   community workshop and listening tour in response to the increase in opioid and heroin use, not just in Central Florida - but across the state. The   Orange County Heroin Task Force is spearheading the fight to impact this deadly epidemic in Orange County. 
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) joined Orange County Public Schools to announce the  passing of the updated school siting ordinance and participated in a ceremonial signing. The ordinance was passed at the BCC meeting on April 25. 
Orange County Government proudly participated in the national initiative,  Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and hosted the children of more than 100 employees from a number of divisions and locations across the County.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs provided the welcome remarks and opened the Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit (OYES) at the Beardall Senior Center on May 6. The free, community-focused event brought together LGBTQ+ youth, parents, educators, community leaders and local elected officials.

City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 4 Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan also attended the event which brought together more than 150 youth from across Central Florida.