On July 24th, the City Council of Orlando unanimously approved a new flag design for the City Beautiful. The most impressive part of the venture was the process of asking the community for their opinions and input. Committees and citizens participated in the design concept. They started by launching a flag redesign contest. With a few design rules, artists were able to create their ideas of a perfect city flag.
Judging and redesign then took place to lead to a final approved image. Each and every visual on the flag represents something to the community. The flag was designed by the University of Central Florida alumni Tim Eggert. Tim is a graphic designer with extensive experience.
The image of the new flag is the iconic fountain at Lake Eola Park. It was chosen for being the most recognizable image for the residents of Orlando. It’s a place loved by all visitors and long time residents alike. The water represents the energy and innovation Orlando is known for.
The six equal segments represent the six commission districts. The fountain is surrounded by an “O” to signify the unity of Orlando. The yellow of the “O” represents hope and happiness in the city. The blue and white background represents perseverance and peace.
The new flag has been chosen and will be officially raised by the city on the afternoon of July 31st. The Mayor, City Commissioners, the flag design committee, and flag designer and artist Tim Eggert will be there for the special event. The date is perfectly timed with Orlando’s 142nd birthday on this coming Monday. The event will be held at Orlando City Hall Plaza at 1pm.