Video: Teresa Jacobs Gives Opening Remarks at Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo

Last week, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs gave the opening remarks at the Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo. With the importance of the Latino vote this election cycle, and the environment of growth for Hispanic Businesses this expo provides, it’s worth a watch.

Plus, she’s speaking Spanish for about half of the remarks.

Have a watch

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-up for 4-13-14

Here are the week’s best social media offerings from your elected officials.

We start off with a major photo from the opening ceremonies of the Hispanic Business Expo. Let me take a deep breath because everyone is in this shot. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Congressman Daniel Webster, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, Orange County Commissioners Scott Boyd and Pete Clarke, Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, Winter Garden City Commissioner Bobby Olszewsky, and Orange County Clerk of Court Eddie Fernandez. This photo was posted on FB and shared many times.

Hispanic Business Expo Everyone

However, Mayor Dyer may have still won the week with this tweet he sent out during his State of the City Address.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

No slouch on social media himself, Congressman John Mica donned an old school Ice Cream Man uniform for this FB post during an event.

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz went back to school for her 30th High School Reunion.

State Representative Joe Saunders turned 31 Years old this week. Throw him some Birthday Wishes.

State Representative Eric Eisnaugle was a winner on Tuesday and sworn in the very next day. He posted this thanks after his victory.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam had some little visitors to the Capitol this week.

Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, buzzed former State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich with this tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounding off on Twitter about the situation in Cuba.

We end with an epic Throw Back Thursday picture from Florida Governor Rick Scott. 1971 when he joined the Navy. Wow!

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next week!

Here is Why Buddy Dyer’s 2014 State of the City was One of the Best Speeches I’ve Heard Him Give

I have to listen to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer talk.

A lot.

Obviously, the longtime Mayor of the City your blog’s web address is named after has to play a big part in what you write. I figure if add up the amount of time I have to listen to this guy a year (events, tv, webvids), it’s probably enough to walk from one side of the City Beautiful to the other.

However, yesterday was different. It was the 2014 State of the City and it was one of the best speeches I’ve heard him give. It was better than his municipal counter-part Teresa Jacobs’ last State of the County and much better than Florida Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State. Let me explain why. (you can read my official write-up HERE)

Location, Location, Location: The weather on Church St. yesterday morning was about 76 degrees with clear skies and the sun shining perfectly on the new commuter rail system it’s named after. The crowd was arranged nicely in the square and everyone had a great view with enough personal space. Outside speech > Inside speech almost always if the conditions are right. Yesterday they were.

Buddy ate his Wheaties: The Mayor had more energy than he usually does, reserved for when he’s trying to pitch a big project. This time, he acted like many of the talking points hadn’t come to fruition. He was selling Sunrail even though the car was right behind him, he sold the Amway Center event after a successful opening round of NCAA action. He made potholes and sidewalks sound exciting. I saw more energy from his yesterday than the entire time he was running for reelection two years ago.

This Photo: He managed to talk it without disrupting the flow of the speech. You can see his City Commission on the left. Mayor Jacobs and members of County Government on the right and a full press corp with cameras on the riser. This is his now. Anyone else doing this within 75 miles from here will just be imitation.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Boldness and Bad News: Let’s be clear. Dyer was already a proud supporter of the LGBT Community in Orlando but yesterday after he said he wanted to Orlando to be the site of the first Gay wedding in the state, that won support from the LGBT community state-wide on social media. No matter your beliefs on the issue, it was dramatic, it was potent.

He was also very real

He acknowledged what many of us who follow this stuff every day knew. There are financial problems in City’s Budget. He pointed out that he hadn’t made the kind of progress he wanted to with the Homelessness problem. Most politicians would announce this through a release or during a commission meeting when the whole city wasn’t watching. Dyer did it in the spotlight. His spotlight, with friends and rivals watching. A State of the City speech is reserved almost entirely for bragging and sugar-coated explanations. There was none of that.

But you left feeling optimistic and proud:

“The great city we envisioned is in front of us.” “The State of the City is Strong and Ready to take on any Challenge”

Damn Right.

As a frequent critic who often pokes fun at the Mayor, this was his best. Now, every speech isn’t the State of the City (with those two movie screens as prompters) and there were some factors that worked in his favor that he won’t always have control of but yesterday, he was at his best.

Dyer uses Sunrail as Centerpiece for 2014 State of the City Address

Before a full crowd at Church Street Station, in front of Sunrail, and underneath blue skies, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered the State of the City, in what was a positive but “real” look at the City Beautiful and it’s future.

Sunrail was the centerpiece. The commuter rail system that is scheduled to start in just a couple of weeks, and will eventually stretch from Volusia to Osceola counties was heavily featured as, the Mayor talked about it’s challenging journey from concept to reality. “It’s our very own, ‘Little Engine that Could’” Dyer said. Visitors were able to take a tour of the train after the speech.

He then moved on to the medical city, that was garnering national attention. He talked about Orlando’s status as the “Nation’s most promising Tech Hub” and said that 3K Jobs have or will eventually be created from it.

The city’s next exciting development would take place just a short way from Church street. Dyer touted the Amway Center and the recent success of the NCAA tournament games, and plans for an Entertainment Complex that would be located just across the street. There was finally the MLS Soccer team that was also becoming a reality. “Imagine what a whole (entertainment/sports) district could accomplish” he said. “A Downtown for Everyone”.

He hit on the not-so glamorous issues that effect residents. Potholes, Websites, and Sidewalks were all being addressed and would improve quality of life when navigating the city, on the streets or on-line.

In remarks that have received high praise from the LGBT community since the speech took place a few hours ago, Dyer threw his full support behind Gay Marriage. “Diversity is our Greatest Strength” he said and continued “Some day, I hope Orlando can be the first city in Florida to have a same sex wedding”.

The speech then took a darker turn. The Mayor acknowledged that budget troubles are a possibility and despite measures to “shrink government and keep money in your pockets”; workshops will have to be held to find solutions to keep the financial affairs of the city in order. He also acknowledged that the homelessness problem in Orlando has “not had the kind of success we’ve wanted” and pledged to promote I-Dignity to help the homeless get identification, and to move those affected into stable housing in the next couple of years.

He did bring the audience back up before closing. He thanked those who have helped the city like Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Major League Soccer. He closed saying “The great city we envisioned is in front of us.” “The State of the City is Strong and Ready to take on any Challenge”

After the speech, I spoke to a Candidate that hopes to play a part in future Municipal Politics. Orange County Commission District 2 Candidate Greg Jackson said of the speech “I listen to Mayor Dyer and I see he has a very clear vision for Orlando. The future of medical city. Sunrail and how it’s going to get individuals from home to work ” and continued “It makes me very optimistic about the future of Orlando and Orange County and I’m very excited about what I heard today”.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech


Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up For 4-6-14

Here are this week’s best social media offerings from your Elected Officials.

Florida Governor Rick Scott celebrated the opening of the Major League Baseball Season by publishing this photo of himself on the field with the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam was one of many Gator fans bummed out by the men’s basketball team loss to the Connecticut Huskies.

Here we have Florida Senator Bill Nelson pressuring a sluggish Department of Veterans Affairs to act. We’ve had the Orlando VA Hospital here delayed for years.

Congressman Alan Grayson had an April Fool’s Joke for Everyone.

Here we have Congressman Daniel Webster and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs out supporting the Wounded Warrior Project at a local event.

Here we have District 47 State Rep. Linda Stewart with the National Championship Florida State Seminoles.

Noles Stewart

Here we have State Rep. Bryan Nelson representing the blue and orange on Gator Day.

Nelson Gators

Finally, we have Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer celebrating the swearing in of new OPD Chief John Mina.

Have a great week everyone and remember..we’ve got elections on Tuesday!