Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to run for Re-election in 2012

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Yesterday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that he would be seeking re-election in 2012.

Why not? It’s a great gig and Orlando is an exceptional city, I can’t see anyone turning down the opportunity lead it.

I don’t mention Buddy Dyer a lot on this blog and if I do it’s mostly because he is an important endorsement touted by other candidates or the city has done something silly, like not anchor it’s Christmas tree properly, but as far as hard policy, I just don’t have much to write about him. That is not to say that there are still a lot of problems with Orlando.

I jog around Orlando all of the time and drive through it on my commute and the one thing that immediately sticks out is the homeless problem and despite the efforts of dedicated volunteers it has not improved. I’m sure you’ve seen them, begging for change underneath I-4 and cocooned on benches around Lake Eola. The city hasn’t done enough to fix the problem and get these people back on their feet. The small scar on the face of the “City Beautiful”.

$500,000 to promote the finest sports arena in America? That’s what the city did under Buddy Dyer’s leadership. I’m sure you’ve heard about this on the evening news. We have to make better decisions on how we spend our money and that financial blunder fell on Mayor Dyer. The Amway center is one of the very few projects that work on a “if you build it, they will come” basis.

We still don’t do enough to support law enforcement in this city. We keep trimming programs that protect citizens and I fully understand that hard economic times force these cuts. However, our officers are facing criminals that are more violent and reckless than ever and we need to give them all of the resources possible to keep our citizens and themselves safe, while performing their very dangerous duties.

There you have it. 3 big holes in the Dyer administration and they didn’t require much time to identify them.

We’ll see, obviously its very early and we don’t know who else is going to run. I would hope that any future opponents would have effective solutions to the problems I’ve listed, as well as some other ideas to not only keep Orlando great, but to make it better.

Orlando is good, but it can be better..

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  2. Now if you could just get rid of all those do-gooders feeding all those nuisance homeless people who have the nerve to muddy up your precious downtown. How dare they be hungry and hanging around but if they had a vote you’d be all over them wouldn’t you?

  3. Hi Brian, Thanks for reading.

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