Dyer declares state of city 'strong' and dispels rumors he'll run for governor
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his annual State of the City address in front of a packed City Hall chambers, saying that the state of the city is strong. However, his remarks about the City of Orlando were trumped by an announcement from the personal side. He made it with his wife Karen and two children standing beside him.
"After careful consideration, I have decided that I will not run for governor," Dyer said.
The mayor was given a standing ovation after the announcement. He appeared to choke back tears when he uttered the words, "There's no place I'd rather be than Orlando."
After the speech, Dyer was asked about that moment. "That surprised me as well," he said. "I didn't anticipate it would be emotional at all, but having my family up there, and making a major, life-impacting type of decision got to me a little bit."
Mayor talked about many of the major initiatives that are either underway or upcoming, stressing the need to bring professional soccer to Orlando and the need for a new police headquarters that the city wants to build on the site of the old bus depot at Orange Blossom Trail and South Street.
"Our modern police force needs a modern home that's more accessible to our residents. That's why we're working on a plan to build a new police headquarters, funded in large part by savings created by the Green Works Orlando initiative."
The mayor also hopes that all city residents will learn the hands portion of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). He plans to send teams to the neighborhoods to teach residents, starting with the neighborhood leaders.