Buddy Dyer

Buddy Dyer
Mayor
Orlando, FL

Favorite Music

Classic and alternative country (not pop country), eg, Willy Nelson, Waylon Jennings; or Southern rock, eg, the Allman Brothers. “In the car I’m listening to either XM Channel 60 (‘Outlaw Country’) or sports talk. Latest favs: John Prine and Drive-By Truckers.

Challenge

A 15×6 block downtown area, eg, Church and Wall streets, becomes a frenetic hub of young people between 10 PM and 2 AM, especially Thursday to Saturday when crowds can grow to 15,000 or 20,000. Food trucks park illegally, siphoning off customers from restaurants; panhandlers are out in force; loitering and security become of concern particularly after bars close and patrons empty into the streets.

Solution

90 days ago the city created a brand new position of “night manager.” Hired for the job: a young woman, Dominique Greco, who’s done every kind of managerial job on the bar scene, and knows the players by name. She’s authorized both to take action at night (Buddy won’t get nocturnal phone calls for decisions like he used to), and to devise proactive strategies like organizing bars to close at staggered hours. (Here was the job posting in March.)

Buddy’s Background

Born in Orlando, went to Brown and Univ. of Florida law school. Lawyer in private practice, then in the state senate 10 years (including three as Senate Democratic leader). Has been mayor 14 years, re-elected four times, most recently in 2015 with 62.5% of the vote.

Startling Fact

Buddy turned 59 last week, and notes he has now outlived both his father and grandfather, who each passed away at age 58.

Connect with Buddy or Dominque!

Buddy.Dyer@CityofOrlando.net or Dominique.Greco@CityofOrlando.net

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