Saturday, November 29, 2014

An Election on the Horizon!

It's still a ways out, but Belle Isle will be having a City Council election in March 2015!

Districts 5 and 6 are up for election next year. These Council seats are presently held by Commissioners Lydia Pisano and Harvey Readey. And while no one stepped up to run in District 6, meaning that Commissioner Pisano will be reelected next year without opposition, we have a contender in District 5!

Resident Larry Miles will be running against Commissioner Harvey Readey in the upcoming election. Mr. Miles announced his candidacy after encouragement by resident Machele Rowe at the recent Belle Isle 90th Anniversary Celebration. I have not yet had an opportunity to meet Mr. Miles, so I look forward to learning more about him and his views on Belle Isle over the coming months.

In other news, we have a busy week coming up in Belle Isle with a City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. and a "Tree Lighting, Snow and Santa" event on Wednesday December 3 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. near the Cornerstone gazebo. Mark your calendars!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Candidate Qualification Forms Available Now - Due Friday

It's candidate qualification week in Belle Isle!

Do you live in District 5 or 6 and want to run for City Council? Qualification forms are due by 12:00 p.m. this Friday, November 14. Qualification packets are available at Belle Isle City Hall as of noon today.

Regardless of whether you support the incumbent candidates, holding open and contested elections is vital to the health of a municipality. This is especially true in a small city like Belle Isle, where it can be tough to find multiple candidates in districts containing only a few hundred qualified residents. But without multiple candidates, we don't get a vote! 

Not sure which Belle Isle district you live in? Click here to check the map. 

Need help collecting signatures? I know some volunteers who would be glad to help. Please drop me an email at

Friday, November 7, 2014

Belle Isle Celebration Tomorrow, Featuring the Crawford House!

The City of Belle Isle, and especially Commissioner Pisano, have worked incredibly hard to put together a Belle Isle 90th Anniversary & Veterans Day Celebration. This event marks the passage of 90 years from our City's initial charter in 1924.

According to the latest information from the City, this event will feature a tent set up near Pine Castle's "Crawford House" where locals can swap stories about old Belle Isle and Pine Castle. There will also be a separate tent where the "Save the Crawford House" group will be kicking off their fundraising drive to move and restore the Crawford House. Come learn more about the Crawford House and the plan to save it!

Additionally, Jane Tracy from the Orlando Public Library will be at the Pine Castle Historical Society booth in the afternoon taking oral histories from local residents. So please encourage your friends and neighbors to stop by and share some of their memories.

There will be a morning parade departing City Hall at 9:00 a.m.  Following the parade, the event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone campus, located at 5903 Randolph Avenue. Hope to see you there!