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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer celebrated another reelection at a victory party on Tuesday. He has plenty of things on his to-do list in the next four years.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer celebrated another reelection at a victory party on Tuesday. He has plenty of things on his to-do list in the next four years. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

Dear Mayor Dyer,

Congratulations on winning your fifth term. You’ve branded yourself “The Happiest Mayor in America,” and the election gave you another reason to smile.

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You received 72% of the vote, the highest percentage of all your mayoral runs. Of course, the turnout was only 12.6%. So the vast majority of Orlando voters either like how you’re doing your job, or they aren’t bothered enough to do anything about it after all these years.

“A couple of people said 16 years was too much,” you said in your victory speech Tuesday night. “But it turns out, we’re not done yet.”

Let's hope not. You've already passed Carl Langford as Orlando's longest-serving mayor, and he has a park named after him.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer steamrolled to victory Tuesday, winning a fifth full term as Orlando’s mayor over two challengers.

Who knows, maybe one day you’ll have a park of your own. But before anyone starts cutting ribbons, here are some problems that require your full attention over the next four years:

Affordable Housing

This is the biggie.

As you know, Central Florida has the most severe housing crisis in America, partly because of our region’s low-wage economy.

We’re seeing signs of progress, like the $19 million that’s been invested in Parramore and other downtown areas. The neighborhood is undergoing a massive face-lift, though you need to make sure new development doesn’t price out longtime residents.

The downtown area has been an understandable priority, but other parts of Orlando, like District 6, have similar problems and could use Parramore-like attention.

And as bad as Central Florida’s housing crisis is, there’s money to be had.

Last year, the state snatched $125 million from the state pool of tax money that’s supposed to pay for affordable housing. That left $200 million in affordable-housing relief, but most of that went to the Panhandle to help Hurricane Michael victims. Very little ended up in Central Florida.

Prying money out of the Legislature is not easy, but the state’s annual (and unpopular) raids on the Sadowski housing fund are low-hanging fruit.

And that’s where you can make a difference.

You’re a respected voice in the state, and well-connected in Tallahassee. You could rally mayors from throughout Florida to march on the Capitol and demand that lawmakers stop robbing the Sadowski fund.

Don’t make nice. That hasn’t worked on this issue. Make noise. Make trouble. Get your fellow mayors in front of the cameras and call lawmakers out. By name. Don’t let them get away with it any longer, at least not without bloodying a few noses (metaphorically speaking, of course).

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Every now and then a little militancy does some good. You just won a big election. What’s there to lose?

You interested?

Low wages

This is tied to the problem of affordable housing. There’s a big gap between what people make working here and what it costs to live here.

Orlando ranks 50th among the nation’s 50 largest cities for its median hourly wage. Ugh. That’s what comes with so many jobs servicing the tourism industry.

You made a small dent by raising the city's minimum wage for part- and full-time employees to $15. You need to work harder than ever to diversify the economy and lure better-paying jobs.

Government money for subsidies helps, but we need to lift wages up.

We realize low wages are an intractable problem around here, but it would be nice to not perpetually rank dead last in the U.S.

Pedestrian danger

Another issue, another “worst.” Central Florida is No. 1 in pedestrian deaths.

We know most of them occur outside city limits and you’ve taken steps to address the problem. But pedestrians — especially bicyclists — still feel they’re taking their lives into their own hands when they venture out. Keep at this one. Lives are at stake.

Looking ahead

You’ve always had an eye for the future. You envisioned the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Creative Village and more.

You've delivered on that vision, but some things nobody can foresee. Like the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Your leadership there, your pragmatism, your progressive policies and your optimism help explain why Orlando keeps rehiring you.

Each term is like a new job interview, however. You’re probably tired of rankings, but allow us to throw out one more — U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 125 best metropolitan areas to live in America.

Orlando ranked a middling No. 63. That was eighth out of 11 Florida cities listed, trailing places like Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

We know such rankings are subjective, but the judging criteria — crime, commuting, education, wages, cost of living, etc. — are indicators of what you already know.

After all these years, there’s plenty of work ahead if you want Orlando to be as happy as its mayor.

Sincerely,

The Editorial Board

Editorials are the opinion of the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board and are written by one of its members or a designee. The Editorial Board consists of Opinion Editor Mike Lafferty, Shannon Green, Jay Reddick, David Whitley and Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson.

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