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[Flag of Orlando, Florida] image by Rob Raeside, 18 July 2017



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Description of the Flag

According to www.cityoforlando.net/flag/ and a post I saw on the Portland Flag Association Instagram account, Orlando, Florida, adopted a new flag on July 24th, 2017. The flag description, according to the website, goes as follows:

"Orlando's fountain at Lake Eola Park is the most distinctive and recognizable symbol in the city, one that is loved by our residents and enjoyed by our visitors. The water ascending from the fountain represents the continuous flow of energy and innovation that makes Orlando a city on the rise. The six equal segments on the base of the fountain embody the city's six commission districts. The iconic fountain is surrounded by the letter "O", which symbolizes Orlando's unity, connectivity and timelessness. The color yellow represents the sunshine, hope and happiness that thrive in our great city. The reflection of the "O" in the water symbolizes our careful consideration of our past and our bold vision for the future. The flag is set on a two-toned background of blue and white representing patriotism, perseverance and peace."

The flag was chosen by the city council with input from the public following a public contest that was documented at www.cityoforlando.net. It was designed by Tim Eggert, a resident of the city with prior work as a graphic artist in New York and currently works for Kimley-Horn, an Orlando-based engineering firm. Also, according to the website, the flag is licensed by Creative Commons, with Attribution (allows modification and commercial use, as long as credit is given). The license is located at creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Zachary Harden, 25 July 2017

Earlier version of the flag

From www.cityoforlando.net:
"On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Flag Design Review committee met and unanimously approved a design for the new Orlando flag. The proposed flag is tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Orlando City Council for approval and adoption on Monday, July 24, 2017."
Vexinews, 13 May 2017

On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Flag Design Review committee met and unanimously approved a design for the new Orlando flag: www.cityoforlando.net/flag
Vexinews, 26 June 2017

The design selected by the committee followed a vote on a final set of four flags.

[Flag of Orlando, Florida] image located by Vexinews, 22 April 2017

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the winning design in a flag vote features an image of the Lake Eola fountain set against a blue backdrop and encircled by a letter "O" reflected in water. The city's Flag Design Review Committee will then meet morning to review the voting results and make a recommendation. Ultimately, the City Council has the final say. The flag committee can "alter, modify or combine designs to create an official City of Orlando flag to recommend."

Here's how the leading design's creator described its symbolism: "The upper arc of the 'O' symbolizes both a rainbow and unity. The reflection in the water closes the 'O' and closes the circle of unity. The blue of the fountain and the white of the 'O' symbolize hopeful images and stand out on the blue flag."
Vexinews, 22 April 2017


Previous flag (1980-2017)

[Flag of Orlando, Florida] image by Olivier Touzeau, 23 June 2005

From City website:

The flag was adopted by the Orlando City Council on June 2, 1980, the result of a design competition sponsored by the Orlando Kiwanis Club and the Council of Arts and Sciences. Prior to 1980, the city had no official flag. Despite its relatively brief history, the City of Orlando flag is well-traveled. The flag was flown into space aboard the shuttle Columbia in 1983 and again aboard the Discovery in 1985, logging a total of 278 earth orbits and more than 7 million miles. The City flag also accompanied retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger on his historic solo transatlantic balloon flight in 1984.
submitted by: Olivier Touzeau, 25 August 2001

The flag featured five colors and centers on an image of Lake Eola, flanked by buildings and trees.