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City Code of the Month: Public Urination
Section 17-8 states it shall be unlawful for any person to urinate in, or in
view of, a public place other than those that are set aside and designed for
First violations of this ordinance
violation will be $250. Third and
a mandatory court appearance.
information about city codes.
constitute a $125 fine. A second
subsequent violations will require
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City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances
City of Gainesville Honors and Awards
The City of Gainesville is your home during the school
year and it has garnered some big honors and
awards. Below are some of the recent honors and
awards for Gainesville. For a complete list of honors
and awards, visit the City of Gainesville website.
#1 City-In 2007, Cities Ranked and Rated selected
Gainesville as the number 1 city out of 400
metropolitan cities in the U.S. and Canada.
"Where to Live Next"-In 2008, Gainesville was
one of 15 cities selected by Smithsonian as an
intriguing place to live.
"America's Smartest Cities"-In 2008, Forbes.com
looked at a number of different factors and Gainesville
ranked 22 out of over 300 cities on their list.
Are you going to be a student living off campus next
fall? If you are, you should consider applying to be a
Community Advocate. These students take a seven
week class to learn more about the Gainesville
community. It is also a great opportunity to give back
to the community through service and programming.
Look for more information about the Community
Advocates on our website in the fall!
Off Campus Life Tip: Your Residence Over Summer
With the end of the semester and the academic year many students may still
have their residences until their lease is up. Students will usually fall into
these categories and we have provided some information to help you:
* Subleasing your place over the summer:
Since there are a limited number of students here for the summer, finding
someone to sublet your residence may be more challenging
Use Off Campus Life's free housing locator service, talk with friends to see
who they know, or put up notices around town
* Staying in Gainesville
Some students decide to stay in Gainesville over the summer whether they
are taking classes or not.
Use this time to explore Gainesville or do activities you did not do during the
fall and spring since it is not as crowded.
* Paying rent but left for the summer:
Sometimes you may not be able to find someone to sublet and you will not
be staying in Gainesville for the summer but still need to pay rent.
If you live with roommates that are staying over the summer, call a few times
throughout the summer to make sure your things are safe.
If you live by yourself, leave a key with a trusted friend or family member to
check on your place and pick up mail; if you don't want to leave a key, have
them just check the doors and windows.
Town Hall Meetings are Coming Up!
There are going to be four town hall meetings held by the City Commission to
encourage feedback from community members on the City's Comprehensive Plan and
2010 Budget. All the meetings will start at 6 pm and the dates and locations are below:
* Monday, May 4th, 2009 at the Springhill Missionary Baptist Church
* Monday, May 11th, 2009 at Gainesville High School
* Monday, June 1st, 2009 at the Doyle Conner Building
* Monday, June 15th, 2009 at the United Church of Gainesville
Baby Gator Survey
The Mayor's Council and Baby Gator is working on a 'Parent Cooperative
Child Care Center' project. The goal of the project is to allow student-parents
to share childcare responsibilities and expenses in order to reduce the cost of
childcare for everyone.
They need to collect feedback from the student population at University of
Florida. They would like to invite all students to take the following survey.
Your feedback is extremely important and valuable in this project.
To take the survey, please click on the following link:
http://www.survevmonkev.com/s.aspx?sm=I09eeOxSY 2bfVk5P 2f8Fgfdw 3d 3d
History of Mother's Day
The history of Mother s Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks,
who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated
the Mother s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ.
Later a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the
Mothering Sunday. The English colonists that settled in America discontinued the
tradition of Mothering Sunday. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers
dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother s Day.
The Two Best Resources for Off Campus Students
In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set
If you are still having trouble finding a place to live or are worried about off campus up a national Mother's Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria ReevesJarvis. The first
housing, please check out the Off Campus Housing Locator and the Gator Guide to Mother s Day observance was a church service honoring Anna s mother. Anna handed out
her mother's favorite flowers, the white incarnations, on the occasion as they represent
Off Campus Life. Both provide information about finding off campus housing. sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in
Meet the Mayor! honor of mothers.
Name: Pegeen Hanrahan
Position: Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan is in her tenth year of
elective service with the City of Gainesville, and was re-
elected as Mayor in March 2007. Pegeen presides at City
Commission meetings and currently serves as the Chair of the
Commission's Audit, Finance and Legislative Committee.
Mayor Hanrahan is also Co-Chair of the Implementation
Committee of the Gainesville/Alachua County 10-Year Plan to
End Homelessness and Chair of the Alachua County Library
Today, Mother's Day has become one of the most popular days in the United States. Other
countries around the world also celebrate Mother's Day at different times throughout the
year but most celebrate it on the second Sunday of May.
A Few Facts About Mothers:
* 24.8 is the median age of women when they give birth for the first time meaning one-
half are above this age and one-half are below. The median age has risen nearly three
years since 1970.
* The odds of a woman delivering twins is 1-in-33. Her odds of having triplets or other
multiple births was approximately 1-in-539.
* August is the most popular month in which to have a baby, with more than 360,000
births taking place that month in 2001.
* Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, with an average
of more than 12,000 births taking place on Tuesdays during 2001.