Finalists modify designs for Orlando's city flag contest


  • Photo via City of Orlando
The top four finalists in the contest for the City of Orlando's new flag have tweaked their designs for resubmission.

The flag committee had previously directed artists to work with city staff to modify their designs after public input. As some have pointed out, the original fountain design that won the most votes looked somewhat like a whale tail or a whale squirting water from its blowhole.

The public can comment on the four new designs from Monday, May 8 at 8 a.m. until Monday, May 22 at 11:59 p.m. on the city's website, The city will also be touring prototypes of the flag designs around town for people to see in person. You'll be able to see the flag and leave input at the following locations:

- Beardall Senior Center, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8
- Engelwood Neighborhood Center, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 9
- Orlando City Hall, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 10, May 11, May 16 and May 18
- Jackson Neighborhood Center, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 12
- Smith Neighborhood Center, 8 a.m. to  7 p.m., May 15
- Rosemont Neighborhood Center, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 17
- Northlake YMCA, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 19
- Lake Eola Park, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 21

The current Orlando flag - PHOTO VIA CITY OF ORLANDO
  • Photo via City of Orlando
  • The current Orlando flag
After the public's comments, the committee will review the recommendations and bring a recommendation to Orlando City Council. The city's current flag was adopted by the council in 1980 and depicts the Lake Eola fountain and several unidentifiable buildings.

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