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Much ado about nothing



Orlando city commissioners have again demonstrated that they will debate virtually anything that pops into their heads.

The most recent example occurred at the June 2 council meeting in which commissioners spent 10 minutes hashing out a process to fill two mayor pro tem slots. According to Orlando city code, two mayor pro tems must be elected annually at the first meeting in June by the seven members of the Orlando city commission.

The mayor pro tem does absolutely nothing except sign a few papers in the unlikely event Buddy Dyer can't break away from a civic ceremony to sign them himself.

"The mayor pro tem serves no function other than when the mayor is not available," Commissioner Ernest Page said at the meeting. "I would love to be mayor pro-tem because it would allow me to have a title without doing anything."

Page and council member Vicki Vargo suggested that the two slots rotate so each commissioner has a turn.

But Commissioner Daisy Lynum, who was mayor pro tem last year, nixed the idea, saying it was an honor to be elected by peers.

Dyer offered to appoint the pro tems next year but was roundly rebuffed.

He did, however, promise to appoint Lynum (who was re-elected first mayor pro tem this year) to be a member of the oversight committee should county taxpayers vote for a half-cent transportation tax increase.

"Congratulations," Dyer told Lynum and Betty Wyman (who won the vote for the second slot), "even though Commissioner Page doesn't think your positions are worth much."