Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer‘s State of the City Address is being rescheduled because President Donald Trump decided to hold his re-election kickoff in Orlando on the same date.
Dyer’s office announced Wednesday the Democratic mayor is postponing his annual speech to June 24, from the originally-planned June 18, so that city workers do not have to deal with two major political events in downtown Orlando in one day.
Trump’s campaign announced last week it is planning a rally at Orlando’s Amway Center on the evening of June 18. It’s not just a rally; Trump’s campaign declared that it would be the official kick-off of his 2020 re-election campaign. The show will include Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump, and and Second Lady Karen Pence.
The date is nearly, but not precisely, four years since the June 16, 2015, “escalator entry” that Trump used to kickoff his successful 2016 election campaign.
For months, Dyer’s State of the City Address had been on the calendar for the late morning of June 18 at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, about four blocks from the Amway Center.
“Presidential visits require significant logistical support from the city of Orlando including traffic management and safety,” Dyer’s office stated in a news release issued Wednesday. “To allow city staff to focus on this large-scale event, we have rescheduled the State of the City for Monday, June 24th at 10:30 a.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.”