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Central Florida Earth Day is accepting vendor applications

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The 10th Annual Central Florida Earth Day (Website) isn’t until April, but the deadline to submit an application to be a vendor is March 31.

The 10th annual Central Florida Earth Day will happen on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the east side of Lake Eola Park (Thornton Park) and is presented by Vegetarians of Central Florida (Website).

The online vendor packet is available on the Vendor Packet page of the website. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application as soon as possible. In order for previous vendors to receive the 20% discount, their applications must be completed by February 28.

Central Florida Earth Day is the largest Earth Day celebration in the region and attracts thousands of visitors to Downtown Orlando.

SunRail offers weekend service for one weekend in March

 

Photo courtesy of Rollins College

Photo courtesy of Rollins College

Thanks to contributions from Florida Hospital ($16,000), the Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency ($6,000), the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts committee and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce ($5,000 each) and Orlando’s Venues Fund, SunRail will be offering free weekend service during two of the region’s largest events.

The train will service the first MLS game of the Orlando City Soccer Club (Website) and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival (Website). Both events happen in traffic prone areas of Orlando and Winter Park and will undoubtedly ease any parking pressures the events could cause.

SunRail officials have said in the past that it would cost $5.5 million a year to offer a permanent weekend service.

New office space to replace Lake Cherokee building

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Northboro Builders (Website) is looking to place their new office building near the corner of south Lucerne and South Orange Avenue [Gmap].

The Lake Cherokee property houses a vacant one-story building and is designated as Mixed Use Corridor and is surrounded by senior housing and multi-family residential. The property owner states in his paperwork with the City that the vacant building is currently “occupied by the homeless.”

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The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing 3,100 SF building first constructed in 1937 and former home of the sport commission, in order to construct a two-story 7,632 SF office, pictured below.

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Last chance to sign-up for March’s Bungalower Bundle

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We’re thrilled to announce that it is time for our March Bungalower Bundle! It’s full of great deals, offers, and gift certificates. This month includes over $50 to some of the great places we’ve written about on Bungalower for just $9.95. 100% of your membership goes to support Bungalower.

Plus we’re always working on new surprises for our members each month.

Join Today!

$10 Gift Certificate to Kasa – Downtown – KASA Restaurant & Bar serves up a truly global influenced and innovative dining experience. Executive Chef Shawn Kaplan designed a menu comprised of exciting small plates, as well as an excellent raw bar with fresh seafood. Open for lunch, dinner, drinks and brunch, KASA combines exceptional service in a cool, comfortable, and contemporary atmosphere with a memorable meal.

Free cup of coffee at a Downtown Credo Coffee Shop – College Park or Ivanhoe Village – Downtown Credo is opening up a new coffee shop on March 9th and to celebrate they’re giving Bungalowers a free cup of coffee. If you visit the new shop at the Florida Hospital SunRail station, make sure to check out Shannon Staunton’s art piece which incorporates signature buildings from Orlando and landscapes from Guatemala where Credo gets their coffee. This free cup of coffee offer is good at either of their shops!

$10 off admission to Downtown Brew – Church Street -The Downtown Brew returns to Church Street this year on Saturday, March 14 with two DJs and a street full of unlimited craft beer samples from breweries all over the country. Throughout the year, Church Street provides great programming and events. Check out their calendar at churchstreetdistrict.com. This offer is only good for an admission purchase at the door of the event.

50% off Fleet Farming Greens – Audubon Park – Fleet Farming is a local bike-powered urban farming program. Fleet Farmers plant and maintain a variety of greens on a dozen farmlets in  Winter Park, Audubon Park, and Colonialtown. You can find a variety Fleet Farming greens like kale, mizuna, and butterhead lettuce at the Audubon Park Community Market every Monday.

BONUS: Free admission to the Central Florida Fair
The Central Florida Fair is always a fun time. This year, enjoy one free admission ticket to the local fair, which runs through March 8. Bring your friends and checkout the special attractions, rides, and different concerts happening throughout the week.

Orange County residents can renew and pick-up their vehicle tag in the same day

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The Orange County Tax Collector (Website) is the first in the State of Florida to offer a service called Tag Express.

The service allows residents to renew their tag online and pick up it up in the same business day.

The service is described in three steps on the Orange County Tax Collector’s Tag Express page:

Step 1:
Renew your tag online and select the office most convenient for you.

Step 2:
You will receive two emails: One confirming your request and another letting you know your tags are ready for pick up.

Step 3:
Go straight to the Tag Express Lane at the office you selected with your photo ID. Your tag will be printed and ready for pick up!
If you do not pick up your tag within 2 business days, we will mail it to you.

Residents of all other Florida counties can renew their motor vehicle tag online and have it mailed within 2-5 business days.

Remember, the registration of privately-owned motor vehicles expires at midnight on the owner’s birthday.

Micro-housing project hopes to bring tiny house living to downtown apartment building

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Euro Group-USA, LLC, a German development group, is looking to build a micro-housing development in downtown Orlando [Gmap].

The units will range from 260 to 447 SF and will have access to communal kitchens and laundry rooms on every floor, a sky terrace/community garden on the sixth floor, and community lounges on the first and third.

There will be 52 units to accommodate  the Group Housing category under High Intensity building codes (the same category as hostels and boarding houses), designed to sleep one occupant per room.

With only 19 parking spaces provided and enough racks for 24 bikes, Euro Group-USA is hedging their bets that Gen Y and Gen Xers, their target demographics, are not interested in car ownership. They even cite a walk score of 90 out of 100 from walkscore.com as one of their reasons for investing in the neighborhood.

In emails with the City, the developers state that they are working with Hertz and Orlando Bikeshare on some more incentives for their residents, including free memberships for tenants who are not renting a parking space.

Emails between planning officials seem excited about the project but mildly stumped on how to treat it. City code defines group housing for more than 52 occupants as a motel use, and motel uses are not typically considered a long term residential use, a code amendment is needed to address large group housing developments. According to City officials, specific design standards for micro-housing may also be needed.

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Awesome Foundation Orlando awards February grant to local toy maker

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The local chapter of the Awesome Foundation (Website) has awarded its February grant to a local toy maker.

The Awesome Foundation is a global network of people who band together in groups of ten.  Each Awesome donor contributes $100 into a single pot. They take applications from local “awesome” candidates and then award their favorite applicant with $1000 to make their project happen.

According to the application, submitted by his nephew, Ray Kendrick has been building hand built toys and donating them to several different charities around the greater Orlando area for years.

He has apparently donated over 4,000 hand-built toys, paid for all out of his own pocket.

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