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Publix is selling Orlando City Soccer merchandise


Photo taken at Colonial Publix in Mills 50


Orlando City Soccer now has the support of one of the largest grocery chains in the state, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Publix was signed as the official and exclusive grocery store to work with Orlando City for the first season.

Under the deal, Publix has pledged its support for the club’s youth soccer camps and mobile fan zone.

Other sponsors signed on in the past few weeks include Subway, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Walt Disney World Resort and Papa John’s.

Top ten things to know this week



Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.

  1. An RV park in the City’s east end is looking to become a tiny house community.
  2. The Milk District Gringos Locos added a new back deck area.
  3. The City is giving away six homes to public safety employees and veterans in Parramore.
  4. The demolition of Tinker Field began last Tuesday.
  5. The Mayor gave his annual State of the City address, here are some of the things that stood out for us.
  6. Local photographer, Ahmed Hashim, captures the City Beautiful in a series of beautiful individual moments.
  7. Stonewall Bar is in the middle of an extremely ambitious makeover, that may involve mermen.
  8. Eat More Produce is moving to Fashion Square Mall and Lu Lu’s Ice Cream has closed.
  9. Breathe Free Winter Park is trying to get Winter Park to become smoke-free (Orlando Weekly).
  10. The largest part of the Ultimate I-4 project is supposedly the I-4/ 408 interchange (Orlando Sentinel).
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Celebrate SunRail’s birthday with a free cupcake from the mayor


At 11:15 a.m. today (Friday, May 1), Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be giving out free cupcakes at the Church Street SunRail station.

In honor of SunRail’s first birthday, Mayor Dyer will spend ten minutes at the platform handing out sweets to Orlando residents.

If you feel badly about indulging that early in the morning, it must be because you didn’t take part in Bike to Work Day (Facebook) to burn off those calories (before sucking them back up again).


Friday is Bike to Work Day

On Friday, May 1, Mayor Buddy Dyer will take part in the City of Orlando’s annual Bike to Work Day {Facebook).

Mayor Dyer will lead cyclists on a communal bike ride from Loch Haven Park along the Orlando Urban Trail to City Hall. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Mennello Museum of American Art [Gmap], with the ride starting at 8 a.m.

Free coffee and bike tune-ups will be provided to participants.

Don’t forget you can take SunRail to the event! Bicycles are welcome on board all SunRail trains. The closest station to Loch Haven Park is at Florida Hospital [Gmap].

Bikes will be available via Juice Bike Share (formerly Orlando Bike Share) by registering at this site. Juice will be officially launching their bike share’s new look and the expansion of their services from 20 to 200 bikes. 

Tinker Field demolition has started


Demolition of Orlando’s oldest baseball field, Tinker Field [Gmap], started on Tuesday of this week. The risers and adjoining structures will be taken down over the next 40 days (the crew and City is hoping to be finished before the upcoming Rolling Stones concert on June 12).

The majority of the stands as well as all of the change rooms and bathrooms below the stands will be demolished due to the encroaching Citrus Bowl renovation.

The cost to renovate Tinker Field, which had fallen into disrepair over the years and was declared unfit for baseball games, was estimated at $10M. We wrote about it first back in January 2014, HERE.

The City will be preserving the field and diamond as a historic park, for future generations.

Editor’s Note: We posted on our Instagram that we wished the seats could be used at Lynx bus stations around the City of Orlando, but we were later informed that they would not be up to code.