Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.
- City of Orlando is now towing Uber vehicles and issuing drivers violations. This is because Uber drivers don’t have the proper permits and they wouldn’t qualify for them if they had applied. Scott Maxwell weighs in saying he can see both sides.
- City filed a brief supporting marriage equality lawsuits. The City of Orlando joined Miami Beach in filing a friend of the court brief in support of the marriage equality and the impact it would have on the City. Commissioners Tony Ortiz and Jim Gray were the only commissioners voting no.
- We got a look at five townhouses a developer is planning along Princeton St in College Park. Checkout the almost 100 comments and you’ll see the community is clearly not OK with the current design. Nothing has been approved yet so stay tuned.
- Some Orange County ballot news as Teresa Jacobs’ re-election foe is removed from the ballot making her the only candidate on the ballot. Orange voters will be asked to make all county races partisan and to vote on a half-penny school tax for school construction.
- The excitement over the Magic’s Sports and Entertainment District heated up as the Magic gave us a first look at some new renderings that show off planned Sports and Entertainment District that will be next to Amway and near the new soccer stadium.
- Two updates on previously discussed projects the ORMC hotel no longer includes a pedestrian bridge connecting to the hospital and the rowhomes planned for the Mills & South Street are no more as the City purchased the land to build a lift station
- The state is fighting a war against hydrilla in Lake Underhill. The lake is one of the “Fab Five” fishing lakes in the Orlando area but the lake’s health is threatened by the foreign invader.
- Project DTO held their Midday Mingle downtown last week. We stopped by and so did over 1,000 residents to give their opinion on which of the many opportunities to improve downtown the group should focus on.
- In the restaurant world Cafe 906 opens in Baldwin Park and Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe in Audubon Park expands and we lost IZA Tapas Bar in Thornton Park when it closed up last week.
- From our restaurant reviewing friends, Tasty Chomps stops by the recently re-done Cityfish in Thornton Park, Scott Joseph checks in on the newly opened Oasis Grill downtown and Heather McPherson takes a look at the Pop Parlour in Thornton Park and other pop options around town.
- BONUS: Orlando Magazine released their 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando.
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