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The City of Orlando is looking to launch a Temporary Use Permit for a temporary “parklet” program in the Downtown CRA.

The proposed program is meant to allow for temporary permits for business owners to transform on-street parking spaces into pop-up seating areas, provided they are granted approval by a City planning official and a transportation engineer.

The parklets would allow for seating that is currently in the public right-of-way on the sidewalks to be moved into the street, providing more room for passerby to be physically distant from diners.

Just like what we were asking for here on our Instagram earlier in the week.

The Thornton Park Main Street is working on having parklets installed from Summerlin to Hyer, provided the measure is passed at the upcoming City Council Meeting on September 8, with a launch as early as Wednesday, September 9.

Seating will be sectioned off from traffic using over-sized planters and bike racks with both Burton’s Bar and The Falcon signing up for the program, provided they are granted food licenses to reopen during the pandemic.

There will be no application fee for the Parklet Permit at this time.

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