This is our latest rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week, in Orlando’s downtown “bungalow neighborhoods,” and some bonus headlines you may have missed.
Click HERE to listen to the 283rd episode of “Bungalower and The Bus” on Real Radio 104.1, which was recorded at Kabooki Sushi (Website) on Colonial Drive with the show’s official lawyer, Moe DeWitt (Website).
TOP TEN HEADLINES
- The Florida Department of Health just issued a Public Health and Safety Alert in regards to a spike in local overdoses associated with the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, which is being laced into other drugs like marijuana and cocaine.
- Are you looking to start a business in Orange County? Check out BizLink Orange, a new online portal run by the National Entrepreneur Center.
- Earth Fare is closing, again. The organic grocer just can’t seem to make it work at its on-again, off-again home in SoDo District’s Novel Lucerne and we wait with (not so baited) breath to see what will take its place.
- After almost 30 years, Robert Bowden has announced that he will be stepping down as Executive Director of Leu Gardens at the end of the month.
- In an ongoing effort to see how much Orlando really likes tacos, because we already have quite a few, a new taco restaurant will be moving into the former Wahlburger’s storefront.
- Residents waiting for the City to pick up their yard waste will have to keep waiting as a backlog continues to grow due to a temporary shortage of trained workers who can operate the special crane truck that snatches those neatly-bundled sticks you’ve got sitting by the curb. The City is also phasing out public recycling drop-offs.
- A super popular Kissimmee restaurant is opening a sister concept in a former Fuddruckers on Colonial Drive.
- “Basquiat expert in OMA scandal: Authentication claims are ‘false.’” – Orlando Sentinel
- “Orlando civil rights leader Father Nelson Pinder passes away, sources say.” – WFTV 9
- “Orlando is no longer the deadliest place for pedestrians.” – Orlando Weekly
ICYMI – (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
- “#BringToOrlando: These abandoned Vietnamese coffee boats.” – Bungalower
- “Cafe Boutique Piano opening this August.” – Bungalower
- “Helbiz launches new e-bike service in Orlando.” – Bungalower
- “Update on pizza shop moving into former Mediterranean Blue building.” – Bungalower
- “MAP: Polis Institute releases interactive Neighborhood Opportunity Index.” – Bungalower
- “Lingering retail vacancies drive Winter Park to look at improvements.” – Orlando Business Journal
- “Minority-led radio show ‘Danie and Kevin Mornings’ moves to podcast after Orlando station sale.” – Orlando Business Journal
- “New restaurants and bars in Orlando that are worth the drive.” – Tampa Date Night Guide
- “Top 50 places to drink in Orlando.” – Yelp Orlando
- “From industrial waste to floating wetlands, how Chicago’s Wild Mile is reinventing the urban river.” – Fast Company
- “How growing Western rec towns might hold onto their futures.” – High Country News
- “Evanston’s first Reparations Payments have gone out. Here’s how it was spent.” – Next City
- “Emerging social hubs in Brooklyn: Building back better.” – Social Life Project
- “America’s epidemic of traffic deaths is getting worse.” – Strong Towns
- “Brains, cities, NIMBYs, and neurobollocks.” – The Wandering Brain
- “3/2 Mediterranean-style home on almost half an acre asking $599,000.”
- “4/2 Pool home in Lake Eola Heights asking $839,000.”
- “3/2 Hourglass home asking $429,000.”
- “House of the Week: Multiple adjacent SoDo homes available for $1,390,000.”
HOT EVENTS THIS WEEK
- All Week: 3rd Annual Heat Week at A La Cart (Milk District)
- Wednesday 7/20: Florida Prize – Hiromi Moneyhun (Ivanhoe Village)
- Wednesday 7/20: Toe of Satan Pepper Lollipop Challenge (Milk District)
- Thursday 7/21: KidFest Summer Movie – Spirited Away (Maitland)
- Thursday 7/21: Soiree – A Summer Happening (Winter Park)
- Friday 7/22: Lenox Ave (Ivanhoe Village)