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Alliance of bar owners downtown pitch surcharge to pay for added officers

Following a sudden push by City Hall to shift the bill for added police officers away from the city and onto downtown bars located in the Central Business District/Downtown Entertainment Area, a group of downtown operators is clapping back with a proposal to levy a new 5% surcharge to help with the added costs and […]

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Yelp’s list of Top 100 US Restaurants for 2023

Yelp (Website), the popular user review platform, has just released a list of the Top 100 restaurants in the country, as ranked by its users. This year, Orlando succeeded in placing three (very) different restaurants, including: Hungry Pants (Instagram | Website) Kadence (Instagram | Website) Selam Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine (Instagram | Website According to the Yelp website, the rankings […]

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The Pop Parlour has closed downtown location

Artisan popsicle-maker, The Pop Parlour (Facebook | Website) has closed its downtown location. The shop, which was located at 431 E Central Boulevard [GMap] in the MAA Parkside building near Lake Eola, opened in the former Hyppo Popsicle Shop in 2014. According to a recent post by owner Brandon Chandler on social media, he made the decision to […]

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City of Orlando hosting Black History Month activities throughout February

Orlando City Hall has just proclaimed February as Black History Month in the City Beautiful, and the mayor’s office will be hosting a series of events throughout the month that celebrate the contributions of Black Americans. To see the City of Orlando Black History Month proclamation, click HERE.  Events this month include: Thursday, February 2, 20235:30 […]

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Mayor Demings says Homeless Housing goals has been exceeded

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings just announced today that his team has housed 486 individuals experiencing homeless so far, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the HUD’s House America initiative, which launched in 2021. According to a prepared statement, Orange County has an additional 805 affordable rental units, […]

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It’s a local election year, Orlando

Mark your calendars, the next City of Orlando General Election is currently scheduled for Tuesday, November 7. This year’s election will see Commissioners Antonio “Tony” Ortiz of District 2, Patty Sheehan of District 4, and Bakari Burns of District 6 all out working the streets to re-win their opportunity to represent their constituents for another […]

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Winter Park seeks funding to (finally) fix the boardwalk at Mead Gardens

The City of Winter Park’s Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, February 7, at 5 p.m., to seek input on a special grant application that could allow them to fix the long-closed boardwalk at Mead Gardens. The meeting, which will be held at the Winter Park Community Center, at 721 West New […]

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PHOTOS: Faded Kingdom beer festival

Tactical Brewing (Website) and Brewed Events (Instagram) hosted their inaugural Faded Kingdom beer festival this past Saturday at the cul-de-sac by World of Beer – Downtown and an estimated 1,000 people attended with countless lookee-loos peering at the event through the bushes in adjacent Lake Eola Park. The event showcased over 40 breweries from across the country in […]

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OCLS hosting 33rd Annual National African American Read-In, February 5

The Orange County Library System (Website) will be celebrating Black History Month throughout February and invites Orlando to join them in exploring and uplifting black literature. As part of the month-long celebration, OCLS will be hosting an African American Read-In at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 5 at the Downtown branch. This year’s event will […]