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Wed-Jul-2020 City of Orlando approves lease for 18-acre 4Roots Farm Campus in the Packing District

If you're the type of person who appreciates some good news, how about a little urban-farm update to brighten your day?

Wed-Jul-2020 Florida anti-LGBTQ group the Liberty Counsel took over $350,000 in PPP loans

Mat Staver, a guy who once said the “Q” in LGBTQ stands for pedophilia and that Jay-Z is a known Satanist, received hundreds of thousands of dollars from taxpayers. …

Wed-Jul-2020 Orlando coalition is demanding Mayor Dyer halt impending OUC disconnections amid COVID-19 crisis

A group of more than 30 local nonprofit campaigns and justice organizations delivered a joint letter to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer demanding he stop the Orlando Utilities Commission from resuming utility disconnections later this month. …

Wed-Jul-2020 Lake County Commission reverses decision on where to move Confederate statue

Seeking to unify their community, Lake County commissioners want Gov. Ron DeSantis to find a museum outside of their county to house the statue of a Confederate general who has represented Florida in the U.S. Capitol for nearly a century.…

Wed-Jul-2020 Orange County Commission approves plunking $5 million into Universal Orlando wastewater pipe

Orange County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to spend $5 million of county money to help Universal Orlando with their new theme park project. …

Wed-Jul-2020 Orlando's Eola General to host Lily Ann pop-up Friday and Saturday, with roasted octopus you can take to-go

Eola General, located in downtown Orlando's Eola Heights neighborhood, is hosting another weekend pop-up special, the tiny café-restaurant-bar announced on Tuesday. …

Wed-Jul-2020 Florida man filmed screaming in a Costco over mandatory mask rule has been fired

A video of a man yelling in a Lee County Costco resulted in him losing his job.…

Wed-Jul-2020 4 Rivers Smokehouse and the Coop to hold July fundraising campaign for Black youth scholarships in Florida

Local eateries 4 Rivers Smokehouse and the Coop have announced a monthlong fundraiser in July for Black youth scholarships in Florida.

All 4 Rivers locations around the state  23 in all  and sister restaurant the Coop in Winter Park will donate a percentage of the proceeds from every sale dine-in, to-go and catering every Thursday in July (9, 16, 23, 30) toward this effort. The Black Youth Education Fundraiser campaign will "support a variety of Black youth education programs in Florida."

Wed-Jul-2020 New interactive map tracks police violence at peaceful protests nationwide, including in Orlando

Since the recent protests began, reports of law enforcement officers using excessive force have been reported across the country, and now a new interactive map shows how bad it is both nationally and here in Orlando.…

Wed-Jul-2020 State of Florida gives local public schools three weeks to submit reopening plans

A day after Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran ordered Florida’s public schools to reopen in August, state education officials on Tuesday held a webinar to address questions about the mandate. …

Wed-Jul-2020 SeaWorld to host 'Flicks and Fireworks' drive-in movie event this weekend

The drive-in movie revival continues, and now SeaWorld's getting in on the socially distanced action. …

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Wed-Jul-2020 Orange County Convention Center's planned $605 million expansion postponed

The $605 million expansion of the Orange County Convention Center is now off the table for the foreseeable future.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said in a news conference Monday afternoon, while running down the new county budget, that this massive construction project has been postponed, if not canceled.

Tue-Jul-2020 Orlando metal stars Trivium to play full-on livestream concert from Full Sail on Friday

Orlando metal stars Trivium are set to play their first local concert this Friday since they released their new album, What the Dead Men Say, on Roadrunner Records way back in April.

And though it can't be a show with an audience, the band is planning to go all-out, "100% live" with full production and a new stage setup for a livestreamed show from Full Sail University.

Trivium and Full Sail are longstanding creative partners.…

Tue-Jul-2020 Local author David James Poissant to hold Zoom launch party for his debut novel tonight on Zoom

Local author David James Poissant is having a launch party for his debut novel, Lake Life, on Tuesday night and you can join in on Zoom.

Lake Life, out through Simon & Schuster, has gotten positive notice from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly ("poignant and beautiful") and just this morning scored a positive review from the New York Times: "There’s a lot of bad behavior here, perhaps because David James Poissant is so good at writing it."

Tue-Jul-2020 FC Dallas withdraws from Major League Soccer tournament in Orlando, after 10 players test positive for COVID-19

Major League Soccer announced on Monday night that the FC Dallas team was being withdrawn from the MLS Is Back tournament  set to start Wednesday in Orlando  after multiple players on the team tested positive for COVID-19. …

Tue-Jul-2020 Good news! Gov. DeSantis expects job numbers to show Floridians back at work

Gov. Ron DeSantis expects Florida to see “positive” jobs numbers next week when a June unemployment report is released.…

Tue-Jul-2020 Dave Chappelle is throwing intimate, celebrity-packed comedy pop-ups in rural Ohio ... and I got a ticket

On June 12, comedian Dave Chappelle released 8:46, a stand-up special filmed just days before in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.…

Tue-Jul-2020 Ronald McDonald House Charities closes down Orlando locations due to coronavirus concerns

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida announced on Monday that they are temporarily closing down their three houses in Orlando effective immediately, until later in the month.

In a statement posted to their social media, Ronald McDonald House  stated that the decision was due to positive tests for COVID-19 both in the local houses and the community at large:

We have reached the difficult decision to temporarily close our Ronald McDonald House programs in Orlando, due to positive cases of COVID-19 in our Houses and the rising number of cases in our community.…

Tue-Jul-2020 Pointe Orlando displays unofficial sets from 'Friends' and 'That 70s Show,' which may be more interesting than the real ones

After weeks of being holed up in your own apartment, a new attraction at Pointe Orlando allows you to spend a few minutes inside two of TV's most famous residences. Both Monica’s apartment from Friends and Eric’s basement from That 70’s Show are on display at the pop-up experience.…

Tue-Jul-2020 Florida Supreme Court to decide fate of vacation-rental 'bed tax'

A battle about whether Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms are required to collect and send in county tourist-development taxes could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court. …

Tue-Jul-2020 Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Every morning on Magic 107.7 FM, Leslye Gale discusses the most interesting Orlando Weekly stories of the day on "Chad & Leslye."…

Tue-Jul-2020 Florida public schools ordered to reopen in August

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Monday ordered public schools to reopen in August and offer “the full panoply of services” to students and families.…

Mon-Jul-2020 Feed the Need expands meal distributions to the Plaza Live in Orlando

The local Feed the Need food-aid organization is expanding operations this week. In addition to their Tuesdays at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, the organization will now also be handing out free meals to arts and theme park workers at the parking lot of the Plaza Live on Fridays.…

Mon-Jul-2020 Florida prisons see hundreds of additional coronavirus cases

Florida’s prison system recorded 443 new coronavirus cases and an inmate death over the holiday weekend, according to figures released Monday by the state Department of Corrections.…

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