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Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program Grant Agreement in Mayors Consent Agenda

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On March 14, 2017, the United States Department of Justice awarded the State of Florida, Office of Attorney General, an Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) Grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide funds to the State of Florida to administer as the lead agency on behalf of affected local governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to assist with a portion of the costs incurred in response to the incident.

The Office of Attorney General has provided the City with a subrecipient agreement to allow the City to receive a subgrant of a portion of the funds received by the State of Florida. The allocation being made to the City of Orlando is $1,602,034. 
This subgrant provides funding to be used:
to reimburse the City for a portion of the City’s direct costs to serve victims to date and consists of allowable costs associated with the operation of the Family Assistance Center in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. This includes staff overtime, …

Downtown Gardening Program Gets $25K Boost

Cities of Service, Inc. (Website), founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will award a grant to the City's Orlando Cares: The Garden Program (Website) in the amount of $25,000 to support the continuation of this volunteering initiative, which began in 2011. This funding recognizes Orlando's commitment to engaging volunteer mentors with elementary-age youth in this 10-week program that helps participants learn how to grow healthy food in container gardens, hydroponic systems and raised beds, while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The grant funds in the amount of $25,000 will be dedicated to the materials and costs required for The Garden program initiative.

This 10-week program includes hosting Guest Speakers to lead exploration in various gardening, nutrition, and agricultural topics, field trips into the community, and hands-on activities that reinforce the ideas presented. The program has three major hands-on components: personal herb container gardens, a teamwo…

Orlando's 3rd Best Post Office Will Not be Demolished

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According to Orlando Sentinel, the Colonialtown Station Post Office at 611 N. Mills in the Mills50 District has been sold, will not be demolished and will become a restaurant or store once re-opened. It won 3rd Best Post Office in our 2012 Best of Orlando awards. The Post Office's lease ends in 2020.

Watch the Orlando Panel "Free Speech v. Hate Speech"

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida (Facebook) presented a panel talk moderated by Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell called "Protest: Free Speech v. Hate Speech" (Facebook Event) Tuesday August 22 6pm-7:30pm at the center at 851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland, Florida 32751 (MAP)

Watch below. 
Panelists include:
Terri Day, Professor at Barry University's Law SchoolMitchell Bloomer, Resource Teacher at the Holocaust CenterRachel Allen, Peace & Justice Institute Coordinator at Valencia College Peace and Justice InstituteAngela King, Former Skinhead & Deputy Director/Co-Founder of Life After Hate About the Event: "Protests are often held in support of or in opposition to public policies and governmental action with one goal: to be heard. When though, does this become unproductive? Is all speech protected by the First Amendment? When does free speech become hate speech? Should we respond and what might happen if we do? What are the conse…

Orlando Opinions Episode 3 - Half of Church Street Station is For Sale!

By Mark Baratelli, Editor
The Daily City

I'm doing a new podcast called Orlando Opinions here once a week on Mondays with four stories in 5-10 minutes. The stories are 100% Orlando-based and include my opinion. You can listen to it or read the script here. 

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We're getting a robot! The Orlando Fire Department Bomb Squad Division was approved by City Council to buy a $300,000 ANDROS FX™ hazardous duty robot. The Andros FX is used to "defeat vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in addition to many other threats." The only company that makes it is REMOTEC, a company that make make planes that fly by themselves.


A former train depot built in 1901 at 78 W Church Street (MAP) is on the market for $4,700,000. It's a 15,018 sq ft building that's currently a restaurant and bar called Ferg's Depot (Facebook). Back in 2015 before it opened someone stole $3,000 …

1922 National Register District Building to become Mural-Covered Bar and Restaurant

One of the final remaining contributing structures in the Holden-Parramore National Register District will be turned into The District Gastro Bar/Social Eating House at 532 W. Church Street (MAP) in the Holden-Parramore National Register Historic District. The structure was built in 1922 and purchased by the new owners, Casey Preston, T And C Downtown Development, LLC March 2017. 
All rehabilitation work is required to be done in accordance with all applicable U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Rehabilitation.” This project went before the Appearance Review Board in July.

The project will include the following changes:  Adding a pre-engineered metal building addition to the rear of the building to house a new kitchen facility, restrooms and some additional interior seating which will double the size of the existing tenant space New signage and exterior murals are also contemplated in the submittal documents. Proposed murals must be hand painted by an artist and must comply…