Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lobster Roll by Paddlefish at Disney Springs

Disney sent us 3 renderings of what their boat-shaped restaurant at Disney Springs called Paddlefish (Website) will look like after its multi-million dollar overhaul but we'd rather look a picture of their lobster roll. 

Modera Central Highrise to Break Ground

A 350-unit apartment building called Modera Central at 150 E. Central Blvd. will be digging in its groundbreaking shovels Wednesday afternoon on this downtown Lake-Eola-adjacent 22 story high rise. 

  1. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments
  2. Elevated pool deck with views of Orlando skyline and Lake Eola
  3. Outdoor demonstration kitchen
  4. 12,500 sq ft of Commercial Space
  5. 4-story 25,000 sq ft University Club

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Nobody Cares But... City May Buy 78 Golf Carts

The City of Orlando owns Dubsdread Golf Course (Website). Due to the expiring warranties on the current fleet of 78 golf carts, it is necessary to trade them in for new ones to keep maintenance costs at a minimum. Additionally, the timely replacement of the carts will result in favorable trade-in values on the existing fleet

The Procurement & Contracts Division and Office of Business and Financial Services is asking City Council for Club Car of Augusta, Georgia to replace the existing fleet of golf carts. If approved, the purchase will go through.

This $201,938.52 purchase will consist of the following: 
  1. trade in 78 carts
  2. purchase 78 new electric golf carts
  3. purchase a beverage cart 
  4. purchase a passenger cart
Service and Warranty repairs will be handled directly through Club Car’s factory branch operation located in Maitland

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Artegon Mall May Become a Theme Park

Last week we told you Artegon Mall went up for sale. Saturday, Growthspotter broke the story about what is possibly happening with Artegon Mall. According to Growthspotter's anonymous sources who aren't allowed to discuss the negotiations, an unnamed developer that (1) builds theme parks, (2) does not have a project in Orlando, (3) is US-based and (4) has international partners is pursuing the assemblage of three parcels including (1) Artegon Mall, (2) a 77 acre parcel directly south of Artegon and (3) 32 outparcel acres totaling 213 acres on which they want to build a theme park, water park and hotels.

This is our guess for this unnamed company: Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation. They don't have a presence in Orlando and they develop theme parks, water parks and hotels. 

Orlando Cereal Bar

The Daily City's new Cereal Bar is open! Get mugs of 6 classic cereals with your choice of organic whole, organic skim, homemade almond or homemade coconut milks. The 6 cereals we're starting with are Lucky Charms, Apple Jacks, Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, Fake Cocoa Pebbles, Fake Fruity Pebbles. The cereal is available 8am-9pm inside Vita Luna Cafe at 1221 N. Mills Ave which has excellent coffees to enjoy your cereal mug with! Cereal Bar by @thedailycity. Coffee by @vitalunaCafe.

Swan + Dolphin Food Wine Classic 2016

Photo Credit: The Daily City

The 7th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is back October 28 + 29th with 50 food and wine stations. The food includes selections from the resort’s signature restaurants: Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo, as well as wines, beers and cocktails from around the world.

Advance purchase unlimited food and beverage samples are $105 per person; beer garden upgrade is $130 per person including taxes. Tickets are available online or call 1-800-227-1500.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Milk District Main Street Executive Director Position is Open

The Milk District Main Street in Orlando is seeking an energetic, dynamic, creative, and organized individual to serve as full-time Executive Director of The Milk District Main Street Program. This highly motivated successful candidate will be the central figure in assisting with the development and revitalization efforts in The Milk District Main Street District and will manage all aspects of the operations of the program. This includes community outreach, event planning, marketing, fundraising, business/membership development and day to day activities. The Executive Director will further and enhance the Board of Directors strategic goals for the program and will coordinate with the City of Orlando Main Street Administrator and other Orlando Main Street districts. The Executive Director will report to The Milk District Board of Directors. This is a full-time position and will require some after hour events and meetings. Salary range is $32,000-$36,000.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  1. Coordinate, develop and maintain business relationships with all Milk District Main Street businesses within the district. 
  2. Maintain relationships and communications with The Milk District’s City Commissioners and the City of Orlando Main Street Administrator. 
  3. Attend all Milk District meetings, including committee meetings, board meetings, and other scheduled events and/or programs. 
  4. Coordinate committee activities with committee chairs. 
  5. Promote program involvement and membership to merchants, residents, property owners, and other stakeholders/interested parties within The Milk Street district. 
  6. Make suggestions to the Board of Directors based on feedback from program constituents on program content and benefits. 
  7. Maintain and track memberships, sponsorships, donations, all receivables and budgeted/approved expenditures. 
  8. Prepare monthly program reports. 
  9. Coordinate all programs and activities within The Milk District. 
  10. Oversee daily operations and administration, and provide needed hands-on involvement. 
  11. Coordinate projects, promotional activities, and collecting local market information. 
  12. Be a Full-time advocate for The Milk District. 
  13. Become an authority on information, resources, programs and history related to the district. 
  14. Work cooperatively with the local community to develop and implement action plans and timetables which will include public and private activities and events. 
  15. Implement local objectives through the development of revitalization tools, such as rehabilitation programs; existing state and federal funding sources and grant opportunities, administrative procedures; political mechanisms; and legal processes, as appropriate. 
  16. Develop, monitor, and assess economic strategies to attract new users into existing facilities and expand current market opportunities. 
  17. Developing and maintain contacts with media sources to disseminate project information within the local community. 
  18. Coordinate all social media marketing/accounts 
  19. Develop and direct a strong volunteer base. 
  20. Oversee and manage volunteers and interns as applicable. 
  21. Other duties as directed by The Milk District Main Street Board of Directors and the City of Orlando Main Street Administrator. 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Public Administration, related field, or; relevant entrepreneurial and management experience. 
  2. Minimum of 1 year related experience in economic development, downtown development, organizational development, nonprofit management, or small business management. 
  3. Must possess confidence, professionalism, strong people skill working with a diverse group of business owners and residents 
  4. Must have strong organizational skills, efficiency, initiative, resourcefulness, and an ability to work in a rapidly changing urban environment. 
  5. Must be able to work independently and be accountable. 
  6. Must be able to set and achieve short and long term goals. 
  7. Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently both written and verbally. 
  8. Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google and Google Drive, QuickBooks. Experience in WordPress is preferred. 

  1. Ability to manage websites and social media content such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, and Blogs. 
  2. Experience with event planning and organizational/membership/community meetings. 
  3. Experience with fundraising, including corporate membership campaigns, sponsor solicitations, institutional supporters, and individual donors. 
  4. Proficient in conflict resolution and problem solving. 
  5. Outstanding customer service and problem solving skills. 
  6. Ability to multi-task. 

Desired Attributes:
  1. Ability to maintain a positive and creative work environment. 
  2. Possess a philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit. 
  3. Display a strong ability to lead, motivate and delegate. 
  4. Excel in developing customer loyalty. 
  5. Flexibility with hours. 

Please submit cover letter and resume to Pauline Eaton, City of Orlando Main Streets Administrator at Pauline.Eaton@cityoforlando.net. No phone calls or information-seeking emails please. Resumes will be received until Friday, November 11, 2016.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sneak Into Domu Before it 開 at East End Market

On July 12th we told you East End Market, the restaurant-leaking-at-the-time foodie hub, was getting a new tenant in the former Txokos restaurant space named Domu. On October 18th, the Domu owners emailed their email subscribers saying reservations are now open. Details below.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Food Truck Lot Coming to Edgewater at John Young Parkway

TheDailyCity.com's Food Truck Lot:
  • 45,000 people pass the corner of Edgewater & John Young Parkway. and TheDailyCity.com wants to feed them all! TheDailyCity.com's Food Truck Lot will have a different food truck option every weekday 11am-2pm. The address is 5750 Edgewater Drive in Orlando.
  • TheDailyCity.com's Food Truck Lot
  • 5750 Edgewater Drive (corner of Edgewater & John Young Parkway) 
  • 11am-2pm
  • One truck per day. Weekdays only. No holidays. 

October Schedule
  1. 10/19 Frenchys Crepes
  2. 10/20 Bad Ass Sandwiches
  3. 10/21 Frenchys Crepes
  4. 10/24 Up in Smoke
  5. 10/25 Bad Ass Sandwiches
  6. 10/26 Peru Power
  7. 10/27 Bad Ass Sandwiches
  8. 10/28 Frenchys Crepes
  9. 10/31  Frenchys Crepes

November Schedule
  1. 11/1  Frenchys Crepes
  2. 11/2 Up in Smoke BBQ
  3. 11/3  Frenchys Crepes
  4. 11/4  Frenchys Crepes
  5. 11/7 Voodoo Kitchen
  6. 11/8 Frenchys Crepes
  7. 11/9 Bad Ass Sandwiches
  8. 11/10 Frenchys Crepes
  9. 11/11 Frenchys Crepes
  10. 11/14 Up in Smoke
  11. 11/15 Peru Power
  12. 11/16 Monsta Lobsta
  13. 11/17  Frenchys Crepes
  14. 11/18 Up in Smoke BBQ
  15. 11/21 Voodoo Kitchen
  16. 11/22 Up in Smoke
  17. 11/23 Bad Ass Sandwiches
  18. 11/28 Voodoo Kitchen
  19. 11/29 Peru Power
  20. 11/30 Up in Smoke BBQ

Duplex Boom - How the Duplex Shat Up Downtown Orlando

Remember when we shared that story about Wonus and his duplexes crapping up the Milk District? This meeting is about projects like that which are known as infill. The title of the next Rethinking the City public talk and meetup is "The Great Infill Debate." It takes place Tuesday, October 25th, 6:30pm at the Juice Bike Share headquarters, 515 West Central Blvd. Free admission.
Join Elisabeth Dang and Terrence Miller, planners for the City of Orlando, for a discussion of how duplexes became the focal point for redevelopment in Orlando's downtown neighborhoods. They will cover the history of duplexes in Orlando, the economics behind the redevelopment trend, and the ability of urban design tools to blend the new with the old.
Related Stories: 
  1. City's Duplex Design to be Altered
  2. Milk District Duplexes Defended by Wonus 
  3. College Park Duplex Developer May Side-Step Zoning to Double Their Money
  4. The Milk District to be the New Thornton Park aka #wonustown

What is Rethinking the City? Rethinking the City is dedicated to building a dialogue within our community and with changemakers around the world about the forces that shape cities and how we can participate in positive change in our own city through arts, engagement, service, and enterprise.
Upcoming Events: 
  • Oct 18 - USGBC CFL GREENworking Happy Hour (register)
  • Oct 20 - Robinson Street Corridor Daytime Workshop (flyer)
  • Oct 20 - Orange County Regional Affordable Housing Summit 2016
  • Oct 21 - PechaKucha Night Orlando at DPC
  • Oct 25 - Rethinking the City: The Great Infill Debate (details above)
  • Oct 26 - 3rd Virginia / Lake Highland Community Meeting (details) 
  • Oct 29 - APGD Song Bird Sanctuary Kick Off (Facebook) - October, 29th
  • Nov 2 - Bikes Vs. Cars screening at Winter Park Village - (buy tickets by Oct 25)
  • Nov 10 - UCF Distinguished Lecture Series: Partnerships in Planning for Community and Technology
  • Nov 18-20 - Florida Tiny House Festival -  Elkton, FL