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Parkview Resort Master Plan Found to Have Inadequate Outbound Queueing and Issues with Signalization

The proposed Master Plan for Parkview Resort on 5.1 acres at 6233 International Drive was found to NOT be consistent with the City’s Land Development Code and the existing public facilities and services are NOT adequate to serve the proposed development. Staff recommended deferral of the Parkview Resort Master Plan to allow the applicant additional time to rectify the inadequate outbound queueing (traffic queuing and signalization issues).

No Food Trucks Allowed in Tysons Corner II

PE Group, LLC wants to build 288 multifamily units, 163,000 sq. ft. of commercial and a 42,000 sq. ft. church facility on this 44 acres called Tysons Corner located at east of Narcoossee Road, north of Tyson Road and south of Lake Whippoorwill.

However, they have to agree to several conditions of approval, one of which is to abide by a long list of prohibited uses which read like a guide map to Orange Blossom Trail, Colonial and a lot of other messy roads. Read the full list of prohibited uses of the property:  Labor pools and labor halls as defined by Chapter 448, Florida Statutesany business in which a material part of its service includes loaning money secured by vehicle titles (often known as "car-title loans")any business commonly known as "check cashing" establishmenttattoo, body art, and body piercing establishmentspawnshopsbail bond agenciesflea marketsautomobile sales and rentalsfortune tellers, tarot card readers, palm readers, psychics, and like establis…

Complete Streets Amendments Went Before Municipal Planning Board

This Staff Report to Municipal Planning Board was shown on September 15, 2015. Staff requested approval to revise Transportation Element to amend Goal 1 to add complete streets. Also add new Objectives 1.33, 1.34, 1.35, and 1.36 and associated policies as it relates to the Complete Streets concept. It was recommended for approval. 
Background: Complete Streets corridors are designed to provide safe, comfortable, and convenient access for all users. This has been an increasing concern both state and nationwide in the past ten (10) years. Complete Streets policies have been implemented in various large and small urban and rural cities across the United States. Complete Streets policies are practiced in both small and large cities within the state of Florida, including: Longwood, Gainesville, and Miami. These cit- ies recognize that designing transportation projects solely for automobiles limits the transporta- tion choices available to citizens and visitors to their communities.


Family Horse Facility to Also House a Hotel, Banquet Facilities and Offsite Airport Parking

AARC Holding, Inc. is requesting initial zoning of PD (Planned Development) of 9.7 acres at 7833 Narcoossee Rd (Map) to develop a phased project consisting of the following:
39,000 sq. ft. Family Entertainment Center known as "Colts and Fillies" over a Podium7-story 140-room Flag hotel over a podium A 43,500 sq. ft. banquet facility associated over a podium in conjunction with the hotel An offsite airport parking facility (Park and Ride) at the ground level 

Helipad in the Sky Could be Coming to I-Drive

Kimley-Horn is applying for a Conditional Use Permit to locate a helipad atop the previously approved I-Square Mall & Hotel at 5600 International Drive. It will go before the Municipal Planning Board on October 20th.

100 Projects to Enhance Life in Orlando in the 2015/16 Budget

Photo Credit: City of Orlando
100 projects to improve life in the City of Orlando were budgeted for for the 2015/2016 year. Readers can view all 100 on this interactive map. Below are some highlights.
$500,000 - Complete the final 2 Sunrail miles for a new alignment to Orlando International Airport (Transportation Impact Fee) $200,000 Intersection safety improvements: Analyze and modify existing signals to improve traffic flow and reduce crashes (Gas Tax) $200,000 - Inspect and maintain City's pedestrian walkway system (Gas Tax) $150,000 - Repair downtown library parking garage. Replace light fixtures, modernize elevator controls, waterproof roof and decks to prevent corrosion (Service Charges) $100,000 - Fund the City's Brick Street Restoration program (Gas Tax) $100,000 Resurface parking lots as needed (Capital Improvement Fund)$100,000 - Maintain and improve infrastructure to keep Orlando a bicycle friendly community (Gas Tax)$100,000 Continue to rehabilitate and restore dow…

Fill Your Bottle with Free Water at New Hydration Stations

Orlando City Council approved a partnership with OUC which allows for the installation of 30 new hydration stations at parks, community centers and neighborhood centers.
OUC will pay for 25 percent of the costs to install the new stations and the City will cover the rest with money they saved doing energy retrofits across the city.

These new stations will reduce the number of plastic bottles recycled every year and provide easily accessible, clean water.

Locations to receive the new hydration stations over the next two months:
Airport Lakes ParkAudubon ParkBarker ParkBill Frederick ParkClear Lake ParkDelaney ParkDemetree ParkDowntown Recreation Center Dr. James R. Smith PoolEnglewood Park Gaston Edwards ParkGilbert McQueen ParkGrand Avenue ParkLake Fairview ParkLake Ivanhoe ParkLake Underhill ParkLoch Haven ParkLorna Doone ParkMayor Carl T. Langford ParkOrlando Festival ParkOrlando Tennis CenterReeves Terrace Recreation SiteSouthport Community ParkWadeview ParkWest Lake Underhill

Shake Shack Shacktoberfest Brings Biers + Bratwursts + Burgers

The Oktoberfest-inspired festival Shaktoberfest will feature "Biers, Bratwursts & Burgers" and runs Sept 25 – Oct 4  at Shake Shack.

Shake Shack- Winter Park
119 North Orlando Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789

Shake Shack- I-Drive
8359 Internal Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Avalon Exchange Vintage in Winter Park

Avalon Exchange (Web | Facebook) is a chain of mens and womens vintage stores with a new location at 745 Orange Ave.Winter Park, FL 32789. 
The interior is bright and shiny, with lots of space. It's unlike typical vintage shops, which are shoved to the ceiling with clothes. This has room to breathe, with tall ceilings and wide aisles.

They do on-the-spot buying of used clothing versus the consignment approach, offering 30% of the retail floor price in cash, or 45% of the retail floor price in store credit. Sellers get that payment or credit the day of sale.

Orlando Cat Café Brings Cats and Coffee Together

UPDATED 10-2-15: The Orlando Cat Cafe does *not* open on October 14th. They open Spring 2015. October 14th is the date of a fundraiser kick off. We were incorrect. We apologize for our mistake.

The Orlando Cat Café (Web | Facebook | Twitter) (532 Cagan Park Ave, Suites 201-203, Clermont, FL 34714) will include a cozy coffeehouse with comfortable furniture, premium coffee, and 12 to 15 cats roaming freely.

Opening day is October 14th.

Between sips, customers will be able to pet and cuddle the critters at will.

The cat café will have its own entrance to comply with health and food safety compliance guidelines.

The cat play room area will consist of a 750 square foot cat lounge, a hidden room for litter boxes, with the separate space where baristas prepare coffee and snacks. 
Plans to serve wine and beer are also in the works.

Whiskey Cocktail Dinner at Swine + Sons

Pay homage to whiskeys from around the world with a four-course “Fins, Feathers and Hooves” themed dinner paired with Irish, Scottish and American whiskey cocktails Tuesday, Oct. 6th at Cask & Larder (565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL. 32789). Tickets are $100 per person (tax & gratuity not included). RSVP: 321-280-4200, The event is called "A Stave New World." For more information click here.

60 Beers at Jake’s Beer Festival October 9th

Jake’s 2015 Beer Festival is Friday, Oct. 9th, 6-9pm at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, Florida 32819). Guests can enjoy more than 60 craft and specialty beers, foods prepared by the hotel's award-winning chefs and live entertainment under the outdoor Wantilan Pavilion. Click here for a complete list of menu items and beers.

Tickets are $35 on-line. Limited VIP tickets are $45 online only and include all the benefits of a regular Jake’s Beer Festival ticket, plus exclusive access to Jake’s Clipper Room, where guests can sample additional specialty craft beers, more generous pours and firkin first drafts, plus a collectible pint glass and other extras.

Grilled Mini Bratwurst, Braised Red Cabbage, House Made Pumpernickel Roll

Rich and Savory Braised Angus Beef scented with Juniper and Allspice, Thyme and Parsley Spätzle tossed with Emmantaler Cheese

Cold Smoked Mahi Salad, Liverwurst, German Holsteiner Salam…

Barista Bootcamp Offered at Four Seasons Resort

Lickety Split at the Four Seasons Resort is offering a fun coffee learning event called "Barista Bootcamp" 5-7pm December 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2015. Classes are $75 per person and reservations can be made by calling 407-313-6161.
Barista Bootcamp is offered as part of Four Seasons Entertain U(niversity), a series of culinary classes offered between October 1 and December 31, 2015 taught by the entertaining, culinary and beverage masterminds at Four Seasonss properties across the globe.
The 2-hour Barista Bootcamp will be led by Allison Burkard, Manager of Lickety Split, who honed her coffee making skills in Seattle, Washington at the headquarters for Caffe Umbria coffee roasting company.
Students will learn:  cold brew coffee single drip coffee2 coffee cocktailslatte arthow to serve using peppermint swizzle sticks and chocolate spoons Each guest receives one goody bag from Lickety Split.