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African Ring of Fire Not Viewable from Orlando

Wednesday morning at 5am there'll be an "African Ring of Fire" eclipse a-poppin. Orlando won't be able to see it in person. Only the following areas will get to see it: 
(1) most of Africa(2) the Arabian Peninsula  (3) part of Indonesia  (4) part of Western Australia
But hey, you can always watch it live on Slooh's live webcast:

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Orlando Skydiving Museum Because Tourists

A Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is coming to Orlando (because tourists) according to Orlando Business Journal. The 15-20,000 sq ft museum will partner with a skydiving experience called "iFly." The museum will be a brand new structure located next door to iFly.
"Created in 2010, the Skydiving Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who, through leadership, innovation and/or outstanding achievement have defined, promoted, inspired and advanced skydiving at the highest and sustained levels in the past, present, and for future generations of skydivers."
Below are the 2016 Inductees, who "through their contributions and efforts, have shaped the sport of skydiving." LARRY K. BAGLEYDAVID DEWOLFEDWARD A. “DOC” FITCHDICK FORTENBERRYPATRICK “PAT” MOOREHEADBILL MORRISSEYThe museum's website is looking for donations: "Whether you have 20,000 jumps, one jump or have always dreamed of making a jump, your dream should be to have one place – a building wher…

Free Sandbags for Tropical Depression 9 Preparation

Streets and Stormwater Division building at 1010 Woods Avenue
There's a potential heavy rainfall impact of Tropical Depression 9 according to The Weather Channel.  They said "...bands of heavy rain could train along and south of (Tropical Depression 9's) path over the Florida peninsula possibly into Friday."
This could be serious, folks. Or not. Either way, better be safe than sorry!

On Wednesday 8am-2pm, the City of Orlando will give away sandbags at the Streets and Stormwater Division at 1010 Woods Avenue (MAP). You must show proof of residence and will be given six bags per address. SaveSave

Rifle Paper Co Opening New York City Office

Winter Park-based Rifle Paper Co. announced today that they're opening a New York City office and are looking for employees with which to fill it. They recently opened up a facility in Maitland. New York will be their third location.
From their Instagram:
BIG NEWS!!! Rifle Paper Co. is opening up a creative studio in Manhattan! We're thrilled to welcome @heykatieevansas our new Design Director and are looking to fill a number of positions (both creative and others) in Florida and NYC. Go to for more information and how to apply.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Hosted 338 Shows in Second Fiscal Year and More

Several local notables stand at the June 23, 2011 groundbreaking for the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: The Daily City.
A press release just got emailed from Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts about how well they did during their second fiscal year in business. We combed out the the 5 bits of info worth noting. 1. 302,582 people attended events at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts during the fiscal year that ended June 30th. 2. The center hosted 338 shows, a 17 percent increase from the first season. They projected 150 shows per year. 3. Paid Memberships are now at 1,900, a 24% increase from last year.4. 83% of the center's income comes from operations: sales, sponsorships and shows. 5. The center donated $2 million dollars' worth of services, amenities and equipment usage for community projects and events.

City and OUC to Provide Light to Nighttime Mourners who Visit Pulse

On August 16th we told you that during the evening, mourners were visiting the Pulse site in SoDo despite it being unlit: leaving flowers and kneeling to read tributes... in the dark. 
On August 12th we asked Commissioner Patty Sheehan for help with lighting the site. She responded on August 16th saying that the City isn't allowed to light public property:
"I had our staff check the lighting. All of the street lights are fine, that is what the city maintains. Any other lighting would need to me on the Pulse site, which is private property. We can't provide lighting for private property owners."We responded with a possible solution and some additional thoughts: "You can place city-owned mobile lighting onto the right-of-way that points onto the private property. I feel the city should provide lighting for the mourners regardless of who owns the land. This is an international event and people from all over the world are coming to see this property. To not provide l…

Where are the Orlando food trucks this week?

The Daily City's food truck bazaar visits Kissimmee, Deland and Orange City this week. 

Every Month Rain or Shine CASSELBERRY 2nd Fridays - 15 trucks, 6-9pm, 200 North Triplet Lake DrCELEBRATION 2nd Fridays - 13 trucks, 5-9pm 851 Celebration AveKISSIMMEE 1st Fridays - 17 trucks, 6-9pm, 201 E Dakin AveLAKE MARY 1st Wednesdays - 7 trucks, 5-9pm, Central Park, 100 N Country Club RdLAKE NONA 2nd Tuesdays - 7 trucks, 5-8pm, Behind Courtyard Marriott, Town CenterMELBOURNE 4th Sundays - 12 trucks, 5-8pm, 1405 Highland AveORLANDO 2nd Sundays - 20 trucks, 5-8pm, Fashion Square Mall, 3505 East Colonial Dr.ORANGE CITY 1st Sundays - 12 trucks, 5-8pm, KMart, 810 Saxon BlvdSANFORD 3rd Saturdays - 12 trucks, 5-9pm, 202 S Sanford AveST CLOUD 3rd Fridays -7 trucks, 5-8pm, 1221 12th StreetWINDERMERE 4th Fridays - 17 trucks,  5-9:30pm, 520 Main StWINTER GARDEN 3rd Thursdays - 15 trucks, 5pm-8pm, Three neighborhoods at once: (1) Orchard Hills - 14441 Orchard Hills Blvd. (2) Summer Lake - 8016 Pond App…

Downtown Grocery Store at Creative Village Wanted by Parramore Principal

The Downtown Orlando OCPS Parramore School's principal Andrew Rollins shared this weekend that Parramore needs a grocery store: 
"One thing that's missing is a grocery store. The closest one is on Central Boulevard. If you don't have a car, it's far, or if you have kids, it's far. A grocery store in the Parramore community would be fantastic." (source: Orlando Business Journal) 
It's too early to even think about which brand would be chosen, but it's really not when you consider the impact a brand can have on the downtown locals with regards to price and variety when compared to other metros across the county. 
With the recent entrants of Lucky's Market and Trader Joe's into the Orlando grocery "scene," there a chance that downtown Orlando residents will have a chance of nabbing a grocery option other than Florida's invasive Publix. Below are some details about Publix we shared last December:  Publix has more cash and investments

Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando Poll Called into Question by Copper Rocket Pub Owner

By Mark Baratelli
Text the writer at 407-308-1417

The day after Orlando Weekly's 2016 Annual Best of Orlando party, Selman Markovic, owner of the Copper Rocket Pub in Maitland, published an epic Facebook post (which has since been deleted) and created this online petition asking for Orlando Weekly Editor Jessica Bryce Young to disclose their Best of Orlando vote tallies.

The owner said the "voting is fake," the "most important awards" are chosen by their editorial’s a dark and distressing reality when an honest campaign, by the people, is shut down because it does not fit in with the editorial staff opinions."

Markovic says he created paper ballots for his patrons to use for the voting. The bar owner shared photos of the paper ballots in the comments and even says "We have physical proof of thousands of votes..."

Below are the reasons why Markovic feels like the vote is rigged as outlined in his Facebook post (scroll for the rant):

1. …

Camping World Stadium Football and Fútbol Game Day Traffic Assistance From FDOT App

5 Ways to Get Game Day Traffic Updates:
Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play or Apple App Store.Visit for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.Call 511 toll-free for updates in English and Spanish.Sign up for a “My Florida 511” account at to create custom routes and register for email, text or phone alerts.Follow one or more of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), including @FL511_Central and @FL_511_I4. Football and fútbol are bringing thousands of fans to Downtown Orlando’s Camping World Stadium over the next two weeks. The Florida Department of Transportation Website | Twitter | Facebook) encourages Central Florida residents and sports fans heading to or through the area to check its 511 Traveler Information System to stay up-to-date on congestion, construction, closures, crashes and more.
Upcoming sporting events at Camping World Stad…

Will the Citizens Police Review Board Show Up This Time?

The agenda for the September 7th meeting of the  Citizens Police Review Board includes a review of investigation and appearances involving 6 Orlando Police Officers who were under internal investigation for use of deadly force.  Officer James Falbo - ExoneratedSergeant Phillip Clough -ExoneratedOfficer Bradley Bakeman - SustainedOfficer Rafael Ospina - Not SustainedKelvin Vidro - ExoneratedSergeant Sammy Stites - Exonerated But will the meeting even take place? The most recent meeting of the Citizens police Review Board had to be adjourned before it began in July because not enough of the board members showed up. The absent included the following:  Richard Crabtree [8/2]Corey Douglas [6/2]Jason Hopkins [6/2]Pati Howard [9/1]Beverly Jackson [8/2] If enough board members don't show up, a quorum cannot be made and the meeting has to be canceled. The next meeting after that is Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in City Council Chambers
Mission of the board: The mission of the Citiz…

Milk District Duplexes Defended by Their Developer Adam Wonus

Photo Credit Google Maps

Adam Wonus, the Millenial developer who recently garnered local notoriety for crashing his thoughtlessly-designed, front-loading duplexes into a (not officially designated by City of Orlando) historic district, was interviewed this week by WMFE Orlando, the city's local NPR affiliate.

The interview was rambling and self serving, with sentences at times trailing off into separate unrelated thoughts. For example:
"This is not a project for Adam Wonus to go in and change the Milk District. This is a project for the citizens of Orlando that love the Milk District to now come in and take what we've started..." Wha?

The interview did not begin by mentioning why it was taking place: the bleak Orlando Sentinel article, our own eye-opening (we hope) article, the negative Facebook comments left everywhere and the overall awful feedback from practically everyone interested. Instead, the interview existed in a floating aura of a pleasant dev…

City's Duplex Design Policy to be Altered

The City of Orlando will be hosting a public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the rules for duplex and tandem development.  
Based on previous community outreach and continuing conversations, City staff has prepared a preliminary set of recommendations that will be presented for public input at a community workshop.View the Duplex and Tandem Draft of Proposed Recommendations (PDF)Duplexes are only allowed in certain areas of our downtown neighborhoods that are designated as allowing multiple families to live on one lot within that district. These are either One to Two Family Districts (R-2A) or One to Five Family Districts (R-2B).View the Zoning District MapThe meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 6pm, City Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall, 400 S. Orange Avenue. For more information, including a list of proposed changes, visit:

City of Orlando Draft Proposal for New Duplex & Tandem Development August 18, 2016 This informatio…

Disney Employees Told About Alligator TWICE 45 Minutes Before Attack

Photo Credit: US Magazine/Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

No criminal charges have been filed against Disney for the death of a 2 year old boy who was dragged into one of their lakes and killed despite the following being true:  Disney had no warning signs alerting guests to alligator presenceDisney did not provide barriers to keep guests out of waters known by the company and by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to have alligators.  And now this...
Daily Mail reported that a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report released Monday August 22nd revealed that just 45 minutes prior to the unfortunate Disney lake alligator attack this summer, a Grand Floridian employee was warned about the gator's presence according to the
"... Shawna Giacomini, a old North Carolina tourist, reported that he had seen the creature close to the shore at around 8.15pm, a separate Orange County Sheriff's Office report revealed. His daughter told a Disney employee abo…

Orlando Lunch Bargain Expose: How to Get 2.5 Pounds of Lunch from this $8 Salad Bar

The best lunch deal in Orlando is available at Jason's Deli. The to-go version of their salad bar costs eight dollars and gives you up to 2.5 pounds of food. We allow our OCD flag to fly in this tip-filled work lunch expose!

BEGIN: Place the empty box horizontally with the box at the upper portion of your tray. You don't want any side of the box to flap over and crash with a serving ladle or stray tong. At the bottom of the tray, place the two empty cups at the lower left. Place the tops and silverware packet at the lower right. The tops must go atop the silverware as you will use the tops prior to using the silverware. 

LAYER ONE: The to-go salad box *is not* to be used for the creation of a finished product. You're harvesting select ingredients and placing them in a surprisingly tall container for a mega-salad to be thoughtfully assembled later at work using your dish ware. Place your broccoli, red peppers (those are the most expensive and most healthy of the three availab…

Spooky Totem to Misery Waves in the Wind in a State of Splayed-Frond Death

UPDATE: The tree was removed by the City one day after this story was written.

Why's this tree dead? 
A few years ago, the Mills50 Main Street District and the area's Commissioner, Patty Sheehan, split the cost of 8 trees as part of a new streetscape improvement within the Mills50 District.
The total cost of the improvement was $8,000, split between the two entities. 
An agreement was put into place stating that the Mills50 District would maintain the trees. 
One of the eight trees was planted in front of the Orange Studio, a live event rental space. 
It was struck by a car. 
Because it was a City of Orlando street tree, it fell under the City's insurance and was replaced. 
The tree that replaced is now dead as well. 
Unfortunately, according to City of Orlando Deputy Chief of Staff Heather Fagan, the "tree did not take." Why? Fagan explained that "it could be for any number of reasons including not enough water during a very hot and dry summer."  
The splayed fr…

The Daily City's Food Truck Bazaar Tour

Every Month Rain or Shine CASSELBERRY 2nd Fridays - 15 trucks, 6-9pm, 200 North Triplet Lake DrCELEBRATION 2nd Fridays - 13 trucks, 5-9pm 851 Celebration AveKISSIMMEE 1st Fridays - 17 trucks, 6-9pm, 201 E Dakin AveLAKE MARY 1st Wednesdays - 7 trucks, 5-9pm, Central Park, 100 N Country Club RdLAKE NONA 2nd Tuesdays - 7 trucks, 5-8pm, Behind Courtyard Marriott, Town CenterMELBOURNE 4th Sundays - 12 trucks, 5-8pm, 1405 Highland AveORLANDO 2nd Sundays - 20 trucks, 5-8pm, Fashion Square Mall, 3505 East Colonial Dr.ORANGE CITY 1st Sundays - 12 trucks, 5-8pm, KMart, 810 Saxon BlvdSANFORD 3rd Saturdays - 12 trucks, 5-9pm, 202 S Sanford AveST CLOUD 3rd Fridays -7 trucks, 5-8pm, 1221 12th StreetWINDERMERE 4th Fridays - 17 trucks,  5-9:30pm, 520 Main StWINTER GARDEN 3rd Thursdays - 15 trucks, 5pm-8pm, Three neighborhoods at once: (1) Orchard Hills - 14441 Orchard Hills Blvd. (2) Summer Lake - 8016 Pond Apple Drive (3) Independence - 14213 Pleach StreetYOUR CITY Call Mark Baratelli 407-308-1417 to…

Banning After-Hours Downtown Orlando Clubs is Goal of City's Nightclubs Task Force

The City of Orlando has a Nightclubs Task Force for Downtown Orlando. It was created after an after-hours nightclub opened in our Downtown prompting City Council to place a moratorium on after-hours clubs and appointed the Nightclubs Task Force to research these types of establishments and present findings of fact to City Council. The after-hours club that opened prompting the afterhours moratorium has since closed, leading the Task Force to believe these types of establishments are not currently in demand from residents.

At the Monday, August 29, 2016 City Council meeting, the Nightclubs Task Force will recommend revisions to City Code that will prohibit afterhours clubs. 
In addition, the Task Force believes afterhours nightclubs could place additional strain on our public safety resources, cause additional noise impacts and create additional pressure on City resources.

At Mayor Dyer’s direction, the Task Force will continue their work as it relates to looking holistically at the City…

Winter Park Shopping Center Across from Trader Joes Walk-Around

The shopping center at the corner of Morse & Mills across from Trader Joe's in Winter Park looks like it's going to open this Fall. Some storefronts are active and working toward opening and others have no signage or even a floor. Here's what the center looked like August 28th. 

5 New Halloween Desk Gewgaws We Love

Halloween in Orlando 2016 isn't complete without your desk at work being decorated with Halloween-ified bricabrac. Below are our 5 favorites from Home Goods. 
Why watch the clock? You'll be dead soon. This clock reminds you of that with two marshmallow-size white skulls turned inward as if they can't even look at you. 
Place this on the back of your crapper with a sprinkling of rose petals when you have guests over and see if they notice the rose-festooned death head staring eyelessly into their pooping soul. 
Your pet, which these days probably has a more normal name than your children, deserves a sprinkling of spooky. This little water bowl says danger but it SAYS... danger. 
This white Dios de Los Muertos candy dish also comes in black. I see three of these (white black white) in the middle of a snack spread with perpendicular cheese towers stabbed with red toothpicks. 
This is so over the top Haunted Mansion realness I say go further: buy a hundred roses, let them die, push…

Retromended Vintage Clothing Opens in @Mills50

Retromended Vintage Clothing store celebrates both four years in business and the grand opening of their new shop at 930 N. Mills Ave Sunday August 28th. The new shop is officially open now so we stopped by to snap some pics!