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New Food Truck Curfew Unfairly Targets Ethnic Street Food Vendors

A new food truck ordinance was adopted on Sept. 13th by Orange County. It falls under Chaptet 38 under a zoning ordinance. 
The new rules that will impact food trucks the most:  1. Food truck curfew: food trucks must stop operations at midnight. 2. Music now not allowed. 3. Seating now not allowed. 4. If more than one food truck is proposed on a lot, it is now considered an open air market and may be allowed only if approved by special exception. 
The trucks affected by the new ordinance are the trucks set up in OBT. This is incredibly damaging to the street food culture established and entrenched for years at serve a primarily Latin crowd. These gatherings have run until 2am and later. It's an after-club gathering. The food served is authentic Latin food from many countries and had been appreciated for years.
As a blog that has run hundreds of food truck gatherings all over Central Florida, we find these changes damaging to a wonderful culture. This is a grass roots ethnic aspect of our…

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. 
Features:  1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartmentsElevated pool deck with views of Orlando skyline and Lake EolaOutdoor demonstration kitchen12,500 sq ft of Commercial Space4-story 25,000 sq ft University Club Modera Central Downtown Apartment Building's Million Dollar Fee to Be Cut in Half by City

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:  trade in 78 cartspurchase 78 new electric golf cartspurchase a beverage cart purchase a passenger cart Service and Warranty repairs will be handled directly through Club Car’s factory branch operation located in Maitland

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.

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 & Responsibilitie…

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.

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:  City's Duplex Design to be AlteredMilk District Duplexes Defended by WonusCollege Park Duplex Developer May Side-Step Zoning to Double Their MoneyThe Milk District to be the New Thornton Park aka #wonustown

What is Rethinking the City…

Cask & Larder to Leave Winter Park

Cask & Larder is packing up its pots and pans and moving to... the airport? It's true. Pretty soon the only place you'll be able to enjoy a Cask & Larder meal will require parking in a parking garage and a stumble-through with tourists. It'll be just like going to dinner at their sister restaurant The Polite Pig at Disney Springs.

Cask is shutting down the Winter Park location, putting its other sister restaurant, The Ravenous Pig, in its place and heading to the land of conveyor belts and non-food-hall food halls.
The airport location was announced in 2015 but back then they didn't say their Winter Park location would close. According to Orlando Sentinel, now it is. (READ THEIR FULL STORY
The airport location didn't open their bar section until 10/17/16 and their restaurant section a day later. 
Back in July, an announcement was made that Rav and Cask would split the Cask building and feature a covered walkway going next door to Swine & Sons. It was …

Hawkers Renovation Has Begun

We told you July 12th that popular Mills50 District restaurant Hawkers Asian Street Fare (Website) is putting $70,000 worth of improvements into it's restaurant at at 1103 N Mills Ave (MAP). 
On Monday October 17th we noticed work had begun on the renovation. 

The following improvements are coming:
New metal awning over an existing patio areaNew fencingNew landscapingNew painting of the building  The total capital investment for the improvements is $70,000. 

Artegon Mall Up for Sale

Edit 1/18: Replaced graphic that now includes a question mark. Edited language. 

Lightstone Group (Website) is selling Artegon Mall according to Orlando Sentinel. The property has already received numerous unsolicited bids from potential buyers because of a planned I-4 overpass connecting Universal Orlando to North I-Drive. That's the area in which Artegon is located. So, the company listed Artegon for sale with a broker.  Growthspotter first reported Lightstone Group signing with CBRE on August 23rd.

it is not known at this time what will happen to the mall itself.

Lightstone Group has already made their money back from their original purchase by selling 3 Artegon parcels: Bass Pro Shops for $17 millionCinemark movie theatres for $13 millionUnused land for $3.8 million Anything they make beyond that is profit says Orlando Sentinel. READ FULL STORY HERE

Downtown Farmlettes + Soccer Farmers Market

The City of Orlando is proud to announce we have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to increase access to local and healthy food options in West Orlando. 
The City of Orlando was one of only three projects in Florida to receive funding. The grant will fund three major new initiatives in addition to creating new jobs for neighborhood residents.  The grant initiatives include: Creating 10-15 “farmlettes” in resident front yards, creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program based on the Fleet Farming modelLaunching a Farmer’s Market at Orlando City Soccer Club’s new stadium in Parramore which will feature foods locally grown in the areaTeaching neighborhood residents about nutrition and healthy cooking in partnership with Hebni Nutrition What is a Farmlette? According to the Fleet Farming website, "A farmle…

TheDailyCity's Holiday Market Series 2016

November 13th The Daily City's Inaugural Holiday Market Part 1 will feature food trucks and local handmade & vintage vendors Sunday November 13th 5-8pm in the Orlando Fashion Square Mall parking lot at 3505 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando.

Bet's BarsBlu Butterfly VintageStudioFourSevenDayGloDivaVita LunaRemark Postcard CoUrban Garden and Goods This Holistic BlissdailyvintagefixTattooed And LovedÄ Y OAngel's Touch UncommonLove Raney WadeCupterfugeStampin' UpKiskis Kreations kc malhanLuLaRoe Danyelle SheaSheila's Crafting for a Cause
FOOD TRUCKS: Over RiceSMACBarnwood BBQFrench Fry Junction Eat my Treat cupcakesIce Cream SocialLittle Brother by SwedeDishBembomCafe RougeCurbside ChefFrenchys CrepesHard Rock OrlandoTwisted PlatesEl CubanitoPeru PowerTastebudsMonsta LobstaDixieland DinerVooDooPhillys Best 

December 2nd Our holiday market with food truck park and shopping village joins the City of Orlando's Official Tree Lighting Ceremony 5-9pm at the Lak…

Orlando Food Truck SwedeDish Turns 5 and Opens New Truck

On September 13, 2011, we told you Orlando was getting its first Swedish truck called SwedeDish. Five years later the truck is not only celebrating 5 years in business, but they're launching a new truck called SwedeDELish! The owners, Hank and Viveca, are hosting an opening party and a 5th birthday party on October 22 4-9pm at Deadly Sins Brewery, 750 Jackson Ave (MAP).

Four Seasons Dessert party + Coffee Class + Pop-Up Market + 5-Course Dinner

The Four Seasons (Website) has several foodie events running October 27-30 in collaboration with  Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary School in Italy. Below are our 4 favorites but there are more. For reservations click here.
Italian Outdoor * Five-Course Dinner 10/28. 7:00 to 9:00 pm. $175 pp tax and gratuity included. Featuring housemade pastas, gourmet breads and olive oils, and the exclusive white Alba truffle from Italy. Following the dinner, guests will join the Dessert Party held in a private dining room at the Resort's rooftop restaurant. End the night with Spumante Metodo Classico toast and the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display, viewed from the Capa terrace. *This dinner will be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace of Ravello weather permitting. Italian Dessert Party 10/28. 9:00 to 10:30 pm. Capa restaurant. $25 pp. The Dessert Party is included for those who purchase a ticket to the Italian Feast. Enjoy an indulgent dessert buffet of Italian delights, such as tiram…

New Bar Going in Next to Another Bar in Ivanhoe Village

A 12-table 1,430 sq ft bar slash artisan furniture store called The Ivanhoe Furnishings and Libations is being brought to 1425 N. Orange Ave (MAP) in Ivanhoe Village by the team that created The Lucky Lure bar just two doors down according to Growthspotter. Two bars almost next door to each other owned by the same company? Sounds just like downtown Orlando. 

It Take a Million Dollars to Get 114 Jobs to Orlando

On October 7th, we told you City of Orlando and the State of Florida wanted to pay a total of $684,000 to Arrow Sky Media through the the Qualified Target Industry (QTI) program to get the company to bring 114 high-paying jobs to Orlando.

We've recently learned that according to City documents, the City wants to give this company even more money, $570,000, making a grand total of $1,254,000.

The City's Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency (Website) would provide them this additional $570,000 through what's known as the High Wage/High Value Job Creation Program. The agreement was approved using this program by the CRA Advisory Board on September 28th.

Arrow Sky must maintain those jobs for the ten-year period following the creation of the last incented job. Also, according to a Memorandum of Understanding, with Creative Village, they will relocate as an anchor tenant in a 5,000 sq ft office space in the first office building developed within Creative Village in Downtown Or…

Inmates Landscape Orlando for Free

The City of Orlando is using unpaid inmates to do landscaping work for the City. They're not paid for their time by the City or the Department of Corrections. The inmates receive what's called "gain time."
Gain Time: "The department is authorized to grant deductions from sentences in the form of gain-time in order to encourage satisfactory prisoner behavior, to provide incentive for prisoners to participate in productive activities, and to reward prisoners who perform outstanding deeds or services." The City is paying the Department of Corrections $130,244 for correction officer salaries and expenses, but not inmate labor.

The City claims this contract significantly reduces the cost of landscape maintenance throughout the City.

On May 9, 2016, the City approved a contract between the Florida Department of Corrections and the City of Orlando through which the DOC provides two, six-person inmate work squads and two corrections officers to supervise them for 40…

What Does the Orlando Main Street Program Cost?

The City of Orlando will fund each Main Street District for 2016-17:
Orlando Tech- $40,000Audubon Park Garden District - $35,000 Church Street - $35,000College Park Partnership - $35,000 Downtown South - $35,000 Gateway Orlando - $35,000Ivanhoe Village - $35,000 The Milk District – $50,000Mills 50 - $35,000 Thornton Park District - $30,000 Total Costs to City of Orlando:
$315,000 2015/16 $365,000 2016/17 $360,000 2017/18  Map of each Main Street District:
APGD_Target_Area_MapChurch_Street_Target_Area_MapCollege_Park_Target_Area_MapDowntown_South.SODO_Target_Area_MapGateway_Orlando_Target_Area_MaIvanhoe_Village_MainStreet_ProgramMilk_District_Target_Area_MapMills_50_MainStreet_ProgramTPD_Target_Area_Map As the Orlando Main Streets continue to grow and expand, the City of Orlando recognizes the need to define designated target areas for each district in order to better execute public improvement projects such as district banners and the painting of utility boxes and storm drains. As such,…

Vita Luna Won't Give you a Cup Dammit!!!

Vita Luna (Facebook) is a coffee shop within the new-ish The District on Mills. I blog there frequently. They have an interesting ethos I think is worth sharing, so here it is.
Why don’t you have paper or plastic to-go cups?
There are 3 primary reasons: A. Environmental sustainability, using only glass and ceramic to serve reduces our carbon footprint immensely. almost all of our other products are bio degradable and sent off to a farm compost. B. Quality, drinking out of a mug or mason jar not only tastes better but feels better. The coffees flavor is affected when its poured into a paper or plastic cup, And there is just something about holding a hot mug that just makes you feel at home. C. Lets slow down, I want to get to know every one of our customers; lets create community together and just sit and be for a moment rather than rushing through life, sit and enjoy the product we created for you; its good, I promise.

Name your price?
So we are not a non-profit, our idea creating this …

Foodie Catering Plans $150,000 Renovation of Parramore Building

Foodie Catering is planning a $150,000 renovation of a one-story building at 213 Clear Lake Way, Orlando, FL (MAP) in the Parramore section of downtown Orlando. They own the property and plan to relocate its catering business to the site. Foodie will also complete a full interior renovation/ build out of the building.
Foodie Catering, Inc. has applied for assistance through the City of Orlando Small Business Facade Program for building painting, fencing for the property and new signage at 213 Clear Lake Way. 
Total capital investment for this project (interior and exterior work) is approximately $150,000.  
Total eligible project costs for Foodie Catering, Inc. under the SBFP are $12,780.91. The Small Business Facade Review Committee recommended approval of funding not to exceed $6,000. The Small Business Facade Review Committee Meeting was held September 12, 2016. The SBFP is an interest free deferred loan for facade improvements to new and existing commercial property and business ow…

7 People Leaving Citizens Advisory Boards Before Their Terms End

City of Orlando Citizen Advisory Board Expirations and Resignations were shared in the agenda for the October 12th meeting of the City of Orlando nominating board.

Orlando Utilities Commission: Linda Ferrone (term would have ended 12/31/18) Historic Preservation Board: Michael Arrington (term would have ended 10/5/18)  January Expirations: 
Building & Fire Codes Board of Appeals: Crystal Jenkins, Mitesh SmartHarry P. Leu Gardens Board of Trustees Michelle Francos, two full terms, Camara Williams, less than one full term, Jennifer Lombardo, less than one full term, Michael Provenzale, less than one full term Mennello Museum Board of Trustees: Teresa Campbell, less than one full term, John Upperco, two full terms, Jeffrey Gitto, two full terms, Usha Tewari, one full term, Gretchen Hahn, less than one full term Orange Blossom Trail Development Board: Tangia Hill-Smikle, one full term Orlando Housing Authority: Anthony Robinson, 2 full terms  September Expirations
Families, Pa…

Orlando Historic Landmarks

New Milk District Bar "The Boutique" Floorplans

On September 1st We told you that The Milk District is getting a new bar called "The Boutique" at 2405 E South Street (MAP). We now have the floorplans. See below. 
The Conditional Use Permit submitted to the City on August 22nd includes an architectural site plan. The permit is asking the City to allow the bar to sell alcohol within 1,000 ft. of a church.

The Trinity United Methodist Church is located approximately 640 ft. to the west. The subject site is a total of 0.31 acres and specifically the applicant is proposing to open a cocktail bar in a +968 sq.ft. portion of the building.

The property has the Mixed Use Corridor-Medium Intensity (MUC-MED) future land use designation and MU-1 zoning with the Traditional City (/T) and Aircraft Noise (AN) overlays. The proposal is consistent with the Zoning and Future Land Use designa- tions.

History:  1946: Existing single-story retail building constructed.  08/2000: Property acquired by current owner.  08/2016: Furniture store…

Orlando Dog Run in Constitution Green Opening Tonight

In May we told you the City was building Orlando's first off-leash dog run at Constitution Green and now it's about to open! Tonight at 6pm the mayor, Commissioner Sheehan and the Downtown Development Board will officially open Downtown Orlando’s first public off-leash dog run. 
Constitution Green is at the Northeast Corner of Summerlin Avenue and East Jackson Street. 
As part of the event, the Thornton Park District, an Orlando Main Street, is hosting a Halloween costume contest for any doggies who dress up.

Incorporating a dog run aligns with the Project DTO Vision Plan as one of the 10 vision themes is to create an awesome outdoor City. By investing in unique public spaces like Constitution Green, Downtown offers residents, families and children important opportunities to interact, gather, share, create memories, relax and enjoy Orlando’s awesome outdoor City.

10 Things to Know This Week

City of Orlando Giving $10,000 to Lake Nona Impact Forum

City of Orlando will contribute $10,000 to assist Lake Nona Institute in hosting the Lake Nona Impact Forum (Website) February 15-17, 2017. In exchange for this contribution the City will receive delegate attendance and logo and brand inclusion.

The Forum is a live event in Lake Nona Medical City which convenes 250 thought leaders from business, academia, government and industry who are driving innovative health and wellness solutions.

Drawing nationally recognized speakers, past events have included: Alex Gorsky, CEO & Chairman, Johnson & Johnson; John Chambers, CEO, Cisco; Thomas Graham, MD, CIO, Cleveland Clinic; Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Corespondent, CNN; Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group; and The Honorable Robert McDonald, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
The Forum is committed to unlocking innovation to create sustainable healthy communities and advance quality of life by exploring the intersections of wellness, …

$684,000 for 114 Jobs? City of Orlando Says It's Worth It

$684,000 will be paid by the City of Orlando and the State of Florida to employees of digital animation & game development studio Arrow Sky Media so they can have health insurance, performance bonuses and paid vacations if the company chooses to move to Orlando. For three years. After three years the company can move to another state.

The City of Orlando will be approving their portion of the payment at the October 10th City Council meeting.

Arrow Sky Media is a Nashville based multi-media digital animation production and game development studio that produces Emmy award winning environmental educational television series and game apps for children ages 2 to 14.

The company is considering an expansion and have notified they're interested in 3 states and their offers. The one with the best offer wins:
Nashville, TennesseeAtlanta, Georgia Orlando, Florida What does the winning City get?
114 new-to-Florida jobs by December 31, 2019, paying an annual average wage of $67,333, which is…

Boardwalks, Ornamental Bridges, Walking Paths, Main Streets: Giant Corporate Campuses Coming to Orlando

Credit: Growthspotter
In 2012, we told you about a 500 acre development in Osceola county dubbed the "Florida Tech Farm." Back then, the project was said to "help to wean Central Florida off its heavy dependence on tourism" through the companies that relocate to it. The project is located in Osceola county just outside of Kissimmee. According to Growthspotter, the campus would contain the following unique features:  ornamental bridgemain streetcenterpiece lakebike trails
Photo Credit: Growthspotter
There's another large development in the works on the other side of town that has similarities to Florida Tech Farm. An unnamed company is building a 1.6 million sq ft training center on 54.5 acres near Lake Nona. The one building on the campus will be 10 stories tall and have 1,200 lodging rooms, 550,000 sq ft of training and conference space, 528 parking spaces according to City documents. The campus will have the following features according to Growthspotter:   board…