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Nightly Eastbound I-4 Rolling Roadblocks from Kirkman Rd to SR-408 Scheduled for March 31 - April 2

Rolling roadblocks on eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) from Kirkman Road (State Road 435) to State Road 408 (S.R. 408) are scheduled as soon as 12 a.m. until 6 a.m. for three consecutive nights beginning on Friday, March 31.

The eastbound I-4 exit ramp to South Street and eastbound S.R. 408 ramp to eastbound I-4 will be closed each night in conjunction with the rolling roadblocks to accommodate construction. The South Street exit will be closed as soon as 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. and the S.R. 408 ramp will be closed as soon as 12 a.m. until 6 a.m. Detour routes for both of these ramp closures are available online to download or view at:

The eastbound I-4 rolling roadblocks will begin near Kirkman Road and end at S.R. 408. Multiple rolling roadblocks are scheduled to occur each night. Each rolling roadblock will create a 30-minute window for crews to place girders over eastbound I-4 to widen the S.R. 408 overpass.

Eastbound I-4 entrance ramps between the Kirkman Road…

Ben & Jerrys Winter Park Opens on Park Avenue

The new Winter Park location of Ben & Jerrys 521 S. Park Ave (MAP) is officially open for business. And remember we told you in February they're opening up an ice cream food truck soon as well!

Maitland City Centre Construction Photos

Maitland City Center construction photos March 30, 2017. 

Tavistock Considering This Downtown Parking Lot as Potential New Home for Orlando Museum of Art

In 2015 we told you that the Orlando Museum of Art wanted to move downtown into a new building "that morphs into the public square of art and ideas and is the place where people will want to gather."

In November 2016 we told you the ugly ass parking lot adjacent to the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts would continue being an ugly ass parking lot for another 12 months.

Well that could change in the future.

On Wednesday, Growthspotter reported that this lot is one of several sites up for consideration as the new home for the Orlando Museum of Art; the developers (Tavistock) filed a zoning verification inquiry (as part of their Orlando Museum of Art site selection process) to build a 450,000 sq ft mixed use building & parking garage on the lot. 
This spot would make sense because it would share a giant lawn with Dr Phillips making the area a hub for performing and visual arts. It's adjacent to the Aloft and Magnolia Anderson hotels as well. 

P.S. Please consid…

Thornton Park Loses Its Third Restaurant in Eight Months

Thornton Park will have lost its third restaurant in eight months when Baoery Asian Gastropub shuts its doors for good this Friday. Last August, Wildside BBQ closed. Graffiti Junction left their space down the street and moved into the Wildside space. The former Graffiti Junction space remains unoccupied. Last November Verde Mexican Soul Food closed in the former Tijuana Flats space. This Friday Baoery Asian Gastropub will close.  Baoery opened October 2015 on the ground floor of a condo building at 617 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 3280 (MAP)  Size was a factor in the restaurant's demise according to what Chef Greg Ritchie told Scott Joseph. He said the restaurant should have been half the size it was. (Perhaps the bao bunnery would do well in the half-size Taco Bell-adjacent tiny dead Subway?) There are no hard plans for the space currently according to Orlando Weekly. 
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50 Food Stations and 30 Wineries at the 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Website) will return for its eighth year October 27 and 28th with unlimited tastings at more than 50 food stations and 30 wineries. The live band is always a highlight, along with the atmosphere: a dimly lit part-festival atmosphere surrounded on both sides by lakes. Advance tickets $115 per person. Upgraded with beer garden $140 per person.  BUY TICKETS NOW

Google's New Share Location Maps Feature Prevents You From Being Able to Lie About Bad Traffic Ever Again!

Google just launched a new feature that allows you to share your real-time location as your driving. This gives folks you're meeting up with an idea of how long you'll take to arrive. They can see exactly where you are on the road! You choose the duration of time you want this information shared. Open the side menu in Google MapsTap "Share Location"Select who to share it withSelect the durationYou can send a link to your real-time location on your favorite messenger apps. 
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9 Things to do this Saturday April 1 2017

Mills50 Madcap The second annual Mills 50 Madcap takes place on Saturday, April 1! Madcap is sort of like a scavenger hunt - sort of like a pub crawl - but mostly like a party! Individual participants and teams gather at The Brass Tap - Mills Park at noon to receive instructions and clues. Participants will go to various locations and solve puzzles and complete tasks before moving on to the next location. After finishing, everyone will gather at Ten 10 Brewing Company for a party, where prizes will be awarded for Best Team Costume and Best Team! Every participant receives a free goody bag filled with items from Mills 50 businesses! $20 per person.

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch The Philharmonic will honor the legacy of the late Marvin Hamlisch in this concert featuring many of his most beloved songs. Joining the Philharmonic on stage will be Tony award-winner Donna McKechnie (from the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line), Jodi Benson (the singing voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid)…

New Facebook Town Hall Feature Makes Contacting Your Local, State and Federal Representatives Easy

Town Hall, a new Facebook feature that launched this week, gives you a quick way to contact your City, State and Federal representatives. On your main Facebook page, look at the left side of your screen for "Town Hall." Click on it. Enter your address. Click "Follow All" if you'd like to get their posts in your newsfeed. Click "Contact" next to each Rep's name to see their phone number, mailing address, a message button and an email button. Contacting your Reps is now just a few clicks away. This feature launched this week. 

Step 1 Tell Facebook where you live:

Step 2 Here's Your Reps... Follow them!

Step 3 Send them messages and emails and calls and snail mails! According to Mashable, "The feature is integrated into the Facebook News Feed. If you choose to like or comment on a post by one of your local representatives, you'll see a way to contact your representative after the post." P.S. Please consider supporting our small, Orland…

For the Third Time This Year a Rifle Was Left in Police Vehicle Overnight and Someone Stole It

Updated March 27, 2017 11:30pm

For the third time in 2017, a high ranking Central Florida Police employee left their gun overnight inside an unattended unmarked police vehicle in a residential neighborhood and someone stole it. It is not against policy for guns to be left locked inside a police vehicle. In all three cases, the weapons were locked up properly in either mounted locking devices or other locking devices. These three employees did nothing wrong. However, due to these recent thefts, it appears this policy may need to be revisited. Take a look at the three incidents that have already occurred this year:
On January 28th an Orlando Police Department SWAT/TAC Officer left their submachine gun locked overnight inside an unattended unmarked OPD vehicle in a Baldwin Park apartment complex parking lot and someone stole it.On February 14th an Orlando Police Department Seargent left their AR-15 rifle locked overnight inside an unattended unmarked OPD vehicle in a a Lake Nona apartment…

Orlando's Average Annual Wage Decreased 6.9% Over Ten Years

According to a recent Metro Monitor report, Orlando/Kissimmee/Sanford area was number 9 on the list of the Best performing metropolitan areas by change in growth, 2010-2015. The gross metropolitan product grew by 12.1%, hiring by firms less that five years old rose by 28% and the number of jobs created rose 16.4%.

However, the average annual wage decreased 6.9% over those 10 years.

Also, Orlando did not place in the Top 20 cities for change in prosperity and only placed 16th on the Best and worst performing metropolitan areas by change in inclusion. Below are the causes for the 16th place ranking:
productivity rose 7.3%average annual wage decreased 6.9% standard of living rose 4.5%.

Orlando United Day - City of Orlando Announces A Day of Love and Kindness

Today,the City of Orlando and Orange County Government, in collaboration with Pulse, announce the dedication of June 12, 2017, as Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” This announcement formally dedicates June 12 to the memory and honor of the 49 innocent lives taken at Pulse, reaffirms the community’s commitment to survivors and loved ones, as well as recognizes the global compassion and love displayed in the wake of the tragedy.To remember the victims and honor the survivors, a number of community events and activities will take place on Monday, June 12, 2017.  Orlando United Day is also an opportunity to come together as a community through Acts of Love and Kindness on June 12. In partnership with the One Orlando Alliance, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs are encouraging residents and businesses both locally and around the world to join with others in Acts of Love and Kindness to continue the unity that followed the tragedy.  The One Orlan…

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