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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Officials hosts The Grove Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



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Get the Squeeze on Orlando’s Newest Signature Park, The Grove, with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart at the Official Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

Event will also unveil the Orlando Tennis Centre at its new location in the Packing District

Kenneth D. Robinson, President and CEO, Dr. Phillips Charities. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

ORLANDO, Fla. – On Wednesday, May 31, 2023, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart joined Dr. Phillips Charities to cut the ribbon on the City’s newest park, The Grove, and open the new Orlando Tennis Centre, both located in the Packing District.

Orlando City Commissioner Robert, Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

The Grove Park, whose name is a nod to the history of the area which used to serve as a citrus packing house, has transformed 66-acres into Orlando’s newest signature park. The park features a1.5-mile biking, walking and jogging trail; dedicated open green space; a regional stormwater pond and preserved wetlands accessible by a 1-mile path and boardwalk. A key feature of the park is a covered outdoor pavilion with space for concerts and performances.

Adjacent to the park is also the home of the new Orlando Tennis Centre. The new state-of-the-art center features 17 lighted courts – 11 clay and six hard – with four that can adapt for pickleball. The facility also houses a half-court practice wall and a 4,000-square-foot welcome center with a clubhouse, lockers, showers, restrooms, meeting space and a pro shop.

Orlando City Commissioner Rina I HillPhoto by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

In addition to the ribbon cutting on Wednesday, District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart and District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill are hosting a Community Open House on Saturday, June 3, 2023.Residents are encouraged to attend the event which will feature tours and activities for the family, such as lawn games, bounce houses, music, food and more. The community event will not only showcase new public amenities, but also the park’s important role is connecting residents in the Rosemont, College Park, Mercy Drive and Spring Lake neighborhoods.

The new park is possible thanks to land donated by Dr. Phillips Charities to the City as part of their development of The Packing District. The redevelopment of the Packing District is transforming this once industrial area into a vibrant district with a mix of housing options, commercial districts and abundance of green space and serves as a critical connector between several neighborhoods in the city.

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Senator Linda Stewart: Electric Scooters Join Tax Free Holiday In July



State Senator Linda Stewart Re-Files 6 Bills Ahead of 2024 Legislative Session

Orlando, FL – Beginning July 1st as part of the month long Freedom Summer Sales Tax holiday personal electric scooters will be sales tax free. The provision exempting scooters was added by Senator Linda Stewart (D- Orlando) and would eliminate sales tax collected on scooters retailing for $500 or less.

“This tax exemption can help personal autonomy in transportation, reduce our overall emissions, and help close the transportation access gaps experienced by many Floridians,” said Stewart. “There are countless examples I could give where one of these devises could transform someone’s life and unlock opportunities in employment, education, and access to greater transportation resources.”

These personal mobility devices join the long list of other items aimed to help Floridians enjoy the summer months. Other sales tax exempt goods include fishing supplies, outdoor recreation equipment, and admissions to state parks and museums sales.

To qualify for the exemption the electric scooter must be a vehicle having two or fewer wheels, with or without a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, which is equipped to be propelled by an electric motor and which weighs less than 75 pounds, is less than 2 feet wide, and is designed for a maximum speed of less than 35 miles per hour, with a sales price of $500 or less.

“By providing this sales tax break over the course of a month we give people the chance to save a good amount of money on these sometimes expensive purchases and grant them greater access to opportunities through expanding their mobility,” said Stewart.

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Unopposed: Does Carlos Guillermo Smith has a Straight Shot to the Florida Senate?



ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Today, incumbent state Senator Bryan Avila picked-up Democratic challenger Adrian Jesus Jimenez in Senate District 39 race. This move leaves Democratic former state Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith the only state Senate candidate running unopposed.

Its appears that Smith has a straight shot to the Florida Senate. He’s running for state Senate District 17 open seat held by Senator Linda Stewart. She can not run for reelection due to term limits. No Democrat or Republican has filed paperwork to run before the qualifying deadline, June 14.

Here’s a list below of candidates who filed to run for the Florida Senate 2024

1Gaetz, Don (REP)Active
Newell, Lisa (DEM)Active
3Nesmith, Kimblin Eugene (DEM)Active
Parks, Daryl (DEM)Active
Simon, Corey J. (REP) *IncumbentActive
5Davis, Tracie (DEM) *IncumbentActive
Jeanty, Francky L. (DEM)Active
7Gist, Michael Levone (NPA)Active
Hill II, George Anthony “T” (DEM)Active
James, Gerald Gerry (REP)Active
Leek, Tom (REP)Active
9Dore, Sylvain (DEM)Active
McClain, Stan (REP)Active
11Holleran, Marilyn (DEM)Active
Ingoglia, Blaise (REP) *IncumbentActive
13Blancett, Cheryl “CJ” (REP)Active
Dukes, Stephanie L. (DEM)Active
Entsuah, Ebo (REP)Active
Kou, Bowen (REP)Active
Truenow, Keith (REP)Active
15Bracy, Randolph (DEM)Active
Thompson, Geraldine F. (DEM) *IncumbentActive
17Smith, Carlos Guillermo (DEM)Active
19Ahrens, Vance (DEM)Active
Fine, Randy (REP)Active
Hattaway, Robyn (REP)Active
Sheridan, Charles Chuck (REP)Active
21Carroll, Doris H. (DEM)Active
Hooper, Ed (REP) *IncumbentActive
Siamas, John (REP)Active
23Braver, Benjamin Grant (DEM)Active
Burgess, Danny (REP) *IncumbentActive
Houman, John (IND)Active
25Arguello, Jon H. (REP)Active
Arrington, Kristen Aston (DEM)Active
Martinez, Jose Augusto (REP)Active
Torres, Carmen (DEM)Active
27Albritton, Ben (REP) *IncumbentActive
Carter, Phillip Ray (DEM)Active
29Aldieri, Randy James (DEM)Active
Grall, Erin (REP) *IncumbentActive
31Bauer, Joseph Alan (REP)Active
Harrell, Gayle (REP) *IncumbentActive
Hawkins, Aaron James (DEM)Active
33Martin, Jonathan (REP) *IncumbentActive
Proia, Christopher Joseph (DEM)Active
35Jacobs Jr., Rodney W. (DEM)Active
Klitzman, Chad (DEM)Active
Parlatore, Vincent (REP)Active
Sharief, Barbara (DEM)Active
37Mohammad, Imtiaz (REP)Active
Pizzo, Jason (DEM) *IncumbentActive
39Avila, Bryan (REP) *IncumbentActive
Jimenez, Adrian Jesus (DEM)Active


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BOGO Orlando Auto Museum passes this Father’s Day



ORLANDO, Fla. (June 3, 2024) — Wondering what to get your car-obsessed or movie-buff Dad for Father’s Day? Gift him an experience any dad would love with a trip to Orlando Auto Museum.

On Sunday, June 16, guests can take advantage of buy-one-get-one-free passes to the Orlando Auto Museum. For each children’s pass purchased for the Orlando Auto Museum, guests can receive a free adult ticket. To redeem this offer, tickets must be purchased in person.

The Orlando Auto Museum is the country’s largest auto museum which is home to more than 2,000 vehicles valued at over $200 million. Dad will love exploring the museum to discover vehicles from a variety of decades and countries around the world, learn about military vehicles used in combat and snap family photos with vehicles made famous by television and movies.

If guests are looking for more attractions to explore with dad, they can purchase a play card and enjoy Florida’s longest indoor karting track with four skill and speed levels, the on-site boutique bowling alley, a trampoline park, Pinball Palace, Toxic Blast and more.

Guests can also enjoy a meal from a variety of cuisines in Dezerland Action Park’s food hall or an immersive dining experience at the 007 Bond Lounge with the $100 Million James Bond exhibit, the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles and memorabilia.

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