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Senator Linda Stewart Secures $34.9 Million In Project Funding For Central Florida Community

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Orlando – Today’s budget signing guarantees $34.9 million for multiple Central Florida projects, championed by Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando). These budget items will provide a variety of important services to constituents and organizations throughout the community.

“Crafting a $116 billion dollar budget is not an easy task, and I applaud all of my colleagues for their hard work in responsibly allocating dollars across our state. While this session was tough, there are many things to be proud of in this budget, such $500 million in funding for Florida Forever programs, over $200 million towards affordable housing, and $100 million towards broadband equity, just to name a few,” said Stewart. “I’m pleased to personally bring home $34 million to our community. These projects will have large positive impacts directly in Central Florida, and provide many needed services, create job opportunities, and continue to make our community a safe place to call home.”

Senator Stewart’s secured projects include the following.

Enhancements to Children’s Mental Health services at Devereux – $750,000

Continued funding for the construction of Valencia College Lake Nona Campus classroom buildings at $3,000,000 and an additional $3,000,000 for faculty support.

Creation of a teaching bakery for adults and teens at the Shalom Orlando Yarmuth Family Kitchen – $150,000

For the construction of a new Discovery and Innovation Hub at the University of Central Florida that will provide new classrooms to multiple colleges – $20,000,000

Construction of the new Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity – $5,000,000 plus an additional $5,000,000 in matching funds from private donors.

Statewide expansion of access to dental and behavioral healthcare services – $3,000,000

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Zaxby’s Voted as Having the Speediest Drive-Thru in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Zaxby’s has been recognized for having the fastest drive-thru service in Orlando, delivering quick and efficient service to its customers. This accolade highlights Zaxby’s commitment to providing a great dining experience with minimal wait times.

According to research by SIXT, the average fast food drive-thru wait time typically ranges between 3 to 5 minutes. However, the car rental brand has identified that Zaxby’s outpaces all other fast food chains in Orlando with an impressive average drive-thru time of just 52 seconds.

Zaxby’s Claims the Fastest Drive-Thru Time in Orlando, Averaging Just 52 Seconds!

Zaxby’s is known for its signature chicken fingers, wings, and distinctive sauces, offering a menu centered around Southern-style comfort food in a fast-casual dining experience.

They strive to provide fast, casual, and friendly service. Zaxby’s locations across the Orlando area take service to the next level; not only are they speedy with a 52-second drive-thru time, but they also maintain a stellar 4-star reputation.

Where else in Orlando can you receive speedy drive-thru service? See below.

Rank

Restaurant

Average Drive-thru Speed of Orlando Area Chains

Avg. Review Score (Out of 5)

1

Zaxbys

52 seconds

4

2

Popeyes

90 seconds

3.9

3

Chick-Fil-A

2 minutes and 52 seconds

4.4

4

McDonald’s

3 minutes 22 seconds

3.7

5

Arby’s

3 minutes 30 seconds

4.1

6

Dairy Queen

4 minutes

4.2

7

Taco Bell

4 minutes and 40 seconds

3.5

8

Wendys

4 minutes and 50 seconds

3.6

9

Burger King

4 minutes and 50 seconds

3.0

10

Culver’s

5 minutes

4.5

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State Attorney’s Office Hosts Free Workshop to Help Citizens Clear Non-Violent Arrest Records

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Orange & Osceola State Attorney Andrew Bain was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the NAACP Orange County Branch, in Orlando. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce a free sealing and expungement workshop for people seeking to seal or expunge an eligible non-violent single arrest record in Orange County.

Event Details:

WHAT:
Sealing & Expungement Workshop

WHEN:
Friday, July 12
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:
Holden Heights Community Center
1201 20th Street
Orlando, FL 32805

CareerSource Central Florida will also host federal bonding workshops at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to help those with a criminal record secure employment.

This event is only available for eligible Orange County cases. While it is free, a nonrefundable money order or cashier’s check for $75 made payable to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) must accompany the application. Please note, FDLE does not accept cash, gift cards or temporary personal checks.

Adult and juvenile walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is strongly encouraged at www.SAO9th.com/register. A government-issued ID is required for all attendees.

Please visit our website for additional details and eligibility requirements.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following community partners: Orange County Clerk of Courts, Central Florida Urban League, African American Council of Christian Clergy, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Orange County Branch, Orange County Parks and Recreation, Florida Voters League, Inc., Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida, CareerSource Central Florida and Community Legal Services.

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Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell Re-Elected Unopposed & Installed as President of Statewide Clerks Association

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ORLANDO – Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell, Esq., has been re-elected unopposed to another term as the Orange County Clerk of Courts. With no challenger in the race, Clerk Russell was re-elected and will serve another four-year term.

Clerk Russell has also been installed as President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) Association 2024-2025 Board of Directors. Clerk Russell was also sworn in to serve another term on the Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC) which is a statutory entity that oversees Florida clerks’ budgets.

“It is such an honor to serve my community and as President of the FCCC. One of my top priorities is to elevate the Clerk of Courts brand in order to amplify our statewide influence which in turn helps our local offices serve the local community. I will also focus on strengthening our posture as digital record keepers especially in a time when cyber security is a threat. I look forward to leading my local office and this great organization of elected Clerks and Comptrollers,” said Clerk Russell.

The FCCC is an association representing Florida’s 68 independently elected Clerks of Court and Comptrollers who provide critical public services that have a positive impact on public safety, commerce, and access to justice. Clerks and Comptrollers have over 1,000 statutory responsibilities in service to constituents, the court system, and justice partners.

Clerk Russell was sworn in by Judge Alicia Latimore, 9th Judicial Circuit on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, and her FCCC presiding term begins July 1, 2024. During the conference, Clerk Russell also announced her presidential theme which will guide initiatives during her tenure: “Let’s Change the Game Together.”

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