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Concert lineup announced for EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney World has released the full lineup of artists who will be performing at this year's Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Fresh acts will take the America Gardens Theatre stage and many of your favorite artists will...
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Tropical Storm Bonnie close to forming in Atlantic, hurricane center says

ORLANDO, Fla. - A disturbance in the Atlantic is "on the cusp" of becoming Tropical Storm Bonnie, the National Hurricane Center said Friday. Potential Tropical System #2 is currently about 315 miles east of Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Forecasters expect the system to strengthen into a tropical storm sometime on Friday.
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11 Great Neighborhoods: Baldwin Park

When you drive through the tree-lined streets and welcoming front porches of Baldwin Park today, it’s hard to imagine that this was once an Army Air Station. The Orlando Army Air Station, established in 1942, included an area much more extensive than what we now know as the Naval Training Center (NTC) Main Base. The air station also had areas now developed as the Audubon Park neighborhood, the Fashion Square Mall, and other surrounding properties and what is now Orlando Executive Airport. Now known as Baldwin Park, the military used the area from World War II through the 1990s.

Great Neighborhoods: Florida Housing Boom Through the Ages

From the Seminole settlers to the building of Fort Gatlin in the mid-1800s, in what we now know as Lake Eola Park, the land boom of the 1920s, to the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971; the only constant in Orlando has been that things don’t seem to stay the same.

11 Great Neighborhoods: Horizon West

To build new communities you need land, and the logical place to go is either southwest or southeast of Orlando, where there is still land available for development. One community growing aggressively is Horizon West, located southwest of Winter Garden, Windermere and Dr. Phillips. Horizon West, considered one of the...

11 Great Neighborhoods: Lake Nona South

Since Tavistock Group acquired the 600-acre Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in 1996, the company has prioritized health, education and technology while developing the community. Tavistock Senior Managing Director Rasesh Thakkar says every nook and cranny of the neighborhood was considered to ensure these things were embedded in Lake Nona life. The community offers free fitness classes to residents, a bike-sharing program, a community garden and 44 miles of trails. In fact, 40 percent of Lake Nona’s 11,000 acres is green space. It’s also home to the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Campus, which offers free lessons for children 10 and under, as well as adult programs and high-performance training. “If you get that mix of health and wellbeing, education and technology right, what naturally falls out of it is inspiring human beings,” he says. The community is packed with gathering spots, Boxi Park being one of the most popular, with anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 people visiting on a weekend evening, Thakkar says. The open-air park contains several restaurants operating out of repurposed shipping containers, a stage for live music and a playground. Like Chicago’s striking artwork The Bean, some of Lake Nona’s art structures exist to give it a sense of place. Greeting residents at the entrance to the Lake Nona Town Center is Disco, an eye-opening 35-foot-tall Labrador Retriever made of reflective stainless steel. “Lake Nona’s best friend” was designed by JEFRE, a local artist. Another community landmark is The Beacon, a six-story column displaying art and interactive images, such as snow falling during Lake Nona’s winter celebration.

11 Great Neighborhoods: Mills 50 & The Milk District

Mills 50® sits approximately one mile Northeast of Downtown Orlando, 0.5 miles south of the Orlando Art Museum. It encompasses Orlando’s most established and historic neighborhoods, including Colonialtown, Lake Eola Heights, Park Lake Highland, and Hillcrest. Schools within the district include Lake Highland Prep and Hillcrest Elementary. In Orlando’s early years, the area near the Colonial / Mills intersection was initially a storefront retail shopping area. Many historic buildings remain today, still keeping their facade’s original sidewalk canopies.

UF Health selects chief diversity officer

UF Health recently named Dr. Lakesha Butler the associate vice president for inclusion, diversity and health equity and chief diversity officer. According to a UF Health release, Butler comes from Southern Illinois University’s Edwardsville School of Pharmacy where she served as professor of pharmacy practice and director of diversity, equity and inclusion. She will start her new position at UF on Aug. 22.

Orlando Police Department debuts new 'Pride Patrol Car'

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Police Department debuted its new ride on Facebook Thursday afternoon. Chief Eric Smith and the department's LGBTQ+ Liaison and Ally Officers introduced the new rainbow police cruiser to mark the end of Pride Month. The Pride Patrol Car is also meant to honor the 49...
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PHOTO REPORT: Universal Orlando Resort 6/27/22 (Williams of Hollywood Prop Shop Closed Permanently, Mysterious Newspaper Clippings in the Tribute Store, Spider-Man Loungefly Bags, and More)

Welcome to another beautiful day here at the Universal Orlando Resort. It’s a hot day and it’s surprisingly busy for a Monday, but we’re ready to take on the day and see what’s new in the parks. Parking and security moved quickly this morning, but you...

Delta Air Lines passenger, 51, accused of groping girl on plane reportedly mixed Ambien and alcohol

A 51-year-old man travelling on a Delta Air Lines flight between Los Angeles and Orlando accused of allegedly groping a young girl says that the Ambien he took is to blame, The Daily Beast first reported.A US air marshal wrote in a signed criminal affidavit with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida that Brian Patrick Durning, 51, was arrested on Friday by federal agents after his overnight flight from California landed at Orlando International Airport early in the morning.In the affidavit, signed on 24 June 2022, Tony Helico, a senior inspector with the US Marshals...