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4 Central Florida restaurants receive emergency shut down orders in last week

Four Central Florida restaurants received emergency orders to shut down in the week of July 25-31, according to data from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Orange County Oishi Japanese Restaurant at 11025 International Dr. in Orlando shut down on July 26. Officials found nine total violations, three of which were a high priority. Those violations included food ...
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Sebastian, FLInside the Magic

Popular Snack Location Quietly Reopens at Magic Kingdom

As Walt Disney World continues its phased reopening, more dining locations are announcing their return including ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Quick Service locations are also reopening at the theme parks, including the ever-popular Cheshire Café at Magic Kingdom and Pizzafari at...
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Carnival Cruise Line shifts policy to require masks, antigen tests for all

Carnival Cruise Line announced it was shifting two COVID-19 policies this month, one that will require more mask wearing and another that will ask all passengers for a negative antigen test before boarding. The mask policy, which goes into effect on Aug. 7, calls for all passengers, whether vaccinated or not, to wear a mask while on board in interior spaces aboard its ships. “In line with ...
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Brevard County, FLspacecoastdaily.com

Brevard Zoo Helps Sea Turtle ‘Riptide’ Adjust to Life With Three Flippers After Amputation Surgery

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Juvenile green sea turtle Riptide is adjusting to life with three flippers after undergoing amputation surgery in July. The patient was brought to the Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center on June 25 after it was found in Ormond Beach with its flippers entangled in monofilament line and a few external fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumors.
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Carnival Cruise Line roller coaster on Mardi Gras super quick, but also super quick

Slow. Slow. Give it some throttle. Wooooooooo. Umm.. Ahhh. OK, this is pretty fast, and am I supposed to be enjoying the view, and wait, I’ve come around the corner. I guess there was at least another corner. I must have lost track. And now I’m done. Can I go again? That’s pretty much the feeling for what was about 20 seconds of thrill ride on the first roller coaster at sea, a flashy ...
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61-Year-Old Florida Woman Successfully Swims Across The English Channel

SATELLITE BEACH (CBSMiami) — A 61-year-old Florida woman is the latest person to successfully swim across the English Channel. Gina Harden, who lives in Satellite Beach, has always loved the ocean. “I just loved the sea. I loved the water. Being around, it’s always been where my soul is,” Harden said. Harden was one of the first women in the Navy to become a diver. In her 12-year career, she served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Ever since she was a little girl, she has wanted to swim the English Channel. “I didn’t want to leave my life knowing...
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MSC Cruises makes 1st sailing from Florida; Port Canaveral debut on tap

MSC Cruises joined the companies making their Florida debut with the sailing of MSC Meraviglia from Miami on Monday. The massive ship marks the company’s first North American sailing in nearly 18 months although it has been one of the first cruise lines to venture back into waters internationally when it sailed in Europe in late 2020. MSC follows Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and ...
Port Canaveral, FLfox35orlando.com

'Mardi Gras' cruise ship sets sail from Port Canaveral

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Carnival cruise line's newest ship, the highly-anticipated Mardi Gras, made history at Port Canaveral as cruise lovers and passengers set sail on Saturday. Saying they were thrilled to be back cruising was an understatement. "We are so excited. We have been waiting for 16 months for...
Cocoa Beach, FLthetrumantribune.com

The Window

Cocoa Beach, Fla. (last week, on vacation) This morning I watched the sun come up over the ocean. As the darkness became light, the vastness of the sky was matched only by the vastness of the sea. There were a couple of cruise ships anchored off shore waiting for their...
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US Virgin Islands vaccine requirement throws wrinkle into Florida cruise plans

Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Disney may have gone through the trouble of simulated voyages that open the door for unvaccinated guests to sail, but a new policy in the U.S. Virgin Islands will thwart some from sailing. The policy requires all cruise passengers ages 12 and over to be fully vaccinated or the territory will not allow the ship to enter into its ports. Royal Caribbean had ...
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Go With the Glow

A bioluminescence kayak tour in the Indian River Lagoon can be an illuminating experience. Just a couple of hours from Ocala, in Brevard County, visitors can watch as rockets hurl humans and satellites into outer space or board a cruise ship bound for an exotic port of call. They can learn to surf or reel in catches in the Atlantic Ocean, see alligators up close on airboat tours in the St. Johns River and birdwatch in protected sanctuaries. But one of the major draws on Florida’s Space Coast is an activity that involves some of the tiniest–yet flashiest–organisms on the planet.
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New Carnival ship is first to cruise from Port Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first cruise ship to set sail from Port Canaveral with paying customers since the start of the pandemic in the U.S. in March 2020 was leaving on a seven-day journey. Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras ship had about 70% of its normal 5,282-passenger capacity...
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