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10 TIPS TO ACE EPCOT
Did we miss your favorite Epcot thing? Send us a note at [email protected] We want to know how you live like you live here, even at the tourist spots.
This is the third in a series of hacking our favorite theme parks. We’ve previously given you the lowdown on Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. It’s meant to help you live like you live here, and to enjoy a vacation in your own city a time or two (or when your out-of-town friends visit and insist you meet them there).
Tomorrow is Telecommute Day in Orlando and we are all about it. If you’re down to join the cause and help save the planet on the emissions of 70,000 people commuting into the city on any given day, then we encourage you to join us. We’re doing our part to decrease congestion and avoid pollution — well, that and wearing pajama pants all day. We’re also hosting a video chat with fellow telecommuters at 4:45 p.m. ET on Thursday if you want in.
WHAT'S GOING DOWN IN PULPTOWN?
Fairweather or farewell? Governor Rick Scott signed a law in March that made it easier to block access on private property to public beachfronts. Last week, Scott issued an executive order to put a stop to his own law, stating that the legislation created considerable confusion and that he was “committed to keeping our beaches open to the public and this executive order makes this commitment clear.” (Orlando Weekly)
Hey FIFA, we’re playing friendly. In its fifth year, the Florida Cup has announced its first two teams, both high-profile, for the 2019 friendly: the Netherlands’ AFC Ajax and Sao Paulo FC from Brazil. Sao Paulo won the cup in 2017, and it’s Ajax’s first appearance. The games are played in Orlando, Miami and Tampa in January. One of the many reasons we love it so? It demonstrates Orlando’s commitment to soccer in advance of the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America. (Orlando Business Journal)
The SunPass saga continues. Conduent State & Local Solutions, the company that manages SunPass systems, will not be receiving any money from the state until they meet all obligations in their contract. The improvements were expected by June 11. Still to come: upgrades to the website and mobile app, fixing problems using SunPass to park at the airport, and issues with the payment processing system. One Orlandoan has started a petition to waive all tolls imposed during the recent outage. (Orlando Weekly)
The war on minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a major topic this election season, especially at Orlando International Airport. While Miami and Fort Lauderdale airport workers have won wage increases in recent years past, those at MCO are still fighting for theirs. Florida’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, roughly $17,000 a year for full-time workers. Orlando currently has the lowest median income of all metropolitan areas in the United States. (Orlando Sentinel)
Back-to-school health fair. Florida Hospital and ICP Church are hosting a back-to-school health fair on Saturday, offering free immunizations, health screenings, and backpacks to those children and families who need them. In order to visit the immunization clinic, you must present an original, non-expired form of identification and your most recent immunization records. (Orlando Sentinel)
THINGS TO DO
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
SATURDAY, JULY 28: Come join us next Saturday for Florida Miracle, a dance marathon benefiting the Central Florida Miracle Network! Food, music and entertainment will be provided. Just bring your AWESOME dance moves!
IN & AROUND PULPTOWN
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a Pulptown membership.
SAVE THE CRAZIEST FOR LAST
Have you seen the video circulating of the lady who dropped her cell phone while recording her experience on StarFlyer, the new attraction that opened last month beside Icon Orlando (a.k.a. The Orlando Eye)? Watch as it drops 450 feet and suffers only a scratch.
’Til tomorrow, amigos!