WHAT IS IT? The tallest building in Seminole County, 18 stories high, that sits smack dab next to I-4 East, just past the Altamonte Springs exit. No one is sure exactly when it earned its nickname, but it was sometime around 2005 when it looked like this.
WHO BUILT IT? Christian satellite station SuperChannel 55 started construction on the “Majesty Building” in February 2001. The station’s president, Claud Bowers, called it a “pulpit to the world.” His goal was (is?) to build it out with television studios, banquet facilities, offices, and retail space. The first two years of construction were productive until donations dried up. Then construction halted … for 15 years.
HOW DO ORLANDOANS FEEL ABOUT IT? Some generously refer to it as “uncompleted,” but a real local will just call it for what it is — fugly. Many hoped that Hurricane Irma would blow it over, others wish it would be torn down. In 2017, Orlando Weekly named the ‘I-4 Eyesore’ as the best Halloween costume of the year. And this week, and in honor of Orlando’s 143rd birthday, Orlando-based Rock’Em Socks added the Eyesore to its newest line.
WILL IT EVER BE FINISHED? In May 2018, Bowers promised that the Eyesore would be completed in “8 to 12 months.” We’ve heard similar promises before, so maybe don’t hold your breath. But, there was a spark of hope just a couple of weeks ago, when the lights suddenly came on for a night and Orlandoans reported visible progress on the windows and parking structures. As far as we know, construction on the Eyesore is based on religious donations. We’re hoping for a miracle.
USAGE: “At least they built the I-4 Eyesore far enough away from Disney that tourists won’t see it.”
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‘State of the City’. On Tuesday morning, Mayor Buddy Dyer gave his State of the City speech, which included “60 Reasons to Love Orlando.” (Btw, it was his 60th birthday.) He listed achievements such as the Trust Act and the Mayor’s Committee on Multicultural Affairs, as well upcoming projects like parks and affordable housing initiatives. (Orlando Sentinel)
Totally batting an eye. The Florida Bat Conservancy is trying to convince Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to allow them to build bat houses, arguing that bats are the top predator of Zika-carrying mosquitoes and other bugs. If allowed, a grant will pay for 30 houses to be built in the county, adding to the already 600 that the Conservancy has built in Florida. Mayor Jacobs fears, however, that the little flyers will pose a rabies risk. (Orlando Sentinel)
New survey, who dis? WalletHub released a study that ranked Orlando as the best city in Florida to find a job and 13th best city to find a job in the whole country. They used metrics including job opportunities and growth, monthly median salary, unemployment rate, average work and commute time, and housing affordability. (WFTV 9)
On fire in the kitchen. Orlando-based firefighter Lt. Emmanuel Washington finished third in the finale of the “Food Network Star” TV cooking competition on Sunday. The hazmat lieutenant has perfected his culinary skills through cooking for his team and volunteering for Orlando charity events like “MAN UP n’ Cook Urban Father’s Day Cook-off.” (Orlando Sentinel)
As Jimmy Fallon would say, EW. Did you know that your dog’s bowl is super gross? Unwashed bowls can harbor bacteria like E. coli, salmonella, and staph (all very bad things!), according to an American Kennel Club vet. Their suggestion? Treat your dog’s bowl like your plates and wash it every doggone day. (Click Orlando)
Give us some slow food. While Florida didn’t even rank in the top ten states with the most fast-food restaurants, Orlando ranked as the No. 1 city in the country with the most. In between our stops at Subway, McDonalds, and Taco Bell, we’ll work on showing a little more love to our local restaurants. (Inquisitr)
🎭 SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Join us this Sunday at Opera Orlando’s Opera on Park Summer Series event! And bring a friend! Use promo code OPERA online or in person to receive one ticket free with your purchase. (Downtown)
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👟 Run your heart out (Sanford)
🇵🇪 Eat away at this pop up Peruvian dinner (Winter Park)
🎵 This music is Stranger than Fiction (Mills/50)
🤝 Network with other Orlandoans (College Park)
🍻 It’s Moms Night Out at Deviant Wolf (Sanford)
🎬 Catch Finding Nemo…under the stars (Winter Park)
🖼 Mingle at this art gallery opening (Mills/50)
❓ How well do you know your boy bands? (International Drive)
🐶 Get some snaps of your pup at this photo shoot fundraiser (SODO
🤓 Celebrate Throwback Thursday at this month’s Nerd Nite (Audubon Park)
🤝 Meet some Orlando makers at this Mini Bazaar Botanica (Thornton Park)
🎉 Warning, this party is gonna be weird (International Drive)
🎟 Saved by the…ball, charity event (Lakeland)
🎮 It’s a Mario party (Winter Park)
☕️ Add some handmade mugs to your coffee routine (Winter Park)
🛶 The darkest night of the month calls for a bioluminescence tour (Colonialtown)
🍗 This pop-up is good for the soul, and the belly (Mills 50)
💜 Cheer on the Pride as they take on the Portland Thorns (Parramore)
🔌 Want to recycle your old electronics? We know a place. (Downtown)
🌈 Rock your colors at this pride ride (Winter Park)
⛲️ Go pick out an Orlando shirt (College Park)
🍳 Experience pop-ups and live music at brunch at Tuffys every Sunday. (Sanford)
🎟 Take the kids to Family Funday at the Mennello (Loch Haven)
🍳 Remember the 90s over this rockin’ brunch (I-Drive)
🎬 It’s time for the monthly film-slam (Maitland)
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