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😍 'I not only fell in love with him, but with the city'


When we asked you to share your love stories in 100-words or less, Orlando, you more than delivered. We’ve had 30-something stories submitted, and choosing the best six to share has proven a more difficult job than initially imagined, but Camila’s bittersweet story was one we knew we wanted you to read:

“I met him at his favorite local restaurant on Mills. It was my first date since moving to Orlando, and I was really excited. We vented, laughed and drank the evening away. Soon, meeting every Monday at 7 p.m. became our thing. Slowly, but surely, he showed me around Orlando. I not only fell in love with him but with the city. We eventually stopped seeing each other. Now every time I drive around the places we’d visit together, I can’t help but ponder on how he’s doing…”

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And if you’ve got a 100-word love story of your own to share, we’d love to hear it.

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For David Williams, working as a downtown ambassador is more than just a job.

Williams, an Army veteran who spent nine years living in the woods on the outskirts of Orlando, is the subject of a Sentinel profile that uses one man’s story to weave together the myriad of issues related to homelessness and explain why it takes more than a textbook solution to actually get folks off the streets.

In the end, what Williams really needed was a support network and a sense of purpose. Through the city’s ambassador program, which launched last August, he helps visitors cross the street and lends an ear to people who are in the same position as he once was — struggling to get by and make ends meet.

The ambassador program is actually a revival of a similar initiative that was cut in 2009 amid the financial struggles of the Great Recession. Williams is one of 17 ambassadors who are tasked with providing safety escorts, curbing panhandling, and reporting suspicious activity to police.

Back in December, city officials credited the program for contributing to an 11-percent crime reduction in the downtown area.

In other news…

A new state law passed in the wake of the Parkland massacre requires armed guards at every school, but finding people with the proper training has proven difficult in some places. (WKMG)

All’s not well in Dezerland, the action park planned for the former Artegon Marketplace shopping mall. Michael Dezer, a buddy of President Trump’s, has been fined and ordered to stop work on the project after reportedly failing to secure the proper permits (again). (Orlando Weekly)

Still need reservations for V-Day? Here’s a list of Orlando-area restaurants offering special menus and deals this Thursday. (Orlando Weekly)

📅 Things To Do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Orlando City Soccer Foundation .

All-Star SoccerBall 2019 Support and celebrate the All-Stars in our Community - from the volunteer coaches and kids in our free programs to our budding gardeners!

In And Around Town 🆕

👯‍♀️ Ladies, get in formation (but first, you’ll have to get on the waitlist) (Colonialtown)
❓ It’s trivia night at the Lamb (Ivanhoe)
🥕 Ever wanted to learn how to compost? Now’s your chance (Winter Park)
😂 Catch comedian Sean Finnerty at Geek Easy (Winter Park)
❓ Try your hand at Disney trivia in a brewery … in a church (Hoffner)

WEDNESDAY – Galentine’s Day!
🧘🏻‍♀️ Wine down with friends after yoga on the field (West Lakes)
🌮 Grab your Galentine for some Mexican bingo (North Quarter)
❓ How well do you know rom-coms? (Ivanhoe)
🤓 Celebrate Black History Month at Mad Cow Theater (Downtown)
💘 Give back with your significant other (Mills 50)
🍻 Make Lesley Knope proud (Audubon Park) 🆕
💘 And double up on the Galentine’s Day celebrations here (Waterford Lakes) 🆕

THURSDAY – Valentine’s Day!
🕯 Enjoy a candlelight dinner on the lake (SoDo/Edgewood)
🍫 Don’t miss this annual chocolate and beer pairing (Ivanhoe)
💘 “Celebrate the V” with lady babes like Blue Star (Ivanhoe)
🍻 A La Cart is celebrating V-day with tasty beers (East Colonial)
🍝 Get a tarot reading over dinner (Winter Park)
🍽 So many options, so little time (Winter Garden)
🍿 Grab a date for Love Actually (Maitland) 🆕
🍷 More wine and cheese, please (Thornton Park) 🆕
💘 Check out this V-day concert in the gardens (Audubon Park) 🆕
🖼 Through Sunday Nude Nite is back just in time for Valentine’s Day (West Colonial) 🆕

🥪 Learn Orlando’s history over a quick lunch (Downtown)
🧘🏻‍♀️ Namaste under the stars (SoDo)
🍻 Through Sunday Don’t miss Rockpit Brewing’s soft opening (SoDo)
🛍 Through Sunday Get your antiquing on (Mt. Dora)
💃 Through Sunday Feel the heat at Orlando Ballet’s latest show (Ivanhoe)
🎉 Through Sunday Head to Boxi Park for opening weekend (Lake Nona) 🆕

💘 Not really a fan of Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone (Ivanhoe) 🆕
🎉 Attend the 5th annual Indie-Folkfest (Loch Haven) 🆕
🌶 Orlando Chili Cookoff is back (East Colonial) 🆕
🧘🏻‍♀️ Grab your partner for this thai massage + wine date (Thornton Park) 🆕
🎶 Check out Matt and Kim at The Beacham (Downtown) 🆕

🇨🇳 Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a parade and festival (Mills 50) 🆕
🌽 Kick back and relax with some vegan soul food (SoDo) 🆕
🍦 Eat ice cream for breakfast. It’s a thing (Delaney Park) 🆕
🍾 Mingle with singles at this boozy brunch (Lake Nona) 🆕

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 COMING SOON add your own events with a Pulptown membership.


Because if so, you can check out your photos from a time well spent at Cupid’s Undie Run here. If you weren’t, you missed a helluva good time. More than 250 Orlandoans (and some non-locals) showed up to run a brief one-mile run in their undies from Elixir in Downtown through Lake Eola Park on Saturday.

We were happy to team up with the local Cupid’s Undie Run chapter to raise more than $77,650 (and counting) to help those suffering from neurofibromatosis, a condition that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born. Big shout-out to Bill Brooks, the man behind our local race, and to XL 106.7 and Johnny’s House for putting this fun event together year after year.

We’ll see you bright and early again tomorrow.

Til then, au revoir,

— Pulptown

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