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🗣️ There’s still no scooting in Orlando (for now)

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What Orlando is talking about

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill legalizing electric scooters in Florida on Tuesday, effective immediately. This means that e-scooter companies such as Lime and Bird could start popping up all over the Sunshine State.

If you’ve been to Tampa lately, you might have already tried your hand at navigating its busy streets on the Bird scooters (meanwhile, I, Katie, barely survived Razors in 2000). It launched its pilot scooter program in May.

Even though they’re now legal, it’s ultimately up to each city to determine whether or not scooters will be used locally. Earlier this year, the city’s transportation director Billy Hattaway  said we still needed to work out kinks in our current bike share programs before we entertain the idea of scooters.

We can’t blame him. Electric scooters have been a hot debate since they came on the market and many cities across the country aren’t sure they’re worth the hassle or even safe.

The discussion on scooters is getting heated on our Facebook if you want to join in. Or you can reply to this email, subject line: Scooters Yay/Scooters Nay and give us your two cents.

In other news…

The city released its official count of President Trump’s Tuesday night’s reelection rally. While 120,000 tickets were requested, the official count inside Amway was 19,792. (Orlando Sentinel)

Florida’s Bright Future scholarships will be harder to earn by 2021 after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday increasing the minimum required test score on the SAT to 1330. (Orlando Sentinel)

Milk District Main Street is on the hunt for multiple muralists to add more color and art to its side of town. Last day to enter is July 7! (Bungalower)

This guy says the 10-hour wait for Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure is totally worth it and has tips for how to make the most of it. (Orlando Weekly)

Boeing announced it’ll be moving its headquarters for its Space and Launch division from Arlington, Virginia to Titusville yesterday. The move is tentatively planned for the end of summer. (WKMG)

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Winner winner, rum dinner

Congratulations to Spencer E. and Mark D. for each scoring a pair of VIP tickets to Rumfest, Wall Street’s annual rum and reggae festival happening this Saturday.  We’ll keep adding giveaways and cool local experiences like this to your newsletter. Got an idea for us about what should go here? Hit reply to this email and let us know.

Get to know this Orlandoan: Ricky Ly

Our video producer, Kayla O’Brien, recently sat down with local foodie Ricky Ly for our “This or That” series. Ricky is a local food expert who documents his journey through Orlando’s diverse restaurant scene on his blog Tasty Chomps.

He also moderates the popular Facebook page, Orlando Foodie Forum, where locals go to debate what’s good in our culinary world and also what isn’t. He hosts foodie meetups at restaurants around town, where locals can get to know other food enthusiasts while trying some new local grub.

Ricky graduated from the University of Central Florida and is now a civil engineer in Orlando. He started his blog in 2008. He’ll also become a dad for the second time in a few months.

“I’m a civil engineer by day. Food writer sometimes by night,” Ricky said. “Here I am liking food. If you like it too, cool. If not, that’s cool too.”

Find out if you and Ricky agree about Orlando’s best burger joint and whether turkey legs or Dole Whip reign supreme at Disney World.

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Events

Things to do

Our Partner Events

🎶 Saturday, June 22  Pianists Rose Grace and Eda Shlyam join forces to put the Timucua piano through its paces. For families with children or anyone for whom Sunday nights aren’t practical for concerts, please join us for a beautiful afternoon of music. (SoDo)

💃 Next Saturday, June 29 Meet us at the annual Florida Miracle dance-a-thon at ORMC. We’re putting on our dancing shoes for four hours and raising money for kids through the local chapter of the Children’s Miracle Network. (SoDo)

🎉 Through July 1. Ever heard of Crave? This Pulptown partner offers a 9-month leadership program to individuals who want to make change happen in Orlando! The deadline to apply to their next cohort, a leadership program for the spiritually curious, is July 1st. Apply here.

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In and around town 🆕

TODAY

🎨 Experience a metamorphosis at CityArts (Downtown)

🚦 Learn how you can help Orlando reach zero traffic deaths (City Hall)

🍿 It’s Goonies the movie night at The Hammered Lamb (Ivanhoe)


FRIDAY

🌠 Stargaze between down dog and savasana (SODO)

🎨 Check out some art after dark (Lake Nona)

🍻 Ladies, treat yourself to an all-night happy hour (Longwood)

🎶 Indulge in Depeche Mode (Downtown)

🛍 Shop local vendors at East End’s Evening Exchange (Audubon Park)

☮️ Don’t miss your chance to namaste poolside at the Grand Bohemian (Downtown)


SATURDAY

🏋 Head to this triple hitter: fitness, finance, and business brunch (Winter Park)

🎤 Swing and sway at rum and reggae festival (Downtown)

🐈 Downdog with the kitty cats (Clermont)

🌈 Young readers, delight yourselves at pride prom (Lock Haven Park)

🔮 Follow your intuition and learn to tarot (Curry Ford West)

🎉 Rock music, beer drinking, group cursing, and yoga? (Parramore)


SUNDAY

☮️ Celebrate International Yoga Day at Orlando’s largest outdoor class (Lake Eola)

🍻 It’s Family Day at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🚀 Watch this flick all about Florida’s journeys to space (Downtown)

🎉 Continue the celebration of Freedom Day at this outdoor fest (Eatonville)

🧀 Check out this beer and cheese pairing at Rockpit Brewing (SoDo)


MONDAY

👫 Get the scoop at the 2019 State of the City (Downtown)

🚀 Don’t miss the rocket launch (Cape Canaveral)

🍖 Watch Zoolander backyard bbq style (Milk District)

🍤 Bring your Florida appetite to Disney Springs (Lake Buena Vista)


Going to one of these? Take us with you! Tag @pulptown on Instagram or email a pic to [email protected].

One last thing

Feeling adventurous? Wanna spice it up? Here are four new date ideas for the summer, courtesy of our friends over at Orlando Date Night Guide.

‘Til tomorrow,

— Pulptown

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