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Now this is what we call a proper out-of-office. Thanks for the tag, @wallflowe12. Want to see your photo here? Tag us on Instagram with @pulptown or #pulptown and this spot could be yours.

What Orlando is talking about

The University of Central Florida recently installed security cameras at entrances and exits on campus in an effort to scan coming and going license plates. The reason behind this is to better enforce safety and security for its students.

The license plates are scanned and then compared against law enforcement databases to ensure there is no threat on campus, that the plate numbers are not of stolen vehicles, license suspensions, or tied to someone of criminal interest.

The cameras, called LPR cameras, have previously been used in other cities and on other college campuses, where crime has dropped significantly.  But some folks are worried about what police will do with this information and if it’ll lead to arrests over petty crimes.

While UCF’s cameras were installed earlier in the year, they were put to use this month. UCF’s Police Chief Carl Metzger said that “UCFPD is not interested in monitoring anyone’s whereabouts with the exception of those who are likely to be connected to criminal activity.”

In other news…

There are new rules and looser regulations on garage apartments and “granny flats” in the name of expanding lower-cost housing options. (Orlando Sentinel)

A Polk County woman spent six nights in jail after turning over her husband’s guns to authorities while her husband spent one night in jail for trying to run her over. Local officials have taken to Twitter and written letters to the state attorney’s office urging to have her case dropped; meanwhile, attorney John Morgan said he’ll defend her free of charge. (Orlando Sentinel, WKMG)

Speaking of John Morgan, the attorney and longtime Wally’s fanatic says the new Wally’s isn’t for him and he’ll be spending his money at Casey’s downtown. (Orlando Weekly)

While driving along I-4 yesterday, you might have noticed a change in traffic patterns as the lanes between South Street and Lee Road are now elevated. (WFTV)

Read this fun spin on the breakdown of yesterday’s State of the City. (Bungalower)

And the winner is ....

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What's up in Mills 50?

On Friday, we shared our first video in our Neighborhood Spotlight Series on Mills 50 — it was a video inside the “new” (read: polished) Wally’s. Later this week, we are spotlighting one of our favorite restaurants in the area, home to tasty tacos, plantains, and crispy fries.

But we want to hear from you: what do you want to know about Mills 50? Its history, its culture, or its future? Have questions about its hot housing market? Or its history as the Asian restaurant epicenter in Orlando? Or wondering how it got to be so colorful, so accepting, and so culturally diverse?

Let’s explore Mills 50, from its craft cocktails and good eats to its arts and culture.

Send us your Qs and we’ll pick three of our favorites to put up for a vote. 👍

Then stay tuned: next week, we’re taking you on a fun journey through these Mills 50 streets.

Our Partner Events

🎟️ Thursday, June 27 You don’t want to miss Jeremy Seghr’s “Three Stories” performance at Timucua Arts Foundation. This time, the audience will be on stage and the performance, in the balcony and on the main floor. (SoDo)

💃 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.

Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works. Just hit reply or email hello@pulp.town to chat further about a promotional partnership.

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In and around town 🆕

Today

👯 Stretch up high during yoga at The Balcony (Downtown)

🏢  Learn and share why Orlando is home (Downtown)

🏬 Check out the behind the scenes of Amway (Parramore)

🍷 Celebrate Anthony Bourdain binge-watching episodes and sippin’ wine (SoDo)

🛍️ Shop this local maker’s market while enjoying a beer or two (SoDo)


Wednesday

🍩 Indulge in this fan favorite, donuts and beers (Milk District)

👫 Get your workout in before grocery shopping (South Downtown)

💡 Turn your ideas to profit (Downtown)

⚽ Cheer on Orlando City to a win over D.C. United (I-Drive)


Thursday

🏢 Get the Creative Village update at What’s Up Downtown (Downtown)

🍿 Grab your picnic blanket and some popcorn (Winter Park)

🎵 Catch songstress Kaleigh Baker at Lil’ Indies (Mills 50)

🎟️ This pop-up concert sounds cool with a capital “C” (Sanford)

🎶 Free beer and music for a good cause, need we say more? (Oviedo)


Friday

🎵 Play it “Crazy, sexy, cool” at this 90s throwback concert (Universal)

🚽 Go on a tour de toilet with @theshittybeautiful (Lake Eola)

🚲 Bike with PRIDE with the Critical Mass crew for the Pulse 49 (Loch Haven)

🍿 Take the kids to a dive-in movie feat. Spider-Man (Altamonte Springs)

🌈 Celebrate love and benefit onePulse (Lee Vista)


Saturday

🗣 Keep up with these 9 speakers, 20 slides, 20 seconds each (Downtown)

🍻 Witness the second ever Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Day (Ivanhoe)

✊ Rally for gun violence research (Loch Haven Park)

🍱 Pinch the perfect dumpling (Audubon Park)

🤓 Celebrate six years of Body//Talk at the Geek Easy (Winter Park)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Tag @pulptown on Instagram or email a pic to hello@pulp.town.

One more thing

Today, we talked a lot about the Mills 50 neighborhood. If you like getting your drink on in the area and also in Ivanhoe, you’ll most likely want to check out this new t-shirt by Highforge, a local creative agency. (Thanks for the head’s up, The Daily City!)

‘Til tomorrow, Orlando,

— Pulptown

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