We’ve been talking about scooters for months now, but the heat’s especially been on since Gov. DeSantis signed a bill last month legalizing electric scooters in Florida.
While Tampa experiments with scooter pilot programs, the city of Orlando has said for months that it’s not interested in exploring the idea until we work out the kinks of our current bike share programs.
Nonetheless, some residents are still pushing for them while others say absolutely not, citing havoc and safety issues scooters have caused more progressive transportation cities like Austin.
Either way, according to state law, motorized scooters are now allowed on roads and in bike lanes. The latest debate is on what this means for Central Florida’s recreational trails and whether they should be allowed, regardless of what state law says.
Luckily, there’s a loophole allowing local governments the ability to approve or deny motorized vehicles from sidewalks and trails.
Alas, the scooter war rages on.
In other news…
Orlando City SC made club history Wednesday night when it won the Open Cup quarterfinal match against New York City FC. The semifinal is planned for early August and is against Atlanta United, a club they’ve yet to defeat. Not sure what all these cups mean? NotthatFLman breaks it down on Reddit. (The Cup, Reddit)
A DeLand church is paying off 6,500 Central Floridians’ medical debt, as well as funding three foster homes this year after its congregation raised $7.2 million dollars. (Orlando Sentinel)
Two Florida professors will study the impact Hurricane Michael had on child births after receiving $400,000from the National Institutes of Health. They’ll look criteria such as exposure to carbon monoxide and accessibility to health care after the storm. (Orlando Weekly)
Get your best Frida Kahlo costume ready, Library After Hours is back at the Downtown Orlando Public Library. July’s Frida Kahlo exhibit is setting the tone of the event and you’ll have a chance to mingle with the artists while studying their work. (www.ocls.info)
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Each month, we shine a spotlight on a different neighborhood in and around the Greater Orlando area. This month, we’re looking at the Mills 50 neighborhood.
We kicked off the series with a video on the “new” Wally’s then featured the neighborhood’s best barbecue Pig Floyds Urban Barbakoa in our second video. In the meantime, we asked you what you wanted to know about Mills 50 and you all rallied around its Asian food scene, specifically its history but even more than that, you wanted to know the answer to Ashley Z’s question.
Ashley asked, “What are the secret things to order at the Asian restaurants? The things to you’re afraid to order but regulars know it’s THE best?”
Well, that’s going to take some time to answer — anyone down for a Mills 50 food crawl next week because we’re going to need some help? Hit us up and let us know, email [email protected], subject line: Let’s eat!
🎵 Tomorrow, July 13 Be moved by a melting pot of sounds including Latin-inspired rhythms, jazz standards, pop sounds and original compositions at Timucua’s next delightful show. BYOwine and food. (SoDo)
☕️ Tuesday, July 16 Let’s have coffee! Come to our first Morning Meet Up at The Heavy. The event is free, the coffee is amazing, and the company is even better! Party starts at 8 a.m. (Winter Park)
📝 Tuesday, July 16 Learn the ins and outs of writing a stellar business plan at this workshop held at Starter Studio. (Downtown)
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🎗 Hear about local startup success stories (Downtown)
🔍 Take your family on a scavenger hunt (Winter Park)
🗣️ Learn from one woman’s experience as a Muslim in America (North Orange)
💡 Light up at Lake Eola for children at the border (Downtown)
🗣️ Hear about what it’s like to be black in America (West Colonial)
🎵 Enjoy live music at your favorite neighborhood bar (Ivanhoe)
✂️ Make your own suncatcher (Winter Park)
🎭 Catch some experimental theatre at the library (Winter Park)
🍩 Get your doughnut fix and shop this cute new spot (College Park)
🥂 East End Market is pulling out all the stops for brunch (Audubon Park)
👐 Get your hands dirty for the environment (Holden Heights)
🚀 Go on a VIP experience with astronauts (Cape Canaveral)
☮️ Yoga is for EVERY body (and so is A La Cart) (East Colonial)
🍿 Take the kiddos to see Newsies at the Enzian (Maitland)
🏁 Don’t miss the 3rd annual Pinewood Derby going down at Ace Cafe (Downtown)
🐱 Check out this local author’s book signing while playing with kitties (Clermont)
🎭 Expand your views of reality through this multimedia art performance (Downtown)
☪ Clear your energy, manifest, and recalibrate (Virtual)
🗳 Learn what it takes to work for a campaign (Casselberry)
🍨 Cool down in the hot heat with gourmet ice cream and a cold brewski (Ivanhoe)
🎤 Cheer to Duran Duran in the Rocket Garden (Cape Canaveral)
💭 Join the second brainstorm sesh to transform alleys into public spaces (Audubon)