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Longtime Orlando attorney, John Morgan of Morgan and Morgan fame, first championed legalizing medicinal cannabis in 2016 and is now backing the legalization of recreational marijuana on the state’s 2020 ballot.
Morgan has been in the news (let’s face it, he’s always in the news) for his efforts of getting an amendment on the 2020 ballot that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Florida. He originally said he was too busy pushing for this wage increase that he wouldn’t be able to devote time and attention to legalizing recreational pot.
He recently tweeted, “I have decided that I am too old to care. I believe that #marijuana should be legal!! I think we have time and I think there is money to get it done. I already have the minimum wage signatures. Let’s do this maybe, forget Tallahassee! #ForThePeople — #PotDaddy”
And according to a Quinnipiac University Poll in June, a record-high (pun intended) 65% percent of Florida voters want to see it happen, up nine percent from two years.
In other news…
Orlando will once again host the Pro Bowl. After a poor showing at the game earlier this year largely due to weather, fans were worried officials would find another city, but the game will be back in the City Beautiful for its fourth consecutive year. (Orlando Sentinel)
Last week, the Mayor’s Committee on Multicultural Affairs held its inaugural meeting at City Hall. The committee was formed from the development of the city’s Trust Act Policy and Resolution, passed in July 2018 and is made up of 17 community leaders that represent Orlando’s diversity in race, gender, age, and more. (The Daily City)
The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a Florida AF auction to make room for renovations. It’ll auction one-of-a-kind items Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. but a preview party is going down tonight at 6 p.m. (Bungalower)
Mesa 21 in Ivanhoe Village closed earlier this week. The good news is that the beautiful lakefront space won’t go empty for long AND it’s being filled by the owners of The Porch and Local Butcher and Market. (Orlando Weekly)
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Big thanks to everyone who sent questions for our series about the affordable housing crisis in Central Florida.
Here are the Qs we’ll be digging into over the next few months:
Stay tuned for updates on what we’re learning on the reporting trail, and if you have other burning questions about affordable housing, we’d love to hear them.
🎉 Saturday, August 17 Head downtown to Wall Street Plaza for the 10th Annual Margarita Fest (Downtown)
🎶 Saturday, August 17th Don’t miss the latest show at Timucua Arts. Alterity Chamber Orchestra is putting on Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with the help of Creative City Project Director, Cole NeSmith. Doors open at 2 p.m. (SoDo)
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🏵 Nourish your soul with good food, floral art, and music (Colonialtown South)
🎺 Heal yourself with sound meditation (Downtown)
🎶 Gather for a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary event (SoDo)
🎭 Experience the story of Twelve Angry Jurors (Downtown)
🍷 Stroll through Thornton Park’s Wine & Art Walk (Thornton Park)
🏊 Watch a movie while you swim at this “dive-in” (Altamonte)
🎭 Kick off the 20th annual Anime Festival Orlando with cosplay (iDrive)
☮ Practice some family yoga at the Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)
🎶 Enjoy a free concert in the park (Oviedo)
🕯 Honor those lost in the tragic shootings in Dayton and El Paso (TBD)
☀ Celebrate solar with a vegan crepe in hand (Longwood)
😺 Stretch into downward dog with kitty cats (Clermont)
🌿 Adopt another plant baby at the Saturday Plant Sale (Oviedo)
🎙 Get in the mood for a rhythm machine (Mills 50)
🍆 Get a front-row seat to the hottest plant-centric showdown of the summer (Colonialtown North)
🍢 Celebrate National S’mores Day all weekend (Audubon)
🧀 Partake in the 4th Annual “Italian Wine & Cheese” festival (Winter Park)
🐕 Hike Little Big Econ with your four-legged friends (Geneva)
🌾 Get your hands dirty in the name of hyper-local agriculture (Holden Heights)
🎼 Check our BOLD: The Musical – World Premiere (Downtown)
🌴 Party with native plants and plant people (Sanford)
🎭 Sharpen your Harold skills at the Adlib Theatre (Winter Park)
🐕 Sip on a dog-themed cocktails while hanging with your doggy-bff (College Park)
If you’re looking for something to do tonight, Nerd Nite is heading back to Stardust Video and Coffee in Audubon Park.
Tonight’s topics are “how to survive a plane crash” presented by “Professor Josh” Murdock (FL Blog Con, Orange County Library Systems, Valencia) and “math for a better city” by Eliza Harris Juliano (Rethinking the City, Cannin Associates).
Get your smarts on, Orlando.