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Rep. Anna Eskamani and Sen. Darryl Rouson have filed new bills that, if enacted, would ban discrimination against LGBTQ and disabled students in private schools who receive vouchers and assistance from the state.
If the state legislature approves, the bills would add “sexual orientation”, “gender identity”, “disability” and “religion” to existing laws and schools would have to comply with anti-discrimination practices.
Currently, there are private schools in Florida that receive millions of dollars worth of public vouchers but can still refuse to admit students who are disabled or LGBTQ. Similar bills were shot down last spring but Eskamani says she’s more hopeful now.
If schools don’t change their policies, their payments would be suspended or they’d lose eligibility, according to Eskamani’s bill. The proposed bills also require more stringent teacher qualifications in said schools.
In other news …
I-4 Ultimate has been ugly in more ways than one, but with the help of a new art endowment, it won’t stay that way forever. Orlando is getting its cut of $400,000 to beautify the interstate with art installations. Winter Park, Mailand, Altamonte Sprints, Eatonville, and Orange County will receive money as well. (Orlando Weekly)
Hey sports fans, ESPN’s College Gameday is kicking off the season at Magic Kingdom on Aug. 24 when the University of Florida plays Miami at Camping World Stadium. (Orlando Sentinel)
The same owner and developer of the Foxtail, Create Your Nature, Bear and Peacock space is planning to build another multi-tenant market around the corner called Mills Place. Lamont Garber also recently purchased Yard Bar in Parramore and United Trophy in the North Quarter. (The Daily City, Bungalower)
Black Bean Deli is celebrating the soft opening of its newest location in Winter Park this week. It opened in the former Winnie’s Oriental Garden building. (Bungalower)
Speaking of soft openings, Blue Bird Bake Shop is open again. (The Daily City)
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The avocado, once called the “alligator pear,” arrived in Florida from the West Indies in 1833 thanks to Henry Perrine. And we couldn’t personally be more appreciative.
Since it’s still avocado season, we wanted to share our avocado arepa recipe with you (move over, avocado toast), so you can #eatlikeyoulivehere this month for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Can you imagine going out on a Saturday night, you have an early morning, and you can’t have your favorite drink? Or honestly, alcohol just isn’t for you. But you still love the social aspect of drinking. Well, with the rise of the sober-curious movement, you may not have to imagine this world much longer.
🎉 Saturday, August 17: Head downtown to Wall Street Plaza for the 10th Annual Margarita Fest (Downtown)
🎶 Saturday, August 17: 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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⚽ Cheer on Orlando City Soccer against Sporting Kansas City (Parramore)
🙈 Blindly taste wines for a good cause (College Park)
🌵 Explore plants and pints with the bros (Mills 50)
👟 Shuffle your way out of summer (Thornton Park)
🙏 Engage in business networking and mingle with fellow influencers (Downtown)
🌈 Join the movement to ban conversion therapy (Parramore)
🤓 Learn to macrame like a pro (Audubon Park)
🖼️ Meet the artists behind these African masterpieces (East Colonial)
☮️ Downward dog underneath the stars (SoDo)
🛍️ Shop local vendors at the monthly evening exchange (Audubon Park)
🖼️ Check out the opening weekend of Snap!’s latest exhibit (Little Vietnam)
🎉 Grab your friends and get your shuffleboard on (SoDo)
🇲🇽 Get a taste of Mexico at this annual food fest (Lake Eola)
🍿 Watch the movie “The Meg” from the comfort of your own pool float (Taft/Southport)
📸 Don’t miss out on this Polaroid pop-up (Downtown)
🍇Stomp on grapes and tour a winery with your fam (Clermont)
🎨 Enjoy a peaceful Sunday learning about watercolors (Winter Park)
🌱 Bring your plant-loving friends to this plant sale (Sanford)
🎶 Bust out your ukulele skills for a hot night at Will’s Pub (Mills 50)