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This supposed “coup” at Orlando International Airport has been making headlines for a week or so now. To catch you up, it all started with this opinion piece by Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell (you might’ve missed it amid Dorian).
The details get wonky in a hurry, but basically the OIA board members who’d been appointed by Gov. DeSantis tried to hand out a big-money contract to a DeSantis ally without a public bid process, aka “under the table.”
Fun fact: It’s against the law in Florida to hold public meetings outside of the public eye, and it’s a little hard to imagine how this plan was hatched without one.
Anyway, it’s not the first time these board members have sat in the hot seat, as earlier this year, they also tried to force out Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer from the board, even though he’s guaranteed a spot since the airport is city-owned.
The war is raging on, but for now it looks as though the Desantis-appointed board members might get their way.
Also worth reading: this six-month in-depth investigation into OIA called “TSA in Turmoil” by WMFE, which was started after 40-year-old TSA officer Henry Long jumped to his death from the balcony inside OIA in February. He left a note that read, “Tell my managers I’ll be waiting for them in hell.”
In other news…
If you work downtown or are just in need of a Friday Funday, today is City Skip Day. Party starts at noon on Wall Street Plaza and there are 30 kegs of free Yuengling to be drank. Pro-tip, take canned goods to donate to United Against Poverty for free admission. (Bungalower)
Remember that story from earlier in the week of the Altamonte Elementary School student who was bullied for his homemade University of Tennessee Volunteers shirt? Well not only did UT end up sending a care package and selling his design on a t-shirt and donating the profits to an anti-bullying nonprofit, but now they’ve offered him a 4-year scholarship… for the class of 2032. (ESPN)
The latest push to legalize recreational marijuana is raising big bucks. Make it Legal Florida, the political committee behind a 2020 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use for folks 21 and older, received more than $1 million in financial contributions last month. (Miami Herald)
The tropical wave we’ve been following is still hoping to grow into Tropical Storm Humberto, but local meteorologists say it won’t have much of an impact on Central Florida. Just a little rain and wind. (Orlando Sentinel)
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We’ve got some pretty sweet neighborhoods in and around Orlando. We managed to make them a little sweeter by adding a little more sugar as you can see above.
Let’s be real: doughn’t you wish Donut King would prep a baker’s dozen of Sanfords and Parramores for you?
We’ll be creating more images like this one, so if there’s an item to which you’d like to see Orlando neighborhoods compared, send an email to our illustrator.
And if you’re looking for real doughnuts, we can’t recommend local blogger Lemonhearted’s Orlando doughnut guide more if we tried.
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SoDo After Dark Get Your Glow On! Saturday, September 21st from 7pm-11pm location Novel Lucerne ! Live Music, Beer, Wine and Food! Learn More ».
🗣️ Tuesday, Sept. 17: How do you get others to follow your vision? Spend your lunch break learning from the pros. (Downtown)
💻 Wednesday, Sept. 18: Every third Wednesday of the month, you can cowork for free at Starter Studio. Meet you there? (Downtown)
📽 Thursday, Sept. 19: Get your tickets this week to the premier of “Scooter,” a Florida-based film about three lifelong friends and their 700-mile journey on scooters. (Winter Park)
🌳 Friday, Sept. 20: Park your seats not your car in a parking space for the annual Park(ing) Day, a day of temporarily transforming parking lots into “parklets” and spurring conversations on what those spaces could do to build community. (College Park)
🎶 Saturday, Sept. 21 Bring some wine, food, and a small donation of $10-$20 and enjoy a night at Timucua for One Beat. (SoDo)
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Today — Friday the 13th
👻 Share ghost stories in some of the most haunted bars (Downtown)
😈 Celebrate Friday the 13th with comedy that kills (Winter Park)
💐 Make your own fresh flower arrangement (Winter Garden)
🍺 Skip work a little early for the annual City Skip Day (Downtown)
🍿 Take the kids to see Coco on the big screen in the park (Lake Eola)
👻 It’s a haunted party in the parking lot (Ivanhoe)
🗣️ Hear from the lawyer from the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” (Downtown)
🍦 Treat yourself to doughnuts and ice cream (Downtown)
🍢 Enjoy eats and drinks from the area’s most accomplished chefs (iDrive)
🍤 Take a stroll at the new soul food farmers market (College Park)
🎥 Check out the work of filmmakers from across the globe (Downtown)
🍷 Head to Lakeridge for the annual wine and cheese fest (Clermont)
👻 Get in the fall spirit with a ghost tour (Mt. Dora)
🍻 Pull out the lederhosen and dirndls for Taptoberfest (Mills Park)
🌈 Fight back against discrimination (Mills50)
👗 Sip while you shop for flapper dresses (Audubon)
🦄 Get brunch with a unicorn… yes, a unicorn (Lake Nona)
💃 Celebrar la Independencia de México con comida típica, danza y música (West Colonial)
👻 Watch the Sanderson sisters take over the big screen (Winter Garden)
🌮 Celebrate National Guac Day at Black Rooster (Mills 50)
🇲🇽 Celebrate Mexican Independence with a very valiente showdown (Downtown)
🗳 Hear from local political candidates as elections near (Richmond Heights)
🖋 Develop your calligraphy skills at the Melrose Center (Downtown)
📸 Step up your camera game by purchasing equipment from Macbeth Studio (Downtown)
🚶 Explore Historic Hannibal Square on a guided walking tour (Winter Park)
👮 Join officers from Orlando Police Department for conversation over coffee (Downtown)
👄 Learn CPR and save a life (Winter Park)
🏕 Give your two cents about the future of Orlando parks in an interactive workshop (Wadeview)