Have you ever wondered why the restaurants and bars in Hannibal Square close so early? The city of Winter Park has a closing time of 2 a.m., except on Sundays when the bell rings at midnight.
But the small corner of Winter Park known as Hannibal Square has a last call of 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. Is that about to change? Maybe.
On Monday, Winter Park city commissioners considered extending business hours in the Square, but the issue seems to have been deferred with heavy opposition from local residents.
The early closing times have been a struggle and a major point of contention with Hannibal Square restaurateurs Vincent and Teri Gagliano, owners of the local favorite Chez Vincent.
They opened the French restaurant 22 years ago with the understanding that they were on a one-year trial period and that their liquor license and business hours could be extended if there were no incidents in that time. Two decades later, they say nothing has changed.
The Gaglianos have had to turn down wedding parties and other large group events due to their midnight deadline on weekends, which has obviously hurt business. They say they don’t expect special treatment. Instead, they simply want to be treated like every other Winter Park business.
In other news…
One Thornton Park attacker is in custody. Michael Parker turned himself in to the Orange County Sheriff’s office yesterday morning after being named a suspect in an Oct. 9 attack in Lake Eola Heights. Meanwhile, the suspect in an Oct. 25 Thornton Park sexual assault, James Calixte, has not been apprehended and OPD is asking anyone who sees him to call Crimeline at (800)423-TIPS. (WKMG News 6)
Don’t be surprised by the extra $4 Uber charge if you’re getting picked up at Universal. It’s part of a new deal between Uber and the theme park giant. Uber will build a new waiting area on the top floor of the parking garage and Universal will invest in extra signage and extra staff to help direct traffic. The charge will only apply to pickups, not drop-offs. Lyft, Uber’s biggest competition, is not adding any extra fees. (Spectrum News 13)
One of the largest job fairs of the year takes place this Wednesday in Orlando. The 25th annual Central Florida Employment Council job fair is from noon to 4 p.m. at the Central Florida Expo Park on West Colonial Dr. You can register here, but pre-registration isn’t required to attend. Over 100 companies will be there, along with employers like the Orange County sheriff’s office and public schools. (News 965)
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Fun fact No. 1: Central Florida is officially the worst place in the country to find affordable housing, with only 13 affordable rental properties available per 100 extremely low-income households in need of them.
Fun fact No. 2: Orlando and its surrounding neighborhoods are becoming an increasingly expensive place to live. According to the latest U.S. Census data, the median rent in Orlando was $1,217 in 2018, making us the fifth most rent-burdened city in the U.S.
But that’s not all. Metro Orlando ranks 50th in wages, making us dead last in the country when it comes to income and that’s largely attributed to our prime workforce being made up of low-wage tourism and hospitality employees.
So in our third month-long spotlight on the affordable housing crisis plaguing our city, we’re addressing a question from Kayla Mitchell, who asks, “Do you think co-housing could be a solution?”
Head to our website for some answers. There, we’ll be breaking down what is meant by co-housing, and the difference between it and co-living. We’ll also explore the possibilities of instituting more of it in the area. Plus, stay tuned for the other three installments coming your way later this month.
And if you have questions or thoughts on your own, tell us here.
Wanna talk about the future of affordable housing in Orlando in person? Meet us at Venture X on Thursday, Nov. 14th for a discussion with local community leaders. RSVP here to let us know you are coming!
✍️ Tomorrow: Hey freelancers, take notes from a pro on how to capture the most captivating photos for your brand. (Downtown)
🎯 Gather some friends for dirty bingo (Thornton Park)
❓ How well do you remember Marty McFly, Biff and Doc? (Winter Park)
🗣 Get tips on how to prevent water pollution (Audubon Park)
🍷 Wind down with wine night at Dovecote (Downtown)
🎯 Play bingo at Aardvark (SoDo)
🗣 Learn about Orlando's history through these in-person poetry readings (Downtown)
🍷 Get the 4-1-1 on what makes a good Australian wine (SoDo)
♻️ Attend this free kitchen recycling and composting workshop (Kirkman/McLeod)
🍿 Take the kids to watch Wall-E in the park (Winter Park)
🧶 This ain't your grandma's cross stitch class (College Park)
🎨 Paint fall pumpkins with your mini (College Park)
🍁 Take your fam/friends/date to the fall festival through Sunday (Apopka)
🗣 Listen to locals share their stories from the big stage (Downtown)
🎵 Janis Joplin fans, don't miss this concert (Winter Park)
🏠 Take a tour of homes in the neighborhood (Mills 50)
🎷 It's the weekend you've been waiting for — Jazz Fest (College Park)
📚 Check out this local author's book reading all about Orlando (Mills 50)
🍷 Grab your boots and cowboy hats for this foodie fundraising event (Winter Park)
🧶 Learn from the macrame pro how to macrame your own wall decor (Maitland)
🎼 Enjoy a nice evening of food, wine and classical and jazz from the Jalen Baker Quartet at Timucua. (SoDo)
☮️ Stretch it out in the park with Lululemon (Winter Park)
We’ll see you again tomorrow, Orlando,