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The moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in the Sunshine State is currently set to expire on Wednesday.
With more than 2,600 evictions waiting to be processed and 130,000 people waiting to be verified for unemployment, housing advocacy groups are calling for the governor to again extend the statewide moratorium and provide funding for rental assistance programs.
But so far, mum is the word.
Gov. DeSantis announced last week that $120 million in CARES funding will go to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, which helps fund affordable multifamily housing developments. Tenants at those properties are protected from eviction until Aug. 31 under a separate federal moratorium.
In other news…
The new Black Lives Matter street mural in downtown Orlando was completed over the weekend. Feedback varied, with lots of people loving it and others acknowledging that while it’s a great gesture, it doesn’t directly lead to police reform or racial equality. The mural was “tagged” Friday night with similar sentiments but was cleaned up and back to new mid-Saturday. (Orlando Sentinel)
Some 86 Orlando firefighters have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 120 are currently on a two-week quarantine. (Don’t worry, there are still plenty of firefighters on duty.) (WESH)
Exercise your civic muscles today and register to vote if you haven’t already. News 6 is hosting a day-long “phone bank” and will have volunteers from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office ready to answer q’s and guide you through the voter registration process. (Click Orlando)
The NBA is moving forward on its plans to bring the season back after signing off on the final terms Friday. Teams will start arriving at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World in the next two weeks.(ESPN)
Even though onsite consumption is currently prohibited, you can still support your favorite brewery by ordering beer to go. Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co.’s first day of “Summer Camp” kicks off today and you can earn badges and bragging rights just for participating. And by participating, I mean rockin’ tie-dye and grabbing a 4-pack to-go. Word of advice: Order online. (Facebook)
There’s a new coffee shop in town — and it’s stunning. Owners of The Robinson Cocktail Room (the same group behind Mathers Social Gathering, Celine, and The Wellborn) have opened The Robinson Coffee Room, selling artisan coffee drinks, baked goods, and other grab-and-go items. (Bungalower)
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🗣 Tune in for this discussion with Orange County Sheriff candidates re: police accountability and reform (Online)
🍻 Through July 4 Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. is putting on a weeklong summer camp and you can even earn badges for participating (Ivanhoe)
👶 New parents: tune in for a chat with a registered nurse to talk infant care, feeding, your baby's growth and more (Online)
☕️ In need of some self-care? Tune into this weekly community coffee talk (Online)
🗣 Learn more about Florida's waterways and how they're drying up (Online)
🗳 Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote at this virtual screening (Online)
🗺 Help develop a pop-up park that'll prove fun for the whole family (Curry Ford West)
🗣 Attend this virtual teach-in on racial justice (Online)
🍷 Join this virtual wine class all about the South African Merlot and if you're lucky, win a bottle (Online)
🛶 BYOB(oard) to this morning paddle (Ivanhoe)
🖼 Through July Check out this month-long exhibit of "Men painting women" (Downtown)
🛶 Enjoy a different kind of "doggy paddle" (Ivanhoe)
🎨 Calling local artists and volunteers: help install a Black Lives Matter mural in Goldsboro (Sanford)
🛶 Venture out on a relaxing paddle of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes (Winter Park)
☮️ This workshop is for anyone struggling with body image, all gender inclusive (Mills 50)
🇺🇸 Tune in for this year's 4th of July celebration, from the comfort of your couch (Online)
🎷 Sit back, relax and make it an evening filled with jazz (Online)
🍿 Get uncomfortable over brunch while supporting our local movie house (Maitland)
Because I always want to leave you better than I found you, check out this story of a local 11-year-old girl who took action after the death of George Floyd and designed “Pins for Police.”
Her design, a black-and-white heart with an equal sign in the middle, is meant to symbolize how everyone deserves love, no matter the color of their skin. Her hope is that law enforcement officers will wear them to show people they interact with they believe in this message.
See you again right here on Wednesday,
P.S. Today’s newsletter was written while listening to the Spotify playlist called Out Now: Unlike Any Other. It’s a real toe-tapper and was perfect for celebrating Pride and Stonewall’s 51st anniversary yesterday. Tell me what you’re listening to. My inbox is open!