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In this year’s election, you’ll find six constitutional amendments on your ballot that are a little complicated and oftentimes, confusing.
Today, we’re breaking down Amendment 2 which aims to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Florida’s current minimum wage stands at $8.56. A few years ago, Orlando attorney John Morgan started the group Florida for a Fair Wage with the main purpose of upping our minimum wage to $15 per hour (for non-tipped employees, $12 per hour for tipped employees). That’s when Amendment 2 was born.
Amendment 2 proposes increasing the minimum wage gradually, raising it to $10 per hour by this time next year, then upping it $1 per hour each year for five years until 2026 when it would reach $15 per hour. After that, minimum wage increases would be tied to annual inflation adjustments (as it is currently).
Morgan says people should be paid a living wage and that 40 percent of Americans don’t have $400 in case of emergency, a statistic from a 2019 Federal Reserve survey. He said, “You’ve got to think about it like this. Our system is broken when you make more money and do better staying at home than going to work.”
Meanwhile, Amendment 2 opponents say it’s a recipe for disaster and will cost many moms-and-pops to go out of business. “Voting ‘no’ on Amendment 2 may save your favorite restaurant from closing or your favorite waiter or waitress from losing their job,” said Chris Sprowls, incoming House speaker, during an online presser.
According to a recent poll by Monmouth University, two-thirds of Florida voters support the ballot measure which is more than the 60 percent needed for the vote to pass. But that’s still a close call between now and the election on Nov. 3.
Care to share your opinion on the matter with fellow Pulptown readers? We’re all ears. Send me an email, subject line: Minimum wage, schminimum wage and I’ll share your thoughts in a future newsletter. (You can totes stay anonymous if you must.)
In other news…
The Walt Disney Co. announced yesterday that it’s laying off 28,000 employees due to COVID-19 and it’s still unclear how many of those people are being laid off specifically at Walt Disney World. Over on the east coast, California has yet to allow Disneyland to reopen. (Orlando Sentinel)
Hungry? Already thinking about your next meal? I hope so because this roundup of the 10 new hot spots in town will have your mouth watering in no time. Whether it’s a comforting Peruvian meal you crave or an escape from reality, this list by foodie reporter Faiyaz Kara has you covered. (Orlando Weekly)
Um, hi. Anyone out there with the first or last name Orlando? Because Frontier Airlines wants to give you a free flight next month. Okay, well technically not FREE, but a $250 voucher which depending on where you’re off to, it’s same-same. (Bungalower)
Last week, Stonewall Jackson Middle School in East Orlando was renamed Roberto Clemente Middle School. The Orange County School Board voted to drop the name of the Confederate general and instead, replace it with the Hispanic Hall-of-Famer and humanitarian’s name. The middle school opened 55 years ago as a “whites-only” school but is now majority Hispanic. (Orlando Sentinel, ClickOrlando)
Universal unveiled plans of the new Velocicoaster yesterday and the crowds went wild. Well, maybe just some of the peeps on Pulptown’s Instagram feed. For the thrillseekers out there, the scoop is that it’ll reach 70 mph in 2.4 seconds, propel you 155 feet in the air and then plunge you 80 degrees and at one point, you’re airborne for 12 seconds. It’s set to open next summer. (Forbes)
If anyone out there loves learning about Orlando’s architecture and history as much as we do, then you’re in for a real treat. Our friend Jillian just launched a new IG account called @oldlando that is dedicated to tracing our favorite buildings’ lineage and honestly, it’s just the social media reprieve we need right now. (Instagram)
Pulptown members get access to exclusive giveaways and content. Last week, our members got a chance to win an original Steven Madow print of Lake Eola. It was 17×22 inches of straight beauty. This week, members are getting the chance to participate in our new game that tests readers’ knowledge of the city. We’re taking it back old school with a good ol’ game of I Spy starting with the image above. Don’t let FOMO get the best of you, join our membership program today for just $8 a month. 🙌
Pssst. Speaking of Steven Madow prints and giveaways, we’re doing a giveaway on IG right now of a print of last year’s Zuma launch as seen above Exploria Stadium if you’re feeling lucky. Hey, everyone’s a winner at Pulptown, amirite?
Guess who’s back? Back again… OCLS’s back, tell a friend. 🎶 No, but really, today we’re coming in hot with reasons No. 79 through 83 in our 101 reasons to love the library series, starting with its trick or treat safe zone. 👇
#79 Trick or Treat Safe Zone: Beginning tomorrow and running through the end of October, you can pick up Halloween treats and crafts at any OCLS location. In addition to in-person goodies, be sure to check out the full lineup of digital offerings this year. Where else can you find Hocus Pocus trivia and Halloween-themed nail art? If you head into the library next month, have fun with it and dress up as your fave literary character. Then take a pic and tag @pulptown and @OCLS on Instagram for bonus points.
#80 Spooktober Reading Challenge: Get your ghost stories ready in this spoOoOoOOoky challenge for adults. Sign up at Beanstack to participate and be eligible to win prizes.
#81 “We Remember” Guides: OCLS librarians create collections celebrating the lives of people who have recently passed. You can read all about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actor Chadwick Boseman in their latest collections.
#82 Resume help: Elevate the job hunt by registering for this Oct. 13 workshop on best practices for writing a resume and cover letter. Even if you aren’t currently looking, this will be a good refresher.
#83 Virtual Library Card: This type of library card is a great option for Orange County Public Schools educators and currently enrolled students. One major benefit? No fines or fees — that’s because there’s no physically checking out of library materials or registrations for classes or events.
☮️ Get down and in downward dog at this outdoor yoga dance class before partaking in a few socially distanced brews (Thornton Park)
👟 Lace up your running shoes and join this run club who celebrates with local brews after (Ivanhoe)
🛶 Honor the harvest moon with this late night paddle (Ivanhoe)
🎨 Learn what it's like to "have a seat at the table" through art (Downtown)
🗣 Let's talk about the importance of green spaces in our community, specifically at Lake Eola (Online)
🗣 PARTNER Chat with industry leaders from around the country about the four emerging tech hubs, including Tampa (Online) (Partner)
🗣 PARTNER Pull up a chair for "Table Talk", a candid conversation about our community and how we can help shape our future, post-2020 (Online) (Partner)
🐶 Dress up your pup for this puppy paddle parade (Ivanhoe)
🍿 Watch "Us Kids" in the park to celebrate the Global Peace Film Festival (Winter Park)
🛶 This event is like "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" but for grown-ups and on a paddle board in the middle of a lake (Winter Park)
🍁 Every weekend through Nov. 29 Get in the festive spirit and celebrate "Fall on the Farm" with hayrides, pumpkin carving, corn hole and a maze (Lake Buena Vista)
🍁 Every Sunday through Oct. 31 It's Fall, y'all, and these pumpkin slash hayride slash fall festivals are abundant and guaranteed fun (Eustis)
🍁 Every weekend through Dec. Get outdoors and soak up the fresh country air at the annual corn maze at Long and Scott Farms (Mount Dora)
🎃 Every weekend through Oct. 31 Take the kids to drive "The Haunted Road", the family-friendly version (Chuluota)
🎉 Check out the new pop-up park on Curry Ford and Bumby (Curry Ford West)
🛶 Head north for a horseback tour through the Ocala forest and then go for a paddle in Silver Spring with this fun Orlando-based group (Ocala)
☮️ Check out this yoga class that comes with a complimentary beer or mimosa (Ivanhoe)
🍿 Pack the popcorn and roll up to Old Town to watch "Beetlejuice" from the comfort of your car (Kissimmee)
🍻 Celebrate Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co.'s birthday with the annual "Return to Joyland" weeklong festivities — and this year, you can participate virtually (Ivanhoe)
Thanks for reading all the way to the end; your dedication doesn’t go unnoticed.
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown