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Archive for Friday, October 28, 2016

Intersection: Down-Ballot Cheat Sheet

While the Presidential election dominates headlines, where do you find out about down-ballot races such as soil and water districts and charter amendments?
Published in Intersection


Someone I know who loves Halloween recently screwed me over so now I despise Halloween. So today I will tell you what non Halloween things are going on this weekend. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is making a brief visit to Orlando to bring cupcakes and other sweet treats Saturday 10 to 8 at Florida Mall. Park behind Dillards: their back lot is always practically empty. The Winter Garden Heath and Harvest Festival will be a fun day happening in conjunction with the Winter Garden Farmers Market in downtown Winter Garden. Bike rides, vendors, demonstrations and a farm to table dinner will all take place 9 in the morning to 10 at night in downtown Winter Garden. Sia, the faceless ...
Published in Commentaries, Spotlight, The Daily City


For the thousands of newly arrived Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, the first time theyll be allowed to vote in a presidential election is one where they might be a deciding factor. The irony isnt lost on them. Despite being U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans on the island cant vote for president.  And yet, they can fly more than a thousand miles to Central Florida and settle in what political analysts call the swing part of the swing state, potentially deciding the course of Americas future. Local organizers say this community isnt as homogenous as political campaigns would like. Frederick Velez, a community organizer with the progressive Latino coalition Que Vote Mi Gente, says Central Floridas boricua community can be divided ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Excess Property Tax Revenue Expands Orange County Budget

Orange County commissioners will have an extra $21.7 million to spend this fiscal year thanks to excess revenue, $3.2 million more than last year. Tax Collector Scott Randolph attributes the cash hike to higher property values during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. He is asking commissioners to put some of the money toward getting air conditioning at the countys animal shelter.
Published in Central Florida News