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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Winter Park Passed Ban On Artists

Last month, the Winter Park City Commission voted unanimously to ban street art after receiving complaints from merchants, who said performers were blocking the street outside their shops and blasting loud music. In what seems like municipal overreach, however, the ordinance bans all kinds of art: “acting; singing; playing musical instruments; puppetry; miming; magic; dancing; juggling; the public display or creation of crafts, sculpture, artistry, writings, or compositions, including the application of brush, pastel, crayon, pencil, or other similar objects to paper, cardboard, canvas, cloth or other similar medium” — all are now forbidden acts in Winter Park’s Central Business district. It’s that last part of the ordinance, about the application of brush or pencil to paper, that has “urban …
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