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MetroPlan pursues $104M SunRail-airport connector option - Orlando Business Journal

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 16:02 -- rprice

taking an existing rail spur that runs from Orange Avenue and Weatherbee Road east to just south of the airport, and converting it to commuter rail.

The line comes off the SunRail track between its planned Sand Lake Road and Meadow Woods stations, and would require a new track to lead into the planned $1 billion South Terminal at the airport.

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VHB selected to study transit options for Orange Blossom Express rail line - Orlando Business Journal

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 16:00 -- rprice

Central Florida is a step closer to getting its proposed northwest rail system — the 36-mile, $55 million Orange Blossom Express.

the route, which would run from Eustis to downtown Orlando and tie into Central Florida’s $1.3 billion, 61-mile SunRail commuter rail.

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Meals on Wheels: Our critics review Orlando's best food trucks - Food & Drink - Orlando Weekly

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 12:18 -- rprice

Mobile eateries have come a long way. We combed bazaars, pods and parking-lot lunch stops - and sampled more than a hundred dishes - to bring you critical reviews of some of Orlando's best food trucks

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Spotlight on Central Florida: Summer Arts Camps | culturebuildsflorida

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:45 -- rprice

All of the large arts organizations in our area have summer camps. The Orlando Repertory Theatre alone has over 50 summer camp offering for students. The Orange County Regional History Center brings history alive with their artistic process. Students – ranging from 5 years of age through middle school – learn about ancient Egypt through maps, mummification and the painting of hieroglyphs. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is teaching Shakespeare, make-up, history and costuming through an innovative “Zombie Shakespeare” camp. Crealdé, a local visual art center, has a finely tuned model.

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Orlando Dining Districts: Marketing agency seeks to sell corporate execs on Orlando's dining scene - Orlando Sentinel

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 08:23 -- rprice

Visit Orlando's new advertising campaign, aimed at the business managers who ultimately decide where corporate meetings and industry conventions are held, divides the area around the giant Orange County Convention Center into a half-dozen dining "districts" to highlight talented local chefs and unusual food-and-entertainment options. The districts range from Universal Orlando's CityWalk, with its "adventurous and energetic" restaurants and clubs, to downtown Winter Park with its al fresco dining and "Southern chic."

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Spring Travel 2012 - Orlando for Trendsters -- New York Magazine

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 08:07 -- rprice

You’ve no doubt seen $200 tickets to Orlando advertised and wondered, But what on Earth would I do there? As it turns out, plenty. First, drop your carry-on at the 90-year-old Park Plaza Hotel in the budding art exurb of Winter Park. Load up on organic vegan grub at Dandelion Communitea Café, chased with a handspun strawberry milkshake ($7) from Bananas ­Modern American Diner, before raiding the psych, punk, and garage bins at Vinyl ­Richie’s Wiggly World of Records in the increasingly hip Milk District.

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City starts talks on revamp of Amtrak station - Orlando Business Journal

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 08:54 -- rprice

The reason for two separate stations: The Amtrak station, which Orange County records show was built in 1926, reportedly had several compliance issues and neither the city nor the transportation department — which acquired the property from CSX Corp. as part of its $150 million purchase of the SunRail corridor last November — has the funds to do the needed improvements.

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Orlando Officials OK Urban Chicken Plan - Home Test News Story - WESH Orlando

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 11:51 -- rprice

Under the program, chickens are allowed in 11 Florida cities, including Miami, St. Petersburg and Key West.

Residents will be allowed to keep up to three hens. Roosters are not allowed.

Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan helped to spearhead the pilot program. She said she is getting her yard ready for a chicken coop and fence.

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