Plus, new study says Orlando homeowners are among the most cost-burdened in the country.

📰 4 out of 10 employers say they'd fire employees for not returning to the office

Plus, new study says Orlando homeowners are among the most cost-burdened in the country.

By Katie Johnston

Hey there! Happy Thursday to ya! 

Just yesterday, I was reading this article about a recent survey’s findings that said four out of 10 employers would fire their employees for not returning to the office. Granted, the survey was conducted in early April and was a small sampling size — they surveyed 1,500 small business owners. 

The data pointed to 39% requiring in-person work onsite, 20% of employers saying they’d let their employees choose, 17% would adopt a hybrid schedule, and 10% would make remote work permanent. 

I have no skin in the game because I’ve been working from home long before the pandemic came around. My kitchen table (and sometimes my couch, my bed, my front stoop) is my office. While I’ve missed the occasional coffee shop 😭, my wallet hasn’t. Anyway, now I’m curious: Are you ready to return to the office? Would you quit your job if your employer forced you to come back to the office? 

There are many days a week I think to myself, “This would be so much easier if I could see this person in person”. Zoom only goes so far. Tell me where you fall according to this survey. Send me an email,, subject line: I’d tell my employer to…

Now if my office always looked like this… Have you checked out The Monroe yet? It’s great for dinner, but the midday coffee breaks and remote work views are the real treat.  📸: @thesupaldesai | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

What Orlando is talking about 

🏠 In no surprise to anyone who remotely skims the local headlines, a new study shows that Orlando homeowners are among the most cost-burdened in the country. Orlando ranked No. 9 of the 50 largest metro areas in a new report by Lending Tree, with 30.8% of our homeowners spending 30% or more of their monthly income on housing costs. Miami ranked No. 2 and Tampa came in at No. 12.  (Orlando Weekly)

  • In related news: Just last week, we shared that Orlando ranked dead last, 50th of the 50 largest metros when it comes to paying low wages. (Orlando Sentinel

💉 COVID-19 is on the rise in Orange County, according to local officials. Dr. Raul Pino of the Department of Health in Orange County noted that there were 382 new cases on Tuesday —  the highest number since May 22 — and that most cases were in young adults between the ages of 15- and 34-years old. (WESH

🛣 Florida will soon get $28 million to fund some much-needed changes to its infrastructure. On a local level, we’re talking $6.9 million for the Corrine Drive overhaul that will add bike lanes, ADA-compliant sidewalks, and shade trees and $945K for upgrades to Colonial Drive. It’s all part of the INVEST in America Act that U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy helped spearhead. (Bungalower

🚢 The legal dispute between Florida and the federal government on pandemic-related restrictions for cruises isn’t over. On Tuesday, attorneys with the Department of Justice filed an appeal disputing a lower-court ruling that sided with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody. The originating lawsuit, which was filed by the State of Florida in April, challenged the Centers for Disease Control’s “no sail order,” which shut the cruise industry down over the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday, a federal judge denied the CDC’s request to keep its regulations in place and as of July 18, they will become merely recommendations. (WKMG, Miami Herald)

🎟 Get ready to rock, again, Orlando. Orlando Fringe hit "Hexed: A Femme Rock Musical” returns to the stage tonight for a weekend run at The Abbey. Tickets cost $10-25 to see this coven of young witches bring the house down. (Orlando Weekly)

🎯 Let's play a game

We’re playing a little Orlando trivia with our members. One member who correctly answers this week’s question about one specific Central Florida connection to the Florida Everglades will win a free ad in an upcoming newsletter, bragging rights for at least a week, and a shoutout in Friday’s newsletter. 

Wanna play? Join us! For $8 a month, our members help make everything you know and love about Pulptown possible. Members get special perks like free and discounted event tickets, a kit of member gear, and we have a little extra fun with them too. 😉

🍻 Who will advance to the Sweet 16?

Did your nominee make it to the Sweet Sixteen? Who could tell with this tiny image, right? Don’t worry, head over to our site to get your vote on, no magnifying glasses needed. 🎨: Pulptown illustration

Who reigns supreme? Ivanhoe Park Brewing is up against Bowigens Beer Company for the Ultimate Orlando IPA while Ellipsis Brewing faces off against Motorworks Brewing in the same category in our Ultimate Orlando Beer Bracket

Which local beer screams Orlando to you? You should vote for it so it moves on from the top 32 to our Sweet Sixteen round.

To reiterate — our bracket is not here to find the “best” local brew, because “best” means something different to everybody. But we are here to highlight the beers and breweries that Orlando really loves and which ones you feel best represent our fair city.

Vote here by 9 a.m. on Monday, July 12 to see who’ll make it to the next round.


🍷 Sip wine, shop local artists and walk the neighborhood at this monthly event (Thornton Park)

🌈 Support our local LGBTQ+ community in its plight for social equity and paid and sick leave at this pop-up event (Ivanhoe)

🍿Pack a picnic and watch "Men in Black" on the big screen outdoors at Central Park (Winter Park)

🎶 Enjoy live music at open mic night at the Veranda (Thornton Park)

🛍 Shop local artists and vendors at this outdoor weekly pop-up market (Thornton Park)

🗳️ Share your opinion on secularism and the separation between religion and government at Symposium Winter Park Library (In-Person and FaceBook Live Streaming)


🖼 Check out the solo exhibit of award-winning international photographer Martin Stranka at SNAP! Orlando (South Eola)

🎟 Watch the side-splitting comedy, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" as presented by Mad Cow Theatre Fridays through Sunday through July 18 (Downtown)

👻 Get to know the spirits that haunt Sanford on this guided ghost tour (Sanford)


👙 Grab your best buds and your floats for Floatchella, the biggest float party happening at Dog Island on Lake Maitland (Maitland)

🏘️ Experience 50+ of the best of the best homes and apartment communities throughout greater Orlando during the FREE, self-guided tour through July 18 (Greater Orlando )

🛍 Shop local makers at the Faire of the Dog monthly pop-up market at Will's Pub (Mills 50)

🍳 Stuff your face and jam out at The Aardvark's Yacht Rock brunch weekly (Curry Ford West)

🍿Head to The Nook for some movie trash — watch "The Room" while sipping on some tasty local beers (Milk District)


🖼 Take the fam out for a day of arts and culture at the Mennello Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)

☮️ Practice yoga among the sculptures outdoors at the Mennello (Loch Haven Park)

🎶 Join the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at The Plaza Live for Summer Serenades (The Milk District)

One more thing

Today makes five years since my girl Colleen Burns left this earth and while the date could certainly bring me to tears, instead, I use it to remember a life so incredibly well-lived.

At the time of her passing, Colleen worked as the Regional Marketing Manager at Yelp Florida (shoutout to Pulptown reader Andi P., for fiercely holding the Yelp Orlando community together all this time) and she moonlighted as the city's biggest cheerleader it's ever seen. She was a bear-hugging, big-smiling, Philly-loving, cider-drinking, loud-laughing, off-tune-singing, fierce champion of the City Beautiful and we were oh so lucky to have her. Here's a newsletter from 2018 of the six best things Colleen ever taught me about life. Give it a read before you log off today. Then get out there and live like she lived here, because life is short, y'all, and as the country song goes, "We're not here for a long time. We're here for a good time".

Alright, that’ll do it for today. See you again tomorrow to properly send you off into the weekend!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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