What Orlando is talking about
Okay, so I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it’s that unfortunate time of year when you lose an hour of shut-eye and your clocks — both internal and external — require some readjusting. Daylight saving time has reared its ugly head yet again, and come 2 a.m. Sunday morning, we’ll all be springing ahead for archaic, no-longer-useful reasons.
Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are leading the charge on reintroducing The Sunshine Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that would make daylight saving time permanent. Scott actually signed it into law back in 2018 when he was Florida’s governor but it never passed in Congress, and until it does, we’ll stay on the same seasonal schedule as the rest of the country.
The findings of which time schedule is best are conflicting. Some scientists vouch for sticking to standard time year-round because it’s better for your circadian rhythm and sleep schedules which is, in turn, better for your health. Most farmers agree with scientists because waking up an hour earlier to work is for the birds.
What about you? Do you have a strong opinion on the matter? I'd love to hear it. Just shoot me an email, email@example.com, subject line: Daylight Saving Time is/isn't whack and maybe you'll see your response in a future newsletter.
In other news…
🗣 Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings held nothing back in his rebuttal to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order yesterday that cancels any fines the county or state has imposed on businesses that violated COVID-19 restrictions. He went so far as to say “it can even be debated that the governor’s inaction to enforce health and safety guidelines likely contributed to the spread of the virus in our state.” (Orlando Sentinel)
🎨 Howard Middle School is currently getting some fresh ink from four local artists. The school’s new murals are part of its plan to turn the outside recreational area into an “outdoor classroom”. (Bungalower)
- Related: The Aviro Foundation unveiled its new mural yesterday in the CityArts Courtyard slash alleyway. The piece, titled “Land of Merchants,” was created by artist Jonathan Stemberger and nods to Orlando’s growing art scene. (Bungalower)
- Editor’s note: Each of these art projects is possible thanks to the Downtown Arts District and its partnerships with Thornton Park Main Street and the Downtown Orlando Partnership.
🐸 An Orlando treefrog named Betty is in the running to be this year’s Cadbury bunny. Betty is actually an Australian White’s Treefrog and is currently up against a Great Dane, a mini horse, a goat, and other animals for the title. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17. (WKMG)
✨ ImmerseFest is back on for 2021. The annual art and culture spectacular is set for Oct. 15 - 17 and promises the same epic performances, immersive art, and creative activations from years past. Tickets are NOT on sale yet, but be sure to save the date. (Immerse Fest)
👡 Netflix’s new comedy series “Go Off” is already gaining fans for its “Far From Florida” sketch. It’s a two-minute rollercoaster of local eccentricities, and you’ll never hear the pronunciation of “purpose” and Publix the same way again once Jessica Marie Garcia and Julissa Calderon are done, well, going off. You can get a glimpse of the madness on Instagram and watch the whole thing here. 👀 (“Go Off” via YouTube)