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Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day celebrating the Indigenous peoples of America. It takes place on the second Monday in October and is observed on the same day as Columbus Day.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day became a national holiday this year when President Biden honored the occasion with a proclamation:
“For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society. We also recommit to supporting a new, brighter future of promise and equity for Tribal Nations — a future grounded in Tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world.”
Biden issued a separate Columbus Day proclamation and called for a celebration of Italian Americans’ contributions to America, but then referenced Columbus’ actions and legacy of harm to Indigenous people.
More than 100 cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but not without controversy. Disagreement over Christopher Columbus’ legacy persists even here in the Sunshine State as seen in yesterday’s Twitter posts. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a pro-Columbus proclamation while Congressman Charlie Crist and Commissioner Nikki Fried celebrated Florida’s indigenous communities.
In other news…
✈️ The fallout from Southwest Airlines’ rash of flight cancellations was felt across Central Florida this weekend. The airline canceled nearly 2,000 flights in the last three days, leaving some travelers stranded in the Sunshine State longer than they’d intended (and your editor here holed up in a hotel in Birmingham, AL Sunday night). (Fox 35)
⛽ Transportation isn’t looking much prettier on the ground either. As anyone who’s had to gas up recently could tell you, gas is expensive right now. Florida's prices are the highest they’ve been in nearly a decade. According to numbers crunched by the American Automobile Association, last week’s state average of $3.17 per gallon is the highest price we've seen since October 2014. (WFTV)
🔎 Several Orlando institutions may be receiving a steep fine from the Florida Department of Health. Documents published yesterday show that the agency is investigating more than 100 violations of the state law prohibiting so-called vaccine passports. In addition to big names like Live Nation and Starbucks, regional entities like AdventHealth and several Central Florida concert venues such as the Dr. Phillips Center and Amway Center, are also under scrutiny. (Forbes / Orlando Sentinel)
🎨 There's some new eye-catching art on the side of I-4. It's a bright and colorful large-scale piece that was constructed by RLF Architects for the city of Winter Park as part of the I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment Program. You can see the beaut for yourself at the corner of West Fairbanks and I-4. (Bungalower)
🐀 Does Orlando have a rodent problem? A recent report from Terminix points to maybe so. The City Beautiful recently ranked No. 15 for the most rat reports placed in the country and No. 2 as the most-infested city in the state. (Orlando Weekly)