What Orlando is talking about
🐶 Orange County officials just passed a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits. County commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would keep large-scale pet stores from selling these animals effective June 22, 2022. To be clear, you’ll still be allowed to foster and adopt animals from local shelters and rescues. (WKMG)
🏨 Some Rosemont community members are none too happy about plans to redevelop the former Lake Orlando Golf Course into a new “Lake Nona”. The proposal for the 65-acre project named Rosearts District includes building green space, a shopping district, walking trails, and apartments, but some residents are worried about the lack of infrastructure for the traffic, people, and change that comes with it. (WKMG)
✍️ Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a flurry of bills into law on Tuesday, including several controversial rules regarding civic education in Florida. The official gist is that these bills will accomplish these three things: 1) develop a civics-focused curriculum for K-12 students such as teaching the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen, 2) require state university students to pass a civic literacy assessment exam and take a course on civic literacy in order to graduate, and 3) protect free speech at state universities by requiring schools to create an “objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey” to gauge “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” at colleges and universities. DeSantis talked a lot about not wanting to "indoctrinate students with ideology". (WBNS, Orlando Weekly)
- Related: Per an AP report, “DeSantis said students need to be taught that communist and totalitarian governments are evil.” The new rules and their patriotism-heavy perspective conform with the governor’s recent successful campaign to ban critical race theory from Florida schools. On the non-culture war front, DeSantis also signed a bill requiring high school students to learn CPR.
🍩 Pssssst. Pattie Lou's Donuts is celebrating its grand opening today with a ribbon cutting by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The mini doughnut shop opened on Pine Street in Downtown Orlando last month and is ready to serve you some doughy deliciousness with more sweets sprinkled on top. (Pattie Lou's Donuts on Instagram)
👃 The next time you’re walking down Ivanhoe Row, you might notice a fancy new smell. La Jetee Perfumery and Apothecary opened in the space next to Paper Goat Post. Joseph Todd, the owner of Bauhaus and Hanson’s Shoe Repair in downtown Orlando, opened La Jetee as a passion project inspired by his love of rare perfumes. (Bungalower)
💉 The Center Orlando is hosting its first-ever 24 Testathon leading into National HIV Testing Day, from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday at The Center’s Health and Human Services location at 1200 Hillcrest St. Orlando, FL. In addition to the health screening, the event will have live music, drag performances, food, and activities, including an NYC Youth Pride watch party. (The Center)