Orlando Comes Together Following Tragedy #OrlandoUnited #OrlandoStrong


In the wake of the shooting tragedy this weekend at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando has come together and shown that we are truly One Orlando. In recent days, several vigils have been held, and several more are scheduled for this weekend.

The night of June 13, a vigil was held in downtown Orlando on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

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In Remembrance of the 49 Lives Lost in Orlando #OrlandoUnited #OrlandoStrong

Police, FBI Need Info on Pulse Orlando Shootings

As you may have noticed, CitySurfing Orlando has been quiet these past few days. I felt with what happened this weekend at Pulse Nightclub, a few days of silence was needed.

Today we will return to posting about Orlando, starting with a rememberance of the 49 lives lost on Sunday morning. 49 who were much loved by their family and friends. 49 who should still be with us today.

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Police, FBI Need Info on Pulse Orlando Shootings

Police, FBI Need Info on Pulse Orlando Shootings

Early this morning around 2am, shots were fired inside Pulse Nightclub, a LGBTQ+ friendly club on S. Orange Ave in Orlando. As of 8am this morning, there are approximately 20 dead inside, and another 40 people injured and receiving treatment at area hospitals. The shooter is said to be dead.

The Orlando Police Dept, along with the FBI, held the first press conference at 7am this morning, and put out a request for information about the shooting. The FBI is classifying this as an act of domestic terrorism.

If you have, or know of somebody that has, information, including photos and video, please contact the FBI Hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324), or come to the Orlando Police HQ at 100 S. Hughey Ave.

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Ted Murphy of Orlando’s IZEA Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell

Ted Murphy, founder and CEO of Orlando’s IZEA, Inc, was in New York City on Friday, March 4, to ring the NASDAQ opening bell.

He was joined by other IZEA executives, team members and board members in the appearance, which was to commemorate the listing of IZEA shares (NASDAQ: IZEA).

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4 Ways to Get Home New Year’s Eve in Orlando If You’ve Had Too Much to Drink

New Year’s Eve is a big holiday for people to go out and celebrate with drinks. It’s also a big holiday for drunk driving.

4 Ways to Get Home New Year's Eve in Orlando If You've Had Too Much to Drink

We at CitySurfing Orlando want you to spend New Year’s Day safe, and not in jail or dead, so we’ve put together a few ways to get home from the bars and parties that don’t involve driving yourself.

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Experience Kissimmee is Looking for New Faces to Represent Kissimmee in Ads

Experience Kissimmee, the official destination marketing organization for Osceola County, is looking for energetic people of all ages, shapes and sizes to become the new faces for their tourism advertising campaigns.

Experience Kissimmee

The auditions will take place on September 12 and 13 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South (4955 Kyngs Heath Rd, Kissimmee) from 9am to 5pm each day.

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Visit Orlando Announces Global Search For Stories Via #MyOrlandoStory

I recently attended the IPW travel conference here in Orlando, and at the kick-off media brunch, Visit Orlando announced a new marketing campaign called “Orlando – the Never Ending Story.”

IPW press brunch

Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel was joined in the presentation by (in photo from left to right): Adrian Jones, Divisional Director – LEGOLAND Florida Resort; Peter Kacheris, Managing Director at Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek; Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs; and Roger Dow, President & CEO U.S. Travel Association.

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Orlando Becomes First U.S. Destination To Surpass 60 Million Visitors in One Year

Visit Orlando, the destination’s official tourism association, has announced that more than 62 million people visited Orlando in 2014. The announcement marks a new all-time record for the U.S. travel industry, solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation.

more than 62 million people visited OrlandoAs a result, a record 32 million room nights were sold in Orlando in 2014, resulting in bed tax collections topping $200 million for the first time in Orange County, home to the Central Florida tourism district.

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Central Florida Expressway Authority to Offer Discounts to Toll Road Users This Summer

The upcoming I-4 road project is expected to cause even more delays this summer when it kicks into full construction mode.

I-4 Orlando

Anticipating higher demand on the area toll roads as drivers avoid I-4, the Central Florida Expressway Authority says it will offer discounts for multiple useage, starting in July 2015.

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Sharknado 3 Filming at Universal Orlando This Week

Sharknado - Ian  Ziering fights a shark

Originally filming under the name “Vortex 3,” it came to light this week that Sharknado 3 was actually the movie filming at Universal Orlando.

The third installment of the film series, which stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo, will follow the storm-surge of flying sharks causing mass destruction in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida. Once in the Sunshine State, they attack a guests at a theme park in Orlando.

Sharknado 3 is the follow-up sequel to 2014’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, which is currently Syfy’s most watched original movie of all time and includes numerous cameos from celebrities. I’m sure this second sequel will also have many cameos.

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AAA, Bud Light To Offer Tow To Go Program Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day in Orlando

AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando the week of December 24, 2014 to January 1, 2015, at 6am.

Tow to GoDuring this time period, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike. The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy the holiday weekend, but please don’t drink and drive.

Out and About: Sampling OCPS Food Truck Offerings at Hunters Creek Middle School

Orange County Public Schools food truck

This week I was given the opportunity to sample a couple of options that may be introduced into the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) system lunch menu next school year. I arrived at Hunters Creek Middle School, and made my way to the food truck. I brought my 9-year-old daughter with me to give these new ideas a try, as I felt it was important to get her input, too.

All three of the potential dishes are Asian inspired, and they were each pretty good.

Orange County Public Schools food truck - Green Bean Chicken Casser-bowl
Orange County Public Schools food truck – Green Bean Chicken Casser-bowl

The first offering we tried was an Green Bean Chicken Casser-bowl. It’s a casserole type dish with rice, green beans, and chicken nuggets. It was ok, but not something I think the kids will eat.

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