Happening at 3:30 p.m.: Orlando mayor to give State of Downtown Address
Lake Eola with Orlando skyline Nighttime photo of the Lake Eola fountain and downtown Orlando skyline. (Nick Papantonis)ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will give his annual State of Downtown Address on Monday. City officials said Dyer will host the event in a style of a town hall, allowing for attendees to ask questions about the downtown directly to the mayor. Dyer is expected to share the latest on the continued revitalization of downtown Orlando, as well as plans and advancements for development in the area, economic competitiveness and small business assistance. He is also set to address the challenges of housing and helping the homeless, and furthering opportunities through expansions in mobility options.wftv.com
Lake Eola swan’s get the royal treatment during Orlando’s annual swan round-up
ORLANDO, Fla. — The city beautiful’s most beloved birds got top treatment at Lake Eola on Saturday. It’s part of the annual checkup to give the birds vet care, shots and to make sure they’re all microchipped. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 Orlando Lake Eola Swan Round UpDuring Saturday’s checkup, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan introduced the newest additions of two donated female trumpeter swans to Lake Eola. “It’s a very labor-intensive thing, but these are our beloved pets in Lake Eola and the most recognizable part of the city,” said Sheehan. If you would like to donate to Swan-A-Thon and help support the health and well-being of Lake Eola’s swans, CLICK HERE.wftv.com
Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K
ORLANDO, Fla. — TV 27 Community Connection and our partners Abercrombie, P.A., ACR Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Karma Roofing & Restoration, and McCoy Federal Credit Union invite you to join us for the 32nd Annual Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving Morning! Join us at beautiful Lake Eola bright and early Thanksgiving morning and burn some calories before you feast! Participate as runners, joggers and walkers, many dressed in full costumes or Thanksgiving themed hats. Hit the 3.1 mile course for a morning of fun to raise money for Meals on Wheels and other programs that support seniors in our community. REGISTER TODAY at https://events.hakuapp.com/0989b26a32c5a867a648Event DetailsThursday, November 25, 20217:00 am: Costume judging begins by Track Shack Registration tent7:45 am: Turkey Call judging begins by Start/Finish Line8:00 am: 5k (3.1 miles)9:15 am: FREE Tot TrotCox Media Groupwftv.com
‘Tis the season: City of Orlando releases holiday events calendar
Lake Eola with Orlando skyline Nighttime photo of the Lake Eola fountain and downtown Orlando skyline. Throughout November and December, the city is offering free, family-friendly holiday events and activities for all to enjoy. Since then, the Star has come to symbolize the start of the holiday season in downtown Orlando. Friday, Dec. 107 p.m. — Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park — “The Polar Express”Pack your blankets, chairs, and snacks for the whole family to enjoy “The Polar Express” at the East Lawn at Lake Eola Park. Friday, Dec. 177 p.m. — Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park — “The Santa Claus”Pack your blankets, chairs and snacks for the whole family to enjoy “The Santa Claus” at East Lawn at Lake Eola Park.wftv.com
Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K
ORLANDO, Fla. — WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners Gold Key Roofing, Fun Spot America, Stanley Steemer and The UPS Store invite you to join us for the 32nd Annual Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving Morning! Join us at beautiful Lake Eola bright and early Thanksgiving morning and burn some calories before you feast! Participate as runners, joggers and walkers, many dressed in full costumes or Thanksgiving themed hats. Hit the 3.1 mile course for a morning of fun to raise money for Meals on Wheels and other programs that support seniors in our community. REGISTER TODAY at https://events.hakuapp.com/0989b26a32c5a867a648Event DetailsThursday, November 25, 20217:00 am: Costume judging begins by Track Shack Registration tent7:45 am: Turkey Call judging begins by Start/Finish Line8:00 am: 5k (3.1 miles)9:15 am: FREE Tot TrotCox Media Groupwftv.com
At least 7 hurt in separate downtown Orlando shootings
At least 7 hurt in separate downtown Orlando shootings Orlando police lined the streets near Lake Eola for a shooting. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORLANDO, Fla. — At least seven people were hurt in two separate downtown Orlando shootings overnight, according to police. The first shooting happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of East Robinson Street near Lake Eola. There was no suspect information or information on what led to the shooting. READ: 1 dead, 4 wounded during outdoor boxing match in FloridaCheck back and watch Eyewitness News This Morning for live updates on this developing story.wftv.com
Vaccine mandate protesters prepare for recall effort against Orange County mayor
ORLANDO, Fla. — The deadline is approaching for Orange County employees to get vaccinated or risk termination. Another group gathered at Lake Eola on Sunday and threatened a recall effort against the Orange County mayor. READ: Firefighters protest against Orange County vaccine mandateThe protestors said they are getting ready to gather signatures and have already gained support online. READ: Orange County government to stop asking job applicants if they have criminal convictionsThose who don’t get the vaccine could be terminated. Around 80% of Orange County workers have received at least one shot, but hundreds of workers remain unvaccinated.wftv.com
Come Out With Pride asks Orlando attendees to RSVP to manage crowds
ORLANDO, FLA. — If you’re planning to attend Come Out with Pride, event organizers are asking you to RSVP for free to help manage crowds at this year’s event. Organizers said the event, which is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Lake Eola, will be held with all applicable local and CDC guidelines in mind. READ: Coronavirus: What you need to know about Biden’s six-point planOrganizers said they are also encouraging everyone who attends to wear a face covering, even if they are vaccinated. READ: COVID-19-sniffing dogs on the job at Miami International AirportClick here to RSVP for free. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
SimplyIOA Corporate 5K
ORLANDO, Fla. — Join WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners Gold Key Roofing, Fun Spot America, Stanley Steemer and The UPS Store for the Track Shack SimplyIOA Corporate 5k on September 30th at Lake Eola! Over 700 local companies form teams to run, walk, and give to our neighbors in need. Join the Track Shack Fitness Club team! Proceeds are donated to the Track Shack Youth Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Regisiter today: https://www.trackshack.com/event/90Run DetailsThursday, September 30, 20216:15 pm: 5k Runners Start – on Central Blvd6:30 pm: 5k Walkers Start – on Eola Dr.7:00 pm: Awards at Gold ZoneLake Eola Orlando, FL 32801©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
SimplyIOA Corporate 5K
ORLANDO, Fla. — Join 27 Community Connection and our partners Abercrombie, P.A., ACR Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Karma Roofing & Restoration, and McCoy Federal Credit Union for the Track Shack SimplyIOA Corporate 5k on September 30th at Lake Eola! Over 700 local companies form teams to run, walk, and give to our neighbors in need. Join the Track Shack Fitness Club team! Proceeds are donated to the Track Shack Youth Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Regisiter today: https://www.trackshack.com/event/90Run DetailsThursday, September 30, 20216:15 pm: 5k Runners Start – on Central Blvd6:30 pm: 5k Walkers Start – on Eola Dr.7:00 pm: Awards at Gold ZoneLake Eola Orlando, FL 32801©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Orlando to host final virtual meeting for Lake Eola master plan
ORLANDO, Fla — The City of Orlando will hold the final presentation of the Lake Eola master plan this Thursday. The final plan will provide details on changes needed but also provide a vision for the park’s future for the next 50 years. READ: Orlando working on plan for Lake Eola’s next 50 yearsThe City of Orlando started holding community meetings on Lake Eola’s master plan back in October 2020. The city held a series of community and stakeholder engagement opportunities, including a citywide survey, to gather input on the park’s future. READ: What should Lake Eola Park look like in the future?wftv.com
‘Patria y vida’: How a song became a worldwide rallying cry in support of Cuba
In Central Florida, another rally is planned for this weekend at Lake Eola. It’s a song that has become an anthem of the uprising and a rallying cry heard across the world. READ: US imposes new Cuba sanctions over human rights abuses“Patria y vida” has led the way from Cuba to the streets of Central Florida, with the music video playing at protests in the area. See the music video below:The phrase translates to “homeland and life.” It’s a song written by Cuban musicians. “This is unprecedented, and there is an artistic component to it,” said Dr. Luis Martinez Fernandez, a history professor at the University of Central Florida.wftv.com
Orlando Police escorted SOS Cuba demonstrators, leading to questions of who gets to protest in Florida
A viral tweet showing SOS Cuba protesters marching in the streets around Lake Eola with the aid of a police escort has led to questions around who gets to protest and when in Florida. For the uninitiated, the state recently passed harsh crackdowns on the right to protest within the state. A video shared by Twitter user @NeeNeinNyetNo showed a march of protesters encouraging US intervention in Cuba heading down Rosalind Avenue in Downtown Orlando. The police escort was made all the more ridiculous by one portion of the Florida law that received a fair amount of attention. The law grants civil immunity to people who hit street protesters with their car.photos.orlandoweekly.com
Fireworks at the Fountain returns to Lake Eola for 2021
ORLANDO, Fla. — The City of Orlando announced the return of Fireworks at the Fountain Tuesday, its free, annual Independence Day celebration at Lake Eola. The show was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. READ: Orlando releases guide to making events greener, more environmentally friendlyIt features live music, family-friendly activities, and food vendors with a 20-minute fireworks display for a finale. Fireworks at the Fountain starts at 5 p.m. July 4 and runs until 10 p.m.READ: Universal Orlando to eliminate temperature checks, reduce social distancing to 3 feet starting ThursdayThe fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. and will be accompanied by a live patriotic performance by the Orlando Concert Band. ©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police rescue 2 baby swans after man allegedly steals them from nest at Lake Eola
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police said they rescued two baby swans that were stolen from a nest at Lake Eola. The two baby swans, called cygnets, are safe and sound. READ: Dunkin’ employee in Florida accused of fatally punching customer who used racial slurPolice said a group of detectives and officers tracked the babies down after a man took them on Sunday. 🦢RESCUED: You may have heard about the 2 cygnets stolen from a Lake Eola nest Sunday. They were rescued yesterday, and the man who took them is charged with grand theft.wftv.com
Orlando working on plan for Lake Eola’s next 50 years
ORLANDO, Fla. — Since its renovation more than 30 years ago, Lake Eola has become a destination for residents and visitors for decades. Having hosted millions of annual visitors, the city of Orlando is now working to re-envision the park in anticipation of the next 50 years. READ: What should Lake Eola Park look like in the future? Voice your opinionThe plan is broken down into three parts:The foundation The exploration And finally, the visionREAD: Orlando Land Trust looking to develop new greener entrance to Lake Eola ParkLearn more about the planning process in the video above. Click here for more information.wftv.com
Got the COVID vaccine? Get a free burger at downtown Orlando World of Beer on Friday
click to enlarge photo courtesy World of BeerThe World of Beer Bar & Kitchen at Lake Eola is offering a free burger on Friday, Feb. 12, to those with a COVID-19 vaccine.Anyone who want to take advantage of the offer must bring proof that they have received the vaccine to a participating WOB location to redeem their free burger. The offer is only available on Feb. It's a "blackened Angus beef burger loaded with Danish blue cheese, crispy onion, shredded lettuce and garlic mayo on a toasted brioche bun. "WOB first opened its doors in Tampa in 2007, and has since grown to be a global franchise with more than 50 locations in the United States and China, according to the press release.The COVID-19 virus was first detected in Florida almost a year ago . Now, several versions of a COVID-19 vaccine are being distributed across the state.orlandoweekly.com
Lake Eola fountain lights to honor lives lost to COVID-19
The Lake Eola fountain lights will glow amber Tuesday in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19. (City of Orlando)ORLANDO, Fla. – Lake Eola will have a different somber glow Tuesday night. The City of Orlando announced the fountain lights will be amber to take part of a national moment of unity, meant to honor the lives lost to COVID-19. [TRENDING: Fla. leads nation in cases with new COVID variant | 12-year-old Orlando girl still missing | Biden inauguration will be different]Tonight, the Lake Eola Park fountain lights will be amber as we join communities across the country for a national moment of unity and remembrance to honor the lives lost to COVID-19. The Biden-Harris administration has invited other cities and towns to illuminate buildings and ring church bells at 5:30 p.m.
Bacteria levels back to normal, swan boat rentals can resume at Lake Eola
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando city officials said bacteria levels at Lake Eola are within normal range and swan boat rentals will be available again starting on Saturday. [TRENDING: Man shot by Daytona Beach police charged at officers | This is your best defense against skimming devices at gas stations | Raccoon in Christmas tree surprises Florida woman]Earlier this week, the city issued a lake alert and halted boat rentals after elevated levels of the bacteria were found. The alert has now been lifted. Swan boat rentals will resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday. City officials said the Lake Eola swan veterinarian was notified on Monday and worked with crews at the park to oversee the care of the swans while the bacteria levels were elevated.
Forecasting Change: Is a real or fake tree better for the environment?
In this week’s Forecasting Change I want to show you the energy numbers of real vs. fake Christmas trees. Also, it is much better for the energy consumption if you use LED lights. LED holiday lights are 90% more efficient than older incandescent versions, with one-fifth the carbon footprint of traditional lights. Carbon footprints or real vs fake trees. If you do use a real tree, consider mulching it instead of letting it go to a landfill.
Use of swan boats temporarily halted on Lake Eola due to elevated bacteria levels
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando residents looking to take a swan boat out for a spin on Lake Eola will have to rethink those plans, at least for the time being. The city of Orlando announced Monday that it’s temporarily suspended use of the popular paddle boats due to elevated bacteria levels in the water of the downtown area’s iconic lake. | Pilot killed in Fla. gyroscope crash]Officials don’t know what led to the increase in bacteria levels but they’re taking precautions to ensure that the swans that call Lake Eola home will remain safe. “City of Orlando Stormwater crews are actively looking into how this occurred and working to identify what may have caused the increased bacteria levels. City Stormwater personnel will continue taking water samples within the lake to monitor the bacteria levels in the coming days,” the city said in a news release.
WATCH: News 6 presents 2020 Lake Eola Tree Lighting Ceremony
ORLANDO, Fla. – Lake Eola is about to be lit. Orlando city officials have installed downtown Orlando’s iconic Christmas tree. Crews have also decked the halls at Lake Eola’s Park Washington Plaza, but city leaders have decided to host its annual tree lighting ceremony online. To safely ring in the holiday season, the city of Orlando will host a live virtual tree lighting celebration of the 64-foot tree on Dec. 5. After the tree is officially lit, the Christmas Tree Show will play each night at Lake Eola Park starting at 5:45 p.m. each hour until 9:45 p.m.As the city’s token tree gives Lake Eola a festive glow, people can also enjoy the sounds of the season as the lights will musically sync with the lights at the Lake Eola fountain providing precise animation during the shows.
Popular farmers market returning to Lake Eola with new COVID-19 safety precautions
Popular farmers market returning to Lake Eola with new COVID-19 safety precautionsPublished: November 6, 2020, 9:57 amThe weekly farmers market at Lake Eola will be returning this Sunday with new precautions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, including fewer vendors and spaced out stalls.
Popular farmers market returning to Lake Eola with new COVID-19 safety precautions
ORLANDO, Fla. – The weekly farmers market at Lake Eola will be returning this Sunday with new precautions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, including fewer vendors and spaced out stalls. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said all guests and vendors will be required to wear masks as they buy and sell locally sourced fruits, vegetables and other goods. [TRENDING: 2020 Voter Guide | What to expect if Trump wins | What to expect if Biden wins]The market was put on pause in mid-March, when the Sunshine State first started reporting coronavirus cases. “The downtown Orlando farmers market will officially reopen this coming Sunday, Nov. 8 at Lake Eola Park. I know a lot of people have been asking me about that and have missed the market.
Coronavirus pandemic giving sex predators more access to children, detectives say
(Internet Crimes Against Children) task force at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office announced it had arrested 76-year-old Raymond Woodrow Egan of Kissimmee for Promotion/Production of Child Pornography. “Sometimes we can have a day where we have maybe 20 tips,” Shah said. task force. task force includes several full and part-time detectives examining tips and hunting down leads, including the arrest of Egan. Shah said task force members must follow strict rules when they’re online so as not to entrap a suspect.
Orlando’s iconic Lake Eola could be getting a facelift
ORLANDO, Fla. – Lake Eola is a significant part of Orlando’s history -- it’s a place to take a relaxing stroll around the water or simply enjoy some of its wildlife while having a picnic. “We will be able to make smaller decisions based on this master plan,” Perrone said. “I’d like to see more events once we get to that place; more recognition for different people and cultures and celebrations,” Schaefer said, adding he walks around Lake Eola almost every day. She said her days start with a visit to Lake Eola. For information about the Lake Eola Master Plan and to take the survey, click here.
Parents, students march for return of cheerleading, band at Orange County football games
ORLANDO, Fla. Dozens of Orange County students and parents gathered at Lake Eola on Wednesday to demonstrate for the return of cheerleading, marching band and other school spirit groups at high school football games this fall. However, district leaders in Orange County recently unveiled different plans for how high school football festivities would return. Mary Beth Brockman is the parent of a band member at West Orange High School. Only the football team is allowed to play, which has excluded cheerleaders, dance leaders, marching band and JROTC, she said. We just want them all to be allowed to participate in Friday night lights.Senior Buddy Pagliuca plays alto saxophone and is one of the drum majors with the West Orange marching band.
Demonstrators in Orlando want to stop more money from going to law enforcement
ORLANDO, Fla. Around 100 demonstrators marched around Lake Eola and ended up at the Orange County Administration Building on Monday. Orlando policed blocked them from going to the front doors. Crowd chanting black lives matter march to Orange County Admin Bldg ahead of tomorrows discussion of sheriff budget @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/48ENW4Dsh1 Erik Sandoval (@ErikSandoval) July 27, 2020Demonstrators said they want Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings to declare racism as a public health crisis and to stop more money from going to law enforcement. Black Lives Matter march in downtown Orlando ends at Orange County Administration Building. Posted by News 6 WKMG / ClickOrlando on Monday, July 27, 2020Demonstrators said they will be back outside the administration building on Tuesday as the board of county commissioners meets in an online session.
Groveland hosts simultaneous fireworks displays
GROVELAND – The City of Groveland didn't host a big Fourth of July celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it did put on two dueling fireworks displays for residents to watch safely from their own homes. “In previous years, our tradition has been to gather for the best things the Fourth of July in Groveland has to offer: food, fun and fireworks,” Wilson wrote. They pinpointed two secret locations where they could set off the fireworks so everyone in the city can watch from their homes. The city estimates more than 21,000 people will enjoy the dueling fireworks display safely from their front porch or backyard. As the fireworks went up in Groveland, the same could not be said through much of Central Florida.
Man shot near Lake Eola in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – A man was shot late Tuesday in downtown Orlando, according to police. The shooting was reported just before midnight on Rosalind Avenue at Central Boulevard near Lake Eola. The victim, who was shot in the arm, was taken to a hospital for treatment, Orlando police said. According to police, one person was taken into custody, but no other details have been released.
Crews painting Black Lives Matter street mural in downtown Orlando
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Crews are putting together a Black Lives Matter street mural in downtown Orlando near Lake Eola. Antwan Clark said that he has spoken to crowds at several peaceful Orlando protests and said he welcomes the mural. You know we were out well before curfew and it was just a really positive and uplifting moment.Cork said the Black Lives Matter street mural will send a powerful message. It wasnt just about George Floyd. George Floyd was just kind of the breaking point, said Clark.
Central Florida LGBT community reacts to SCOTUS ruling
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. A couple of dozen people gathered at Lake Eola on Monday night to host what they called a celebration for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding sex discrimination. I personally know people who were terminated for their orientation, so I thought of them," Roxy Santiago said. In the 6-3 vote, the court ruled that a civil rights law passed in the 1960s includes protections for gay and transgender workers. Now we know for sure it was ruled, by the Supreme Court, that we can openly be ourselves right in the workplace and not be you know terminated over that or lose our jobs over that," Ashley Figueroa said. The dissenting justices wrote that there is a difference between discrimination based on sex and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Our City of Heroes: A July 4th Celebration
ORLANDO, Fla. This year, Fourth of July celebrations may look a little different, but theres some added meaning. News 6 has teamed up with the city of Orlando for a special 90-minute show entitled Our City of Heroes: A July 4th Celebration.Typically, the city presents a grand fireworks show at Lake Eola each year, with up to 150,000 in attendance. But Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said this year, because of COVID-19 concerns, things are going to look a little different. The special runs from 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and will feature a compilation of the brightest and biggest fireworks from the past several years at Lake Eola. Youll be able to watch on News 6 or right here on ClickOrlando.com.
Cities across Central Florida cancel or reschedule Fourth of July fireworks shows amid COVID-19 pandemic
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Many cities in Central Florida have canceled or rescheduled Fourth of July fireworks shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Orlando has also canceled the city’s Fourth of July fireworks show, the show would have been held at Lake Eola. Deltona postponed the city’s fireworks show and have moved the show to Labor Day weekend in September. New Smyrna Beach has also postponed the city’s fireworks show. DeLand is considering rescheduling the city’s fireworks show.
Swan boats return to Lake Eola with new health, safety practices
ORLANDO, Fla. – After months of closures due to the coronavirus, the city of Orlando is welcoming a few friendly fowl back to Lake Eola. As of Monday, guests can once again take Swan Boats back out onto the water. Lake Eola Swan Boats reopen June 1st! Please allow extra time for new safety procedures! pic.twitter.com/mLQD1NxMuB — Lake Eola (@LakeEolaPark) May 30, 2020City officials said new safety procedures will be in place and they are encouraging guests to be patient with wait times.
Orlando Mayor Dyer cancels July Fourth fireworks at Lake Eola Park
click to enlarge Photo via The City Beautiful/InstagramIn a move that's sure to silently delight Lake Eola's swans, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced on Tuesday that the city's annual Fourth of July Fireworks at the Fountain event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual tradition draws thousands of gawkers from all over Central Florida and drives nearby dogs bonkers from the loud noise. Still, the cancelation of what would have been the event's 43rd iteration is a first for the city, and will be a loss for many. click to enlarge Photo via The City Beautiful/InstagramCalling it an "incredibly tough" and "difficult decision," Dyer said in a video statement on his Facebook page , "public safety was our chief concern ... While we are disappointed, we feel this is the right and responsible thing to do.orlandoweekly.com
Orlando mayor cancels Fourth of July fireworks show
ORLANDO, Fla. The 4th of July fireworks show at Orlandos Lake Eola Park is the latest victim of the novel coronavirus. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Tuesday afternoon he has made the decision to cancel this years Fireworks at the Fountain. Every year, News 6 and ClickOrlando.com broadcasts the fireworks show live. This July 4th, News 6 will present a pre-recorded compilation of the brightest and biggest fireworks from the past several years at Lake Eola. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Orlando woman accused of breaking multiple goose eggs at Lake Eola
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando woman is accused of cracking multiple goose eggs from a nest at Lake Eola Park. Gayle Wessel, 55, was arrested Sunday evening after she admitted to breaking three to five eggs at the park on East Washington Street in downtown Orlando, according to police. Orlando police said 16 eggs were found broken not far from the nest on Sunday, according to an arrest report. The volunteer told police the eggs were not rotten. The total damage for all 16 broken eggs cost about $3,200, the volunteer said.
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
It's going down tonight at Cheyenne Saloon on Church Street Station. - LINK A Tampa boat captain says he was only trying to help when he tapped a manatee on the back with a fishing pole. - LINK Grab your appetite, this weekend the 10th Annual Arab Fest is heading to Lake Eola. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Dance, eat and party all Sunday at Orlando's Arab Fest 2020
A full day of food, dance and culture awaits at the 10th Annual Orlando Arab Festival. Expect more types of traditional and modern dancing, including belly dancers.All communities are invited to join their Arab brothers and sisters and eat, drink and be merry. For more information, check out the Facebook event page or hit up DJ Khalil at 321-960-1461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
Okay, so maybe I mentioned it yesterday but ICYMI - LINK Do you fancy yourself a matchmaker and do you have a single friend? Head over to the Ivanhoe Brewing Company tonight where you can pitch your single mate! - LINK And not to be outdone, the folks at Floridabilt at Church Street Station are throwing a Valentine's Day Murder Masquerade Ball. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
Lake Eola will host hundreds of breeds and thousands of dog lovers this weekend and all for a good cause. - LINK If you missed them the last time they were in town, you have another shot to see The Rolling Stones in Central Florida. - LINK Have you seen Sea World's Seven Seas concert line-up for 2020? Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Friday, Dec. 20, 2019
The potential for bad weather this weekend meant they were forced to move up tonight's performance of the Nutcracker at the Walt Disney Amphitheater on Lake Eola. - LINK Central Florida's own, Congressman Val Demmings is playing a key role in Washington recently. - LINK Local steakhouse, Bull & Bear is recognized nationally as one of our nation's best! Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Moved to Friday, Russian Ballet Orlando will stage free 'Nutcracker' at Lake Eola
First performed in Russia in 1892, the two-act ballet features music composed by Tchaikovsky, including popular selections "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Flowers." The story includes the infamous Rat King and his army.None of this would be good in the rain.The annual performance at the Lake Eola amphitheater has become a much-loved tradition over 19 years for an entire generation of Orlando families. "The holiday season wouldnt be the same without our production of The Nutcracker," said Russian Ballet of Orlando artistic director Katerina Fedotova. "Our dancers and our community always look forward to the wonderful music, gorgeous costumes, and festive spirit. The earlier date may throw off enough people to actually get a chair, since seating usually fills up quickly each year.orlandoweekly.com
News 6 kicks off holidays at Lake Eola Christmas tree lighting
ORLANDO, Fla. – The City of Orlando and the News 6 morning team helped kick off the holidays at Lake Eola on Friday night. The team helped turn Lake Eola into a winter wonderland with food, performances and thousands of lights for the 12th annual tree lighting event. News 6 hosts Lake Eola Christmas tree lighting Christmas tree lighting in downtown Orlando, News 6 kicks off the holidays at Lake Eola. This year, Lake Eola will shine even brighter as guests have the option to walk-through installations and large interactive pieces perfect for capturing family photos. City officials along with the News 6 morning team lit the iconic 72-foot-tall tree.
Orlando police hunt for suspects in 2 downtown attacks
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Police Department Chief Orlando Rolon identified two men Saturday that his department has linked to two separate violent attacks in downtown Orlando. He said DNA evidence linked James Calixte, 36, to a sexual assault that happened on the 1300 block of East Jefferson Street in Thornton Park on Oct. 25. News 6 found out the sexual assault happened two days after Calixte was released from the Orange County Jail. He was arrested on Sept. 3 after a woman said he attacked her outside her downtown apartment on East South Street. Rolon and his detectives said both men are dangerous, and if they are seen in public, residents should dial 911.
Man randomly attacked by stranger in Thornton Park
Police search for man accused of attacking woman walking her dog near Lake EolaA few days after Orlando police released a composite sketch of a man who randomly attacked a woman on the 400 block of Cathcart Avenue, another victim has come forward. The man said the suspect assaulted him Friday night as he was walking down the street following a birthday dinner with friends. The man said he believes the suspect in the sketch released by Orlando police may be the same man who assaulted him. The victim said following this incident, numerous people have reached out to him said they have been attacked, too. The man said he is pressing Orlando police to investigate these incidents thoroughly before another person is badly hurt.
Police search for man accused of attacking woman walking her dog near Lake Eola
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Police Department released a sketch of a man accused of attacking a woman walking her dog near Lake Eola. Investigators said the victim told officers she was walking her dog and returning to her apartment when she saw a man behind her. The victim told officers as she was entering her apartment he pushed her door open and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming, according to police. "We heard her neighbor knock on the door and let us know that someone just broke into the apartment," said Middleton. Kelly Magyar said that she's called Lake Eola Heights home for nearly 30 years.
New details released after black-necked swan dies at Lake Eola
ORLANDO, Fla. - A necropsy to figure out what killed one of the newest swans at Lake Eola revealed something unexpected. Back in June the city had thought it was introducing two male black-necked swans into the water, looking for a mate for one of the other birds. Money from a fundraising program called Swan-A-Thon, created by Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and a private donation were used to pay for the two male black-necked swans. One of the new swans died two weeks after its arrival. Necropsy results show the swan had a disease that caused its liver to not function.
15 things you probably don't know about Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando may be a tourist mecca, but there's a lot of information about the city that many people likely don't know. Orlando has had various nicknames throughout its history, including City Phenomenal, City of Light and The City Beautiful. The movie "Lethal Weapon 3" features the demolition of Orlandos old City Hall in its opening scene. At 290,000 square feet, the Orlando Public Library is the largest public library building in the state of Florida. Orlando City Hall has two free art galleries that are open to the public.
Black-necked swan dies weeks after being released at Lake Eola
ORLANDO, Fla. - One of the two black-necked swans that was recently released at Lake Eola has died, city officials announced Monday. The two male swans were released into the lake June 25 in hopes that one of them would mate with Queenie, another black-necked swan whose mate died three years ago after someone fed him popcorn. Money from a fundraising program called Swan-A-Thon, created by Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and a private donation were used to pay for the two male black-necked swans. Oh my God, this is the best thing ever," Sheehan said moments after the swans were released in the lake and swam immediately alongside Queenie. Officials have not said which of the two swans died.
One of two male black-necked swans at Lake Eola dies, ending Orlando's 'swan-elorette' story
click to enlarge Photo by Christian CasaleMore than a month after the made-for-internet love story began, the courting of "Queenie," Lake Eola's lone female black-necked swan, is over after one of her two potential male partners died today, city officials say.It's unclear whether Queenie and the late swan had ever crossed the plateau of becoming star-crossed lovers and the same could be said for the lone male swan who's been left to hit on Queenie. City officials say they're unsure of what exactly was the cause behind the male swan's untimely demise. "The health and well-being of the swans and all animals at our parks are a top priority," a statement from the city of Orlando on Twitter reads. "Thank you for your continued love and support for our swans. "Prior to their release nearly two weeks ago, the male duo were confined to one of the lake's fenced-in corners, forced to watch Queenie strut her stuff from across Lake Eola as they underwent a temporary acclimation period.The inspiration to find Queenie a new mate after she lost her former mate to a popcorn overdose five years ago (note: popcorn is a bad thing to feed swans) came from local resident Shawn Pennington, who said his idea of getting involved in local government was inspired by the NBC sitcom"I decided that I really needed to find someone who would share my belief that it's worth taking a risk to make something good happen," Pennington said at the male swans' unveiling in May.orlandoweekly.com
WATCH REPLAY: Fireworks at the Fountain
ORLANDO, Fla. - It was a packed house at Lake Eola and on ClickOrlando.com as thousands watched the annual Fireworks at the Fountain Fourth of July spectacular, hosted by News 6. Countless members of the News 6 crew were in downtown Orlando talking to viewers, getting to know the crowd, sampling food truck delicacies and, of course, petting lots of dogs. If you missed out on the fun in person or weren't able to tune into our interactive online coverage featuring multiple livestream options, we've got you covered. Check out the video above to watch the fireworks show in its entirety. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
What's up with Facebook today?
Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesHave you tried using Facebook or Instagram today? It makes it kinda hard to tell you what's trending without access to some of that trendy material, but you know I always deliver. Did I also mention I have to work outside tomorrow at Lake Eola? Facebook, Insta outagesGetty Images via CNNIf you use social media at all, you've probably either noticed that Facebook and Instagram are having some issues today or you've seen everyone else complaining about it on Twitter -- one of the only social media apps that seems to be working. Find out what users are saying about the social media meltdown and how the companies are responding to it.
July: Holidays, heat, heaps of new laws
The law that makes texting and driving a primary offense officially went into effect Monday. In fact, dozens of other new laws are officially in place for Floridians, including ones that ban vaping indoors and sanctuary cities. See the full list of new laws and find out they could affect you. Anyway, the heat is certainly back in time for the Fourth of July. If you plan to spend it outside, get the full forecast to help plan your holiday and remember these 16 tips to stay safe and cool in the heat.
Share your 4th of July videos
ORLANDO, Fla. - Here's your chance to be on TV. News 6 wants to see you enjoying the ClickOrlando.com Fourth of July experience. Use your phone or tablet to record your friends or family checking out all the views of Fireworks at the Fountain at Lake Eola, then submit the video using the form below. Watch News 6 in the coming days to see if your video was chosen. Good luck, and thanks for watching News 6 and ClickOrlando.com!
Will rose petals lead the way to swan love at Lake Eola?
ORLANDO, Fla. - Three years ago, one of Lake Eola's two black-necked swans died because someone fed it popcorn. Now, Queenie, the city's remaining black-necked swan, is being given a chance to find new love. After spending some time in quarantine, two new swans were formally released into the lake, with rose petals scattered on the ground, in hopes one of them will mate with Queenie. "You can't just throw a new swan in the lake," Sheehan said. Sheehan hopes this fundraiser will reimburse the money used to pay for the second swan.
News 6 hosts annual Fireworks at the Fountain at Lake Eola
ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 is excited to be apart of one Orlando's favorite Fourth of July traditions -- Fireworks at the Fountain. The celebration starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Eola, nestled in the heart of downtown. The city of Orlando recommends parking in garages west of Orange Avenue, less than a one mile walk to Lake Eola. Designated areas for handicap parking can be found on Rosiland Avenue between Jackson Street and Central Boulevard. The police officers will help direct you to handicap parking as you approach the road closure.