Former Orlando police chief offers safety tips ahead of Fourth of July celebration
Last year, thousands of people panicked and rushed away from Lake Eola after someone had yelled there was some sort of incident. However, law enforcement said there was no actual safety threat outside of the unnecessary panic.
Landlords try to stop rent control initiative in Florida
Ballots haven’t even been printed yet, but already a group of landlords, apartment managers and real estate agents in Florida are trying to stop voters from deciding on a measure that would implement rent control for a year in the theme park hub that has been one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. The Florida Apartment Association and the Florida Association of Realtors last week sued Orange County, Florida in an attempt to halt a ballot initiative aimed at limiting how much...
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.