Take a look inside the art-filled Mennello home in Winter Park, going for $11.5 million
It's rare that we know the names of the people who have shaped the way the Orlando area is now. For every Nils Schweizer and John Morgan, there's a million anonymous developers and purposely secretive business concerns. The benefactors of the Loch Haven museum lived an art-forward life even away from the galleries that bore their name and it shows in their Winter Park estate. The home is on the market for the first time in four decades, following Michael Mennello's death last year. It's notably next door to the home of Matt Morgan, who purchased his Winter Park estate earlier this year.photos.orlandoweekly.com
John Morgan’s son bought the most expensive mansion in Winter Park
Personal injury scion and Morgan & Morgan attorney Matt Morgan used some of that scratch to buy the priciest mansion in Winter Park. The ultra-luxurious mansion along Lake Maitland is nearly a century old and boasts incredible landscaping, hand-carved Italian marble sinks and imported glass tiles. The descending landscaping means that views from the back porch include all of the features leading to the waterfront. Matt Morgan got the home for a relative steal, knocking more $5 million off its original listing price of $15.9 million. The home was the most expensive listing in Winter Park at the time and the third-most expensive home ever sold in the city.photos.orlandoweekly.com
Fundraising campaign launched to help Coalition for the Homeless as resources strain due to pandemic
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Coalition for the Homeless has seen the demand for its services skyrocket through the pandemic. Morgan and Morgan launched their fundraising campaign on Veterans Day, and it continues through Saturday for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. READ: Nearly 200 shoes donated to homeless children in Central FloridaAttorney Matt Morgan wants to make sure the coalition can do that. His firm launched a $100,000 matching fundraising campaign. Federal grants given during the pandemic to help house people in need are running out, so those funds will make a meaningful difference.wftv.com
Seminole County lawyer wants Longwood to create citizen review board for police department
That has prompted some cities to consider citizen review boards for its police department. Gilbert, who is also a defense lawyer in Seminole County, is set to speak at Longwoods city commission meeting Monday to present his idea of the city creating a citizen review board. "I think we needed some accountability, some transparency right in our community of Longwood, and I think a police review board would be helpful." He told News 6 that he and his wife have seen and taken part in protests across Central Florida, but now he wants to go a step further and create the review board. Longwood police statement on Citizen Review Board (WKMG)The Longwood City manager says there may be some legal restrictions, but generally speaking, the police chief can create the review board or the city commission could vote on it.
Longwood mayor, former WWE superstar running for Seminole county commission
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Longwood Mayor and former professional wrestler Matt Morgan has confirmed that he will be running for the Seminole County Commission District 1 seat in the upcoming local election. Morgan took to social media Thursday to share the news of his bid for the commission seat currently held by Bob Dallari. “Holy mackerel, I’m beyond elated, I’m excited I’m ecstatic, I’ve got goosebumps the size of footballs at the opportunity to serve a bigger demographic,” Morgan said in the video posted to his Facebook page. “I do have a heavy heart here because I know some of our Longwood residents are going to feel saddened by this, right? Primary elections for county commission will be held on August 18 and the general election will be held on November 3.
How the Orange County Sheriff’s Office keeps up with the growth in Central Florida
Orange County Sheriff John Mina is in charge of one of the largest offices in the state, being responsible for one million residents plus the 72 million tourists each year. News 6 is committed to taking weekly looks at the growth in Central Florida, with a series called “Boomtown.”RELATED: News 6 political analyst previews the Democratic presidential primaries on ‘The Weekly’ | Orlando attorney Matt Morgan pushes for raising minimum wage in 2020On Sunday, News 6 anchor Justin Warmoth sat down with Sheriff Mina on “The Weekly.” Mina says that even though population growth brings obvious challenges, one of the positive effects is that his agency doesn’t have a problem recruiting new deputies. To watch more segments from “The Weekly” click or tap here.
News 6 political analyst previews the Democratic presidential primaries on ‘The Weekly’
ORLANDO, Fla. – Much of the nation’s attention this year has been on President Trump’s impeachment trial, but the focus will shift to Iowa on Monday as the Democratic presidential candidates have their first big test. The Iowa caucuses kick off a busy month for the remaining candidates, and right now the race is wide open. Following the New Hampshire primary on February 11, elections in Nevada and South Carolina will close out the month. “[Scott] is looking good to the Republican party nationally because he’s going after Biden who’s considered one of the front runners. He has some name recognition already and this didn’t hurt.”The Florida primary will be held on March 17.
Galileo School for Gifted Learning to host annual Skyway Gala
style competition against local students will be the highlight of the Galileo School for Gifted Learning's upcoming Skyway Gala. A waiting list of over 600 students prompted the immediacy for a second campus location. Local guest celebrities include Longwood Mayor Matt Morgan, professional golfer Rob Snyder and News 6 reporter Mark Lehman. The event will also feature entertainment from a Galileo School for Gifted Learning student and Smoking Jackets, a local band. The Skyway Gala is open to the public and admission tickets are being sold for $50, which includes food, drinks and access to all offered entertainment.
Longwood greyhound racetrack being sold
LONGWOOD, Fla. - A little more than a year before pari-mutuel greyhound racing is outlawed in Florida under a new constitutional amendment, the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club is in the process of being sold, News 6 has learned. Last year Florida voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that will prohibit pari-mutuel greyhound racing after Dec. 31, 2020. "Across the state, the end of greyhound racing is creating exciting new opportunities for community growth and prosperity," said Carey Theil, the organization's executive director. "The closure of Sanford Orlando Kennel Club is a victory for all dog lovers in Central Florida. Some supporters of greyhound racing have proposed a lawsuit in hopes of blocking the constitutional amendment from taking effect next year.
Shots fired outside Orlando pizza shop
ORLANDO, Fla. – Shots were fired outside an Orlando pizza restaurant, causing a woman to have a panic attack, according to police. The bullet also cracked the glass of a window at the Morgan & Morgan law offices on the 14th floor of the Wells Fargo building. The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday outside Planet Pizza near the intersection of Washington Street and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. "We know know it is foreseeable. Some people who visit downtown Orlando for the night life said they feel safe.
Casey Anthony will have to speak at deposition, attorney says
ORLANDO, Fla. – Casey Anthony will be deposed next month in a civil case filed by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, and Anthony will not be able to plead the Fifth, according to attorney Matt Morgan. Morgan, who represents Fernandez-Gonzalez, tweeted Thursday morning that Anthony's deposition has been scheduled. Fernandez-Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation, saying her reputation was damaged after Anthony claimed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was kidnapped in 2008 by a nanny with a similar name -- Zenaida Gonzalez. Anthony's attorney has said that details Anthony offered about the accused baby sitter did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly showed Anthony wasn't talking about her. Texas EquuSearch, a group that performed several searches for Caylee after she was reported missing, is also suing Anthony.
Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy
ORLANDO, Fla. – Casey Anthony says she filed for bankruptcy protection in Florida late Friday, a move that would bring all of her civil cases in state court to a complete halt. "She needs closure in this matter in order to move on with her life," said Anthony's civil attorney Charles Greene. We're going to stay the course we are prepared and ultimately Zenaida will get her day in court and Casey Anthony will be held accountable," said Morgan. Ladan says creditors would most likely challenge the bankruptcy, claiming Anthony may soon have the opportunity for significant income. Earlier this week, the 5th District Court of Appeal set aside two of the four convictions Casey Anthony faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing 2-year-old daughter.