Downtown South businesses must make dollars out of senseless Pulse shooting

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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Orlando – About a month and a half after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Orlando is still tending to the emotional scars left behind by the tragedy. As the community tries to pick up the pieces, the financial struggles resulting from the June 12 massacre must also be battled.

While millions of dollars have been donated to numerous funds to help support the victims and their families, along with Pulse staff members who have been affected by the shooting, there is another group of people who may be in need of some financial relief as well: the businesses impacted by the Downtown South closure.

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St Pete Pride Street Festival

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The St Pete Pride Festival will be held Sunday, June 26,2016 in St Pete beginning at 11am and ending at 6pm.

Expected to draw more than 50,000 of our friends, the St Pete Pride Street Festival returns to Central Avenue in the Grand Central District promising to be larger, livelier and bolder than ever! The St Pete Pride Street Festival will again be the largest community event of the season as festival goers come together to make history while enjoying a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food in paradise.

After last year’s overwhelming demand, the Festival length has been extended by an entire city block, and the St Pete Pride Street Festival will be more diverse and shop-stopping than ever. Over 350 exhibitors will line both sides of Central Avenue for six city blocks in a rainbow celebration of food and beverage vendors, artists, small businesses, corporations, professional sports teams, community outreach groups, non-profit organizations and Pride themed merchandisers.

Bill would allow Indiana vendors to refuse same-sex weddings

By : Jamie Hyman
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Indianapolis (AP) – Legislation that would allow Hoosiers with strong religious beliefs to refuse services for same-sex weddings is drawing fire from gay rights groups who say it would legalize discrimination.

Republican state Sen. Scott Schneider says his measure is needed in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s October decision to let stand a federal ruling striking down Indiana’s gay marriage ban.

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Overheard in Orlando: Helping out the little guys

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Burning suspicions
There are lots of rumors surrounding a fire that started behind Savoy over the Halloween weekend. But one thing is for certain, no one was hurt and Police are working on identifying a suspect. According to a post on the Savoy Facebook page, someone lit a fire on nearby train tracks and also doused the exterior ledges of windows near the entrance of the bar. But that accelerant was never set aflame. Many suggested that the fire was a hate crime, but Orlando Police are staying quiet on that for now. Video footage of the suspect has been turned over to OPD and eyewitnesses have shared their account of the fire. Savoy was quick to thank the OPD and Orlando Fire Department for their quick response. And to put fans of the club at ease, Savoy plans to add more security cameras and better lighting in the back of the property.

Eyeing Ivanhoe
Real Estate Inverlad Development LLC, a developer in town, has Ivanhoe Village, which is known as an arts district for many locals, in its sites for a new local project. The area is also home to the Orlando International Fringe Festival offices. LGBT-owned businesses, like the Venue and D Squared Productions and LGBT ally-owned bars like The Thirsty Topher are also located there. The project is called The Yard, and it will be a mixed-use space allowing for commercial use and residential living but the plan is to keep the aesthetic of the established artists in the neighborhood. According to the project’s conceptual artwork online, the new development will be between Virginia and Lake Formosa, enveloping Alden Road. Douglas White of D Squared said he welcomed progress but hopes the developers plan on working with the current businesses and will strive to keep the artists. As of right now, the current businesses haven’t been told how long they have to move or to renegotiate leases for the new spaces. We were told discussions are set to start as early as next week.

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