Orlando City Soccer Club releases regular season schedule for first Major League Soccer seasonOrlando City Soccer Club will face off against fellow 2015 MLS expansion team New York City FC in their historic first MLS game on Sunday, March 8th at 5 PM. Two international stars will also be making a MLS debut - Orlando City's Kaka (Brazil) versus New York's David Villa (Spain). The match will be the Lions' first home game of the season to be contested in the newly renovated Citrus Bowl where the team will play out all 17 home games on their 2015 regular season schedule. Orlando will move to a brand new soccer specific stadium for 2016. Following is the Lions' home game schedule together with initial broadcast information.Sunday, March 8, 2015 5:00PM EDTNEW YORK CITY FCTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: ESPN2Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:30PM EDTVANCOUVER WHITECAPS FCTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: FOX (WOFL)Friday, April 3, 2015 7:00PM EDTD.C. UNITEDTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: UniMasSunday, April 26, 2015 7:00PM EDTTORONTO FCTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: Fox Sports 1Friday, May 8, 2015 8:00PM EDTNEW ENGLAND REVOLUTIONTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: UniMasSunday, May 17, 2015 5:00PM EDTLA GALAXYTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: ESPN2Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:30PM EDTCOLUMBUS CREWTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: FOX (WOFL)Sunday, June 14, 2015 7:00PM EDTD.C. UNITEDTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: Fox Sports 1Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:30PM EDTCOLORADO RAPIDSTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: FOX (WOFL)Saturday, July 11, 2015 7:30PM EDTFC DALLASTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: FOX (WOFL)Sunday, July 19, 2015 TBDNEW YORK RED BULLSTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: Fox Sports 1Saturday, August 1, 2015 7:30PM EDTCOLUMBUS CREWTHE CITRUS BOWL Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)Saturday, August 8, 2015 7:30PM EDTPHILADELPHIA UNIONTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: FOX (WOFL)Saturday, August 29, 2015 7:30PM EDTCHICAGO FIRETHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: FOX (WOFL)Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:00PM EDTSPORTING KANSAS CITYTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: Fox Sports 1Saturday, October 3, 2015 7:30PM EDTMONTREAL IMPACTTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: FOX (WOFL)Friday, October 16, 2015 7:00PM EDTNEW YORK CITY FCTHE CITRUS BOWLBroadcast: UniMas
So, you are visiting Orlando for vacation. My child is _ years old/_ inches tall. Does he/she need a car seat? What is the Florida Car Seat Law? Is there a Booster Law? What about taxis? …..
Effective January 1, 2015 the Florida Car Seat Law has changed, or, as has been popularly reported in media, there is a “New Booster Law” which took effect.
The Child Restraint Requirements can be found here in Chapter 316 Section 613 of the Florida Statutes.
They read as follows:
The 2014 Florida Statutes
STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL
316.613 Child restraint requirements.—
(1)(a) Every operator of a motor vehicle as defined in this section, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.
1. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.
2. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used. However, the requirement to use a child restraint device under this subparagraph does not apply when a safety belt is used as required in s. 316.614(4)(a) and the child:
a. Is being transported gratuitously by an operator who is not a member of the child’s immediate family;
b. Is being transported in a medical emergency situation involving the child; or
c. Has a medical condition that necessitates an exception as evidenced by appropriate documentation from a health care professional.
(b) The department shall provide notice of the requirement for child restraint devices, which notice shall accompany the delivery of each motor vehicle license tag.
(2) As used in this section, the term “motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle as defined in s. 316.003 that is operated on the roadways, streets, and highways of the state. The term does not include:
(a) A school bus as defined in s. 316.003(45).
(b) A bus used for the transportation of persons for compensation, other than a bus regularly used to transport children to or from school, as defined in s. 316.615(1)(b), or in conjunction with school activities.
(c) A farm tractor or implement of husbandry.
(d) A truck having a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds.
(e) A motorcycle, moped, or bicycle.
(3) The failure to provide and use a child passenger restraint shall not be considered comparative negligence, nor shall such failure be admissible as evidence in the trial of any civil action with regard to negligence.
(4) It is the legislative intent that all state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, and safety councils, in recognition of the problems with child death and injury from unrestrained occupancy in motor vehicles, conduct a continuing safety and public awareness campaign as to the magnitude of the problem.
(5) Any person who violates this section commits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318 and shall have 3 points assessed against his or her driver license as set forth in s. 322.27. In lieu of the penalty specified in s. 318.18 and the assessment of points, a person who violates this section may elect, with the court’s approval, to participate in a child restraint safety program approved by the chief judge of the circuit in which the violation occurs, and, upon completing such program, the penalty specified in chapter 318 and associated costs may be waived at the court’s discretion and the assessment of points shall be waived. The child restraint safety program must use a course approved by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and the fee for the course must bear a reasonable relationship to the cost of providing the course.
(6) The child restraint requirements imposed by this section do not apply to a chauffeur-driven taxi, limousine, sedan, van, bus, motor coach, or other passenger vehicle if the operator and the motor vehicle are hired and used for the transportation of persons for compensation. It is the obligation and responsibility of the parent, guardian, or other person responsible for a child’s welfare as defined in s. 39.01 to comply with the requirements of this section.
History.—s. 1, ch. 82-58; s. 1, ch. 86-49; s. 2, ch. 87-200; s. 2, ch. 91-136; s. 28, ch. 94-306; s. 903, ch. 95-148; s. 35, ch. 96-350; s. 56, ch. 99-8; s. 240, ch. 99-248; s. 1, ch. 99-316; s. 18, ch. 2000-313; s. 40, ch. 2005-164; s. 9, ch. 2008-176; s. 14, ch. 2011-66; s. 13, ch. 2012-181; s. 53, ch. 2014-224; s. 1, ch. 2014-226.
What does this mean and how is this different?
In summary, children 0-3 years old should be in a car seat. Children aged 4 and 5 should be in a car seat or a booster seat. Previously, the law only necessitated car seats for children through age 3. 4 and 5 year olds could, legally, be restrained with a seat belt only. You can see the additions and deletions to FS 316.613 by reading the Enrolled version on the Bill here. Originally submitted versions with stronger requirements did not pass.
In this case, there is a difference between the minimum you have to do and the minimum you should do. Most parents would likely agree that both the old version of the law, and the new, are weak. The lawful requirement in Florida falls short of widely accepted standards for child passenger safety. Parents are advised to follow “safety first” and common sense by employing the method best suited based on the child’s age/height/weight. Click here for a Child Safety Seat Brochure from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. These recommendations meet and exceed the Florida law and serve as a better guideline for safety.
I additionally recommend verifying any laws in question by visiting the official site of the Florida Legislature.
ORLANDO – December 19, 2014 – Orlando City Soccer Club will open its inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign against fellow expansion club and Eastern Conference rivals New York City FC (NYCFC) at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on March 8, 2015 the League announced today. Season tickets are available at www.OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 1-855-ORL-CITY.
Scheduled to kick-off at 5:00 p.m. ET, the marquee match-up will feature international superstars Kaká, David Villa and Frank Lampard, who will compete in their first-ever MLS match alongside League veterans Aurélien Collin, Amobi Okugo, Donovan Ricketts, and others.
Additionally, the opening fixture between MLS’ newest teams will be in the national spotlight, airing on ESPN2.
“Our fans have been waiting for this day for years and so have we,” said Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins. “This is the first opportunity of many to show a national television audience why the City Beautiful is the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’ Let’s fill the bowl!”
“The fact that we’re going to play our first MLS game at home in front of our fans is a great present,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “Obviously playing against New York City FC is going to be special as well – two expansion teams and all the hype around having Kaká, David Villa and Frank Lampard here. It’s a great first fixture and it should be a very special night for everybody.”
Orlando City will also play in Montreal Impact's home opener on Saturday, March 28 at Olympic Stadium.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 01, 2014 – Gutted with foreclosures during the downturn, Orlando's vacation-home market is making a comeback with big-name homebuilders rolling out neighborhoods of six-, seven- and eight-bedroom pool homes.
The communities, which are popping up within about 5 miles of the Walt Disney World area, come with resort-style lazy rivers, water guns, water slides and Tiki bars.
The new line of vacation homes differs from those built during the pre-recession days, because cheaper land prices now allow builders to spread out the vacation hacienda with fully equipped houses and townhomes in traditional-looking neighborhoods. In years past, developers stacked up floors of two- and three-bedroom condominiums in order to sell more units and cover the higher land costs.
"Definitely at the peak, you would have had to build multi-story condos to make the economics work for what you were paying for the land," said Sean Strickler, vice president of Pulte Homes for North Florida. "Land prices are back, but they're not as high as they were."
Another factor driving the new, amped-up vacation homes is an increase in South American visitors to Central Florida, who tend to travel with extended family and who are interested in investing in income-producing rentals, developers say. Prices typically range from the low $200s for townhome-style units to the high $400s for more expansive, detached houses.
Orlando's visitor volume reached 59.2 million last year, up 27 percent from 2009. International visitor traffic increased 45 percent to 4.8 million, according to the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. Strickler said the Orlando area still gets its share of European tourists who travel in smaller numbers, but more tourists are coming from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia – and those vacationers often prefer staying at a house with plenty of room for the entire family to relax.
In addition, increasingly popular websites marketing vacation homes have popularized trips based at a house instead of a hotel. HomeAway.com, Airbnb.com and VBRO.com are among the specialty sites that book houses, allowing searches by bedroom count and the number of people who can sleep in a house. Even travel-booking service Expedia.com recently began offering vacation homes as an option to hotels.
Buyers can still face the struggle of finding property managers who adequately vet short-term renters, keep the property in good shape and don't overcharge.
Kissimmee property manager Nigel Worrall, who has written several books on vacation rentals, cautioned buyers to steer clear if they cannot cover most of the mortgage costs themselves, or at least half of the payments.
"The bottom line is that anyone thinking of buying a vacation home should not be doing so if they need rental income to make ends meet," said Worrall, co-owner of Florida Leisure Vacation Homes Inc. "They certainly should not be doing so because someone else makes a promise to them that they will not be able to keep."
When the housing market crashed starting in 2007, the vacation-rental market was hit particularly hard with investors walking away from mortgages as the amount of visitors to the region slowed. Orlando-area vacation-home rentals have been slower to emerge from the recession than hotels because many of the second homes were "less than ideal" vacation properties and ultimately fell into foreclosure, said Steve Trover, chief executive officer of All-Star Vacation Homes in Kissimmee.
During the last year, the market has shifted.
The combination of increased demand and more affordable land prices has drawn Pulte Homes, KB Home, Minto Communities, Lennar, Beazer Homes and Park Square Homes into the mega-house vacation-rental scene after years of construction standstill.
Pulte announced plans last month for its Windsor at Westside community off U.S. Highway 192 in the Kissimmee area. For $475,000, buyers can get nine bedrooms and six bathrooms in a single-family house outfitted with a private pool, granite finishes, stainless-steel appliances and tile roof.
Minto recently purchased 200 acres southwest of Celebration and is underway on the Festival community of 500 townhomes, which will have as many as five bedrooms and optional "pass-through" doors connecting two units.
"Tourism is up and the propensity for buyers to come to Orlando is greater than ever. Now you see larger numbers of guests who like to share entertainment space," Minto Communities Senior Vice President William Bullock said.
Even though the first models are not slated to open until March or April, Minto has been marketing Festival at buyer trade shows – primarily in Europe and South America.
Copyright © 2014 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.), Mary Shanklin. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.