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Play ball! It's opening day for the Atlanta Braves as they return for their 18th Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. Braves vs. Mets right now at Champion Stadium. Take yourself out to a ballgame. The team will play 18 home games between now and April 4th.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on March 4th, 2015 1:05 PM
A new set of townhome lots have been released in the exciting Storey Lake Resort in Kissimmee. A new home interior package has also been announced featuring stream lined contemporary cabinets, upgraded hardware, 12" x 24" tile floors, a beautiful backsplash, and more. The upgrade package as well as a private, heated pool is included in the price.

Storey Lake is Lennar's newest vacation home community conveniently located at the southeast corner of 535 and Osceola Parkway just minutes from Disney.

The townhomes are approved for short term rental. Get one year free Property Management when you buy through me.

Here is the availability and updated pricing.

86, 89 - Sabal Palm - $274,990 + $2,000 home site premium
87, 88 - Beach Palm - $279,990 + $2,000 home site premium
85 - Royale Palm - $294,990 + $5,000 home site premium

Please follow Storey Lake on Facebook for the latest updates including lot releases, photos, and more. You can also find more information on my website at http://www.bferryhomes.com/StoreyLakeForSale.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 25th, 2015 3:51 PM
Gov. Rick Scott announced yesterday another record tourism year for Florida with 97.3 million visitors in 2014 up from nearly 94 million people in 2013 based on estimates prepared by Visit Florida.

The majority of visitation comes from the United States with an estimated 3.8 million people from Canada and 11.5 million visitors from overseas.

Read the article 'Tourists visiting Florida top 97 million in 2014' in the Orlando Sentinel
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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 17th, 2015 4:03 PM
Orlando City Exceeds 11,000 Season Tickets Sold

Orlando City Soccer Club this week have surpassed 11,000 season tickets sold for the teams's debut 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Just last month the club recognized 13-time Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. as the Lions' 10,000th Central Florida resident to purchase season tickets.

Orlando is the 21st expansion team to MLS. They will kickoff their season against fellow first-year team New York City FC on Sunday, March 8.

Orlando City SC aims to make history from day one having assembled a team that includes distinguished young players, recognized professionals including Brazil's Kaka, returning fan favorites including Luke Boden and Trinidad's Kevin Molino, international team players, and more.

The season ticket package includes 20 home matches with additional benefits including membership in Society XXI and priority renewal for 2016 Season Tickets at the new soccer specific stadium in downtown. 2015 games will be played at the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl.

Buy Your Season Tickets NOW!
Orlando City Soccer Club Promo Code 15BRENTF


There is still time left to be part of the action. You can view and buy your Orlando City Soccer Club 2015 Season Tickets here. Click on "find tickets", Enter Promo Code 15BRENTF, and select "go" to browse available seats and pricing by section.

Go City!

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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 4th, 2015 8:31 AM
RealtyTrac has posted its Q1 2015 Residential Property Rental Report ranking the best markets for buying residential rental properties in the first quarter of 2015. The Orlando Metro Area, specifically Osceola County, makes the list of 20 Best Markets to Rent to Gen Xers. Read the report here. And contact me at 407-506-7857 for assistance buying short or long term rental properties in Osceola County near Disney World.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 3rd, 2015 1:44 PM
The Orlando Sentinel (the primary newspaper in Orlando/Central Florida) has revealed the winners in the 17th annual installment of their Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards. While this only touches the surface of the many varied and excellent dining options in the area, these Readers' and Critic's choices are a great starting point if you are looking for a specific category of food or something new to try. Bon Appétit!

African
READERS' CHOICE
Boma - Flavors of Africa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
Runners-up:
Jiko - The Cooking Place (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge); Nile Ethiopian (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Nile Ethiopian
7048 International Drive, Orlando

Bakery
READERS' CHOICE
Charlie's Gourmet Pastries
3213 Curry Ford Road, Orlando (Dover Shores Shopping Center)
Runners-up:
Sweet By Holly, Orlando (Waterford Lakes Town Center); Publix Super Markets (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Se7en Bites
207 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Blue Bird Bake Shop (Orlando); Yalaha Bakery (Yalaha)

Barbecue
READERS' CHOICE
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Various locations, including 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ (various locations); Sonny's BBQ (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Keller's Real Smoked Bar-B-Q
280 S. State Road 434, Altamonte Springs and 3893 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary
Runners-up:
Porkie's Original BBQ (Apopka); Harry & Larry's (Winter Garden)

Bar menu
READERS' CHOICE
Margaritaville
6000 Universal Blvd., Universal CityWalk
Runners-up:
Ruth's Chris (various locations); Marlow's (Orlando and International Drive)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Pharmacy
8060 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando

Breakfast
READERS' CHOICE
Keke's Breakfast Cafe
Various locations, including 4000 Town Center Blvd., Orlando (Hunter's Creek)
Runners-up:
White Wolf Cafe (Orlando); Peach Valley Cafe (three locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Mason Jar
37534 State Road 19, Umatilla
The Coop
610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park

Brunch
READERS' CHOICE
First Watch
Various locations, including 1414 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Nona Blue (Orlando); Santiago's Bodega (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Cask & Larder
565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park

Buffet
READERS' CHOICE
Golden Corral
Various locations
Runners-up:
Sweet Tomatoes (various locations); Texas de Brazil (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Villa de Flora
6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee (Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center)

Burger
READERS' CHOICE
Burger Fi
Various locations, including 3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 141, Lake Mary
Runners-up:
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (Universal CityWalk, Orlando); Five Guys (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
B&B Junction
2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park

Caribbean
READERS' CHOICE
Bahama Breeze
Various locations, including 8735 Vineland Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (Orlando); Caribbean Sunshine Bakery (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Singh's Roti Shop
5244 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando

Chain
READERS' CHOICE
Seasons 52
7700 Sand Lake Road, Orlando; and 463 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
Runners-up:
Marlow's Tavern (Orlando, Winter Park); Miller's Ale House (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Mellow Mushroom
Various locations, including 18221 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora

Cheap eats
READERS' CHOICE
Tako Cheena
932 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Wendy's (various locations); Chipotle Mexican Grill (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Gringos Locos
20 E. Washington St., Orlando; 2406 E. Robinson St., Orlando

Chinese
READERS' CHOICE
Mings Bistro
1212 Woodward St., Orlando
Runners-up:
P.F. Chang's (Orlando, Winter Park); Imperial Dynasty (Longwood)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Chuan Lu Garden
1101 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Coffee shop
READERS' CHOICE
Starbucks
Various locations
Runners-up:
Axum (Winter Garden); Barnie's CoffeeKitchen (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures
626 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

Cuban
READERS' CHOICE
Black Bean Deli
325 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park; and 1835 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
ZaZa New Cuban Diner (Orlando); Rolando's (Casselberry)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Padrino's Cuban Bistro
13586 Village Park Drive, Orlando

Food truck
READERS' CHOICE
Korean BBQ Taco Box
Runners-up:
Yum Yum Cupcake; Swededish
CRITIC'S CHOICE
900 Degreez Pizza

French
READERS' CHOICE
Chez Vincent
533 W. New England Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Le Coq au Vin (Orlando); Cafe de France (Winter Park)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Le Coq au Vin
4800 S. Orange Ave, Orlando

Frozen treats
READERS' CHOICE
Jeremiah's Italian Ice
Various locations, including 4750 The Grove Drive, No. 180, Windermere
Runners-up:
Menchie's (various locations); Twisted Bliss (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Yogurtland
415 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park

German
READERS' CHOICE
Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
205 E. First St., Sanford
Runners-up:
Schumann's Jager Haus (Orlando); Biergarten Restaurant (German Pavilion, Epcot)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Schumann's Jager Haus
25 W. Church St., Orlando

Gourmet store
READERS' CHOICE
The Fresh Market
Four Central Florida locations
Runners-up:
Petty's Meats (Longwood); Cavallari Gourmet (Oviedo and Lake Mary)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
KaDee Kay Gourmet Kitchen Products
237 W. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora
Penzeys Spices
102 N. Park Ave., Winter Park

Greek
READERS' CHOICE
The Greek Corner
1600 N. Orange Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Greek Flame Taverna (Orlando); Mykonos Authentic Greek Cuisine (Longwood)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Greek Flame Taverna
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando

Hotel restaurant
READERS' CHOICE
Hamilton's Kitchen
300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park (The Alfond Inn)
Runners-up:
Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando); Hemingway's (Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Victoria & Albert's
4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)

Indian
READERS' CHOICE
Royal Indian Cuisine
1410 S.R. 436, Casselberry
Runners-up:
Tamarind Indian Cuisine (Orlando and Winter Park); Saffron (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Kohinoor
249 S.R. 436, Altamonte Springs

Italian
READERS' CHOICE
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana
8255 International Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Antonio's (Maitland); tie: Olive Garden (various locations) and Stefano's Trattoria (Winter Springs)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Prato
124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park

Japanese
READERS' CHOICE
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
Various locations, including 11609 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Imperial Dynasty (Longwood); RanGetsu (Maitland)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Shin Japanese Cuisine
803 N. Orange Ave., Orlando

Korean
READERS' CHOICE
Korean BBQ Taco Box
Food truck
Runners-up:
Korea House (Longwood); Seoul Garden (Maitland)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Korea House
1155 S.R. 434, Suite 121, Longwood

Late night
READERS' CHOICE
Tako Cheeno
932 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Gringos Locos (Orlando); Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Donut King
208 S. U.S. Highway 27, Minneola; and 3716 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park

Latin
READERS' CHOICE
Pio Pio Latin Cuisine
2500 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando
Runners-up:
Black Bean Deli (Orlando and Winter Park); Rice & Beans (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Spanish River Grill
737 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach

Mexican
READERS' CHOICE
Cocina 214
151 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Tijuana Flats (various locations); Garibaldi's (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Taquitos Jalisco
1041 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden

Middle Eastern
READERS' CHOICE
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; and 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 108, Orlando
Runners-up:
Mediterranean Deli (Orlando); Cedar's (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine

Newcomer
READERS' CHOICE
The Coop
610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Artisan's Table (Orlando); Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steaks (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Txokos Basque Kitchen
3201 Corrine Drive, Suite 100, Orlando (East End Market)
The Strand
807 N. Mills Ave., Orlando

Outdoor dining
READERS' CHOICE
Hillstone
215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Park Plaza Gardens (Winter Park); Johnnie's Hideaway (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
K Restaurant
1710 Edgewater Drive, Orlando

Pizza
READERS' CHOICE
Tomasino's New York Pizzeria
2612 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando; and 5229 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs
Runners-up:
Pizzeria Valdiano (Orlando, Winter Park); Pizza Paradiso (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Pizzeria Del-Dio
3210 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Power lunch
READERS' CHOICE
Park Plaza Gardens
319 S. Park Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Citrus (Orlando); Seasons 52 (Altamonte Springs and Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Rusty Spoon
55 W. Church St., Orlando

Puerto Rican
READERS' CHOICE
Guavate
422 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando
Runner-up:
Latin Roots (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Guavate

Romantic
READERS' CHOICE
Hillstone
215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
The Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando); Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steaks (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Chatham's Place
7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando
Cress
103 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand

Sandwich
READERS' CHOICE
Beefy King
424 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria (Orlando); TooJay's (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Yellow Dog Eats
1236 Hempel Ave., Gotha; and 147 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach (386-410-4824)

Seafood
READERS' CHOICE
TJ's Seafood Shack
197 E. Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo
Runners-up:
Big Fin Seafood Kitchen (Orlando); FishBones (Lake Mary and Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
9101 International Drive, Orlando

Soul
READERS' CHOICE
Shantell's Cafe
406 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford
Runners-up:
Chef Eddie's (Orlando); B.B. King's Blues Club (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Nikki's Place
742 Carter St., Orlando

Steakhouse
READERS' CHOICE
Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster
729 Lee Road, Orlando
Runners-up:
Ruth's Chris (Lake Mary, Orlando, Winter Park); Stefano's Grill (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando (Waldorf Astoria Orlando)

Sushi
READERS' CHOICE
Imperial Dynasty
2045 W. S.R. 434, Longwood
Runners-up:
Hana Sushi (Altamonte Springs); A-aki Sushi & Steakhouse (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Kabooki Sushi
3122 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Tex-Mex
READERS' CHOICE
Tijuana Flats
Various locations, including 8 N. Summerlin Ave., Orlando
Runners-up:
Chuy's Mexican Food (Kissimmee and Orlando); Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant & Cantina (Altamonte Springs and Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant & Cantina
120 N. Westmonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; and 749 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

Takeout
READERS' CHOICE
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Various locations, including 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Imperial Dynasty (Longwood); Outback Steakhouse (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Fatto in casa
3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando (East End Market)

Thai
READERS' CHOICE
Thai Cuisine
5325 Edgewater Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Golden Thai House (Longwood); Sea Thai (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Thai Blossom
99 W. Plant St., Winter Garden

Theme park restaurant
READERS' CHOICE
Be Our Guest
Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
Runners-up:
The Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney's Hollywood Studios); Les Chefs de France (France Pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Via Napoli
Italy Pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort

Vegetarian
READERS' CHOICE
Infusion Tea
1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando
Runners-up:
Ethos Vegan Kitchen (Winter Park); Dandelion Communitea (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Cafe 118
153 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park

Vietnamese
READERS' CHOICE
Pho Saigon
5100 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando (Westside Crossings)
Runners-up:
Pho 88 (Orlando); Saigon Flavors (Oviedo)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Pho Vinh
657 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando

Wine bar
READERS' CHOICE
The Wine Room
270 S. Park Ave., Winter Park
Runners-up:
Eola Wine Co. (Orlando); Carmel Kitchen (Winter Park)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Vines Grille & Wine Bar
7533 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando

Wine list
READERS' CHOICE
Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steak
7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando
Runners-up:
The Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando); Vito's Chop House (Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Capital Grille
4200 Conroy Road, Mall at Millenia; and 9101 International Drive, Pointe Orlando, both Orlando

Wings
READERS' CHOICE
Gator's Dockside
Various locations, including 4982 New Broad St., Orlando
Runners-up:
Buffalo Wild Wings (various locations); Ker's WingHouse (various locations)
CRITIC'S CHOICE (TIE)
Sinbad's Bar & Grill
1050 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares
Papa Bee's
851 E. S.R. 434, Longwood

Overall
READERS' CHOICE
Eddie V's Prime Seafood & Steak
7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando
Runners-up:
Greek Flame Taverna (Orlando); Venetian Room (Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando)
CRITIC'S CHOICE
Luma on Park
290 S. Park Ave, Winter Park

The list of winners and additional commentary can be found on www.orlandosentinel.com.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 30th, 2015 3:43 PM
The Oasis Club at ChampionsGate held its Grand Opening last night. This awesome clubhouse is located next to The Retreat at ChampionsGate vacation home community.

Lennar Executives together with representatives from ICON Management and guest speakers Darlene Bradley, Mayor of the City of Davenport, and John Newstreet, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, were on hand for the reception and ribbon cutting ceremony attended by ChampionsGate Owners, the Lennar Sales Team, members of the Real Estate community including myself, and a handful of visitors currently vacationing in The Retreat at ChampionsGate.

The Oasis Club is a groundbreaking amenity center including a Fitness Center and Aerobic Room, Game Room, Kids Play Room, Movie Theater, Business Center, Grille and Bar, Tiki Bar, Heated Pools, Lazy River, Childrens Water Playground, Sand Volleyball, and more.

A concierge will be available from 8am - 10pm daily with matching hours for Resort Guests. The pools will be open from 10am - 10pm. Homeowners will be able to access the Fitness Center and Locker Rooms from 5am-12am. A daily activities calendar is available.

Lennar's ChampionsGate currently features 5 unique neighborhoods - The Retreat at ChampionsGate Luxury Short Term Vacation Rental Homes, The Country Club at ChampionsGate and The Estates at ChampionsGate Single Family Homes, The Champions Club Carriage Homes/Condos, and The Vistas at ChampionsGate Golf and Short Term Vacation Villas.

For ChampionsGate Sales Assistance please call me at (407) 506-7857.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 25th, 2015 4:08 PM
It was a busy morning in Orlando!

The Orlando Eye is one step closer to completion as it reached a major milestone today with the installation of its first capsule.

 

 

 

Weighing in at approximately 6,600 pounds a piece, or the average weight of an Indian elephant, each air conditioned capsule will accommodate up to 15 riders. A special shaft and hanger system attached to the roof will allow standing or sitting. 30 passenger capsules will be installed in all allowing for 450 total possible guests at one time.

The Orlando Eye observation wheel stands at an impressive 400 feet tall and is located between International Drive and Universal Boulevard just south of Sand Lake Road in the heart of the Orlando attractions area. Interactive tablets will provide guests with information on the sweeping 360 degree view.



Additional Merlin Entertainments brands, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE, will also be part of the complex known as I-Drive 360, Home of The Orlando Eye. Opening is scheduled for Spring. A number of restaurants and bars including Yard House, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, and Tin Roof are already open.



Further up I-Drive another new attraction was also making headlines. Orlando Mayor, officials, and executives were joined by hundreds of visitors, the media, and invited guests at Fun Spot America - Orlando for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the all new Gator Spot by Gatorland.

  

Gatorland + Fun Spot = Gator Spot! The 15,000 sq. ft. facility is a joint-venture between the two local theme parks.



Gator Spot at Fun Spot America will showcase an array of alligators up to 12 feet, a rare leucistic “white” alligator, and numerous crocodiles as well as provide up-close encounters, photo opportunities, a gift shop, and more. Admission will be just $6 per person adult or child.

 


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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 20th, 2015 4:46 PM

Orlando City Soccer Club releases regular season schedule for first Major League Soccer season

Orlando 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 EDT
NEW YORK CITY FC
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: ESPN2

Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:30PM EDT
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Friday, April 3, 2015 7:00PM EDT
D.C. UNITED
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: UniMas

Sunday, April 26, 2015 7:00PM EDT
TORONTO FC
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1

Friday, May 8, 2015 8:00PM EDT
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: UniMas

Sunday, May 17, 2015 5:00PM EDT
LA GALAXY
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: ESPN2

Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:30PM EDT
COLUMBUS CREW
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Sunday, June 14, 2015 7:00PM EDT
D.C. UNITED
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:30PM EDT
COLORADO RAPIDS
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Saturday, July 11, 2015 7:30PM EDT
FC DALLAS
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Sunday, July 19, 2015 TBD
NEW YORK RED BULLS
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1

Saturday, August 1, 2015 7:30PM EDT
COLUMBUS CREW
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Saturday, August 8, 2015 7:30PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA UNION
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Saturday, August 29, 2015 7:30PM EDT
CHICAGO FIRE
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:00PM EDT
SPORTING KANSAS CITY
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1

Saturday, October 3, 2015 7:30PM EDT
MONTREAL IMPACT
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: FOX (WOFL)

Friday, October 16, 2015 7:00PM EDT
NEW YORK CITY FC
THE CITRUS BOWL
Broadcast: UniMas


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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 7th, 2015 4:31 PM

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

Title XXIII

MOTOR VEHICLES

Chapter 316

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.


The advice?


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.


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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 6th, 2015 10:52 AM

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