Best Of 2019

Best Fakeout
Artwork by Betsy Garcia

Announced completion of the "I-4 Eyesore"

Claud Bowers, CEO of independent religious TV station WACX SuperChannel 55, announced the completion of the 18-story Majesty Building, also known as the "I-4 Eyesore," last May. Construction began in January 2001, making it one of Orlando's favorite landmarks – its status is kind of a cross between "beloved" and "butt of many jokes." Activity on the site resumed in July 2018, and amid the signs of life – they even lit up the interior at one point! – Bowers said it would be done in eight to 12 months and they were actively seeking tenants. PSYCH! More than a year later, it's not even close. Maybe next year.

Local Color: Best of Orlando 2019: The best in local media, radio shows, Instagram feeds, activists and more

Local Color: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Local Color

Best Local Politician

1. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

2. State Rep. Anna Eskamani, District 47

3. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, District 4

Best Local Big Shot Who's Not an Elected Official

1. John Morgan

2. Scott Maxwell


Best Local Charitable Group

1. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida,

2. Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,

3. Pet Rescue by Judy,

Best Local Activist Group

1. Zebra Coalition,

2. League of Women Voters of Orange County,

3. Equality Florida,

Best Local Radio Show

1. "Johnny's House" – WXXL 106.7-FM

2. "Monsters in the Morning" – WTKS 104.1-FM

3. "The Jim Colbert Show" – WTKS 104.1-FM

Best Local Radio Station

1. WTKS 104.1-FM

2. WXXL 106.7-FM

3. WMFE 90.7-FM

Best Local TV Newsperson

1. Martha Sugalski, WFTV

2. Jorge Estevez, WFTV

3. Amy Kaufeldt, WOFL

Best Local Podcast

1. "A Mediocre Time With Tom and Dan,"

2. "Full Frontal Nerdity Show,"

3. "Scotch and Good Conversation,"

Best Local Publication

1. Orlando Weekly

2. Orlando Sentinel

3. Bungalower "zine"