Best Of 2020

Best First Step
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BLM mural painted on Rosalind Avenue

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and few would claim that Orlando city leaders had anything but the best intentions in mind when they painted the words "Black Lives Matter" in letters 30 feet high on the surface of Rosalind Avenue. So we were very, very proud to see our city joining the national trend of proclaiming that Black Lives Matter in the most public way possible. But many residents, Black and white alike, question its utility. If the mural is a giant reminder to city and county staff of what they need to change in terms of policing and systemic racism, great, it's a first step. If there's no action following up the message, then it's an empty gesture, a pretty label slapped over an ugly history. Let's not let that happen.

Best of Orlando 2020: Local Color

Best of Orlando 2020: Local Color

Local Color: Best of Orlando 2020

Local Color: Best of Orlando 2020

Local Color

Best Kept Secret
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1st: Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour scenicboattours.com

2nd: Baldwin Park

3rd: Sanford Brewing Company sanfordbrewing.com

Best Local Activist Group
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1st: The Center thecenterorlando.org

2nd: Zebra Coalition zebrayouth.org

3rd: Spay the Strays spaythestrays.rescuegroups.org

Best Local Big Shot Who's Not an Elected Official
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1st: Savannah Boan facebook.com/thesavannahboan

2nd: Johnny Magic facebook.com/johnnymagicfan

3rd: Jim Colbert facebook.com/thejimcolbertshow

Best Local Charitable Group
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1st: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, feedhopenow.org

2nd: Give Kids the World Village gktw.org

3rd: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando petallianceorlando.org

Best Local Leader During the Pandemic
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1st: State Rep. Anna Eskamani

2nd: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings

3rd: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Best Local Podcast
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1st: 'A Mediocre Time With Tom & Dan' tomanddan.com

2nd: "To the Top With Carlos Navarro," iamcarlosnavarro.com

3rd: "Russ & Bo 2.0" facebook.com/russandbo2.0

Onward with Anna!
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Onward with Anna!

1st: State Rep. Anna Eskamani

2nd: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

3rd: U.S. Rep. Val Demings

Best Local Publication
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1st: Orlando Weekly orlandoweekly.com

2nd: Bungalower bungalower.com

3rd: Orlando Sentinel orlandosentinel.com