Best Of 2020

Best Picket Line
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Unite Here Local 362

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The workers of Unite Here Local 362, part of the largest union of hospitality employees nationwide – including those at the Mouse – have launched an effort to unionize HMSHost employees at Orlando International Airport. HMSHost employs nearly 800 people at 27 locations at MCO. Unite Here's request for a mail ballot election to unionize was denied by the company, but the workers keep on fighting. They've demanded Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer support their efforts to unionize. Neither City Council nor the Board of County Commissioners have the authority to do anything about the union election, but both mayors are members of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, and Orlando is waiting to see what they'll do.

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