Best Of 2022

Best Local Animal Rescue
Photo by Matt Keller Lehman

1st: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,

2nd: Pet Rescue by Judy,

3rd: Gatorland,

Best of Orlando® 2022: Local Notables

Best of Orlando® 2022: Local Notables

Local Legend: Rep. Anna Eskamani

This fierce progressive political firebrand represents Orlando in the state legislature, tirelessly working for a better world for her constituents and beyond. Not just her district but a majority of our readers think so — and so does Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill, who has repeatedly endorsed her.

1st: Zebra Coalition,
This year, when the elected officials running our state (into the ground) are using our taxes to fund hate and division against LGBTQ+ youth, Orlando Weekly readers have named Zebra Coalition our best local activist group. Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations providing compassionate and confidential services to LGBTQ+ young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability. The Zebra team does amazing work — so amazing that Gov. Ron DeSantis two times vindictively vetoed their funding from the proposed state budget. That Zebra Coalition has been named Best Local Activist Group is a testament to their work, and to Orlando's commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

2nd: The Center,

3rd: League of Women Voters,

1st: Scott Maxwell,

2nd: Lulu the Thornton Park Cat,

3rd: Savannah Boan,

1st: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida,

2nd: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,

3rd: The Mustard Seed of Central Florida,

1st: WESH Channel 2,

2nd: WFTV Channel 9,

3rd: WKMG News 6,

1st: Jessie Dee,

2nd: Savannah Boan,

3rd: Benjamin Ptashinsky,

1st: Anna Eskamani,
Eskamani is a no-nonsense public servant who works for constituents and non-constituents alike on real-time, actual solutions to issues facing the citizens of Orlando, Orange County and Florida at large. She may be elected to represent District 47, but anyone who turned to her office for help with Florida's sickeningly broken unemployment system in the scary months of the shutdown can tell you that her assistance reaches beyond boundaries. Her tireless work ethic and fierce understanding of policy sometimes outpaces her colleagues in Tallahassee, and often propels her onto the national stage. She IS the future of Florida politics.

2nd: Mayor Jerry L. Demings,

3rd: Mayor Buddy Dyer,

1st: XL 106.7-FM,

2nd: WPRK 91.5-FM,

3rd: WJRR 101.1-FM,

1st: Jessica Barton,
Jessica Barton's OnlyFans account exists to make you cum. By "you," we mean those of you who for whom a solo, tatted blonde gets the job done. Her fan base loves her perfectly even, head-to-toe tan and her fearless display of T&A (and a few other parts).

2nd: LetsEatCakeXx,

3rd: Santana Garrett,