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  • City commissioner Patty Sheehan contributed $50,000 toward a fundraising campaign to purchase land near Lake Eola Park, in hopes of expanding its southwest corner.The money goes toward the purchase of the Murrell Building on the corner of Rosalind Avenue and East Central Boulevard that currently houses a 7-Eleven store. The 5,000-square-foot parcel is under contract with the trust, to be sold if the trust raises $3.5 million in donations. It had 18 months from last October to raise the money, and so far has raised $800,000.

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting some help in his efforts to push occupational licensing deregulation “into the endzone” as he said in his state of the state speech earlier this month. Americans for Prosperity, the group backed by industrialist Charles Koch, is sending mail pieces to residents in 30 Senate districts, including four in Central Florida, urging them to call their senator to pass a series of bills aimed at reducing fees and other requirements to get licenses for occupations such as barbers, interior designers, electricians and others. Similar measures failed to pass the Senate last year.

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