Ron DeSantis announced last week that Florida has moved into phase three of the state’s reopening

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Food trucks and dozens of tents filled Latham Plaza in Jacksonville Beach for the 904 Pop Up Summer Livin’ Event on Sunday.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last week that Florida has moved into phase three of the state’s reopening plan, meaning all statewide restrictions on bars and restaurants have been removed.

Many businesses at Sunday’s event, like Island Dream Authentic Italian Ice, said it was their first event since the coronavirus reached Florida.

‘We missed so many events during COVID this year, so it feels good to be back out among people, back at festivals. This is the fun part of the job,’ said Island Dream Authentic Italian Ice owner Brittany Sinclair.

Publisher: WJXT
Date: 2020-09-27T16:26:08.057Z
Author: Corley Peel
Twitter: @WJXT
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While you’re here, how about this:

Holiday celebrations around the corner

Toy donations, tree-lighting ceremonies, live music and food are among Gainesville and Alachua County’s holiday festivities.

Sure, we’re not even through Thanksgiving yet, but holiday events are starting as early as this week. Tree-lighting ceremonies, parties with music, food and drinks, and even an antique train ride across a farm are among the spirited activities you might attend this year.

Toys for Tots in Alachua, Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties: The Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots holiday toy drive has several locations available throughout North Central Florida for families to drop off children’s toys donations.

Publisher: Gainesville Sun
Date: 7E15F9269E2CE66F2A488ABB04B5015E
Author: Emily Mavrakis
Twitter: @gainesvillesun
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Florida travel calendar for May – Capital Gazette

Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

Through June 3: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista.’Spring special event filled with flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational events. See millions of blooming flowers and a vibrant collection of specially themed topiaries. At Walt Disney World’s EPCOT with admission. 407-939-5277.’

May 24-Sept. 27: Bandshell concert series, Daytona Beach. The iconic Bandshell on Daytona Beach’s Boardwalk hosts two separate concert series through summer. Friday night concerts are put on by the city of Daytona Beach and are called the Bandshell Summer Entertainment Series with events on Fridays May 24-Sept. 27 in addition to Sunday, May 26 during Memorial Day weekend and Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday Sept. 2 during Labor Day weekend with performances from 7:15-9:30 p.m. On Saturdays, Friends of the Bandshell put on events called Star Spangled Summer from May 25-Aug. 3. with performances from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Free ($10 VIP). At the Oceanfront Park Amphitheatre: 70 Boardwalk. 386-255-0415.,

Date: AAC9C18F70AC386BC4DCF4DDF9BF1786
Author: Compiled by Amy Aumick Special to the Orlando Sentinel
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Photos: A look back at 2019 by Times-Union Staff Photographer Bob Self – The Florida Times

Publisher: The Florida Times-Union
Date: 7E15F9269E2CE66F2A488ABB04B5015E
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