People of O-Town

Sam Dubi


Across the street from the rumbling ruckus of Amway Center sits a corner store with a not-so-typical owner. Magic Spot has been the everyday go-to for Orlando’s biggest basketball fans for the last five seasons. Sam Dubi, who customers call “Sammy,” stands diligently behind the front desk, keeping a close eye on his security cameras. Time is indeed money for […]

People of O-Town: Kinneret resident praises local parks, misses fountain


When the fountain shut off, Ed Hoener emailed the city to find out why. “Every morning, before they turned it off, you’d see it. The birds would be on the tree there — maybe 50. Now they’re not,” Hoener said. “And to me, it was kind of a landmark for the area. I just was curious as to why they […]

Alvia Alexander: A face behind Lake Eola’s swan boats


Seven years ago, Alvia Alexander came to Orlando with her son from the small island of Antigua to be with family. She worked an office job but felt drawn to the outdoors and the flexibility the swan boat-attendant job offered at Lake Eola. Alexander said despite the hardships that may come with the gig — like dealing with difficult customers […]


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