GROWN RESTAURANT IS NOW OPEN IN LAKE NONA

Grown is now open for business. Grown Restaurant is own by former NBA Star Ray Allen and his Wife Shannon. Grown is located inside the Lake Nona Walmart in the Lake Nona Landing Shopping Center.

Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. They’re currently in a Soft Opening phase with a Limited menu.
Grand Opening will be later this Summer.

Grown gives a facelift to fast food. Making it easier to eat healthy in Lake Nona.

Grown has real food, cooked slow, for fast people. When it comes to eating, busy people have been conditioned to accept compromise. At grown, food can finally be convenient, nutritious and affordable all at the same time, under one garden-topped roof, full of freshly grown ingredients.

Grown will be located in the new Lake Nona Walmart in Lake Nona Landings.

AMAZON WAREHOUSE DISCUSSED NONA AREA

Developers plan to build a large Amazon warehouse on Boggy Creek Road, south of Orlando International Airport,

Emails between Amazon warehouse developer Seefried Industrial Properties and Orange County officials lay out plans for a multi-story distribution center that makes use of vertical space with the kind of robotic storage systems that can quickly retrieve any of the millions of products the retailer sells online. It’s to be similar to centers built in Ruskin and Lakeland.

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Details of “Project Mojo,” as sources say it has been called, remain preliminary. Three sources with close ties to Central Florida’s industrial market say prospects for Amazon to build in Orlando could still take months of discussions and involve government incentives.

A key point for negotiators so far has been truck access to expedite the delivery of goods throughout Central Florida.

“Maintaining all these access points is very important to Amazon from a traffic perspective,” reads an email from Paul Seefried to Orange County. The developer went on to say that Amazon wants actual traffic counts.

Seefried, who has partnered on other Amazon warehouse developments, also sought government documents showing the warehouse would fit in with current land-use rules.

“Because of the required design investment, Amazon is putting a lot of pressure on us to produce a county letter/memo that states that proposed building fits within the current Airport South PD,” another email reads.

Amazon would have a 15-year lease on the facility, emails from Seefried show.

As discussed, sources say the project could be similar to one built recently in Tulsa, Okla., for Amazon by partners, including Seefried Industrial Properties. With a footprint of 856,000 square feet, the multi-story industrial building has a mezzanine that brings the total usable space to 2.3 million square feet. Others said the space might allow only half that storage.

The Seattle-based online shopping company has broadened its Florida footprint with last year’s completion of a 1 million-square-foot industrial distribution center in Ruskin. Another similar center is being constructed in Jacksonville, and the giant online retailer also has a space in Miami and southwest of Orlando near Plant City.

The site slated for “Project Mojo” will consume more than 130 acres, Growthspotter.com reported early last month.

Amazon has had repeated success winning economic incentives in Florida and elsewhere.

In 2013, Florida awarded the company incentives that could amount to $1.12 million if it creates 375 jobs with an average salary of $47,581 tied to Plant City in Hillsborough County.

The company recently won approval to get $1.18 million of economic incentives if it created 900 full-time jobs as part of a $130 million Colorado fulfillment center being built near Denver in Aurora. The jobs would pay an average $30,297, according to incentive agreements reported by the Denver Post. Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved tax incentives up to $40 million if Amazon meets job and investment targets, according to The Lane Report.

UCF STUDENTS’ SCULPTURE TO BE INSTALLED IN LAKE NONA

June 4, 2017, , — A team of University of Central Florida students who designed a solar-powered art sculpture celebrated this week after the Orlando Utilities Commission and Tavistock Development selected its project to be built in the innovative, Laureate Park master-designed Lake Nona community later this year.

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Four teams of senior-level undergraduate students in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science worked with art students to create four aesthetic solar-powered sculpture designs, the result of a year’s worth of work refining the concepts that began with hundreds of sketches, thumbnails and ideas.

The winning sculpture “Sundial” was praised for its combination of artistry and sound engineering.

“This beautiful combination of functioning solar and thought-provoking art prompts our customers to learn more about the innovative programs we offer. By bringing future engineers and artists together, UCF has done a tremendous job of giving us an opportunity to showcase the next generation of top talent,” said Linda Ferrone, OUC vice president of Strategy, Sustainability & Emerging Technology.

OUC sponsored the projects and competition to create a sculpture that would give the public an opportunity to learn about solar power and its importance as a renewable energy source. They wanted to give residents an engaging, beautiful, interactive community centerpiece sculpture that would contribute to a local power grid.

The winning team wanted to embody the spirit of Lake Nona – traditional and community-oriented, and at the same time modern and new. With built-in sensor plates, the circular sculpture features interactive LED lights and musical sounds. The sculpture also serves as a clock by casting shadows created by the gnomon (the triangular shape that rises from the circular base) and also with LED lights. Measuring 14 feet tall and 22 feet in diameter at full-size, the sculpture will generate the energy it requires with solar panels. It will be installed at OUC’s expense in ’s Village Center.

“It’s surreal to think that we won, after all the challenges we faced every day,” said Dominique Russell, a senior in mechanical engineering who graduates today. “We’d work so hard to refine a feature, but then the next day we’d have to change it. We had to remain flexible.”

Marie-Jo Gordo, a junior in studio art, noted the unique challenges that arise when artists work with engineers. “As artists, we often want to create things that are not physically achievable. We had many great ideas but the engineers kept bringing us back to reality.”

The Sundial teammates are: Gordo, junior, studio art; Daniel Schutt, sophomore, graphic design; Russell, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Peter Warren, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Graham Morgan, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Kevin Weng, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Julio Rodriguez, senior, mechanical engineering; Jade Sziros, sophomore, computer engineering; and Camille Van Atta, junior, studio art.

Four teams vied for the honor. The students presented their designs to OUC executives in March as part of their UCF coursework. Team members also delivered carefully prepared and rehearsed product pitches and presented small-scale prototype sculptures. Working from OUC’s ongoing feedback, the students refined their designs and showcased their polished prototypes during the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s senior design showcase on April 21. Two finalists were selected to move onto a final round of competition, which placed the finalists before OUC representatives and the design review committee Wednesday night.

“Tavistock Development is proud to partner on this project at the intersection of higher education and public arts,” said Jim Zboril, president of the Tavistock Development Company. “These sculptures are a reflection of what Lake Nona is about – innovation, sustainability, technology and education.”

The projects represent a culmination of work between the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Visual Arts & Design. Classes were held in SVAD’s AdLab. They also served as the engineering and computer science students’ final senior project, a requirement for graduation.

The teams incorporated sound engineering principles into their designs, such as the ability to withstand hurricane-force winds and optimize sun exposure to generate energy to power the sculptures’ electrical features and contribute to the grid. The sculptures use materials and convey art concepts – such as reflections and shadows – that recognize that it will be on display year-round outdoors in the bright sun.

UCF faculty who oversaw the projects include the engineering faculty Robert Hoekstra; Mark Steiner, Lei Wei; and Mark Heinrich; and the SVAD’s Robert Reedy.

Exclusive: Construction tees up for $25M Lake Nona golf attraction

It’s official: ’s & Performance District is adding a new golf and entertainment element to the mix.

Franklin, Tenn.-based The Parkes Cos. last week was issued a permit valued at $10 million to begin work on Drive Shack, the new complex at 7675 Lake Nona Blvd., according to city of documents.

The project includes a three-story, 57,000-square-foot driving range entertainment facility that includes a restaurant, lounge, bar, hitting bays and meeting spaces, according to Orange County permitting documents. It will be built on a 15-acre site on the northwest quadrant of State Road 417 and Lake Nona Boulevard, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal. It will be similar to Topgolf, which plans to open an Orlando site on International Drive this fall.

A project manager at The Parkes Cos. wasn’t available for comment and it appears Drive Shack Orlando’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since September, as of the morning of May 22.

However, New York-based Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE: DS) is a new global golf entertainment company as announced last November by New York-based real estate investment trust Newcastle Investment Corp., which is managed by an affiliate of real estate firm Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG).

The Lake Nona site is the parent company’s first Drive Shack location and another one is in the works, Drive Shack CEO and President Sarah Watterson said during the company’s May 5 first-quarter earnings call. Here’s more on what Watterson had to say about the project during that call:

“On the entertainment golf business, we continue to be very excited and make strides in developing our global network of Drive Shack venues. In Orlando, we’re in the midst of constructing our first venue, with the goal being open in first-quarter 2018. We’re also very excited to announce that our second Drive Shack venue will be developed in Richmond, Va. … Our venues feature multiple stories of hitting suites, whether friends, family, coworkers or complete strangers are able to compete in various technologically-enhanced golf games while using TaylorMade clubs. Consumers who are seeking a good time, but maybe not looking to participate in the game, are able to enjoy food and beverage options from one of our many entertainment, restaurant or lounge areas.”

Each Drive Shack site is expected to cost $15 million-$25 million to build, and would generate about $3 million-$6 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a December 2016 investor presentation showed.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous is the project architect; Walter P. Moore is the structural engineer; ME Engineers is handling mechanical, electrical and plumbing; and Howe Engineers is the code engineer.

Meanwhile, Drive Shack in Lake Nona is the next piece of the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, which boasts the now operating $100 million U.S. Tennis Association National Campus; the soon-to-debut $1.4 million USTA Florida headquarters and U.S. Professional Tennis Association complex; and the $20 million Orlando City Soccer Club training facility.

Elsewhere in Lake Nona, global audit giant KPMG LLP is hosting a May 22 groundbreaking on its new $430 million Lake Nona training center and Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC expects big things for the next $300 million phase of its Lake Nona Town Center.

Hemisphere Restaurant Now Open at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

A new defining dining experience offers unparalleled views and seasonal chef’s recommended culinary flights

, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following a successful $3 million re-design and soft opening, the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner, serving up neo-contemporary world cuisine alongside unmatched views from the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. The recently re-designed 3,000 square-foot restaurant seats 164 guests and playfully combines the adventure of flight with international flavors.

“Hemisphere was created for travelers and locals in search of an unforgettable dining experience offering fascinating runway views, thoughtful service, and an elevated level of cuisine and cocktails,” said Bruce McDonald, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. “We have embraced our unique location, with unrivaled, panoramic views of one of the most active international airports as the focal point of Hemisphere. Guests satisfy their inner curiosity with air and space travel among an upscale dining atmosphere.”

Hemisphere guests are transported into a world of travel-rich sights, sounds and tastes. The restaurant’s new design features floor-to-ceiling glass walls facing airport runways, inviting guests to gaze at planes etching through the starlit sky and rockets launching into space, McDonald continued.

Food & Beverage

Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients. Dinner highlights include Chef Powell’s signature pork belly with slow pickled blueberries, candied jalapeños and savory sunchoke purée.

Additionally, guests will enjoy a seasonal Chef’s Recommended Flight, a menu of signature dishes that will change with every new season. Avocado toast, kalbi short rib sliders, grilled fennel and apple and pork tamales are available now as part of the featured Chef’s Recommended Flight on the restaurant’s new dinner menu.

“We designed the Hemisphere menu with dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and brought out to the table on a flow throughout the meal,” said Executive Chef Powell. “This way, diners can experience more dishes, rather than sticking to an individual starter and main course.”

The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere, like the Very Long Layover featuring Lillet rosé, mineral water, lemon juice, grapefruit bitters, and lavender simple syrup. Wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe. Wine Flights rotate daily and guests may simply select a direction to travel: Up North and Down South.

Restaurant guests enjoy an easy and grand sense of arrival to Hemisphere with direct access into the Orlando International Airport and the Hyatt Regency hotel valet, followed by a brief elevator ride to the ninth floor and entry into Hemisphere. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests.

Hemisphere offers flexible seating to accommodate groups, as well as, small parties and single diners in its signature setting. Custom wine cuvees and lounge-style seating highlight the center of the restaurant and large custom aviation-inspired murals adorn the walls. The Upper Deck presents a unique setting for private dining and receptions with an eagle-eye view.

Paper Planes: A Local Art Installation

Following a local artist search, Damon Dewitt was hand-selected to craft the signature entryway art installation at the re-designed Hemisphere restaurant. Dewitt’s work, Paper Planes, is physically and metaphorically light and reflective evoking a nostalgic flight experience and embracing the sense of wonder and travel from the early years of commercial aviation. The art installation is showcased in the new entry of Hemisphere and follows the curvature of the signature spiral staircase to the Upper Deck. The handcrafted “paper” airplanes float on 15 rows of vertical, stainless steel wiring for a sleek yet simple display.

Hemisphere is open daily for breakfast from 5:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. on weekends) and for dinner Monday – Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit www.HemisphereRestaurant.com or call (407) 825-1234. Stay social on Instagram: @HemisphereRestaurant and Facebook: /Hemisphere Restaurant COM

 

About Hemisphere

With an active, upbeat environment, Hemisphere restaurant engages guests’ senses with seasonal menus featuring hand-crafted dishes that infuse local ingredients with modern world flavors. The restaurant is open for breakfast daily and dinner Monday – Saturday, with private event space available daily. It is located on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport with convenient access to downtown Orlando, the Interstate 4 business and tourism corridor, as well as the neighboring community. For more information, visit www.HemisphereRestaurant.com.

Pig Floyd’s heading Lake Nona Way

os-pigfloyd-jpg-20141119Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa is opening a new location in the Lake Nona district.

Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development announced Wednesday it has signed Pig Floyd’s to a spot at Lake Nona Village on Narcoosee Road.

It should open in the first quarter of 2017 in the southeast Orlando community.

The shopping center also includes Panera Bread, Makis Place, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Nona Blue, a restaurant owned by PGA Tour golfer Graeme McDowell.

Lakefront Living in Florida-A Dream

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This is a photograph of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, Florida. It is a focal point of our community. Enjoy walking around the lake and seeing our beautiful swans swimming While dreaming of Florida Lake Living

 

Lake Nona Area in Southeast Orlando, Florida

Lake Nona is a pristine 500+ acre lake in the heart of “Medical City”. This is truly a preserved portrait of “Florida”. There is limited access to this lake. Residents and members of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. It is interesting that there is relatively little information about the lake of Lake Nona. It does chain into Lake Buck and Red Lake, however, you can only get to those two lakes with a kayak or canoe. Of course the views from the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club golf course are absolutely spectacular and frame most of the course. Lake Nona is a preserved part of “true” Florida. The water quality is pristine since the motorized boats are strictly limited. In addition, it is lined with Cypress trees and lily pads which the bass absolutely love. If you are a resident then all have access to fishing and non-motorized boats from Green Dock on Lake Nona.th (9)

 

 

 

Lake Nona in Southeast Orlando, Florida

 

Lake Hart

Lake Hart is located in Southeast Orlando and is approximately 6.5 square miles. It is also connected to Lake Mary Jane. The water quality here is extremely nice, and there are very few boaters so you can enjoy your time there whether it is skiing, tubing, wake boarding or fishing. There is a boat ramp to Lake Hart using the Moss Park State Park.

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Lake Mary Jane

Lake Mary Jane connects to Lake Hart as mentioned above. The ramps at Moss Park State Park are excellent here. Please note if you have a “high” floating boat or canopy you may be challenged to access Lake Hart underneath a bridge. It all depends on the water level. This lake is also a true testimony to “old Florida”.  The surface area is approximately 1,135 acres with a mean depth of 7 feet. There is a tropic state here.

 

Lake Tohopekaliga

Majority of the time we are fishing the Kissimmee Chain, which is about 25 minutes from the Disney World th (2)Orlando area. Lake Toho, the top lake in the chain, has been hot for quite a few years. Even though B.A.S.S.
Top Pros broke all kinds of records, for most fish over 10 pounds, biggest one day weight, and biggest four day total.
Picking great Orlando fishing locations is part of being the premiere Central Florida fishing guide service you get to enjoy a day where the fishing at its best. We are the Florida fishing guides of choice, located near Disney World, Epcot, Universal Studio’s, Islands of Adventure, Sea World and other Central Florida attractions located in Orlando. Lake Tohopekaliga or “Lake Toho” has long been known as one of Florida’s trophy Largemouth Bass fisheries all time best.

 

Lake Kissimmee

At different times of the year other parts of the chain can get HOTTER than a firecracker and yield great catches. Lake Kissimmee is one of those lakes that can and  and has  proven to be a big fish lake. Lake Kissimmee is 44,000 acres and one of the most beautiful lakes in the state of Florida.

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Lake Kissimmee is world famous for its’ catches of big largemouth bass, yet the fishing pressure is fairly light due to the expanse of vegetation, and the many places for bass to hide out and ambush baitfish. It is entirely possible for a bass to live to a ripe old age without many encounters with anglers, since there are places where they can hide.

 

 

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Conway Chain of Lakes located in Orlando Florida is actually made up of two lakes, but four pools of water. There is Little Lake Conway and Lake Conway. The four pools are considered to be East, West Middle and South Pools. There is limited public access to this chain with only one public boat ramp. The Shore line of the Conway Chain of Lakes is completely developed. The total size of the combined lakes is almost 1,800 acres and the water is clear. What makes the Conway Chain such a hit in Orlando for bass fishing is the beds of peppergrass, eelgrass and hydrilla scattered offshore and hard sandy bottom.th (3)

Bass Fishing in Orlando on Lake Conway offers some exciting action for fishing in the Orlando, Central Florida area especially in the winter. Summer time bass fishing can be slower, but the winter time t he bass fishing can be explosive. In the winter the bass start schooling up on schools of Shad and catching 50 plus bass in one trip is not out of the question. If you would like to take your children fishing or spouse, this is an excellent lake to go on. The bass fishing on Lake Conway in the winter is constant and can keep your child excited and busy all day long. Not only is the Conway Chain a great bass fishing lake in Orlando but this lake also produces some excellent Crappie Fishing. No matter if you want to catch bass or crappie, Central Florida Bass Fishing Guide Services can help you have a successful and exciting fishing trip.

 

Butler Chain of Lakes

The Butler Chain of Lakes was formed as a result of a typical Florida occurrence known as topography which happens with others as the Conway Chain of lakes. The earth’s bottom called limestone, which underlies most of Florida, was slowly dissolved by water to form sinkholes. A series of sinkholes that formed over time produced the sparkling, pristine Butler Chain of Lakes. Many areas within the lakes can be as deep as 30 to 40 feet. The chain of lakes, Down, Wauseon Bay, Butler, Louise, Isleworth, Tibet-Butler, Chase, Blanche, Sheen, Pocket, and Fish, have been designated by the Department of Environmental Regulation of the State of Florida as “Outstanding Florida Waters” due to their excellent water quality and wildlife habitat.th (1)

th (4)Consisting of clear water, deep ledges, visible and submerge vegetation, the Butler chain offers a wide variety of lure options as well as year round fishing. Schooling bass are found almost year round allowing for exciting top water action at times. Finesse techniques are also excellent choices that are used for water that can be clear enough to see 10 ft deep on a sunny day. Techniques used for finesse fishing can be drop shot, wacky rigging for artificial fishing and shiners or shad for live bait among others.
Best times to fish the Butler chain are from October through May. This time of the year offers quality size bass in the 3-8lb range and good numbers of fish caught each day. Boat traffic can be difficult on weekends, but the cooler winter temperatures keep recreational boaters to a minimum.
Although, live bait can be used on this chain, it is a very popular Orlando fishing locations for artificial because of the wide variety of techniques available to catch pre-spawn, spawning and post spawn bass. This chain is excellent for anglers from the North and from Japan who are accustomed to deep clear water while using spinning tackle with light line. Another plus is the location of the chain which is located just minutes from Disney and Universal Studios. 

Winter Park Chain of Lakes, Florida

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  • Lake Killarney
  • Lake Maitland
  • Lake Mizell
  • Lake Osceola
  • Lake Virginia

The City of Winter Park encourages all residents to use and enjoy our aquatic resources. No matter what your idea of recreation on a lake is, the waters in and around Winter Park can offer what you seek. The chain of lakes is a popular boating and skiing destination for residents who prefer active recreational activities. The chain is also popular among area anglers, most of whom ply the waters of the chain early in the morning, or during the week, when boat traffic is lighter. Remember that a Winter Park boat sticker or day pass is required before launching motorboats on the chain of lakes.

Fishermen who prefer quieter surroundings can try their luck at Lake Baldwin. The ramp at Lake Baldwin Park on Lakemont Avenue can accommodate most fishing boats. The City Commission has designated the lake a “no motor boat lake” so you’ll have to use your electric motors, or oars (fishing boats with gas engines may be launched but only electric, sail or manual power may be used). The status as a no motor lake is somewhat tentative since most of the lake is within the City of Orlando, and they have not made any decisions on the future use of the lake. For the time being, however, Lake Baldwin offers a peaceful alternative. People who like to sail, canoe and kayak will also enjoy the quiet surroundings.

Canoes and kayaks can be used in all city lakes unless otherwise posted. If you are using a car or truck to haul your boat, please obey all parking restrictions. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed.

Lake Nona’s Canvas restaurant sets opening date

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Canvas Restaurant and Market in Laureate Park Village Center in Lake Nona will open its doors on Monday, Jan. 25. The adjacent market will debut on Feb. 8.

The 278-seat, dinner-only restaurant is a joint effort between Tavistock Restaurant Collection and Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants, which opened Luma and Prato restaurants in Winter Park, as well as Slate restaurant in Dr. Phillips. Tavistock Restaurant Collections revealed the concept’s name and a few renderings in November 2015.

 

New restaurants create temporary construction jobs and permanent positions in the area, as well as new opportunities for local vendors. And, of course, new dining options for Orlando’s residents and visitors.

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Lake Nona Tavern Nona Blue

Nona Blue

Hospitality, superior service and the highest level of food quality define Nona Blue. Choose from unique light fare, one-of-a-kind Handwiches or “Nona Blue Plate Specials.” Steaks, chops Nona Blue Tavernand fresh fish beckon from the hardwood grill, while “Sweet Endings” please the palate beyond expectation.

Relax in comfort as Nona Blue’s Bar Chefs prepare the freshest seasonal cocktails. An extensive wine list, 16 craft beers on tap and a selection of regional single malt whiskies provide an unforgettable evening. Enjoy the sights and scents of our display kitchen from the indoor bar, or bask in a warm Florida evening at the outdoor patio bar.

Enjoy the modern tavern concept as never before at Nona Blue. Leave the day behind amidst exposed brickwork and rich, dark mahogany. Inside this warm, and inviting atmosphere lies a dining and drinking experience hand-crafted by the master team at Nona Blue.

Nona Blue Location:

9685 Lake Nona Village Pl, Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 313-0027
http://nonablue.com/

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