July 2009

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Social Datebook

50 Most Powerful

Compiled by Mike Boslet, Barry Glenn, Jay Boyar, Shelley Preston, John Kennedy, Mark I. Pinsky and Jennifer Greenhill-TaylorThe people with the most power are the ones who affect how we live.Government officials have the power to raise or lower our taxes. Heads of big corporations can order layoffs or other spending cuts. The school superintendent has a lot to say about what kind of education our kids get (and what time they have to leave for school). The actions of law-enforcement leaders can influence whether we feel safe. And the decisions of both government and business leaders can determine whether our economy booms or goes bust.These kinds of individuals appear through-out this year’s list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando. But there also are religious leaders, sports leaders and shapers of public opinion. There are arts backers, educators and just plain do-gooders. All have made a difference. You’ll find that many people have moved up the list since last year and that some are appearing for the first time. You’ll also notice that some have slipped in ranking —sometimes simply to make room for those whose stars have risen. New to the list is a Hall of Power designation, bestowed on some of the perennial names that make our list. The criteria for being considered Hallworthy are at least five consecutive appearances on the 50 Most Powerful list and a reputation for being influential in political, business or civic circles. Most Hall of Famers likely would be involved, to some degree, in all three. Here’s hoping that the 50 will continue to use their power wisely. After all, as the Roman philosopher Seneca once said, “Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.’’

Recommended Eating

Our choices for restaurants not to miss.

Recipe for Success

The Black Olive opens amid tough times in the restaurant business. But its food and ambiance give it a fighting chance to prevail.

Celebrating Independence Day

Made in the Shade

Stylish shelters ward off the sun while helping you stay—and look—cool.

It's Showtime

The Plaza Cinema Café has finally opened in downtown Orlando—and our reviews of it are mostly positive.

The Right to Bare Arms

Michelle Obama’s unconcealed ‘guns’ inspire women to tone up their biceps and triceps.

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City Lights

On The Town-2

Going to Extremes

A local entrepreneur travels the world in pursuit of cutting-edge couture.

City Scene

›› In Their Own Words ›› Top Picks ›› Our Town  

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On The Town

 ›› Independence Day ›› Classical Music/Opera ›› Concerts/Comedy›› Film ›› Galleries ›› Special Events ›› Theater  

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›› The City Beautiful ›› On The Town ›› RSVP ›› Social Datebook ›› Soiree

City Style

›› Body & Soul ›› The Find  

City Dining

›› 17 Service Slip-Ups That Can Ruin a Meal ›› Restaurant Reviews   ›› Recommended Eating

Special Events


Feature Articles

›› 50 Most Powerful ›› Rivers' Edge 


17 Service Slip-Ups That Can Ruin a Meal

Bad service comes in many forms, none of them conducive to great dining.


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Top Picks



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