College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 050116
4 News MAY 2016 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Now open, The Brave Ones Therapy Center is offering counseling and therapy services to the people of College Park. Lo- cated at 4016 Edgewater Drive, the center offers couples counseling, child therapy, credentialed mental health therapy and more. thebraveonestherapy.com Lux Artistry, located on 3015 Edgewa- ter Drive, offers hair services from stylists with executive knowledge in the industry. facebook.com/luxartistrycollegepark A new restaurant is serving up gourmet hot dogs at 2527 Edgewater Drive. The Dog House offers unique hot dog options along with sides like tater tots, which are also served a variety of ways. doghouseor- lando.com The vacant space at 2807 Edgewater Drive is now occupied by The Heaven Academy, an Applied Behavior Analysis based early education facility for children of all ability levels. AND Shakers American Cafe By David Karch Owner Greg Granda had his eye on Shakers American Cafe for years before he had the chance to purchase it. He and his wife wanted to move from the Hunter’s Creek area of Orlando to College Park. On Saturdays they would drive the College Park neighborhoods, looking at homes, then end up at Shakers for lunch. In July of 2014, Granda received a call from a broker informing him Shakers was for sale. It took two days for him to sign the papers and purchase the business. Granda brings 20 years of restaurant expe- rience to Shakers. The menu is a mixture of classic diner staples (eggs, pancakes, omelets) and creative cafe items (sandwiches, soups and salads). Granda felt the community was worried he would change the cuisine. He believed it was important to keep the core items, but allow himself some creativity with the cafe portion of the menu. “People in the area grew up with Shakers,” said Granda. His goal is to create a restaurant where people say, “I have to go back there.” Shakers is located at 1308 Edgewater Drive. Hours are Monday through Satur- day 6:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. and Sundays 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. More information can be found on the Shakers website or Facebook page. By David Karch Have you considered making a few extra dollars by turning your house into an Airbnb host home? Chances are, if you live in Col- lege Park, it is illegal. The College Park Paper spoke with City of Orlando Attorney Kyle Shephard who said that hosting an Airbnb in an area zoned R1 (residential single family) or R2 (resi- dential duplex) is not allowed in the Orlando city limits. The vast majority of College Park homes fall into one of these two zones. Shephard said that when people charge money to stay in their home, it becomes a commercial entity. The City of Orlando is aware that some residents are operating their homes as Airbnb host locations. If a person files a complaint, code enforcement will come out to the home and investigate. By law, Shephard said, “Home owners are given time to come into compliance.” He is not aware of any citizen coming before the city for zoning violations. Should you believe a neighbor is operat- ing an Airbnb (or feel said neighbor is violat- ing a code), you can log an anonymous com- plaint online at the City of Orlando Code Enforcement website. A zoning official will follow up and visit the home in question. If you are considering turning your home into an Airbnb, Shephard encourages you to contact Mark Cechman, Chief Planner for the City of Orlando, at 407-246-2078 or email@example.com. He or an- other official will come out to your property and review with you what your zoning is and provide you with a verification letter, should your property meet the criteria. There are other important questions raised about hosting an Airbnb. For example, is the home in compliance with the ADA (Ameri- cans with Disabilities Act) or FHA (Federal Housing Authority)? As complaints will inevitably be lodged to the city, these issues will have to be dealt with. Happy anniversary, Tap Room at Dubsdread Staff Report On May 9, 2001 The Tap Room at Dubsdread opened its doors and quickly became a neigh- borhood favorite. For fifteen years the restaurant has won more awards than we can count and has been a tremendous asset to this community. Congratulations Steve, Barb and staff. Thank you for all you do and for feeding us well. Airbnb hosting in College Park illegal Twelve-year-old College Park resident Preston Young recently caught a fish that was 8 pounds, 4 ounces. He and his broth- er Holden both love to fish and had been fishing at Lake Silver when Preston caught the large tilapia. Preston was very proud of his accomplishment and his mother Carolyn was very proud of his dedica- tion to the sport. Courtesy photo.