Gainesville currently has an ordinance that prohibits panhandling, but it is not enforceable due to free speech. The laws might change soon after a panhandler was struck and killed in April. Gainesville city commissioners have said the new ordinance won’t incriminate panhandlers but intends rather to limit where the activity is allowed in order to keep them safe and avoid another fatal accident. Some Gainesville residents, like William Irmen, a 54-year-old homeless man, rely on panhandling in these spots for consistent income.
Guests at First Magnitude Brewing Company celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday afternoon with a series of sponsored activities. About 70 people attended the special edition of the weekly yoga class. There was also a painting station, sponsored by Painting with a Twist, where children could create mini-canvas paintings for their mothers and other family members. Later, there was a session with a painting class for moms. The event also had live music from the band Patchwork Girls.
Blake Harrison is a 55-year-old artist known for his murals in and around Gainesville. Like Tom Petty, Harrison has embedded himself in Gainesville’s culture. Harrison moved to Gainesville in the early ‘70s, and he fell in love with the rugged hippy community. Despite the harsh financial climate for artists in Gainesville, Harrison loves Gainesville’s people and its physical space. Instead of worrying about notoriety, Harrison is satisfied with working in his remote studio in Micanopy, Florida, where he creates work that he hopes makes the surrounding community a happier, more loving place.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Reitz Union was filled with more than 3,700 guests from across Florida for SwampCon — an annual event where people come together to interact with those who share the love for video games, anime, sci-fi and comics. Some guests even cosplayed as their favorite pop culture characters. So, here were the best cosplays of SwampCon 2019.