An April Fools retrospective: eating manatee steaks and Capital Orlando



  • via


I'm sure you've spent much of your April Fool's Day catching them all on your Google maps app and perusing the new product offerings over at ThinkGeek. Seriously, though a PBR stein is not that bad of an idea, amirite?

We here at Orlando Weekly didn't want to inundate you with more of the same fake news. Oh, sure, we threw around some ideas like an unfrozen Walt Disney holding a super-secret press conference and Lou Perlman planning to run for Mayor of Orlando. You know, in 2029, when he gets released. Ultimately, we decided to share a couple of our April Fool's best-ofs with you:

Eat at Doug's: At Dougs, you can munch on some Florida-raised dugong steak. What's dugong, you ask? Our state animal, the manatee. 

Somewhere in Volusia County, in a patch of scrub pine dense enough to block the wind but not the sun, is a sinister-looking building -- a cross between a house and a shack -- that looks like the kind of place you'd find corpses stacked like cordwood. There's a loud, gas-powered generator droning away near the side, and a bright orange extension cord running up through a boarded window. A small, hand-lettered, cardboard sign on the door reads, "dougs." No apostrophe.

Capital Orlando: We stumbled on the blueprints for the new Florida State Capital plans. Here's a preview, click for the rest of the story:

Capital Orlando
  • Capital Orlando

Capital Orlando


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.