Local author paints utility box to honor Cory Connell and Pulse victims

The utility boxes scattered around College Park serve many purposes. They power our community. They serve as a shoulder to lean on during conversations with friends on Edgewater Drive. And one box in particular will offer up a reminder that our town lost a hero and our community is still mourning a senseless tragedy.

The utility box is located between Publix and Starbucks on Edgewater Drive. Ethan Long, a College Park resident and children’s author and illustrator, came up with the design and painted it last week at the request of the College Park Partnership. Andrea Kudlacz, Director of the College Park Partnership, asked Long to paint the box incorporating a tribute to Cory Connell and the Pulse nightclub victims.

Ethan Long, son Cooper and Harper Self

Ethan Long, son Cooper and Harper Self

Long said he had “two tall apprentices” helping him in the form of his son Cooper, a freshman at Edgewater High School and his son’s friend Harper Self, a sophomore at Edgewater. Long said that Star Scenic Supply paint store, located at 1604 W. Princeton Street, donated the paint. It took about four hours over three days to complete the painting due to some Central Florida inclement weather.

Long put a photo of the project up on his Facebook page, and it has received about 800 “hits.” “I’ve gotten a lot of great response from the neighborhood,” said Long. “I hope it brings more exposure for the Pulse victims.”

If you get a chance, stop and take a look at this utility box. Think about the power the box sends through College Park. It is a reminder we truly are #Orlandostrong.






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