After all, it was his event that began the start of their new life.

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We hope that in the future this can happen in Detroit too. Until they met by chance at a birthday party in an Orlando bar, Aaron Bean and Katie Merrigan counted themselves among the thousands of singles in Orlando. If we hadnt met just then, it wouldnt have worked out, says Aaron. The Internet bristles with an arsenal of dating apps and surefire matchmaking algorithms.

Magazines and websites produce periodic Best Cities for Singles stories that judge communities mainly on how easily their unattached residents can become attached.

But these stories are generally cobbled together out of statistics and polls compiled and analyzed by journalists who never set foot in the towns theyre writing about.

So we consulted with some dating experts and single people who are here in Orlando for a few firsthand observations and options from the front.

I recently attended a Lock and Key event at Blue Martini in Brickell.

And yes, the females wear lock necklaces while the men wear keys.In a conventional lounge atmosphere, approaching someone may be difficult, but not here. That would be a raffle ticket that may lead to a plethora of prizes and the chance to get another lock/key.With these necklaces, someone now has a legitimate reason to approach someone else. It's a fun game, but trying out someones lock/key is just a simple way to break the ice. Yeah, I was skeptical too until I experienced it myself.Judging from the popularity of the events (attendance has doubled at each new gathreing) this formula for love seems to be working.The next Lock and Key party takes place Sunday, May 26 from to 3pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and also launches Darsonvals Meet the Matchmaker series that will be held monthly, when the expert will be on hand to answer questions about dating in Santa Barbara and to connect singles during polo matches.The latest Orlando club to try it out, appropriately enough, is the Icebar.