Visit Orlando got $55 million in tax dollars last year. Now it wants a whole lot more | Commentary (Orlando Sentinel, 9/24/19)

Just recently, Orange County unveiled plans to spend $125 million in tax dollars — money that could be spent on cops, transit or other local needs — on a road Universal Orlando wants for its new theme park. Why not consider using hotel taxes on that? Why ask locals to fund this tourism project when tourism-tax dollars are available? Read more >>

Epic Universe Discloses Job Details | Commentary (Orlando Sentinel, 9/11/19)

Universal wouldn’t answer questions or provide full details. And the county hasn’t asked for them … which strikes me as a problem. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and the rest of the county commissioners should demand — and share — a full accounting of the job and salary details before striking any agreement that involves taxpayer money. Read more >>