Universal Orlando gets a new road. You might get higher taxes | Commentary (Orlando Sentinel, 10/15/19)

You could argue Universal — whose parent company posted $11.7 billion in profits last year from families like mine — should pay for its own darn road, since the park is clearly the prime beneficiary. (So much so that Universal is in charge of construction. That’s unusual.) … Don’t base your spending plan on the whims or orders of the tourism bosses or entrenched staff. Think for yourselves. Map out your 10-year spending plan based on what this community needs, not what tourism leaders crave. Read more>>

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 >>