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Orlando Science Center request for funding gets cool response from county

July 15, 2014
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Sorry, Orlando Science Center. We have stadiums to build and conventions to attract.

Sorry, Orlando Science Center. We have stadiums to build and conventions to attract.

On the list of things Orlando and Orange County have agreed to help fund lately:

Sports tourism ($2.5 million dedicated to lure more events to Orlando – perhaps that’s why Mayor Buddy Dyer was in Dubai and Turkey earlier this year).

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts ($25 million paid out to complete the center by 2018)

The Citrus Bowl ($191 million in renovations, plus $12 million dedicated to making it a premier destination for major sporting events)

The Orange County Convention Center (an additional $10 million in renovations approved recently)

On the short list of things Orlando and Orange County balks at funding? $10 to $12 million for improvements to the Orlando Science Center. No, that’s just a “huge ask.” We can’t be expected to fund a center that’s geared mostly toward families and school-aged children. We have sporting events to woo and conventioneers to attract!

Read more on how the Orange County Commission responded when the Orlando Science Center asked for help funding major upgrades to its facilities in the Sentinel. We’ll be over here shaking our heads.

 

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  • KTA

    Is this really surprising? This is Orlando, after all. This city long ago gave up any pretense it had of caring about people who actually live here. The wants of the tourists have always taken precedence over the needs of its residents.

  • Richard Neilan

    Is it any wonder why Orlando can’t attract Fortune 500 companies to re-locate here? Or even a few more companies that pay real living wages to more than just a few executives? Our state and local “leaders” are beholden to the tourism industry. They’re not really concerned much with the state of our public schools, culture, and other amenities that such companies look for. Any “lip-service” they provide is merely superficial. Orlando: once a backwater, always a backwater.