By: Jack Witthaus Construction may start in early 2022 on a project to transform a former landfill into a mixed-use development. That’s according to Angel de la Portilla, founder of Orlando-based government consulting firm Central Florida Strategies Inc., who is working with Orlando-based MMI Development to secure approvals to build 1,500 apartment units and up to…Details
By: Richard Bilbao There are many who say success in business isn’t only about what you know, but also about who you know — and there aren’t many people Orlando businessman Angel de la Portilla doesn’t know. De la Portilla, 51, is the founder of Orlando-based government consulting firm, Central Florida Strategies, and has represented multiple high-profile…Details
By: Scott Powers Orange County Mayor-elect Jerry Demings has announced his transition advisory team to be lead by Orlando entrepreneur Harold Mills and the last Democrat to hold the post he won in the August election, Linda Chapin. The bipartisan, 37-member team is full of leaders of Central Florida businesses and nonprofits including those from Walt Disney World, Adventist Health System, Orlando…Details
A trio of commercial projects are sprouting up in Ocoee, a growing city west of Orlando, signaling demand for quality space in the area. The projects range from new Class A office space to a pair of industrial parks on dozens of acres. Combined, the projects tally up to 800,000 square feet and about $77.9…Details
by: Gabby Baquero News Editor OCOEE – Following a nine-year legal battle, the vacant site upon which the Colony Plaza Hotel sat has been approved for redevelopment. In 2001, Ocoee condemned the vacant hotel after malfunctioning sprinklers flooded the property, and the city began a long legal process to demolish the property on May 9, 2009. The site,…Details
International Drive is about to get 880 new parking spaces, as businessman Josh Wallack prepares to open his 14-story garage with restaurant next to Mango’s Tropical Café.Details
As leaders wrangle over how to spend future tourist development taxes, some International Drive businesses are worried that the Orange County Convention Center will get shortchanged.Details
Bed Bath & Beyond is the second Fortune 500 company to choose West Oaks mall as a new home for one of its call centers.
OCOEE – With big companies continuing to fuel job creation with call centers in its vacant spaces, retailers in the struggling, 20-year-old West Oaks Mall will soon stand a fighting chance.Details
Developers are setting the stage to begin laying out a new $60 million mixed-use project that will bring boutiques, eateries, a market and upscale lakefront rental homes to an orange grove in Maitland.Details
If you like the political debates on TV now, it will only get better in 2018 when the next Orange County mayoral race comes around.
That’s because one of the hottest topics that mayoral candidates will face will be something the region’s tourism industry will be hungry to hear their stance on: the future of the tourist development tax and its usage.Details