Who knew it would be so hard to create a system that would streamline tourist development tax requests and make the whole process transparent? Rosen Hotels & Resorts Inc. founder Harris Rosen surely didn’t think it would be so challenging.
When it comes to interchanges on its toll roads, Metro Orlando’s expressway authority follows a sports cliché: No blood, no foul.
In other words, you can pay for and build an interchange that the Central Florida Expressway Authority does not intend to construct as long as it does not harm the agency’s ability to make money.
A public/private partnership might be the way to fund a proposed pedestrian bridge at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road that may cost up to $15 million. Some say the bridge is needed to help improve the popular corridor’s flow of 2 million annual tourists while keeping them safe from 16 million…