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
Construction of a planned Andretti Indoor Karting & Games facility near Orange County Convention Center could start as soon as the end of July if the permitting process goes smoothly.Details
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.Details