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Council watch

Billy Manes pays attention to city government so you don't have to

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Item: The city approves Iron Galaxy Orlando LLC for a qualified target industry tax refund resolution.
Translation: Still clinging to its idea of a Creative Village galaxy of expendable incomes and 24-hour boys with dilated pupils bitmapping their way from café to café, the city is hot to join the state in wooing Iron Galaxy Studios – a gaming company that is based in Chicago with six local employees at its Orange Avenue office – into expanding here. The company promises to create 10 new jobs averaging $46,955 in salary by the end of next year. In exchange, the state will toss $105,000 into the matrix, including $21,000 over four years from the city. Otherwise, the company might move to Halifax, Nova Scotia, because that's about to happen, right?

Item: The city settles a quasi-judicial hearing regarding ReJean Gaudet and Eddie's Sports Bar.
Translation: It's tough running a business in the Parramore area for a number of reasons, but the prevalence of Jesus and his churches doesn't come off as the most obvious. Still, the owner of area establishment Eddie's Sports Bar has been spending the better part of this year battling the shadows of steeples around him, just hoping for a cocktail reprieve. ReJean Gaudet petitioned the city back in June for a zoning variance that would allow him to serve liquor even though his bar is within 150 feet of a church (the code prohibits hard liquor within 1,000 feet of a church or school, and there are no less than five churches within that distance). Some back and forth occurred, peaking with a hearing in September, and the city decided to deny the request. Gaudet appears to not have contested the decision, which means this issue can be put to rest. Soberly.

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