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Florida Citrus Bowl cuts a deal (minus a stadium); traffic discounts for new traffic hub, Crescent Central Station

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It would be a parade of superlatives as this week’s agenda was dreamed into action by the dais of dreamers known as your city commission. Notices for workplace giving (which would likely be more than ever, because it always is), Keep Orlando Beautiful beautification awards (likely awarded to my hair) and the coveted Dennis McNamara Employee of the Year award would crowd the top of the meeting, leaving only a little time to approve some bulletproof vest purchases and discounts for people the city loves.

The city approves the Florida Citrus Bowl use agreement with Florida Citrus Sports.
Translation: Hilariously, there really isn’t a Citrus Bowl right now, what with all of that ceremonious demolition in the rain a few weeks ago. But that won’t stop the city from shoring up its finances with Florida Citrus Sports, which operates two whole bowl games a year, so it’s totally worth a full venue renovation. Under this agreement, FCS will pay a $500,000 licensing fee for its first year (starting in October), reduced from the $800,000 annual fee it will pay when there’s actually a stadium. However, if somebody buys naming rights to the invisible, never-used stadium by January, FCS is back on for the $800,000, because fair is fair.

The city approves a developer’s agreement regarding the payment of transportation impact fees for a qualifying transit-oriented development known as Crescent Central Station.
Translation: The mayor has been bragging about this new mixed-use behemoth toward the Lynx/SunRail end of the Orange Avenue thoroughfare for more than a year. Because the whole apartment/retail concept is supposed to play into the city’s commuter dreams, the city will approve a 60 percent reduction to the usual transportation impact fees for the project’s developer, meaning the developer will pay just $275,839.98. When you’re part of the transportation, you shouldn’t have to pay for it, right?

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