Published: May 19, 2006 at 10:18 AMHmm, as a local I find this quite disgusting.
I own a local business and any increase in taxes is sure to hit my pocket, on the flip side the increase in advertising nationally can only hrlp my foot traffic.
Of course, does Orlando really need ore advertising? Everyone knows Orlando exists and what it exists for.
Disney & UO's advertising bucks already contributes heavily to the tourist trade for all businesses here.
In regards to the Lynx bus network, seriusly, this will not help tourism at all.
Tourists will either get a cab, flagged from the street, booked through their hotel, or picked up at a a taxi stand at an attraction. If they are staying on I-Drive they will likely get on an I-Ride trolley to navigate or use the free park transportation offered at all hotels.
The Lynx bus network is out for 99.9% of tourists.
Maybe they should spend some of these tax dollars on building sidewalks, safe crossings (Orlando has the highest death rate on roads in the US) and protect the people who will be paying the additional taxes.
And finally, the Sports Stadiums should be paying for themselves.
Granted the Citrus bowl is a bit of an Eyesore but no tax dollar should be spent on this when they charge an entrance fee for events!
Published: May 19, 2006 at 11:44 AMThere's no reason why the Lynx network couldn't be designed to accomodate tourists. But, you're right, it hasn't been and I don't think 50 cents a rental car is gonna get that done. But if there were the political will in Orlando (I know, stop laughing...) there could be a light rail system cross-connecting the airport, downtown, UO, I-Drive, the Convention Center, SeaWorld and Downtown Disney. But Disney doesn't want anyone to have easy access off its property, so that ain't gonna happen.
Published: May 19, 2006 at 12:35 PMAh, lets talk about the light rail system shall we.
Published: May 20, 2006 at 5:17 AMThe light rail system has been kicked around for years. Disney won't budge on the stance they don't want a system that will take guests away from the property. Can't blame them on that one. The bus proposal is interesting if it can be developed properly.
The TD Waterhouse Center is in need of major revamping. I am not really sold on a demo option. Who cares about the Magic. They won't improve their team, so why improve the arena for them, BUT there are major music acts that pass Orlando by simply because they have no place they feel comfortable playing in.
Many locals share the same opinion that the acoustics at TDW are bad. That would be the reason for my major support of a project like that.
Published: May 20, 2006 at 10:02 AMSo, now i will be stuck paying a additional tax and wont get one benefit at all!!!!!!!!!!
Published: May 22, 2006 at 1:23 AMI think it's really sad that they want to do this. Disney World has just lowered prices this year, trying to make it more affordable for families to be able to make this vacation. I live in Oregon, have never been to Disney World, and still can't afford to make the trip, even with all the specials. My daughter feels quite bad that she can't go, as some of her friends have been. But we have to pay airfare, hotels, food, and tickets. Now Florida wants to make it even more expensive! I save and save, but a single parent can just forget about a vacation to "The Happiest Place On Earth"!