| January 15, 2009 | 8 Replies

I hate to say it – but I was right.

Okay, so a few weeks ago I went off on one my rants on the show about how our wonderful county government was spending the hotel tax.  Money that was supposed to go to support tourism is being funneled into projects that had nothing to do with tourism – like the Orlando Magic, and the new Performing Arts Center they want to build here.  If memory serves me correctly, I said that without tourism dollars to generate the taxes (sales and occupancy) that the money would dry up and everything would suffer.

Well guess what.  It has.

WFTV news here in Orlando ran a report last night outlining the massive spending cuts the city of Orlando has to make because there isn’t enough tourist revenue coming in.

They’ll be cutting fire services, school services, county services – but you know what isn’t going to get cut??  Guess…just take a WILD FREAKIN’ GUESS what singular project CAN’T be touched because of a ‘legal loophole’.  You guessed it – THE ARENA FOR THE ORLANDO MAGIC!!!  (CLICK HERE for the news video)

That’s right – it’s going to take the fire department longer to get to my house if (god forbid) it catches fire, it’s going to take the police longer to get to my house if (god forbid) I get burglarized and every school system in the area is going to lose tens of millions of dollars – but the UTTERLY USELESS Orlando Magic will have their precious arena.  And before any of you “Magic Cheerleaders” start writing me with your nonsense about how important the Magic are to Orlando – just save it.  Not even you can justify spending money on that arena in exchange for vital county services, let alone using the money for what it was originally intended for – TOURISM.

I love the part where Orange County “Mayor”, Rich Crotty, tells the reporter that projections on these projects were all based on improved tourism revenue.  Yet, the money that was supposed to go to support that was diverted to completely unrelated projects.  Is it brain damage?  Dementia?  Or are they just plain STUPID.  I’m guessing it’s the latter.


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