Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Dyer-Jacobs Risk Scores 4.8 Mil Payday

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

On Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the city would receive a 4.8 million dollar check from the tourism tax that was a safety net for all of the big venue projects currently under construction or scheduled to begin in the future.

5 million dollars is a drop in the bucket for the renovations costing hundreds of millions of dollars but it’s a sign that the tourism is rebounding from hard economical times.

It’s also a reminder that the conflicting leadership styles of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Teresa Jacobs is a good thing for the region and one that can ensure the this town grows in a responsible manner that also keeps the financial house in order.

You can have both. You can grow and not break the bank, you’ve just got to have the leaders that offset one anothers approach without destroying the working relationship altogether. A tight rope walk? Yeah, but it’s the best of both worlds.

You’ll recall the showdown earlier this year over the renovations on the aging, okay, old Citrus Bowl. Citrus Sports officials were screaming and shouting that we would lose the bowl games if the renovations weren’t done. Dyer and Jacobs went to work and got the deal done. Now renovations will begin in 2014.

Shortly after Jacobs took office, she identified some budget shortfalls with the Performing Arts center. They moved some pieces around, collected private donations and granted after some jabs back and forth between the two Mayors in the media, it got done.

Both were due for some good news. Dyer was overshadowed by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist during the DNC and during President Barack Obama’s re-election efforts here in Central Florida that could stall his chances at going after the Governor’s mansion in 2014. Local Democrats are trying to turn county races partisan in an attempt to oust Jacobs and Vice-Mayor Jennifer Thompson in 2014 and looking for any excuse to fire up activists and draw negative publicity to Rosalind Ave.

This was a victory for both, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The complicated working relationship between Dyer and Jacobs has benefited the entire region.

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