Friday, July 20, 2007

Parties, hangovers and propaganda

Posted on Fri, Jul 20, 2007 at 12:04 PM

So last night was the Best Of Orlando party. Per usual, we all got shitty and made fools of ourselves. Scott Maxwell was there and wrote a little something in his blog (how many "i's" are in my name, Scott?). I'd link to it but I'm too goddamn lazy at the moment.

(Oh, and Scott, just overheard some of the office's ladies in the break room a-chattering about how "hoooootttttt" you are. Just so you know.)

Anyway, so I walk into the office an hour ago and Jason Ferguson, who somehow got here on time, was all atwitter about this story in the morning's paper, which is another is the paper's seemingly endless stream of "reasons why the venues are totally bitchin and you need to get behind them right now, asshole" stories that I'm almost sure will run daily between now and Thursday, when the county commission is scheduled to vote on Rich DeVos' Golden Pleasure Domeâ?¢ and the companion projects.

Today's version - though I bet the authors would dispute my interpretation, but whatever - is sort of a warning shot across the bow to politicians: Vote for this, or you'll have to deal with us come election time. The paper asserts that if the venues go through unhitched, no one will run against Buddy but if not all hell will break loose. To wit: "But if Dyer -- who has already collected thousands in campaign contributions from the Orlando Magic and other venues supporters -- wins the vote, it could guarantee him an easy re-election in January. " As for the rest of those stupidhead jerkface doubters: "Some might not want to be the swing vote that kills a project supported by most of Central Florida's political, business and philanthropic leaders."

You hear that, pols? You've been duly warned. Don't cross the daily, OR FUCKING ELSE!

Jesus. So here's what's actually gonna happen. Bill Segal and a few of the other swing votes are going to make the Magic pay more - as Segal told me last night, "It's time to bend them over a little" - and agree to build the arena to LEED environmental standards, and it'll go through 6-1. The only question is how much the Magic will be bent over. $100 million seems a nice round number, but I've heard anything from $80 million to $125 million. All of which is better than the pitiful, insulting $50 million the Magic have offered thus far.

Hey DeVos, pay up or fuck off.

Hey Sentinel, why don't you lay off the veiled threats a little?

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