Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Orlando Science Center request for funding gets cool response from county

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

click to enlarge Sorry, Orlando Science Center. We have stadiums to build and conventions to attract.
  • Sorry, Orlando Science Center. We have stadiums to build and conventions to attract.

Sorry, Orlando Science Center. We have stadiums to build and conventions to attract.

On the list of things Orlando and Orange County have agreed to help fund lately:

Sports tourism ($2.5 million dedicated to lure more events to Orlando – perhaps that's why Mayor Buddy Dyer was in Dubai and Turkey earlier this year).

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts ($25 million paid out to complete the center by 2018)

The Citrus Bowl ($191 million in renovations, plus $12 million dedicated to making it a premier destination for major sporting events)

The Orange County Convention Center (an additional $10 million in renovations approved recently)

On the short list of things Orlando and Orange County balks at funding? $10 to $12 million for improvements to the Orlando Science Center. No, that's just a "huge ask." We can't be expected to fund a center that's geared mostly toward families and school-aged children. We have sporting events to woo and conventioneers to attract!

Read more on how the Orange County Commission responded when the Orlando Science Center asked for help funding major upgrades to its facilities in the Sentinel. We'll be over here shaking our heads.


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