This evening, WFTV reported (Story HERE) that the Orlando City Soccer Club met with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs regarding support for the Soccer-only stadium to lure an MLS franchise to the city.
According to the report, both sides say the meeting went well but when asked about a promise for support for the stadium from Jacobs, the Team President couldn’t answer yes exactly. Jacobs only released a statement vowing to work further in trying to reach a solution that could benefit both sides.
If you’ve been writing about Jacobs as often as I do, you know that means… “We’ll see. I need more information and more time”.
It was the same kind of response she gave before discovering budget shortfalls with the new Performing Arts Center. She had to tear apart the numbers, before finally reaching a financially responsible solution.
It was the same kind of response she gave regarding renovations to the Citrus Bowl, before a negotiating a risk based deal, that tied renovations to tourist tax income. A risk that paid off.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was at the other end of those two venue projects and he’ll probably have to work with Jacobs again to make this stadium a reality. The City (of Orlando) has already bought the land for the stadium.
However Jacobs is the “down to earth pragmatic leader” which balances out Dyer’s “Caution to the wind, big city vision”. The best deals are the ones they both sign off on.
This is the first public step the franchise has taken since the set back at the close of the state’s legislative session, which saw a loaded agenda exclude a bill that would have funded a portion of the stadium with tax dollars.
They’ve also got one possible “no” vote from Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer, who is on the record, expressing concern over the logistics and numbers behind such a project.
As future developments occur, you can find them here.