Naming Rights Over Orlando Venues Still Cause for Friction Between Fans and Management

Yesterday, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Citrus Bowl might not be the Citrus Bowl for too much longer, possibly ending a local brand that is recognized by fans all over the state (that story HERE).

It’s no secret that naming rights over stadiums are big money and the names these venues have to adopt at times trigger the same emotion as a poorly named baby that has no voice in the matter. You feel embarrassed for them. Keep in mind that Orlando already has one of the most mocked venue names in the country.

This latest story is bound to reopen what is an already sore subject over naming rights. An argument that goes everywhere from where the direction the money from the venues built/renovated with taxpayer dollars goes, to the unwanted brand association a neighborhood inherits with it.

One of the toughest questions during the venues fight last year was why revenue generated by naming rights couldn’t be used to build the Orlando City’s new MLS stadium. It was a question the club couldn’t answer and not only did they still get the funds to build the stadium, they’ll sell those rights to whoever they like.

The same thing is happening here with the Citrus Bowl.

The Citrus Bowl was part of that huge 94.5 million dollar venues project that also greenlit the Soccer Stadium. That leaves only the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center as the lone non-commercialized component of that deal.

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Mayor Dyer said there wasn’t a public outcry over Tinker Field demolition plans on Sunday TV

Yesterday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer appeared on Central Florida Spotlight and spoke about the Citrus Bowl renovations as well as the possible destruction of Tinker Field.

The latter has been the source of much controversy. Many Orlando residents are fond of Tinker Field’s place in the history of the City Beautiful that has had many notable times including an event featuring Civil Rights Hero Martin Luther King Jr.

Mayor Dyer’s comments on that controversy was a little surprising.

“There wasn’t really any public outcry, there was a commissioner and the media a little bit but most of the citizens I’ve talked to are ‘why are you tearing that down now?’” thats at about the 2min mark of the interview.

There was in fact many reports and outcry on social media over the rushed plans to destroy Tinker Field.

He continued that workshops were being held to listen to voters and that he “was going to let it sit for now”.

The interview continued and he laid out the plans over Citrus Bowl Construction and the sequence of phases which would ultimately lead to a brand new chapter for a venue that’s 80 years old. The field is estimated to be game ready by November.

It’s good television. You can watch the whole interview below.

Interview with Derrick Wallace, Candidate for Orange County Commission District 6

Good Morning Everyone!

I’m happy to continue our interview series for the 2014 election cycle with Derrick “Shine” Wallace, Candidate for Orange County Commission District 6. Incumbent Tiffany Moore-Russell is termed out so the next leader for the District will be a new face on the board.

We spoke about several issues affecting the County and District 6 specifically. Here is what he had to say.

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FT: Mr. Wallace, thanks for taking the time to interview. You’ve been on
the campaign trail for a while now, what would say the voters are most
concerned about?

Derrick Wallace: Thank you for an opportunity to share my platform, thoughts, and my campaign action-plans, to make District 6, a great place to live and raise a family.
Orange County, like many others counties and cities across the U.S., is beginning to emerge from the
“Great Recession”. Ongoing investment in major projects such as the Dr. Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts, SunRail, Soccer Stadium and Lake Nona Medical Center suggest some improvement in economic conditions; however, far too many unemployed workers and every day people have not benefited from the recent economic recovery. and remain jobless and homeless. The voters in District 6 have shared the following concerns with me. Creating jobs and fostering economic development, providing greater educational opportunities, enhancing safety and security, affordable housing, and improving transportation infrastructure.

FT: Now you’ve said “For too long, we’ve allowed the fate of our neighborhoods to be determined by big out of state companies who burden us with their demands, offering minimum wage jobs as compensation” Could you elaborate? And tell us what you would do if elected?

Derrick Wallace: If elected, I will serve as the voice for those who have been marginalized and feel excluded. The future of District 6 depends on strong leadership to help residents get better paying jobs, training and better access to County government. I would vote favorably for the projects that are in the best interest of the orange county community, which includes District 6. I firmly believe that now is the time to ‘Build a strong community for orange county families’. Now is the time to break with “business as usual” for the residents of District 6 and build a community of opportunity for all. Now is the time for everyone to engage on the issues and work together in a cooperative manner to find a positive way forward – that’s true democracy.

FT: It seems the big Commission vote last year was the venues package that included funding to continue construction on the performing arts center, Citrus Bowl renovations, and money for the new MLS Soccer Stadium. What are your thoughts? And how would you have voted.

Derrick Wallace: I would have voted yes with stipulations, because certain ills are created by these venues. There are well over 1 million residents in Orange County and there are more than 57 million visitors each year. Tourist Development Tax (TDT) is part of the reason the City and the County are able to pay for the $94.5 million dollar venue package. I feel money should have been included to address some of the major issues that happen to be in District 6. All the money that was put in the deal was not TDT Funds. . There are basic social problems all around these venues, and the conditions in the surrounding communities are deplorable. The City and the MLS Soccer Organization put millions into the deal that had no restrictions. Funds could have been provided for Job training, Housing, and Homeless, which could be used to help District 6. I will call these impact dollars. The decision could have been made to build it someplace else, therefore no impact to the District 6 area. The plights of the people in District 6, as well as other districts, are invisible until a developer wants their land.

FT: You’re running in a crowded field. Why should District 6 voters pick you?

Derrick Wallace: Voters should vote for me, because I bring 30 years of proven leadership, business success, and the ability to bring the diverse elements in the community together. There is no other candidate who will work as hard as I will work. I love this community and I understand the needs of the community! My family, friends and I actually live in District 6. As a matter of fact, I have lived in District 6 all my life. Residents feel comfortable talking to me, and I am committed to making a difference. I will be their voice and make sure it is heard.

FT: As always, I like to end things on a positive note. What is something the voters might not know about you or your campaign?

Derrick Wallace: It is pretty well known that I am a successful businessman. For over 30 years, I have provided jobs and economic development opportunities to people in and out of District 6. I graduated from Jones High and FAMU (Magna Cum Laude) and my high school nickname is “Shine”. Perhaps the most important thing that voters should know is that I have a passion for this community and its people. I have lived my entire life in this district 6. As a result, I have been able to build a grassroot campaign, involving many of the residents of the district. I qualified by petitions in September, 2013. The use of technology is being maximized to enhance our campaign’s efforts. We even have our own Apple and Android mobile Apps. I am also so committed to the district that I have put my own funding into the campaign, which ensures that I am not obligated to any special interest, but only to the citizens of District 6.

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I’d like to thank Mr. Wallace for interviewing. This fall he’ll be running against Commission Aide Roberta Walton (her interview HERE), Metro Plan Director Virginia Whittington (her interview HERE), Homer Hartage, and Victoria Siplin. I’ve invited all of the candidates in every race to interview with FPFT. If you’re running, I’d love to talk to you!

Derrick Wallace

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Daisy Lynum drops reelection bid to support her Son in Orlando District 5 Contest

This morning 16 year Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum told the Orlando Sentinel that she will not be seeking reelection to District 5 (that story HERE).

The buzz began on Friday, when Lynum’s son, Juan filed to run for the seat and said “There won’t be two Lynums on the ballot” (that story HERE).

Commissioner Lynum has been under increased media scrutiny lately. She bolted from a community town hall before the Q/A when voters in the district were unhappy with noise pollution due to the Citrus Bowl renovations.

Juan Lynum will take his mother’s place and join Cynthia Harris and Regina Hill on the ballot. The race has been a bitter one with attacks flying back and forth between candidates. Hill has already jumped on the swap of family members in the race with a Facebook message that said “It’s about merit, not INHERITANCE”

Daisy Lynum pulled no punches when supporting her Son taking a last parting shot at her rivals. She told the Sentinel “There is no way I would allow those two thugs to proceed in the election by themselves,”.

She is expected to formally announce her intentions at this afternoon’s meetings. You’ll find those remarks here this evening.

Commissioner Lynum will not be seeking reelection and will support her son, Juan, as her possible successor

Commissioner Lynum will not be seeking reelection and will support her son, Juan, as her possible successor

Daisy Lynum’s Son files to Challenge her in Orlando Commission Race

The Orlando Sentinel (that story HERE) is reporting that Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum‘s son, Attorney Juan Lynum has filed papers to challenge her.

This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll seen a Son compete against his mother though. In the report, Juan Lynum says.. “We won’t see two Lynums on the ballot, I will withdraw come Monday if it’s not completely resolved within the next 72 hours exactly how this is going to play out.”

There are currently two other candidates who have filed to run against the 16 year Commissioner. Regina Hill and Cynthia Harris are battling Daisy in what has been a contentious campaign in District 5.

Social Media traffic indicates that the Mother will step down and clear the way for her Son but that hasn’t been confirmed.

This comes hours after a tense town hall meeting with constituents regarding the conditions in Parramore due to heavy construction caused by the renovation of the Citrus Bowl. Daisy Lynum left the town hall early and dodged questions from voter and reporters who attended the event. That story HERE.

I’ll keep an eye on this story for you and will update when developments occur.

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