Archive for April, 2007

A Magic Moment

GO MAG…oh sonofa-!

Oh well, at least they made a showing.

It’s About Time!

WFTV, Channel 9 here in Orlando, just broke the story that “Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum is under a state investigation for abusing her power.” because of her actions last June when her son was pulled over for driving with a broken headlight. Both Juan Lynum and his mother attempted to turn attention away from her actions (calling the police chief at home at 3am in the morning because her son was crying on his cell phone to mommy about being stopped) by claiming that the traffic stop was “racial profiling”.

Now the State Ethics Commission is investigating her actions.

It’s about time.

Now if someone would just investigate her for the arrogant attitude she displays whenever anyone calls her judgment into question, it would be a slam-dunk decision.

LBS Publications Getting Free Ride From City of Orlando?

If you blinked you would have missed this story. WDBO reported that a publishing company defaulted on a loan from the City of Orlando in 1997. So, the city is going to advertise with one of the company’s magazines to settle the debt. The more you look into this story, the more it stinks of political corruption. I know, amazing to hear something like that going on in Orlando. We NEVER have crooked politics going on here, Nooope, never!

In September of 1997 the city, then under Mayor Glenda Hood, came to a micro loan settlement agreement with LBS Publications for the $36,249.39 still owed. The payment schedule according to my calculations comes out to 0% interest and no penalty fees. Hell of a deal! In 2005, it looks like there was still trouble paying on the loan, however. And, of course, now we learn that loan is pretty much going to be forgiven for the entire amount. Oh, we are going to get $30,000 worth of advertising in Onyx Magazine. Yeah, that’s worth it. Could we just have the next $30,000 of advertising they sell? If the ads were truly worth anything, then they wouldn’t have to pay the city in ad space, now would they.

What’s truly stinky is the people associated with Onyx Magazine, LBS’s primary publication, contains some well known names that have more than a few connections in politics and power within this city. Names like Daisy Lynum, Homer Hartage, Harris Rosen and Byron Brooks pop up. So a ton of questions come to mind when a private company with so many obvious ties to money and power around here gets away without paying on a loan for over a decade only to essentially finally get waived off in the end. I think the citizens of Orlando deserve their $30,000. We could use that money towards helping the Police buy some equipment or something else more useful than a bunch of worthless magazine ads.

WrestleMania 24 is Coming to Orlando

Letttttttt’s get ready to rumbllllllle!!!

About 3 weeks ago City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Central Florida Sports Commission President John Saboor and World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon announced that WrestleMania 24, scheduled for Sunday, March 30, 2008, would be held at the Citrus Bowl Stadium.

wwe_logo.jpg For the past almost quarter century, WrestleMania has been considered the Super Bowl of professional wrestling, or as McMahon prefers to call it, “sports entertainment”. Dyer and Saboor estimated that the event would bring up to 60,000 visitors to the city for the pay-per-view card of matches that is broadcast around the world, as well as the Fan Axxess, media gatherings, conferences and Hall of Fame ceremony, all of which take place in the 5 days leading up to WrestleMania.

WrestleMania 23, which took place last Sunday in Detroit, Michigan, drew an estimated crowd of 80,000 to Detroit’s Ford Field (more than Super Bowl XL, by the way). And when you think about it, you know there was no other reason for all those people to be there, unless they wanted to come into town and watch all the laid off auto workers standing around on street corners. Let’s face it, when you think of a place to vacation, Detroit is not on your list of first choices. Not even the top 10. Orlando is an already established tourist destination with Worlds, Studios, Kingdoms and 3 for $10 T-shirt shops all over the place. Fans of McMahon’s brand of sports entertainment are going to LOVE coming here to enjoy all the other attractions we have to offer.

Officials also estimated that WrestleMania 24 would pump about $25 million into Orlando’s economy, but that estimate was before this past week’s WrestleMania, which brought in $30 million to Detroit. Given that figure, I’ll go on record (you can check the archives a year from now) that WrestleMania 24 will bring a minimum of $40 million into Orlando.

wwe_champion_cena.jpg WrestleMania events draw in people from all 50 states, as well as 23 foreign countries. Their website averages 16 million hits per month, so every time a visitor surfs over there, they’ll be seeing Orlando, Florida as the site of WrestleMania 24. There will be events over the next year leading up to WrestleMania 24 that will put Orlando in the spotlight on numerous occasions.

And, I have to admit, this was a pretty shrewd move on the part of Mayor Dyer (who apparently became the first city official to ever approach the WWE and ASK for WrestleMania to be held in their city), because he can use this to bolster his move to have the out-dated Citrus Bowl Stadium refurbished. Or maybe he’s just a fan of professional wrestling. I can just see hizzoner sitting down every Monday night at 9 pm to watch RAW and Friday night at 8 pm to see Smackdown. Anyway, the Citrus Bowl currently seats 70,000 (about 300 more if temporary stands are placed in the North end zone), but that’s in the stands and for this type of event, they can place the ring at the mid-field point and position chairs around it on the field and perhaps gain another 3,000 seats (that’s just a guess based on visual observation and assumption, I really have no educated estimate of how many seats could be added).

Sometime over the summer announcements will be made as to when tickets will go on sale. When they do go on sale, they typically sell out within a day so if you plan on going you’ll need to be online or at the ticket outlet that day. And if you can’t wait for a year to see the WWE here in Orlando, have no fear, they’ll be bringing their Smackdown brand show here on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at the Amway Arena (it still embarrasses me to call it that) with a bell time of 7:30 pm.

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