The Orange County Tourist Development Council (TDC), the entity responsible for approving $25M in hotel tax revenue for Orlando City Soccer Club's proposed stadium plan, was scheduled to meet last Friday. However Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs' office confirmed this morning that the meeting was cancelled because a quorum could not be reached; meaning not enough attendees were present to vote on items. Sources tell us that the meeting will be rescheduled in the next few weeks which might bode very well with Orlando City's efforts.
If you remember back to the end of May, Jacobs sent a memo to club President Phil Rawlins stating her intention to "fast track" the review process of the funding request. As part of her memo she specifically mentioned the June 21st TDC meeting as being a bit "premature" for discussing the funding plan but that a "special meeting" would be called when necessary.
Our sources within Orange County are saying the meeting is being pushed back a couple of weeks to allow for Jacobs to review the fiscal and sector impact analysis developed by Visit Orlando for the stadium project. In lieu of having the regular TDC quarterly meeting on June 21st only to follow it with a "special meeting" a few weeks later the feeling is that the regular meeting could be slid out to allow all business to be handled at a single meeting.
Our report last week on the "Orlando City Timeline to MLS" mentioned that Visit Orlando "should be able to report on the Mayor's request soon" for impact analysis of the stadium. In addition, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was quoted as saying "I would anticipate that if we can get that (Orange County Funding) done in the next few weeks you could see a franchise awarded during the summer time."
And you thought the US Open Cup Quarterfinal on Wednesday was the only big news this week. We will continue to keep you posted on all of the latest Orlando City news as our team learns more.