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^^ Spenser1058, you really need to do a podcast or something like that; YouTube perhaps where you're getting paid to blog.  your analysis and commentary is truly a great thing.  No BS, I mean it.

Yes I am tourist but I usually avoid the theme parks but did go to Disney Springs.  I knew they were restricting crowd size but did not know they had temperature checks in order to get in and masks we

Orlando will host the Special Olympics USA games in 2022: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-ne-desantis-special-olympics-orlando-20190312-story.html From the Se

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Pillars rising out of the ground at the new Orlando Hilton. Land clearing on a large scale next to the UCF Rosen school of Hospitality. Sorry no pics, but will endeavor to do better next time. Along with the construction across from Shingle Creek, if your idea of a nice drive is by construction sites, this would be the place to make a picnic of it.

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regarding the new school impact fees just recently approved. does anybody know when they are going to take effect? i recently submitted plans for a single home building permit and it got rejected yesterday for lack of a few supplemental documents from my architect. i am turning in everything they wanted to the building dept tomorrow. i already have a tracking number and my application is dated from before this most recent orange county vote. do you all think there is a possibility that i am grandfathered into the old impact fees?

thanks in advance for your input.

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regarding the new school impact fees just recently approved. does anybody know when they are going to take effect? i recently submitted plans for a single home building permit and it got rejected yesterday for lack of a few supplemental documents from my architect. i am turning in everything they wanted to the building dept tomorrow. i already have a tracking number and my application is dated from before this most recent orange county vote. do you all think there is a possibility that i am grandfathered into the old impact fees?

thanks in advance for your input.

Shardoon, I would call the county (Planning) to make sure, but I think you would be ok. Looks like there is typically a 2 month lag even if you are not 'grandfathered' in. I believe you have to pay whatever impact fees are applicable when the permit is issued, however.

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Phillips View to tower over Sand Lake

Le Royal Development plans 15-story office building.

Orlando Business Journal - by Dan Ping Staff Writer

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$48 million, 15-story Class A office building on Sand Lake Road, next to the gourmet McDonalds.

the renderings only show about 11 floors. still, I'm pretty excited about this building. I think it will help define this neighborhood much the same way similar sized office bldgs. have defined other neighborhoods in other larger metros.

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I think it will help define this neighborhood much the same way similar sized office bldgs. have defined other neighborhoods in other larger metros.

Not so sure about that anymore. If you made this comment more than 3 years ago, I definitely would have agreed but now that Dellagio, Rialto, and the Whole Foods shopping center under construction--and with Walmart recently opening--there isn't much available land in that immediate area. And with most buildings along that stretch of west Sand Lake Road being constructed in the last 15 years, I don't think we're going to see anything get demolished anytime soon. That corner of Sand Lake and Turkey Lake is going to be a fine example of poor zoning and planning-- a mish-mash of Class A office, condos, retail, fast food, gas stations, strip malls, restaurants, and even a storage facility.

That said, I just heard today that a new office building has started construction at the corner of Dr. Phillips Blvd. and Della Dr. (across the street from Steinmart/Public Library).

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Universal Orlando hotel concept

From the Baker Barrios web site:

"The concept for this 1,800 room hotel incorporates a nod to classic and contemporary movies. This theme will be used as a backdrop for creating "two" hotels within one venue. Guests will be able to enter the different wings of the hotel and will experience this concept through the use of artwork, colors, textures, linens and props within the guestrooms and public corridors. The lobby will be shared by both wings and is an elegant interpretation of memorable lobbies depicted in some of Hollywood's classic movies."

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Premium Outlets-- Simon is expanding it with 35 new stores (118,000 sq ft) and the 4-story parking deck set to open in November 2008. not sure where exactly the new wing will go, unless they plan to raze part of the parking lot and put it there, hence the need for the garage...

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just a reminder of all the biggies currently U/C:

1. Prime Phase II

2. Hilton Grand Vacations-- Midtown (2 bldgs)

3. Hilton OCCC

4. Waldorf Hilton at Bonnet Creek (2 bldgs)

5. The Square- demo

6. Westin Imagine OCCC

7. Rialto

8. Dellagio

9. Whole Foods Plaza Dr. Phillips

10. Premium expansion

11. Lake Eve Resort- I-Drive

12. The Fountains- Idrive- expansion

13. Wyndham Bonnet Creek- expansion

14. Contemporary II

...there's more I know...

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it's good to see new proposals still coming out, like the Icon Celebration, the Universal hotel, etc... and don't forget... the design for The Square is for 4 towers fronting Universal Blvd. The billboard shows the graphic better than the website's front page...

My $$$ is on Peabody being the next to go up...

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it's good to see new proposals still coming out, like the Icon Celebration, the Universal hotel, etc... and don't forget... the design for The Square is for 4 towers fronting Universal Blvd. The billboard shows the graphic better than the website's front page...

My $$$ is on Peabody being the next to go up...

I thought I read somewhere that Icon Celebration is a bust.

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