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Osceola County to partner in ChampionsGate expansion project

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer ChampionsGate is growing, and Osceola County, through investment of tourism dollars, will have a piece of the action. The Board of County Commissioners approved last week an agreement with Rida Associates, the development arm of ChampionsGate, that will see the county contribute $21.5 million in Tourist Development Taxes (TDT) toward the construction of a 100,000 square-foot conference center adjacent to the Omni Resort. As for

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  • Sports venues, arena thriving, county officials report

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County’s sports venues and largest arena had a very good second quarter, and they are primed for even more success the rest of this summer, according to county officials. Director of Sports Facilities Don Miers and Osceola Heritage Park General Manager Robb Larson reported the successes to the Board of Osceola County Commissioners at its regular meeting Monday. The two presented reports to the

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  • Silver Spurs earns third statewide honor

    Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:10 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer For the third year in a row, Venues Today, a trade publication in the venue industry, named the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee third in a list of the top five venues in Florida in gross revenue. According to the report, the arena took in $2.1 million in gross event receipts for the year-long period ending May 31, placing third among venues with a seating

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  • Plaza Del Sol promoting small business

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer With the goal of boosting small businesses and attracting local shoppers, Plaza Del Sol unveiled El Mercado in Kissimmee on Wednesday. Formally the Osceola Square Mall, Plaza Del Sol holds 34 local businesses under the look of a Latin village marketplace. Each storefront is painted in a different color, with decorative windows mounted above for the appearance of the shop’s “second floor” and all standing

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  • Proposed UCF sensor center a “game changer”

    Posted on June 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Commission Monday night voted to begin the process to build in the county an advanced manufacturing and laser sensor research center affiliated with the University of Central Florida. Leaders with the county, UCF and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council hope to create a groundbreaking facility that will aid in the creation of sensors that will do everything from powering devices, machines

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  • Get a free donut and read about the new Orlando skyline

    Posted on June 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Paris has the Eiffel Tower and New York, the Empire State Building, but soon the Orlando area may have two iconic structures in its skyline. Joining the Orlando Eye giant observation wheel, already under construction, is The Skyscraper, the world’s tallest roller coaster, the centerpiece for a new International Drive attraction called the Skyplex. Developers announced plans for The Skyscraper at Skyplex this week at

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  • New Broadway restaurant hopes to break mold in downtown area

    Posted on May 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer David Morales’ new business at the corner of Broadway and East Darlington Avenue finally is starting to look like the finished product — a bar and restaurant that, as, he sees it, will break the mold of the downtown Kissimmee scene. After 15 months of renovating, updating and painstaking worrying, Morales can see the finish line of the project, as Hatfield’s is scheduled to open

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