October 23, 2014

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 5/6/2013

"We don't want locals."

-- Sam Vaidya, of the 18-room Victoria Inn Motel in Osceola County

Back when International Drive was a short dead end and Orange County's giant convention center was just a dream, U.S. Highway 192 in Osceola County was Walt Disney World's doorstep, the road most Disney-bound tourists cruised in search of an affordable motel and a meal.

But for more than a decade now, what was once the region's main tourist strip has been more like Disney World's doormat. Hammered by recessions and hurricanes, some motels double as homeless shelters; empty restaurants and shops rot in place; and small-time attractions barely cling to life.

Meanwhile, more and more tourists looking for affordable lodging are drawn instead to the growing number of "value-priced" hotel rooms on Disney property.

Osceola now wants to bring back U.S. 192's glory days with what may be its most-ambitious rescue attempt yet for the 15-mile-long tourism corridor, which has been the county's major source of jobs and revenue since Disney came to town more than four decades ago.

Read more at the Orlando Sentinel.

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Florida Orchestra's Michael Francis
Florida Orchestra's Michael Francis

Florida Orchestra's Michael Francis talks making music and a home.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

How much do you get into Halloween?

  • I'm into it - parties, decorating, theme parks, whatever I can fit in
  • I just participate for the kids
  • Boo - I keep the lights off to avoid trick-or-treaters

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe