Central Florida Roundup
Orlando envisions a sports-theme plan under an I-4 overpass
- The Orlando Ballet will seek a new leader after Executive Director Caroline Miller left the company in order to return to England and care for her critically ill father.
- Ken Potrock, a Disney senior vice president in charge of the company’s Disney Vacation Club timeshare division, became chairman of the Orlando Economic Partnership.
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — The city launched its own municipal electric utility.
CENTRAL FLORIDA — HCA Healthcare’s north Florida division will open three free-standing emergency rooms around the region over the next year, including two in Orlando and a third in Seminole County. HCA will also add two urgent-care clinics in Seminole County and two in Orange County.
KISSIMMEE — Valencia College, working in partnership with property management company Concord Rents, will introduce a two-year degree program in residential property management beginning in January 2018. Courses will be offered at the college’s Kissimmee campus.
LAKE COUNTY — The county school board adopted a policy requiring students to obtain parental permission before joining a student group. The new policy emerged after a court ruled the school district could not bar gaystraight alliance clubs in its middle schools.
MELBOURNE — Porter Airlines will start seasonal service between Orlando Melbourne International Airport and the Ontario cities of Ottawa and Windsor.
ORLANDO — A 150,000-sq.-ft. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games attraction opened on the International Drive tourist strip. Accounting firm Ernst & Young plans to create 150 jobs over the next five years in a new downtown office. Orlando ranks third in the country in the number of human trafficking calls per capita, according to a ranking of the 100 most populous cities in the nation compiled by the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Universal Orlando plans to hire another 3,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers. The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure attraction laid off 206 workers after the facility was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. Hyperloop One, the high-speed rail company conceived by Elon Musk, announced that Orlando-to-Miami was one of 10 routes nationwide that has advanced through an initial review. Orlando International Airport was the highest rated “mega airport” in the country for overall satisfaction by JD Power.
ST. CLOUD — Sun Terra Communities bought the 11,000-acre Harmony planned community from Starwood Land Ventures. Sun Terra will take over as master developer. The community is entitled for 7,200 residential units and nearly 1.9 million square feet of commercial, retail and industrial space.
SANFORD — Developer Sanford Waterfront Partners will begin redeveloping three city-owned blocks early next year into a mixed-use project called Heritage Park.
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