Orlando City Soccer is going on the offense with less than one week until the vote that will make or break their dream of a major league soccer team in Orlando.
The team is using Twitter to target a different county commissioner each day of the week. The day before the vote they will urge voters to contact all county commissioners and ask them to vote yes. The soccer team is also using Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, trying to sway public opinion in its favor.
The soccer team's leaders are also meeting with individual county commissioners, trying to secure yes votes. A staffer for Commissioner Pete Clarke tells Fox 35 that Clarke met with team President Phil Rawlins and his staff Tuesday afternoon, and they have another meeting scheduled before next Tuesday's vote.
"Right at the moment, I'm a no," says Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer. He has questions about the soccer stadium project. Brummer is not sure the stadium will generate more tourist tax revenues than the twenty million dollars Orange County would invest in the project.
Brummer says, "No one has shown me that this is going to generate tourist tax dollars and so accordingly, I have to be a no right now."
Commissioners will not only vote on the stadium plan Tuesday. They will also vote on more money for the performing arts center, for Citrus Bowl renovations and for tourism and sports marketing in our area. Right now, county leaders are scheduled to take one vote to determine the fate of all these projects.
Brummer tells Fox 35 News he will make a motion to vote on each project separately if no other county commissioner does. He says, "So that you approve each of them, and that way you don't have to vote no on the entire package if there's one or two items with which you have a concern."
Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell says she is leaning toward a yes vote on the soccer stadium. She does not want separate votes on the list of projects looking for more tourist tax dollars.
"Do you support voting on it as one package?" Fox 35's Keith Landry asked. She replied, "I do. I think we should support it in its one package because it has several items in it, and I think we should support it as a whole."
Five of seven commissioners will have to vote yes for the soccer stadium and the other projects to get their money. Analysts tell Fox 35 News it's not clear if there are five yes votes at this point.
The critical vote will be held next Tuesday afternoon at the Orange County Commission chambers. There will be a public hearing if you want to make your voice heard on this critical issue.