One of the two commissioners of the Orange County Commissioner who voted against Tuesday’s approval of a $94 million Orlando City Soccer Club stadium has spoken out about the team’s claims that the project would produce $1.2 billion in economic impact over the next 30 years.
“The technical term for their (Orlando City’s) economic study is ‘twaddle.'” said Brummer on our Open Mike radio show Wednesday morning. “It reminds me of the old joke about CPAs and it goes like this: A client calls a CPA and says, ‘You’re a math expert, how much is 2 plus 2?’ And the CPA says to the client, ‘What did you have in mind?’
Best part of that joke: Brummer himself is a CPA.
That “our,” incidentally, refers to Orlando Sentinel columnist and ESPN radio host Mike Bianchi, who previously distinguished himself by writing when the Orlando Magic‘s $480 million in arena subsidies were approved that he “wanted to run up and high-five [Orlando mayor] Rich Crotty. Or put on one of those big foam fingers and start chanting, ‘Rich, Rich, he’s our man. He’s gonna pass this venue plan!’” Predictably, Bianchi is all in favor of the OCSC soccer deal, writing that “if you want to be a big-league city, you have to build venues to attract teams,” and also that “There are two things that bring a city together — tragedy and winning sports teams.” Bianchi did not comment on whether this means he’d also be in favor of subsidies to attract terrorist bombings.