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Orange Mayor Wants Visit Orlando To Be More Transparent

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has alerted the head of Visit Orlando that she wants to see details of a controversial deal with the U.S. Tennis Association.

Visit Orlando is a quasi-public agency that receives millions of dollars from a hotel tax. And in 2014 it entered into a multi-year marketing deal with the U.S. Tennis Association.

Little is known about the contract because the USTA has asked for confidentiality.

In her letter to Visit Orlando, Jacobs says she will ask the USTA to lift the confidentiality agreement. Her reasoning is that the contract is ending, and in order to boost public confidence in Visit Orlando analysis of the contract should be made public.

Jacobs also let Visit Orlando know that changes will be made to next year’s contract with Orange County to increase transparency.

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Catherine Welch

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Catherine Welch is news director at WMFE. Before moving to Florida she was news director at Rhode Island Public Radio. Previous roles as news director include WHQR in Wilmington NC and KBIA in Columbia MO. Catherine has won several regional Edward R. Murrow awards and awards from the Public Radio News Directors ... Read Full Bio »