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(NBC 2 Fort Myers)   State CFO proposes to International Olympic Committee to move 2021 Tokyo Olympics to Sunshine State because "Disney serves as an 'incredible model for how to run a complex organization in the midst of COVID-19.'"   (nbc-2.com) divider line
    More: Florida, Olympic Games, United States, Jimmy Patronis, Florida, Florida's Chief Financial Officer, 2008 Summer Olympics, Summer Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee  
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2021-01-25 2:35:33 PM  
Patronis said Disney serves as an "incredible model for how to run a complex organization in the midst of COVID-19."

If Disney's managed this well, it is despite DeSantis and do-nothing administration.  All around the Orlando area I see businesses picking up the slack and self-regulating.  I couldn't get a reservation for 10 for my deceased mother's "repast" dinner we held in lieu of a traditional funeral.

Because Florida is a tourist state, Patronis believes we have ample hotel capacity and "well-maintained" transportation networks that would be able to accommodate the 2021 Olympics.

Ummm...more like "constantly-maintained."  Traffic in Orlando is a mess, I-4 reconstruction is still endlessly continuing, and FDOT just bought a huge commercial property across from Disney (the biggest eminent domain seizure in US history) in order to deal with the traffic that place causes.

Plus maybe hosting the world here isn't such a smart idea.
 
2021-01-25 2:57:11 PM  
Florida's State CFO is merely adhering to the Sunshine State's truest and most consistent form.

Florida is a prostitute for tourist dollars. Period.

Florida's "in charge" folk, from Governor on down, will do and say anything if it means attracting tourists.

They know those people won't be here long enough to mean anything other than a hazy memory of how it cost so much for that one time.
 
2021-01-25 3:29:24 PM  
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2021-01-25 3:39:59 PM  
No. No no no.

This state has already f*cked up Covid response, we don't need any help making it worse

/vaccinated last week, thankfully.
//still masking up and staying home when I can
///f*ck Desantis
 
2021-01-25 3:47:09 PM  
Florida, if you want the Olympics you have to bribe. A lot.  Get it together.
 
2021-01-25 3:54:51 PM  
The US should dominate the Olympics in Florida, considering the travel restrictions would ban athletes from Brazil, most of Europe, South Africa, and Canada.
 
2021-01-25 3:57:12 PM  
I think blending people from all over the world so the virus can make multiple jumps and pick up variant DNA from all over the world is a fantastic idea.  Orlando can hit herd immunity in like a week!
 
2021-01-25 4:13:11 PM  

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You conveniently forgot to include the southbound arrows that showed everybody going down to Florida first.
 
2021-01-25 4:28:38 PM  
Tokyo has invested over 15 billion in USD already in preparation. I doubt Florida would help them cover that cost.
 
2021-01-25 4:41:25 PM  
Why the fark would Disney have anything to do with this? They're not in the business of collecting money for the IOC.
 
2021-01-25 5:03:00 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Why the fark would Disney have anything to do with this? They're not in the business of collecting money for the IOC.


That's what they want you to think
 
2021-01-25 5:05:59 PM  

Willie_One_Eye: Tokyo has invested over 15 billion in USD already in preparation. I doubt Florida would help them cover that cost.


Not mention a similar amount in bribes to land the games.

/ have the CFO go over and tell the Yakuza that he's taking their games
 
2021-01-25 5:34:39 PM  
Oh, the NBA bubble worked out well. But you only need five people to play basketball and some teams weren't even invited to the bubble. But the 2016 Olympics had over 10,000 athletes. It's not even close to comparable.
 
2021-01-25 5:36:18 PM  
If I was an Olympic athlete and I had to do some stupid lockdown games instead of Olympic Orgy Village, I woud be so sad and I had to go to Florida insteado Japan. Double Sad Panda
 
2021-01-25 6:16:39 PM  
That would likely lead to more deaths than if you ran the game in Tokyo.
 
2021-01-25 7:29:40 PM  
Stop trippin', trying to gazv the Olympics anywhere this year is foolish.
 
2021-01-25 9:58:24 PM  

snoopy2zero: If I was an Olympic athlete and I had to do some stupid lockdown games instead of Olympic Orgy Village, I woud be so sad and I had to go to Florida insteado Japan. Double Sad Panda


If you were a Japanese athlete you might be more excited about it.
 
2021-01-25 10:47:13 PM  
Minus the hot weather Orlando could easily host the games with the help of Tampa:
* Second most hotel rooms in US (Orlando only, many more in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, etc)
* Two major international airports (Orlando, Tampa)
* Major outdoor stadiums: Citrus Bowl, Raymond James, UCF Bounce House, Orlando MLS stadium
* Major indoor arenas: Lightning, Magic, USF, UCF (hell, Tropicana might be available if the Rays move or split time in Montreal)
* Second largest convention center in US (Orlando). Tampa has a sizable one as well
* Venues for oddball events like equestrian (Ocala) and sailing (Gulf of Mexico)
 
2021-01-26 1:01:41 AM  

iamskibibitz: Minus the hot weather Orlando could easily host the games with the help of Tampa:
* Second most hotel rooms in US (Orlando only, many more in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, etc)
* Two major international airports (Orlando, Tampa)
* Major outdoor stadiums: Citrus Bowl, Raymond James, UCF Bounce House, Orlando MLS stadium
* Major indoor arenas: Lightning, Magic, USF, UCF (hell, Tropicana might be available if the Rays move or split time in Montreal)
* Second largest convention center in US (Orlando). Tampa has a sizable one as well
* Venues for oddball events like equestrian (Ocala) and sailing (Gulf of Mexico)


Sailing in the Gulf of Mexico?  fark that. I want to see sailing in Lake Okeechobee, dodging alligators and pythons and shiat
 
2021-01-26 10:25:23 AM  

iamskibibitz: Minus the hot weather Orlando could easily host the games with the help of Tampa:
* Second most hotel rooms in US (Orlando only, many more in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, etc)
* Two major international airports (Orlando, Tampa)
* Major outdoor stadiums: Citrus Bowl, Raymond James, UCF Bounce House, Orlando MLS stadium
* Major indoor arenas: Lightning, Magic, USF, UCF (hell, Tropicana might be available if the Rays move or split time in Montreal)
* Second largest convention center in US (Orlando). Tampa has a sizable one as well
* Venues for oddball events like equestrian (Ocala) and sailing (Gulf of Mexico)


With the right preparations and no COVID there are definitely built-in advantages here.  I'd hate it like crazy being a resident (and even as someone who attended the Barcelona Games in '92).  Especially given I live right near the convention center, and almost a perfectly equidistant 4 miles from each of the three big theme parks.  But I can't deny the reality that we're a good place to host massive amounts of people.
 
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