Over Governors Objection State Votes to Purchase Leased Space for Team Orlando

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Florida Cabinet on Tuesday voted to purchase almost 10 acres of land in central Florida that hosts a number of DOD tenants primarily focused on simulation.The purchase would allow DOD to reduce its leasing expense for Team Orlando as part of a state-led effort to retain Orlando’s defense simulation cluster in the event of a new BRAC round. DOD pays about $5.4 million annually in rent for 200,000 square feet of commercial space in Orlando.“In this current budget environment, that’s a terrible place to be,” Thomas Baptiste, president of the National Center for Simulation, told News4Jax.Last year, Baptiste told the Central Florida Partnership that he fears DOD could end its leases in Orlando and move to other federal or military sites that have spare capacity.“I’m going to tell you today, there will be another round of BRAC. As the other services get smaller, there are empty federal buildings all over this nation that could house pieces and parts of Team Orlando, and undermine the fabric that drives this $5 billion industry,” Baptiste said at the time.The Florida Defense Support Task Force has made moving DOD tenants into government-rate leases a top priority. The purchase would add 9.58 acres to the Central Florida Research Park, which sits next to the University of Central Florida campus and Naval Support Activity Orlando.Gov. Rick Scott (R) voted against the purchase, based on his opposition to the $13.9 million purchase price and not the effort’s objective, according to the story.last_img

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