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Big land deal near convention center fuels talk of new resorts

Big land deal near convention center fuels talk of new resorts

One of the largest tracts of vacant land in Orlando's tourism corridor will soon have a new owner – fueling speculation about a new theme park, giant resort or convention hotel. The property is about 400 acres, just north of the Orange County Convention Center. It has a troubled history, from financial and environmental standpoints. But the surging tourism economy and the settlement of a $235 million lawsuit have paved the way for something new. The property "exceeds the value of any housing project or mall. I would suggest its best use would be a resort or some kind of entertainment complex," said attorney Robert Cooke of Miami. Cooke represents the likely...

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