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August 22nd, 2008 4:03 PM by David W. Welch
Read the discussion sections in the media in Orlando, and you would think nothing is going right. You will find a ton of negativity about everything, and all I can say to these people is look around you. Orlando enjoys a quality of life that most people around the world cannot even comprehend. I heard a statistic that 95% of Americans will visit Orlando in their lifetime. People dream of coming here to spend a week or two. We get to live here.
I consider myself pretty lucky to be a lifetime resident of Central Florida. It has been a bit soggy around here thanks to Fay, but it beats shoveling snow. Here are just a couple of positive items in the news today. You can find them at www.OrlandoSentinel.com right on the front page. First, both of the major hospital systems here in town Orlando Health and Florida Hospital have been given permission to begin heart transplant programs. This makes Orlando the only city in the state to have two such programs. US News and World Report again ranked Winter Park's Rollins College #1 in the South for "masters universities". US News also ranked UCF #7 among up and coming universities. UCF is currently the sixth largest university in the country, and is opening a new medical school as part of Orlando's Bio-Medical city.
Add to these the performing arts, events and sports venues projects that are under way and commuter rail, and Orlando is truly a city that has a bright future.
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