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Kosher Restaurants in Orlando FL,

Does one have to be Jewish in order to try some good Kosher Food? There are no prerequisites to dine out at some Kosher restaurants while visiting Orlando Florida. Anyone who just wants to eat some good clean meal and have a peace of mind try these following Kosher restaurants while visiting in Orlando, Florida.

Lower East Side Restaurant 2.0:

Tel #: 407-465-0565 –

Lower East side came to  Orlando 20 years ago, has served so far, more than 1,085,000 meals, here in the Magic City. Dedicated service for Kosher Traveler and his/hers needs: like Shul, Glatt Kosher food and accommodations (hotels and villas), for groups, families, individuals and conventions.

Parallel to the Dine-in at the restaurant, they have developed a service for the growing demand of the Specialty Food, serving most of the fine Hotels and Five Star Restaurants, all under “one hat”, wearing the “other hat”.

KOSHER GRILL (FORMERLY KOSHER ON WHEELS)

CHABAD OF SOUTH ORLANDO

  • Located 8-miles north of Disney World, or a plesant 10-minute drive by car from Blue Heron.
  • R’ Yosef Koniknov
  • 7504 Universal Blvd.
  • Orlando, FL 32819
  • (407) 354-3660
  • Orlando, FL 32836

Orlando Shul & Beit Medrash

  • Located One-Mile from Blue Heron, it is a 20-minute walking distance on Shabbos.
  • Shacharis: Sunday – Friday at 7:30 AM
  • Mincha: 15 min before Shekiha
  • Maariv: One hour after Mincha
  • Shabbos & Chagim/Yom Tov: Please Call 407-238–7755
  • 8550 Palm Parkway
  • Orlando, FL 32836

Jerusalem Kosher Restaurant

  • 366 W Granada Blvd
  • Ormond Beach (Daytona Beach), FL 32174
  • (386) 671-0033
  • Separate Milk/Meat restaurant & Grocery w/ Cholov Yisroel Milk & Cheese.
  • (60 minute drive from Orlando).

Kosher Culinary Orlando

  • Phone: 407-354-1296
  • Address: 7508 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday to Thursday 2pm – 10pm, Friday 12pm – 5pm, Saturday Closed
  • Located on Universal Blvd, convenient to convention center, attractions and resorts.
  • Kosher Culinary caters to your gastronomic needs with the freshest products.
  • All production is done under Mashgiach supervision. Meats are Glatt Kosher and Chassidishe Shechita, breads are Pas Yisrael

 

Kosher Traveler Tips:

Traveling to a very popular vacation area is very exciting and fun, but at the same time keeping to Kosher dietary laws make it somewhat challenging. Kosher food is by far the largest challenge. Good News! Kosher food is available and it is easy to find.

Our advice is to call the above establishments and get a good understanding of what you can buy from them.

The Lower East Side Grill is by far the closest to both our resorts and Disney World and pretty much has everything you may need. As a start they sell boxed lunches and dinners which are perfect for all your day trips to parks etc. They have a full size meat restaurant and an on site shul ( Dinner/Mincha & Marriv- sounds great).

Cholov Yisroel milk is also available in Orlando, please ask for availability. On Thursdays and Fridays they sell a full Shabbas take out menu so you don’t have to cook while on vacation. The other restaurants sound great and offer Shabbos food as well as Disney meals.

 

 

 

 

Orlando Florida Attractions- 40 places to visit

Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World theme parks attract millions to the Orlando, Florida area every year.  We love the energy of the big parks, however we wonder if there are  other fun and interesting things to do and see in “The City Beautiful.”

Should you travel to Central Florida area for the day, a weekend or longer, try visiting any of these 40 places to get a real taste of the real Orlando.

1. Ride out to see the  Orlando Magic basketball game or see a concert in the new Amway Arena.

2. Shop at a bevy of premium outlet malls.

3. Visit the Morse Museum of American Art and marvel at the Tiffany glassworks.

4. Visit the beautiful scenic Lake Eola and feed the ducks and swans.

5. Drink,  and dine  upscale shops on Winter Park’s Park Avenue Historical District.

6. See a movie and get a nice meal at  Plaza Cinema Café.

7. Experience the pontoon boat ride through Lake Osceola and gaze at lovely historic homes and natural Florida beauty on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.

8. Visiingt the Mennello Museum of American Folk Art and admire paintings by artist Earl Cunningham.

9. Dine at TheRavenous Pig restaurant and ask for some “ugly ends.”

10. Paddle the swan boats around Lake Eola.

11. enjoy the 150,000-square-feet of shopping and fun, and a 7,000-gallon super aquarium by visiting Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

12. See endangered amur leopards and other fascinating animals at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

13. Shop and till you drop at the Mall at Millenia.

14. Explore  like a scientist by visiting the Orlando Science Center- learn about the mysteries of outer space at the Crosby Observatory.

15. Forget the Diet and have a cupcake at Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly bakery, created by owner Hollis Wilder, a two-time winner of The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

16. Dress elegantly and take an i4 Orlando Mercedes Benz to visit the Bob Carr Theater.

17. Treat yourself a gourmet burger at Hamburger Mary’s on Historic Church Street.

18. Walk, jog, bike or roller blade around Lake Baldwin.

19. Hey sushi fans come try sushi nd other fine Japanese cuisine at Ichiban downtown.

20. Tour the picturesque Rollins College campus in Winter Park.

21. Bowl, dance, play video games and more at the Firkin & Kegler Family Entertainment Center.

22. Visit Wells’ Built Museum of African American History.

23.  Hire i4 Limo so you can enjoy dinner and drinks your movie at the Enzian Theatre

24. Explore the city on the 3 ½-mile Cady Way Park and Trail.

25. Health conscious with a vegan meal and some delicious brew at Dandielion Communitea Café.

26. Visit Pioneer Museum and trace Osceola County’s history.

27. Enjoy 700 acres of wild Florida at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

28.  Come and visit the Holocaust Memorial Center, one of the oldest Holocaust museums in the nation, founded in 1982.

29. Explore three miles of paved scenic walkways through 50 acres of Old Florida-styled gardens at Harry P. Leu Gardens.

30. Don’t have to go to Asia to try Vietnamese cuisine- try the finest at Little Saigon.

31. Visit Cornell Fine Arts Museum located on the Rollins College campus in Winter Park.

32. Tour the internationally acclaimed Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.

33. Visit the Tupperware Museum of Historic Food Containers.

34. Hike through 5.22-acre Kraft Azalea Garden.

35. Play miniature golf at Congo River Adventure Golf and explore caves and waterfalls in a lush tropical environment.

36. Interact with animals at the Green Meadows Petting Farm.

37. Visit the Train Land International Trolley & Train Museum, with one of the nation’s largest indoor tracks.

38. Cook your own food at the table on a sizzling rock or in a boiling pot at Colorado Fondue.

39. Get close to Florida’s favorite reptile at Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World.

40. Walk, sit and dream under the sprawling old oak on Princeton Ave., believed to be around 800 years old.

 

Uber Review NYC are less than 3 stars despite self written Uber reviews

Uber Review NYC are less than 3 stars despite self written Uber Reviews

Despite Uber’s hundreds of self written reviews, and positive paid press releases, Uber cannot  rank higher than 3.0 star ratings. With all of the combined reviews on Yelp and other web directories, Uber can not  obtain an average rating greater than 3.0. While some of the positive reviews may be helpful, but there are too many positive reviews which are more of self written promotional Uber ads. These self promos all have one thing in common.

All of these positive 5 star reviews suggest the same thing, and all offer a $20.00 promotional code within the review. Examples of similarity are, how Uber is better and cheaper than taxis, or the exceptional driver experiences about Uber drivers and how Uber drivers offer in car amenities. Towards the end, they all have $20.00 sign up promo codes.  So these reviews seem to be questionable, however they do help boost the average rating for Uber. Then there are negative reviews written on Uber.

Some of these negative reviews are funny, but most of these negative reviews are unique from one another and they present legitimate concerns. For example,  negative reviews address Uber drivers lack of experience, price gouging,  drivers canceling rides causing  consumers to be stranded and or late, shady drivers taking longer routes, sexual harassment, and other issues.  Lets start by examining three positive and three negative reviews extracted from Yelp’s online directory in the NY section.

POSITIVE REVIEWS (5stars)

  1. Uber is an awesome car service. Such a GREAT concept. Nice drivers and clean cars and it’s half the price of a cab. They pick you up quickly. I will never call a yellow cab again! Download the app and use promo code UEU5B for $20 in FREE ride credits for new sign-ups. Wriiten by Steve B on March 29th 2014Yelp NY

  2. solid. just saved either 20 or 30 bucks by taking this from the airport. also – use the promo code “kiqne” gives u 20 bucks off the first ride. Thx written by Jake S. On March 28th 2014-Yelp-NY

  3. I would HIGHLY recommend Uber, above all other car services to people of ANY financial background. Uber gives three options: UberX (cheapest normal cars), black (luxury), and luxury SUV. They don’t just cater to young people–they cater to anybody. The greatest parts of Uber: 1. Free drinks in the car many times 2. All transactions are electronic 3. You can track where your ride is coming from with an estimated time arrival via the application’s GPS 4. Tip is optional 5. You can get $20 FOR FREE just by signing up now! Once you try it you’ll know what I’m talking about. Just register and leave the $20 for when you’ll need it, because the credits stay in your account whether you download the application or not. Here is the $20 promotion code: uber.com/invite/95qda

NEGATIVE REVIEWS: (2 star and below- Yelp does not allow reviews less than 1 star)

  1. I was a huge fan of Uber for quite some time but the recent quality of drivers, ridiculous surge pricing and decline in overall customer service has changed my mind. After a particularly terrible experience this morning, I have deleted the app and will not give them one more cent of my money. Written by Amber B. On March 13th 2014Yelp NY

  2. Uber totally sucks!! Don’t depend on their customer support team if you’re in an urgent situation and something goes wrong. I’ve been stranded for FOUR hours and I haven’t received an email reply addressing my inability to request a ride through the app. They could care less about their customers and don’t respond in a “timely fashion” as they promise they would. It’s almost the end of the business day and Im still stuck outside waiting in the cold

    written by Chris P. On February 12th 2014Yelp NY

  3. I took a taxi ride home on a Saturday night, but not particularly late (just past midnight). I selected to be picked up through the UberX program, which is allegedly the least expensive option. I took my taxi just over 4 miles to my home and was appalled to see that $48 had been taken from my card (on automatic payment with Uber’s program) to pay for the ride. This struck me as an absurd amount of money, particularly after having made the same journey several times before, and thus expecting a total of $15-$17.
    The receipt detailed this to be due to a 3.75 surge charge, of which I was NOT notified before or upon entering the cab. Had I known this surge charge would exist, I would have taken literally any other mode of transportation home. What could possibly be the reason to charge an unknown customer 3.75 times the normal fare for a 4 mile journey? It wasn’t Halloween. It wasn’t raining or snowing. It wasn’t 3 in the morning. It wasn’t New Years Eve.
    When I filed a complaint with Uber (over email, as they do not care enough about their customer service to invest in a phone line), it took several tries for them to respond. When they did, it took much arguing to convince them to reduce the rate. Even still, they only reduced the rate by 20%, bringing my total to $38, which is still over DOUBLE the normal amount.
    Uber has proven themselves to be dishonest and to have poor customer service. I will never make the mistake of using this service again and neither should you.

    Written by Melodie P. On December 17th 2013NY Yelp

 

We have been examining Uber’s ratings since 2011 to better understand Uber’s business model. Over the years, we have discovered the  positive reviews were very common and are more an advert for Uber, whereas the negative reviews present legitimate concerns. Despite the 5 star reviews written by Uber, the average rating for Uber has been between 2.5 and 3.5 on a given month. I find more troubling is when Uber claiming that any one of  their drivers who fall below 4.6 out of a perfect 5.0  are deactivated from their driver network.  If this were to be true, why are people posting negative reviews  and about their poor experiences? Why are these negative reviews found in NY,  San Francisco, Austin TX and so many other city searches on Yelp and other online directories? Are all of these people difficult or high maintenance in all of these cities?

Shop till you drop, without all the hassle? Call a Professional Chauffeur Service!

Orlando is home to some of the most upscale shopping venues in Florida. With low sales tax and over 2 outlet malls you are going to need some way and someone to help you hit them all inside of a small window of time if you are on vacation in the central florida area. Here are Orlando’s major malls and a little about them with links to their websites:

The Mall at Millenia: Upscale shops as well as traditional mall shops that takes the best fashion labels and some of the most unique dining experiences to the next level. Theres even an ikea right next door with the largest show floor in the state. Home to only Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom stores in Orlando. A MUST SEE!    

The Florida Mall Florida Mall is one of the largest malls in the state, anchored by Macys, Dillards, JC Penney, Sears with a large selection of specialty stores. always a deal to pick up in this paradise for the shopaholic! From shoes to a custom name belt buckle that blinks, you will find something for you or for those at home. (Minus the usual T-shirt)

Festival Bay Mall at International Drive– Not the best choice for shopping but if glow in the dark golf and a movie is what you are looking for then this mall comes with the perfect companion: Fuddruckers! The theater at this mall is never crowded and the likelihood is that you will find the perfect seat.

Orlando Premium Outlets  1:Vineland Avenue bottom end of International Drive, keep going past Sea World. This is an outlet mall where huge discounts can be had! It has many unusual and exclusive outlets, including the only Baccarat/ Lalique outlet in the world. My Personal Favorite: FCUK ( French Connection UK)

Orlando Premium Outlets 2: The mall that was formerly the Belz Mall at the Northern end of International Drive is now another Orlando Premium Outlets. Another huge outlet mall that has recently been renovated and expanded. This mall has some great stores too and outdoor entertainment! The Movado outlet has Ebel, Lacoste and Juicy Couture watches at amazing prices. At Nautica, the staff is trained to help you “style” your look… best thing is that right next door you have FESTIVAL BAY MALL!

Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet Stores www.lbvfs.com Another outlet mall. This is the home of the great Vanity Fair outlet, source of many well- known brands including Lee and Jansport among others. It is far less crowded than the other malls, so head there if you don’t like crowds.

Pointe Orlando on International Drive  Shopping, dining and entertainment. This mall is right in the middle of the action and international drive. It showcases the citys largest Imax Screen. (4 stories tall) dinner won’t be a problem at this hub of activity. From the world famous wings at Hooters to Taverna Opa where you can really party like a greek, you have it all! Even an upside down building known as wonder works.   

Orlando Fashion Square Mall (Mostly Locals/Near Downtown) local fashions and great prices.

 

Do not forget to allow for sales tax in addition to the price on the ticket. (6%) Some malls will allow you to sign up for even greater savings, e.g if you register with the Premium Outlets website you can easily print off a coupon which when presented at the Information Desk in the Food Court, will entitle you to a book of coupons allowing even more savings!

Many of the tourist maps and booklets also feature such vouchers. you can find theses at any of the malls customer services desk.

In Macy’s, foreign visitors will be able to register for a 11% discount card, just go to customer services with id such as a passport or driver’s licence.

Make sure you bring a credit card and a couple of empty suitcases to load in the car. My advice is to use a reputable Chauffeur service. Order a sedan from http://i4limoservice.com/  to take you around from place to place. You won’t want to drive and you will want to save your energy. besides, who better to take you around then a local!

How much is Marco Rubio paid as an Uber spokes person?

Florida State Senator Marco Rubio has stepped up efforts in representation for Uber, by making special trips to Washington, lobbying on behalf of Uber. How can Marco Rubio represent Uber considering that this rogue app has so many legal issues that require a resolve? Is Marco Rubio paid for lobbying on behalf of Uber? It makes no sense, how he can lobby for them knowing all the legal issues surrounding Uber.

Uber is a transportation broker, which does not own or operate, nor do they have any control on the vehicles that participate on their mobile app network.  Here are list of issues and loopholes that Uber should resolve prior to having Rubio speak on their behalf.

  1. Uber should end any and all price gouging practices- which they refer to surge pricing- and ensure users ethical business standards
  2. hire only drivers who pass a thorough criminal back round check- ensure rider safety
  3. routinely conduct drug tests on the drivers- ensure public safety
  4. inspect all cars operating on their network via an authorized and licensed  repair facility not visual inspections- ensure public safety
  5. Uber should not use the privately licensed vehicles to conduct point to point taxi services -UberX cars are not insured and licensed and registered as taxi or for hire car services
  6. Uber should resolve amicably  on outstanding lawsuits in San Francisco and Boston brought on by their former drivers who were cheated out of tips.
  7. Uber should apply for central dispatch base licenses in any municipality it wants to operate.
  8. Uber should NOT apply for central dispatch base licenses other than the name Uber Technologies. For example in New York City, they have held for hire vehicle base licenses under the names “Weitter LLC”,  “Schmeker LLC”, “Unter LLC”- this is one legal way of bypassing legal liability.
  9. Uber should carry liability insurance under their name ” Uber Technologies Inc”, not Raiser
  10. Uber should carry an insurance liability other than the insurance which is based in Bermuda and has offshore bank accounts and backed by Goldman Sachs, which has funded Uber.
  11. Uber should also settle the outstanding lawsuit against it for killing a 6 year old on New Years Eve in San Francisco, and injury others.
  12. Uber should not advertise as a taxi service if it is operating itself as a car service or a luxury limousine service.
  13. End  practice of sabotaging competitors mobile car hailing apps, ( as it has done in NYC with Gett)

Uber has other legal issues that it must resolve in Canada, France, China, and many US cities.

So the question is, how much money is Marco Rubio being paid to be the official Uber spokes person? After all, when examining Marco Rubio’s personal history of  using state credit card for personal expenses, having close ties with financial thugs. In addition, Rubio’s false claims about his families emigrating to US during Fidel Castro, whereas the records indicate that his family came 2 years prior to Castro taking over Cuba begin to raise an eyebrow on Marco Rubio.

The big question is Marco Rubio, how much money are you being paid when everyone knowing the legal issues surrounding Uber Technologies?

 

 

thatUber has encountered  criminal drivers, bypassing taxi licensing and regulations, and even not having insurance. Most recently, Uber claimed to have purchased A MILLION dollar insurance liability but withheld it’s so called liability insurance from public, until it was leaked. The

Hottest Night clubs in Orlando Florida

When one is  seeking nightlife in the sunshine state of Florida, there is our perception that  we must nightclub in Miami. Well to some extent there is some truth to this- but this does not mean that there is no Night clubs in Orlando. Orlando comes alive at night as well. If you’re in town for a meeting, you do not want to travel far, then hit Orlando’s nightclub scene, Visit these Orange County Convention Center-area clubs to experience a taste of Orlando’s exciting nightlife.

ICEBAR Here is the perfect solution for those who are overheated, ICEBAR is the largest permanent bar made of ice in the world. Fifty tons of carved ice, including ice seats and ice sculptures, create a makeshift Arctic wonderland that doubles as a vodka lover’s paradise. With the bar’s temperature fixed at a bone-chilling 27 degrees, guests are advised to visit the bar in 45-minute intervals, and are outfitted with thermal jackets and scarves before entering. If accomplishing something other than frostbite in those 45 minutes is your goal, try one of ICEBAR’s Penguin Pizz drinks — a creative, ever-changing    orlando-nightclubs-icebar_196x147

FIRE LOUNGE- Fire lounge is the bar when we are done with the winter experience at ICEBAR.

Fire Lounge is one of the Orlando area’s hottest nightclubs, with DJ Sher Khan spinning tunes to keep people partying till the wee hours of the night. Along with its colorful light show, Fire Lounge offers a full-service bar, VIP areas and bottle service.

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Backstage Night Club and Sports Barorlando-nightclubs-backstage_196x147Hidden back there in the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Backstage NightClub is a high energy nightclub with Live music and the finest Orlando Theme nights. The parties range from he 70’s, 80’s, ladies night, and so much more. Backstage has something going on 7 nights a week. Featuring nightly drink specials, bottle service and VIP areas, the versatile club attracts a hip crowd of both locals and tourists. The venue also doubles as a viable option for viewing major sporting events with a collection of 6 50-inch HD televisions.

LATIN QUARTER- No Spanish speaking requirements needed to experience a Latin club. Every Thursday through Saturday, Latin Quarter turns into Orlando’s most popular Latin club. Visitors from all over the world flock to Orlando’s Universal CityWalk venue to show off their best salsa and merengue dance moves — and to bear witness to the impressive spectacle on the Latin Quarter patio. Fueled by top salsa and reggaeton music, the dancing routinely goes all night long, alongside a full-service bar that lets patrons refresh with tasty Latin-inspired drinks including  mojitos, sangria and daiquiris

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LUX- Lux for Luxury. Today we are living in a day when we text LOL and LMAO, so Luxury bar made it easy by calling their bar LUX. Lux lives up to its name by providing a swanky nightclub experience fully equipped with live DJs, VIP tables and bottle service. Equal parts dance club and ultra-lounge, Lux accommodates people who want to dance the night away or just sit back and pop bottles. It’s not uncommon for club promoters to plan specialty nights, including white parties for LGBT communities, bottles and bikini parties, as well as the very popular Carnival-style soca raves. orlando-nightclubs-lux_196x147

enjoy the night life while staying in Orlando, drink responsibly, and please do not drink and drive. Please arrange a taxi, car service or a limo in advance for any and all of your nightlife in Orlando.

 
Lux Night Club

Florida Limo Service Operators seeing more revenue growth

ORLANDO, Fla. — Besides California and Nevada, no other state took the recession harder than Florida. It was a Ground Zero for the mortgage bubble collapse, which burst across the state.

Although the slump officially ended in June 2009, the recovery has been slow and bumpy for the Florida limo service operators. Today, all indicators are turning positive for the future of the chauffeured transportation industry.
During a January visit to Florida operators and industry suppliers in the Tampa Bay area, Orlando, Ft. Myers and Miami, the mood was upbeat as business has increased statewide. Of course, not all operators are smiling — especially some small-fleet companies that grind it out every day for tight profit margins, but generally the business for 2014 and beyond is healthy, interviewees say.

In addition to a general uptick in the state’s economy, other contributing factors spurring growth for private transportation operators include increases in tourism, conventions (slightly), airport expansion, corporate business and farm-out business.

Orlando, the biggest region for tourism, has had three straight record years, welcoming more than 57 million visitors in 2013. It has been cited as one of the fastest growing cities in the country, now topping two million residents. The Miami region is recovering as high-end visitors from South America, Russia and Europe don’t blink at $1,000 per night luxury hotels and some rent penthouse suites, such as one at The Setai, that costs a mere $32,000 — per night. Further north, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is undergoing a $2.3-billion expansion, which will better compete against the bustling Miami International Airport.

On the flip side, Florida operators also are paying more for airport fees and fuel. A surge in insurance costs is a common topic of concern coupled with the state’s recent stepped up enforcement — and fines — on operators who are not DOT compliant.

to read the entire article on LCT Magazine: click here

 

 

Condo Hotel Investment in Orlando Florida

A condo hotel investment is one way where one can  own vacation property and break even or make money as opposed to incurring fixed costs of owning a vacant property. Condo hotels are becoming pretty popular in Orlando in recent years.  Orlando has become a top vacation spot in Florida and demand for rentals has risen. With a condo hotel, you will get more money for rentals than you would with many other types of property and can easily be managed by the onsite management.

Condo hotel units are larger in Orlando than the condos in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The reasons being they are less expensive per square foot here than in south Florida. In Orlando, prices are between four hundred and seven hundred dollars per square foot. In south Florida, this price jumps to between one thousand and two thousand per square foot.

How a Condo Hotel Investment Works

Condo hotels are rise  luxury hotel properties. These properties are partial hotel and partially owned. These hotel condos are usually managed  by large hotel companies, such as Hilton, Trump, Hyatt or Four Seasons. They offer the amenities and services that are typical of five star hotels. Most have spas, pools, fine dining, laundry service and room service.

By purchasing the condo, it available for personal vacation use when you want to vacation in Orlando. The condo hotel also offers  a rental program which is managed by the onsite management. This management  is responsible for renting through various marketing third party sites, and they are responsible for maintenance and cleaning.  The management takes 30% of revenue as management fee, deducting all cleaning, maintenance fees and property taxes and depositing the difference in the owners account. There are terms and conditions which vary between management and it should be checked to get the best deal.

The best deals can be found prior to the beginning of construction and in the very early stages of construction. After this phase, the cost of ownership increases dramatically. Some tend to sell out fast, so you need to get in early to get the best price and be sure to get a space in the hotel of your choice. This is especially true in areas with a high rate of tourism, such as Orlando and other large cities in Florida.

Who Pays What in a Condo Hotel Investment?

There are a variety of expenses involved in a condo hotel. Some of these fees are paid by the owner and others are paid by the operator of the hotel. The owner pays all the taxes and insurance on the unit. Any improvements that are needed, or wanted in the unit are the responsibility of the owner as well. If you need new tile in the bathroom, you will be responsible for paying the bill for the installation.

The operator pays the operating expenses of the hotel. This includes all administrative costs and marketing, such as advertising the units for rental. In addition, the costs incurred for housekeeping are paid by the operator. This includes the salary of the cleaning personnel, supplies and other equipment needed to keep the hotel in good condition.

When you purchase the property, you will need to sign an owner’s agreement. This should stipulate the amount of money you get and the company gets for rental on the condo. The agreement should spell out when you plan to use your condo. How much time will you be staying there? If you want to add more time, how much notice do you need to give the company? This is important because if the unit is already rented, you may not be able to stay there.

Police Not responding to Motor Vehicle Accidents- New Trend

Start Of A Trend?

New York City, and Las Vegas have become the latest city to determine that, unless there are injuries or fatalities involved, its police department will not respond to the scene of a vehicular accident. So, there won’t be any police investigations or written reports on property-damage-only accidents. As of March 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, it became the responsibility of those involved in the collision to make sure that identification and insurance information is exchanged and that the incident is reported to the authorities. The decision follows other cities that have enacted similar policies, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, and it could start trending across the country.

Police Priorities The overriding reason for this change of policy is that the police claim they don’t have the time to deal with these incidents any longer. Police estimate that every week, they spend 55% of their time – 250 hours – on these “fender-benders” and they have many more pressing matters to deal with. One issue they are addressing is the case in which one of the parties involved refuses to exchange information or if one party leaves the scene of the accident. In the first instance, the police can be called to respond, and, in the second, leaving the scene constitutes a “hit-and-run” accident which the police will continue to cover in person. They will also continue to respond to instances of drunk driving. Those opposed to the new rule are concerned that it makes it more difficult for motorists to determine and agree on who’s at fault, what needs to be reported to what agencies and how to properly determine insurance issues. The Nevada Insurance Council already called the move a “poorly executed plan” that could lead to safety problems and higher insurance costs.

Fear of Fraud Any crash, especially one in which police are not on scene, can also open the door to fraud, because it’s one person’s word against the other. This is why it is of the utmost importance to document the scene carefully and as soon as possible. Take photos, including close-ups of all damaged areas of each vehicle, and of the general scene from all angles. Get witness information from anyone who may have been at the scene, including your passengers, and document the number of occupants who might have been in any other involved vehicles. As soon as you can, call your insurance company to report the incident and what you have done to document the scene. It makes sense to perform all these steps whether you’re in a location where police respond or not. Las Vegas has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions for Property Damage Only Traffic Accidents, which gives some precise information on what is expected to accurately document a scene. And, even if you are nowhere near Las Vegas, there are areas of the country that have implemented this same policy, and many more are likely to follow as police budgets continue to tighten.

Top 10 Golf Courses in Orlando and Central Florida

Can we say that Tiger Woods’ favorite course in Orlando: Bay Hill, where he’ll go for his 8th Arnold Palmer Invitational victory in 2013?

Our research shows that GolfNow.com’s golfer ratings on the best golf courses around central Florida as rated by the players who pay to play them.

The GolfNow Local Leaderboard: Top 10 Courses in Central Florida

1. Bella Collina Country Club (4.69/5.0): Central Florida golfers are flocking to Bella Collina, a once private facility that now offers some public play at their facility. most reviews make note of a clubhouse rich in opulence, plus a golf course in pristine shape — but tough with loads of sand.

2. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes (4.62/5.0): Checking in at a close second is Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes, which has one of the most high-end resort experiences in town. Rex Hoggard recently visited the resort.

3. Stone Creek Golf Club (4.62/5.0): Up in Ocala horse country just north of Orlando, Stone Creek earns praise for a fair course design, great conditions and tremendous value.

4. Candler Hills Golf & Country Club (4.59/5.0): Another Ocala-area layout, Candler Hills has earned a reputation for pristine playing conditions, particularly on the course’s enormous greens.

5. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club (4.57/5.0): More proof that the highest-end Orlando-area clubs appear to be hitting the mark with their guests, Waldorf Astoria Golf Club near Disney World earns the 5th spot on GolfNow Top 10, thanks to stellar service and playing conditions.

6. Juliette Falls (4.56/5.0): Orlando-area golfers are stampeding north to Ocala horse country and this relatively new course that opened in 2008. View photos of Juliette Falls

7. North, South East at Grand Cypress (4.56/5.0): Another top course near the theme parks is this 27-hole facility designed by Jack Nicklaus. Raters appreciate the location near Disney and also a stern Nicklaus-worthy test.

8. Deer Island Golf & Lake Club (4.55/5.0): A peaceful setting loaded with wildlife is what attracts golfers northwest of Orlando to Deer Island.

9. El Campeon at Mission Hills Resort (4.54/5.0): Head for the hills to play this 1920s classic in Howey in the Hills, located just northwest of Orlando. Rolling fairways and Golden Era architecture accentuate the peaceful vibe of this shady resort that’s far removed from the tourist bustle just south on the Turnpike. More on El Campeon.

10. Eagle Creek Golf Club (4.47/5.0): This Orlando Airport-area course prides itself on great service and greens, and appears to be delivering. It’s one of the most-reviewed courses in the area, and golfers are mostly flush with praise for this Scottish-inspired layout with big, sweeping greens and firm, fast conditions.