Greater Orlando Livery Association Seeks Hearing on 'Unfair Business Practices At Orlando Airport'

Warns That Many Independent Limousine Operators May Be Forced to Close Down



Jun 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from The Greater Orlando Livery Association

    ORLANDO, Fla., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greater Orlando Livery
 Association (GOLA), the second-largest membership organization of limousine
 operators serving Central Florida, has called for an urgent meeting with the
 governing body of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to discuss
 "unfair business practices occurring within the Orlando International
 Airport."
     "We feel that these practices are negatively affecting independent
 transportation companies as well as other small business owners," GOLA's Board
 of Directors stated in a registered letter to the Greater Orlando Aviation
 Authority.
     The letter has been copied to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Orange County
 Chairman of Commissioners Richard Crotty; Orlando/Orange County Convention &
 Visitors Bureau President Bill Peeper; and the Hon. Corrine Brown, Member of
 Congress, 3rd District, Florida.
     "With a fleet of more than 600 vehicles that are registered and permitted
 to operate at the Orlando International Airport, our member companies have
 been faithfully serving the transportation needs of travelers to and from the
 Orlando airport for more than a decade," said GOLA president Randy Terranova.
     "Now, without any warning or explanation, that access has been compromised
 and if it continues may cause many of our members who are small business
 owners to close down their operations," Terranova added.
     "If we receive no response to our request to discuss our concerns, we're
 planning to vote next week on the appropriate follow-up measures we will need
 to take.  In addition to the local transportation industry, we want to
 coordinate any actions we take with the wide range of small businesses in the
 travel and hospitality industry of Central Florida that are also being
 impacted," Terranova said.
 
     GOLA members collectively represent the second-largest transportation
 service in and around Central Florida.  Some 200 member companies operate a
 fleet of more than 600 vehicles registered and permitted at the Orlando
 International Airport.  A pilot program introduced by GOLA in conjunction with
 the Orange County Convention Center has fostered zoning rules that have set
 new standards of excellence in transportation at the convention center.
 
      MEDIA CONTACT:  Mark Hopkinson 561-852-5767
                      NewsMarkPR@Bellsouth.net
 
 

SOURCE The Greater Orlando Livery Association
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greater Orlando Livery
 Association (GOLA), the second-largest membership organization of limousine
 operators serving Central Florida, has called for an urgent meeting with the
 governing body of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to discuss
 "unfair business practices occurring within the Orlando International
 Airport."
     "We feel that these practices are negatively affecting independent
 transportation companies as well as other small business owners," GOLA's Board
 of Directors stated in a registered letter to the Greater Orlando Aviation
 Authority.
     The letter has been copied to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Orange County
 Chairman of Commissioners Richard Crotty; Orlando/Orange County Convention &
 Visitors Bureau President Bill Peeper; and the Hon. Corrine Brown, Member of
 Congress, 3rd District, Florida.
     "With a fleet of more than 600 vehicles that are registered and permitted
 to operate at the Orlando International Airport, our member companies have
 been faithfully serving the transportation needs of travelers to and from the
 Orlando airport for more than a decade," said GOLA president Randy Terranova.
     "Now, without any warning or explanation, that access has been compromised
 and if it continues may cause many of our members who are small business
 owners to close down their operations," Terranova added.
     "If we receive no response to our request to discuss our concerns, we're
 planning to vote next week on the appropriate follow-up measures we will need
 to take.  In addition to the local transportation industry, we want to
 coordinate any actions we take with the wide range of small businesses in the
 travel and hospitality industry of Central Florida that are also being
 impacted," Terranova said.
 
     GOLA members collectively represent the second-largest transportation
 service in and around Central Florida.  Some 200 member companies operate a
 fleet of more than 600 vehicles registered and permitted at the Orlando
 International Airport.  A pilot program introduced by GOLA in conjunction with
 the Orange County Convention Center has fostered zoning rules that have set
 new standards of excellence in transportation at the convention center.
 
      MEDIA CONTACT:  Mark Hopkinson 561-852-5767
                      NewsMarkPR@Bellsouth.net
 
 SOURCE  The Greater Orlando Livery Association