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November 18, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Comptroller Diamond gives back $6.2 million to Orange County
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November 16, 2019
ORLANDO POLITICAL OBSERVER: Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond Saves Over $6.2 Million for Orange County Taxpayers
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November 13, 2019
ORLANDO POLITICAL OBSERVER: Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond Sponsoring 2019 Annual Financial Reports Photo Contest
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November 7, 2019
ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL: Hurricane Dorian left mark on Orange County resort tax collections
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November 6, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Hurricane Dorian hits hotel tax revenue in Orange County
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November 1, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: AdventHealth to turn over more records regarding relationship with ex-guardian Rebecca Fierle
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October 30, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Online Auctions are a bonanza for Orange County, offer bargains for bidders
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October 10, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Ex-guardian Rebecca Fierle charged Altamonte Springs facility $100K, illegally pocketed refunds, investigation finds
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October 10, 2019
WESH 2: Judge looks to make changes guardianship program following Fierle case
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October 2, 2019
DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL: Guardian in Volusia elder cases under criminal investigation over DNRs
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September 30, 2019
SPECTRUM NEWS 13: Watchdog: In Short Hearing, Fierle Given Guardianship Over Patient
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September 30, 2019
NEWS 6: Elder Affairs secretary describes shock of learning allegations against state guardian
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September 26, 2019
ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL: Here’s how Orlando’s hotel industry fared in first 8 months of 2019
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September 18, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: After Rebecca Fierle scandal, Central Florida judge requires hearing before guardians file ‘do not resuscitate’ orders
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September 17, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Probe found guardian Rebecca Fierle billed AdventHealth nearly $4 million. Invoices show the total could be higher
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September 16, 2019
WESH 2: Key order issued in Fierle case
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September 13, 2019
BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW: Embattled guardian accused of improperly billing AdventHealth nearly $4M
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September 13, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Florida’s guardianship system for elders needs guarding of its own
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September 12, 2019
SPECTRUM NEWS 13: Watchdog: Embattled Guardian Paid Nearly $4M by AdventHealth, Did Not Notify Court
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September 12, 2019
FOX35: Disgraced former guardian now investigated for overcharging hospital and clients
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September 12, 2019
WKMG NEWS: Embattled Orlando guardian didn’t report $4 million billed to AdventHealth, report finds
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September 12, 2019
WFTV: Former guardian defrauded AdventHealth millions, report says
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September 11, 2019
FLORIDA NATIONAL NEWS: One-on-One with Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond | FNN Politics & Power
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September 06, 2019
ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL:  Orange County’s mid-summer resort tax revenue remains strong
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September 05, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Orange County tourism taxes jump in July
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August 16, 2019
SPECTRUM NEWS 13: Watchdog: Private Investigator Accused Embattled Guardian of Fraud Years Ago
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August 07, 2019
SPECTRUM NEWS 13: Watchdog: Orange County Not Properly Investigating All Dog Bite Cases, Suggests Audit
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August 05, 2019
FLORIDA TREND: June 2019 Tourist Development Tax Collections Orange County, Florida
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August 02, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Florida professional guardian Rebecca Fierle: Devoted or dangerous? |Exclusive
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July 31, 2019
WESH 2: Florida Guardians operate in legal gray areas
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July 29, 2019
NEWS 6: Central Florida guardian is a no show in Volusia County court
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July 26, 2019
NEWS 6: Florida guardian resigns from all cases amid state criminal investigation
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July 26, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Florida Elder Affairs chief announces ‘immediate’ changes as embattled Orlando guardian Rebecca Fierle resigns from all cases
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July 19, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Unauthorized DNRs spark concerns for other clients of Orlando guardian – ‘I don’t want to die’|Exclusive
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July 10, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Orange County’s comptroller’s audit recommends transparency requirements for Visit Orlando
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July 2, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Orange County’s outdated fuel-tracking system led to errors. New automated system should improve accuracy, officials say
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June 4, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Easter boosts Orange County hotel tax revenue
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May 30, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Orange County Fire Rescue’s fuel-dispensing operation improves but it’s not perfect, new audit finds
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May 4, 2019
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Orange County hotel tax revenue comes in flat for March
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May 3, 2019
ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL: Orange County resort tax collections remain flat for March
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April 29, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Virtual auctions of surplus property paying off for Orange County, Comptroller says

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April 4, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County hotel tax revenue up again after January drop off

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March 5, 2019

ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL:  Orange County’s tourist tax revenue fell for 1st time since 2016. Here’s why there’s no need to panic.

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February 22, 2019

WESH – New report raises concern over security at Orange County government buildings

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February 22, 2019

SHORT-TERM RENTALZ (BLOG) – TripAdvisor starts collecting TDTs on rentals

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February 21, 2019

FOX35 – Sheriff’s memo underscores concern over courthouse security

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February 20, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL – TAKING NAMES:  Security lapses

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February 20, 2019

WKMG – Random tests find Orange County courthouse security ‘unsatisfactory’

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February 14, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County audit finds flaws with private security at courthouse, county buildings

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February 14, 2019

CLICK ORLANDO:  Some guards at Orange County facilities were not property trained, audit finds

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February 14, 2019

FOX35:  Audit questions security at Orange County buildings

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February 12, 2019

ORLANDO POLITICAL OBSERVER:  Orange County Comptroller’s Office Signs Voluntary Collection Agreement With Tripadvisor And Its Affiliates

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February 12, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  TripAdvisor joins growing list of home-share platforms paying tourism taxes in Orange County

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February 11, 2019

ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL:  County inks tourist tax deal with TripAdvisor

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February 5, 2019

ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL:  Orange County hotel tax collections bump up in December

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February 5, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County hotel tax generates $23.5 million in December

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January 29, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Airbnb Florida annual tax bill nearly doubles, pays $2.4 million to Orange County

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January 22, 2019

WFTV:  Orange County Comptroller Audit Looks at County Utilities Labor Practices

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January 2, 2019

ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL:  Orange County resort taxes for Thanksgiving holiday see good bump

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January 2, 2019

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  ‘Thanksgiving season was very good for Orange County’s tourism economy,’ comptroller says

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December 5, 2018

ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL:  7 things to know today and when Disney Springs’ Cirque du Soleil will debut its new show

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December 3, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County hotel tax generates $23.7M in October

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November 20, 2018

FLORIDA POLITICS:  HomeAway signing tourist tax collection agreements

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November 20, 2018

ORLANDO Rising:  Phil Diamond’s Orange County Comptroller’s office gets national acclaim

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November 7, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County hotel tax revenue up 8.6 percent for fiscal year

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November 6, 2018

ORANGETV:  Active Lifestyles | Property Fraud Alerts

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October 23, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Audit of Orange County road impact fees finds $400k in assessment, calculation errors

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October 23, 2018

FOX35:  Error means refunds could be owed to Orange County builders

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October 2, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County Comptroller’s Office hits milestone – 22 million records logged

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October 2, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Tourist tax increases but misses projections in August

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September 24, 2018

WKMG:  Your identity was stolen.  Now what do you do?

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September 4, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County tourist tax revenue rises 7 percent

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September 4, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Rolls of red carpet, computers, weed-whackers among items up for bid in Orange County Comptroller’s surplus property auction

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August 30, 2018

WKMG:  Orange County Comptroller to sell off surplus supplies in auction

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August 2, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County hotel tax revenue jumps 16 percent in June

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July 2, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Hotel tax revenue keeps growing in Orange County

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June 13, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Dangerous dog rules at Orange County Animal Services are all bark, no bite, audit says

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June 13, 2018

FOX35:  Official:  Dangerous dog investigations in Orange County inadequate

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June 5, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County hotel tax revenue falls flat in April

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May 25, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Home-sharing platform for gay men misterb&b to start paying Orange County taxes

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May 3, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Spring break spurs jump in Orange County hotel tax revenue

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April 12, 2018

WESH2:  Universal acquires new Orlando property for possible fourth theme park.

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April 3, 2018

WESH2:  Orange County rolls out new property fraud protection program

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April 2, 2018

ORLANDO POLITICAL OBSERVER:  Orange County Comptroller Fraud Alert Program Announces Open Session

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March 29, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Going once, going twice:  Orange County holds its final live auction

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March 28, 2018

FOX35:  Last Chance for Orange County Surplus Auction approaching

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March 19, 2018

WKMG:  Orange County fraud warning counters property records thieves

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March 12, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County hotel tax revenue jumps 15 percent

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February 15, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange Comptroller asks county to return $800,000 in Sanford Burnham incentives to taxpayers

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February 9, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County tourism-tax revenue grows again

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January 5, 2018

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Disney sells discounted Florida resident tickets; Orange County hotel tax revenue is up

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November 3, 2017

ORLANDO POLITICAL OBSERVER:  Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond Saves Over $4.7 Million

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October 13, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Visit Orlando audit could take a year

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July 21, 2017

WKMG:  Taxpayer property disappears from government facilities

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July 19, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Audit finds problems at Orange County Convention Center

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July 14, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Trucks, jail washing machines up for bid at Orange online auction

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June 9, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange Finds Loopholes in how it combats unlicensed contractors

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June 8, 2017

FOX35:  Orange County auction going online

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June 4, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  X-ray machine, 50,000 chairs can be yours at Orange surplus warehouse

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April 3, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Tourist development tax increases in February

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May 4, 2017

ORLANDO POLITICAL OBSERVER:  Phil Diamond wants inter-local agreement to investigate fraud in Orange County’s incorporated municipalities

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May 2, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Tourist-tax collections up 2.7 in March

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March 26, 2017

WEST ORLANDO NEWS:  Orange County Comptroller Collects Over Half Million For Local Taxpayers In Auction Sale

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March 2, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County tourist tax collection up in January

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February 2, 2017

ORLANDO SENTINEL:  Orange County tourist tax collection dips in December

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