Florida sues Planet Hollywood, claiming it failed to follow through on Orlando jobs

in Disney News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

TALLAHASSEE ― The state has filed a lawsuit against Planet Hollywood International Inc., alleging the company did not comply with requirements after receiving $288,000 in state incentives to add jobs in Orlando.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity filed the lawsuit last month in Leon Circuit Court, arguing, in part, that the restaurant and hotel company breached a contract with the state.

The dispute stems from $288,000 that then-Gov. Rick Scott approved in 2011 for Planet Hollywood International from the state’s Quick Action Closing Fund program, which tied financial incentives with job creation, according to the lawsuit.

Planet Hollywood International requested the money after acquiring the Buca di Beppo restaurant chain and said it was considering moving Buca di Beppo’s headquarters to Orlando, the lawsuit said. Under the agreement with the state, Planet Hollywood International was supposed to meet job-creation benchmarks and file regular reports.