The newest theme park in Central Florida just got a seal of approval by the county mayor. Epic Universe in Orlando and Orange County signed a deal that helps the major theme park with its latest project. The agreement is confirmation of the county's continued support for the amusement park giant.\nOrange County will reimburse Universal Orlando $5 million to assist with Epic Universe, its latest theme park. The money will go toward moving a wastewater pipeline that sits on the site.\nThe agreement is confirmation that the park is still on its way to Orlando, despite the project seeing possible delays due to the pandemic, which has paused massive projects across the region.\n“It’s a good deal, that’s the bottom line,” said Mayor Jerry Demings, who gave his blessing.\nThe county commission voted to yield the reimbursement to the theme park giant on Tuesday, saying that the move was in the "public interest."\nHowever, some didn't see it that way.\nSome Twitter users were upset that the county was lobbing Universal money after the park laid off some of its workers.\n"I am stunned every day how various government entities find the money for pet projects but not for food, shelter, employment, etc.," wrote one Twitter user.\nOrange County now taking up a $5 million utility pipe deal with Universal Orlando. Mayor Jerry Demings: "Probably if this name didn’t have ‘Universal’ on it, it would likely have been a non-issue.”— Jason Garcia (@Jason_Garcia) July 7, 2020\nRep. Anna V. Eskamani, who represents Orlando in Tallahassee, had a simple reply to the agreement: "LOL."\nDemings defended the agreement in the commissioner's meeting, saying, "probably if this name didn't have 'Universal' on it, it would likely have been a non-issue."\nLOL— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) July 7, 2020\nHowever, the reimbursement comes as the county was forced to make hard budget cuts due to COVID-19, including delaying a $605 million expansion to the county's convention center.\nUniversal announced Epic Universe in 2019 as a 750-acre "third gate" for the Universal Orlando Resort. The county has already funneled money to the park, including a 50/50 public-private partnership to build an extension of Kirkman Road to the new park.\nI think I’m going to start a theme park so I can write all the laws and get all the money for my home improvement projects. https://t.co/o43sBMhDqW— Ida V. Eskamani (@ida_v_e) July 7, 2020\nEpic Universe is expected to employ 14,000 people and have a starting pay of $15 an hour. The project is still projected to unveil in 2023.