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  • L.A. OLYMPIC SWIM FACILITY MAY BE DEMOLISHED FOR PARKING LOT

         An earthquake-damaged swimming facility adjacent to the L.A.
    Memorial Coliseum may be demolished and replaced by a "large
    parking structure close to both the Coliseum and the Sports
    Arena."  The site of the '32 Olympic swimming events and the
    "city's largest swim facility for youths was shut down all
    summer" and it appears likely that a replacement pool and park
    will be built near the area.  The addition of more parking for
    the Coliseum may ease "negotiations with the Raiders on a long-
    term playing contract," and "pleasing the Raiders is said to be a
    major reason for officials' desire to relocate the facility."
    Details still need to be decided, but a decision could be made
    soon (Kenneth Reich, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 10/4).
    

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  • LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE ON NEW ARENA

         The Lightning "can begin building a downtown hockey arena"
    after the team gave the city of Tampa a check of $95,610 for a
    foundation permit.  Lightning Governor David LeFevre said the
    team "probably won't make its stated goal of opening the arena"
    in October '95, and the team's architects, Ellerbe Becket of
    Kansas City, said construction would take 15-17 months.
    Officials at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg have said they
    will help the team book games there in '95 if the team needs a
    place to play until the Tampa arena is completed (Ken Koehn,
    TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/04).
    

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  • THE FIRST "PUBLIC PEEK" AT HUIZENGA'S SOUTH FLORIDA PLAYLAND

         Blockbuster Entertainment "gave the public a peek at its
    sports and amusement park Tuesday."  The project as it stands
    will cost $2B.  Blockbuster Park would include  restaurants, a
    water park, campgrounds, a hockey arena and a ballpark.  More
    than 600 acres have been "tacked on as a western wing for an
    expanded lake, hotels and a golf course."  Outside the park,
    major road improvements would be needed to handle the 17,000
    vehicles that might "pour through the gates on a weekday evening"
    before a Marlins game, according to plans submitted to the South
    FL Regional Planning Council.  But there are "two big questions
    still unanswered":  1)  Will execs from Viacom, which recently
    took over Blockbuster, proceed with the plans?  2)  How much will
    taxpayers contribute to construction and operation of the park?
    The park would straddle the Dade-Broward county line
    (Seeman/Finefrock/Zaneski, MIAMI HERALD, 10/5).
         PUBLIC FINANCING:  Blockbuster said there are many areas in
    which they public "may be asked to come up with some cash":  for
    the hockey arena, baseball park or a police station.  The company
    would also seek help to build $100M in new roads.  Blockbuster's
    Dennis O'Shea, who played point man at yesterday's 90 minute
    press conference, said the requests for tax money would be
    "fair."  Blockbuster's delivery of their plans launches a 12-18
    month review process.  After months of negotiations, the Metro-
    Dade Commission and the Miramar City Commission will decide if
    the park is built.  Blockbuster already controls most of the
    property in question, through purchases, options or an
    anticipated agreement with Dade County (MIAMI HERALD, 10/5)
         SUMNER LOVE?  Viacom has yet to "publicly commit" to
    building the park, but Blockbuster VP Antonio Romero said
    Tuesday's filing with the regional planning council was "OK'd by
    the company" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/5).
    THE PLAN IN A NUTSHELL
    PHASE ONE (By 2000)
    SIZE
    Hockey arena
    20,000 seats
    Baseball stadium
    50,000 seats
    Amphitheater
    15,000 seats
    Movies, theaters, interactive games
    10,500 seats
    Theme park
    215 acres
    Golf courses
    36 holes
    RV vehicle park
    360 spaces
    Stores
    997,000 Sq. Ft
    Offices
    525,000 Sq. Ft
    Industrial space
    670,000 Sq. Ft
    Hotel/Time Share units
    1,250 rooms
    Housing
    700 units
    PHASE TWO (BY 2005): A gymnasium, stores, offices, industrial space, hotel/time share units and housing would be added (MIAMI HERALD, 10/5).

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