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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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