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HERRICK AND CITY OF ORLANDO CLOSE TO COMPROMISE ON STADIUM
Published December 12, 1994
In a dispute that threatens to land a fatal blow to their expansion hopes, Orlando officials and would-be baseball owner Norton Herrick are close to a deal "that could salvage Orlando's bid for an MLB expansion team." The disagreement centers on who would control surplus tourist tax revenue -- the county or the team. Negotiators for both sides said they have come up with a compromise that would give Herrick "some surplus money but less than he was demanding." Herrick wanted the surplus money to go back into improving the stadium, "perhaps adding a retractable roof." Orlando's presentation to baseball owners will take place Wednesday in Chicago, and both sides "agree the stadium must be a done deal for Orlando to have any chance" of being awarded a franchise (Lebowitz & Tracy, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 12/9).