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PANTHERS TAKE ARENA PROPOSAL TO BROWARD COUNCIL

     Aides to FL Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga received "cautious
support" for its arena proposal yesterday from the Broward County
Tourist Development Council.  Council members were "particularly
sensitive" over Huizenga's proposed "bed tax," a county-wide tax
on hotel and motel guests.  Revenue from that tax would be a
"crucial source" of funds for the project.  Some board members
said they would recommend an increase in that tax "under one
condition only":  If an arena is built close enough to the ocean
that many hotels would benefit.  The price for a new arena is
estimated at $150-165M (Eric Conrad, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL,
3/24).
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