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UNCERTAINTY TURNS INTO OPTIMISM FOR TAMPA OFFICIALS
Published April 6, 1995
Despite acknowledging earlier this week that it would be impossible to meet an April 30 deadline to sign a lease for the ThunderDome, St. Petersburg officials were reportedly "optimistic" yesterday that they will be able to meet the deadline. St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer: "We'll have something. A lot of things happen in tight deadlines." Fischer did admit, however, that he "didn't know how everything would wrap up in time." Also yesterday, city officials applied for state sales tax to cover "about half" of the reported $40M renovation costs. According to city attorney Mike Davis, getting the tax money "should go smoothly." The other half of the renovation money is what "poses the problem," though one possible solution is to get the Pinellas County Commission to raise the 3% tourist tax to 4% (Neusner & Moncada, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/6).