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ORLANDO OFFICIALS TO HERRICK: ONE OF THESE DAYS, NORTON ...
Published August 25, 1995
Orlando developer Norton Herrick is seeking additional money from city and Orange County officials in his bid to bring baseball to Central FL. According to Lawrence Lebowitz in this morning's ORLANDO SENTINEL, Herrick "appears to be on the verge" of making an offer for the Pirates, and is "trying to firm up several key financing questions" with local officials. Herrick currently has an exclusive deal with Orlando and Orange County that the municipalities will build him a $150M ballpark if he moves a team to the area. Herrick reportedly wants more, including: a commitment to spend $15M to renovate the Citrus Bowl for interim play while the new stadium is under construction; and a restructuring of the financing package to give Herrick control over taxes that will pay for long-term stadium and parking improvements. Orange County Chair Linda Chapin: "We've already offered Mr. Herrick as much as the traffic will bear. I'm not interested in sweetening the deal anymore." Herrick has until March 9, 1997 to land a team before the deal expires. There are doubts MLB would move a team 90 miles from the Devil Rays (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/25).