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BUCS CONTINUE LOOKING TO CENTRAL FLORIDA
Published February 7, 1996
Bucs officials met with Osceola County commissioners about the team's possible move to the area, according to this morning's ORLANDO SENTINEL. Bryan and Joel Glazer, sons of Bucs Owner Malcolm Glazer, and GM Rich McKay "were non-committal about Osceola's chances after meeting separately with each of the five commissioners." Osceola commissioners say "they made it clear to the Bucs that county sales -- or property-tax revenue are not on the table" (Anthony Millican, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/7). Seminole County is considering a partnership with Osceola County to offer a stadium and practice facility for the team. Seminole County would build a $5M practice facility to "complement" an Osceola- based 65,000-seat stadium (Jeff Testerman, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 2/7). In Tampa, the Tampa Sports Authority will ask the Hillsborough County Commission today for $50,000 to help pay for pro-stadium lobbyists to work the upcoming session of the FL Legislature. TSA "is trying to raise nearly $200,000 for a team of up to 20 paid and unpaid lobbyists." The county is seeking to impose a 1% restaurant tax or 5% rental car tax to help fund a new facility for the Bucs (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/7).