Unions, Inglewood NFL Developers Reach Deal NFL Eyeing Germany For Regular-Season Game Bucks Developing Master Plan For New Arena Packers To Don New Throwback In '15 TV Pundits Question NFL About Goal-Line Cameras Reds Install Self-Ordering Kiosks U.S. Rep Presses Goodell On NFL Tax Exemption Manfred Mum On Rays' Ballpark Situation Olympia Tweaks Red Wings Arena Project Vikes Selling Personalized Bricks At New Venue
Upcoming Conferences and Events
HOTEL TAX FACES GLOOMY PROSPECTS IN TAMPA BAY
Published April 29, 1996
A bill to help fund a new Bucs Stadium with a 4% hotel tax has attracted powerful opponents that have kept it from reaching the floor of the FL Senate. Chepak & Metz of the TAMPA TRIBUNE write that even the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Jim Davis, acknowledges it would harm Hillsborough County's tourism -- but since Friday is the deadline for this legislative session, it is too late to come up with other options. Davis: "The hotel/motel tax seems extremely difficult, and I don't have another option at this time." Bucs supporters will likely try to amend the tax into another bill called a "must pass" -- one the legislature cannot adjourn without approving (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/29). AHOY OHIO? Meanwhile, the prospects of the Bucs moving to Cleveland are increasing, according to Bart Hubbuch of the Akron BEACON-JOURNAL. FL state Sen. John Grant, in wake of the rejection of a rental car tax to fund a new Bucs stadium: "People back home should realize Buccaneer orange is rapidly fading to Cleveland brown." The NFL has promised Cleveland a new franchise no later than '99, but the league has said it won't consider a Bucs-to-Cleveland move until after the '96 season (AKRON BEACON-JOURNAL, 4/29).