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HOTEL TAX FACES GLOOMY PROSPECTS IN TAMPA BAY

     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).
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