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POLL SHOWS TOUGH SLEDDING FOR TAMPA STADIUM TAX

     A survey of 500 registered voters in Hillsborough County
showed that a plan to build a new stadium for the Bucs may pass
by "riding piggyback on the public's fear of crime," according to
Joe Henderson of the TAMPA TRIBUNE.  The poll, done at the
suggestion of the NFL by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria,
VA, and Frederick Schneiders Research of DC, showed a 30-year
half-cent sales tax lumping the stadium with school construction,
an increased police presence and new jails favored by just 50-
46%.  The survey also showed a three-year stadium-only tax of a
half-cent would fail, 66-32% (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/1).
The survey also indicated that keeping the Bucs is not a top-five
concern (Mary Jo Melone, ST. PETE TIMES, 6/2).
     OSCEOLA ON DECK:  Meanwhile, Osceola County leaders claim to
be close with funding sources for a new stadium -- "if Bucs Owner
Malcolm Glazer bellies up to the bar with the same kind of money
he previously offered Tampa."  Anthony Millican of the ORLANDO
SENTINEL writes that an estimated $192M stadium and $15M training
facility would cost $18M annually for 30 years, but that county
officials "seem to have about $13.5M annually in hand, not
counting other sources that are within reach"  (ORLANDO SENTINEL,
6/3).
     CITRUS SWEETENS DEAL?  Sports architect, HNTB, has prepared
plans for a rebuilt Citrus Bowl that meets NFL standards, a study
"prompted" by the Bucs' interest in Central FL, according to the
ORLANDO SENTINEL.  The estimated $125M project would add 6,000
seats, place backs on the bleacher seats and add 60 suites for a
total of 90.  Orlando Area Sports Commission's Lee Chira:  "If
Osceola County gets the Bucs, you might as well bulldoze the
Citrus Bowl.  It's do-or-die" (Kevin Spear, ORLANDO SENTINEL,
6/3).
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