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MLB Facility Notes: Poll Finds Opposition To Public Money For Rays
Published June 29, 2009
|Poll Shows Majority Of Respondents Oppose
Committing Tax Money To Build Rays Ballpark
NEW NEIGHBORS: In Seattle, Levi Pulkkinen reported a decision issued Friday by King County (WA) Superior Court Judge John Erlick "cleared the way for a proposed Deja Vu strip club" near Safeco Field. Erlick "found that the City of Seattle did not err in permitting the proposed" club over "objections of the Seattle Mariners." Erlick "rejected the Mariners assertion that the City Council meant to keep strip clubs at least 800 feet away from 'areas where children congregate' or sports arenas," language that is "absent from the city ordinance drafted after Seattle's wholesale ban on new strip clubs was rejected as unconstitutional." Mariners Exec VP/Governmental Affairs Bart Waldman said that opponents of the club will "decide in coming days whether to appeal Erlick's ruling" (SEATTLEPI.com, 6/26).
HEFTY TAB: In Milwaukee, Don Walker reported Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation engineers Friday met with Miller Park stadium district officials to “discuss short- and long-term solutions to what permitted the accumulation of as much as 6 feet of water on the roadway” outside the facility on June 19, resulting in a flood that inundated the ballpark's service level. Sources said that the final damage estimates will be in excess of $1M and “probably many millions more.” Meanwhile, the Brewers Friday announced that “between 6,000 and 7,000 of the Jason Kendall bobblehead doll giveaways” for yesterday’s game against the Giants were damaged in the flood and "have been reordered." The team said that fans who do not receive the item will "receive a voucher to get a replacement as soon as they become available" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/27).