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Published July 29, 2011
TO-DO LIST: In Sacramento, Tony Bizjak notes supporters of a proposed downtown arena for the NBA Kings Thursday said that “they have a lot of work left to do before they release an arena financing report Sept. 8, including sifting through a list of up to 50 more arena funding possibilities.” Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's arena group this week “issued what it called a preliminary financing report, listing potential money sources, notably a $2 to $3 surcharge on tickets for games, concerts and other events at a new arena.” The report also “suggested existing city-owned downtown parking garages could generate up to” $5M from events (SACRAMENTO BEE, 7/29).
VOICING THEIR OPINION: On Long Island, Robert Brodsky notes the Association for a Better Long Island, which is against a plan to build a new Nassau Coliseum, Thursday “urged a state monitoring board to oppose the project.” Nassau County Exec Edward Mangano “criticized ABLI’s efforts.” Mangano: “A vocal minority is attempting to drown out the majority.” Brodsky notes local charities and churches “backed the plan, saying it would bring jobs and lower taxes” (NEWSDAY, 7/29).
FINANCIAL BOOST: In Orlando, David Damron reported Orange County (Fla.) could be “close to reaching a deal that would provide a major financial boost to the downtown arts center and Florida Citrus Bowl projects.” The cash would come from “a potentially multimillion-dollar settlement in the county's long-running legal fight” with Expedia “over how hotel rooms sold through the Internet should be taxed.” A drop in hotel-tax revenues delayed the $383M performing-arts center project, “forcing its backers to further delay construction on one of its three planned halls.” The Citrus Bowl is slated for $175M in upgrades, but “that face-lift can't begin until final funding is locked in place for the arts center” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/28).