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SBD/April 30, 2013/Facilities
Florida Senate Approves Stadium Tax Dollars Proposal; House Must Approve By Friday
Published April 30, 2013
WHEELS COMING OFF? In Daytona Beach, Eileen Zaffiro-Kean notes Daytona Int'l Speedway officials "are still waiting to see what will become of bills crafted to give the racing giant well over" $70M in sales tax rebates. Two bills as of yesterday “hadn’t been scheduled for discussion and votes on the floors of the House and Senate.” DIS Senior PR Dir Lenny Santiago said that track President Joie Chitwood III “wasn’t in Tallahassee Monday, but he most likely will make a trip to the state capital later this week.” Chitwood has said that if the bills fail to pass, the "timing and scope of the proposed Speedway overhaul which could include everything from new seats to new restaurants could be impacted.” However, State Rep. Dwayne Taylor “suspects a measure that includes the Speedway and other professional sports organizations will ultimately get support at the end of the week" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 4/30).
SWITCHING FIELDS: In Orlando, Schlueb & Damron wrote the USL Orlando City Soccer Club is counting on a $30M state-sales-tax rebate "to help pay" for a new $110M stadium, a "requirement if the minor-league team is to move up" to MLS. Team Owner & President Phil Rawlins in an e-mail wrote, "If legislation does not get passed this year, it is likely MLS will choose to locate their expansion team in Atlanta or Nashville rather than in Orlando." Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer this week took “a quick trip to Houston" to tour the MLS Dynamo's BBVA Compass Stadium, which was “built for about the same amount as has been proposed in Orlando” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/29).