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Published July 10, 2013
GOODBYE DUBAI: ARABIANBUSINESS.com's Shane McGinley reported Dubai Holding has "confirmed it has 'dissolved' its partnership" with Tiger Woods. The branded golf resort, which Woods was paid $55.4M to "design and promote, has been permanently scrapped." Dubai Properties Group, a unit of Dubai Holding, announced in January '10 that it had "suspended work on the luxury Tiger Woods Dubai" course. The $1.1B project was announced in '06 and "originally scheduled to open" in September '09 (ARABIANBUSINESS.com, 7/9).
TIGER BY THE TAIL: In Florida, Tom Palmer reports Polk County commissioners yesterday voted 5-0 to contribute $14.6M in tourist tax funds "toward a plan to issue bonds to renovate Lakeland's Tigertown complex in an effort to keep" the Tigers at their Spring Training home. The Tourist Development Council "had recommended" $17M, but Lakeland officials "accepted the deal, promising to make it into a package that will be presented to the Tigers" (Lakeland LEDGER, 7/10).
CHECKING THE CLOCK: In Chicago, architecture critic Blair Kamin offers his "two-word take on the Cubs' move to stick an ad on the lovely circular clock" at Wrigley Field: "No way." Kamin: "The prospect of an ad (Rolex? Coke? Fritos?) marring that now-unsullied clock -- and the fact that Chicago's landmarks commission didn't erase the idea from the Cubs' sign master plan -- tells you everything about the team's brazenness and the commission's cluelessness" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/10).