VIACOM ACES PARK -- WAYNE'S WORLD TO STAY ON DRAWING BOARD
Wayne Huizenga's dream "of building a sports and
entertainment complex on the edge of the everglades died Friday,"
when Viacom, Blockbuster's parent company, said the park did not
fit its strategic goals. Huizenga said the "project as we know
it is gone. It's dead. There are only so many things one
company can do." The project was to be the home for Huizenga's
Marlins and Panthers. Viacom can now sell the land or proceed
"with a partner on a similar, smaller project." As to the future
of his teams, Huizenga did pledge to build an arena for the
Panthers, although he said it was unclear where the facility
would be built. Huizenga could build on Blockbuster Park land,
or explore new sites, such as that adjacent to Joe Robbie
Stadium, which he also owns (Don Finefrock, MIAMI HERALD, 12/10).
The City of Miami would like to keep the Panthers in Miami Arena,
and Mayor Steve Clark said they are "willing to sit down with Mr.
Huizenga and do whatever we can to accommodate him"
(Finefrock/Neal/Vernon, MIAMI HERALD, 12/10).