HUIZENGA LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FROM BUSINESS COMMUNITY
The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has promised
to help Panthers owner Wayne Huizenga "rally support for a 20,000
seat arena," according to Tracy Kolody in this morning's Ft.
Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. In Broward County, Huizenga "wants to
increase" the current 3% hotel tax to 5% "as the main way" to pay
for the $100-150M arena. However the idea has met criticism from
the county Tourist Development Council. Innkeepers in the county
said they "would only go along with raising the bed tax if the
county also puts a tax on restaurant meals, bars, attractions,
transportation firms and parking lots that would benefit from an
arena." Supporters say an arena "will put Broward on the big-
league map, raising its profile in the battle for tourists" (Ft.
Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 2/24).