Florida Lawmakers Have A Week To Decide On Daytona Funding
The Florida Legislature heads into the last week of its annual session, where it could determine whether Daytona Int'l Speedway's renovations "qualify for tax incentives." The "chance is still there" for the track to get $2M a year in sales tax revenue, with a proposal before the state Senate "on its special-order calendar for a vote" tomorrow. The state House on Friday passed a bill that "would create a competitive process for the Speedway and other stadiums to apply" for the tax incentives (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 4/28).
Meanwhile, Palm Beach County's John Prince Park is "back in the running as a possible spring training site after a game of behind-the-scenes political hardball among elected leaders." State lawmakers this week could "make it easier for the county to get more tax dollars for the construction" of a ballpark. A revised site plan shows "how a two-team facility could fit on 84 acres at the north end of the 728-acre park without affecting existing public amenities" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 4/26).