Tuesday, February 10, 2015

State Ranks Orlando Soccer Application Far Ahead of Daytona, Miami, Jacksonville

Cross-posted from FloridaPolitics.com:
After agreeing to legislative leaders’ requests to analyze and rank four applicants seeking sports incentives from the state, the Office of Economic and Demographic Research puts the applications from the City of Orlando and the City of Jacksonville at the top of the list, according to a documents first obtained by FloridaPolitics.com

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said late last month that the Legislature expected the Department of Economic Opportunity to review and rank the four applicants who are vying for $7 million in competitive grants. But the DEO argued that the new law passed by the Legislature doesn’t require the agency to actually evaluate the first batch of applications now pending.

“For whatever reason DEO believes they are not under an obligation to provide that information to us,” Crisafulli said in a statement. “It would be a great disservice to ask members to vote on these projects without an objective ranking.”

So in stepped in the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, which used the DEO’s Sports Development Program Application Evaluation and Ranking Criteria to rank the facilities.

After the numbers were crunched, the City of Oflando’s request placed first, followed by the City of Jacksonville’s, then South Florida Stadium, LLC, and finally, Daytona International Speedway.
See the application rankings here.

Previous coverage:
1/30/15 - Lawmakers will do what Gov. Scott won't: rank applications
1/29/15 - Gov. Scott stumbles through stadium questions again
1/28/15 -
Stadium bill also makes it easier for spring training teams to leave
1/28/15 - Campaign contributions fuel pro teams' incentives
1/27/15 - Group want to end tax help for pro stadiums
1/26/15 - Fla's "new" stadium subsidy process is no improvement so far
1/25/15 - Teams renovate stadiums even after getting rejected for tax $$
1/22/15 - Gov. Scott's non-answer answers on stadium subsidies

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