Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dunedin May Not Be Eligible for $46 Million They Assumed Pinellas Co. Would Give Them

As if the Blue Jays/Dunedin far-from-finalized $81 million spring training stadium deal hadn't already created enough punchlines, how about this one I just found?

The deal may not even be eligible for Pinellas County's bed tax dollars Dunedin's mayor promised the team (without actually asking the county first)!

Now, I'm no attorney, but according to the county's Capital Projects Funding Program guidelines, the Blue Jays' offer to extend their lease by 25 years - in exchange for major expansions of their training facilities - is not long enough to meet the county's minimum requirements.

So, if I'm reading the guidelines's time for the city of Dunedin to not just go back to the drawing board on this deal, but also time for the city to bring county commissioners into the least if it expects the county to help pay for it.

Any experts wanna lend their thoughts on this?

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1 comment:

  1. Well, it sure does say "at time of application". But I'm sure that the lawyers will find a way to remove your objection.