State Lawmakers Target Stadiums on Public Lands

Oct 11, 2017

A ban on professional sports franchises building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land is ready to go to the full Florida House, after speeding through only one committee in advance of the 2018 legislative session.

The House Government Accountability Committee on Tuesday voted 15-6 to approve the measure (HB 13), which would also prohibit the state or local governments from leasing existing facilities to sports franchises below fair market value.

The best rowers in the world are converging on Sarasota this week. And over the weekend, the best of the best will compete in the World Rowing Championships.

Some of the spectators came a very long way to watch the action.

Several former Florida athletes are using their platform to help Hurricane Irma victims.

It looks like the last hurdle has been cleared to build a new spring training home for the Atlanta Braves in Sarasota County.

The state has approved spending $20 million for the spring training complex, which will be built in the West Villages neighborhood of North Port in time for the 2019 season. Sarasota County will own the stadium, and chip in $22 million in tourist taxes. The city of North Port has already pledged $4.7 million  in sales taxes for the 6,500-seat stadium.

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The best rowers in the worlds will converge on Sarasota at the end of September. This will be the biggest competition to date at a new facility in the shadow of Interstate 75.

Nick Edwards lowers his dart-shaped boat into the lake, it's calmness a contrast to the nearby swirl of Interstate 75.