• N.J. Voters Consider School District Construction Proposals

    by Rita Giordano September 2015

    Two area school districts are among six statewide seeking voter approval Tuesday to spend nearly $112 million on school improvements and construction. Both - Northern Burlington County Regional and the Sterling Regional High School District in Camden County - have two-part proposals in which approval of the second part is contingent on approval of the first.

  • Law Firm Ready for Residents If Bills Stadium Built

    by The Buffalo News (New York) September 2015

    A New York City law firm is sending letters to residents in Buffalo's Old First Ward, offering to represent homeowners if the Buffalo Bills decide to acquire their properties through eminent domain for a new football stadium.

  • Community Opposes Speedy Sale of Turner Field

    by Katie Leslie, J. Scott Trubey; September 2015

    The authority that owns Turner Field unveiled its planned disposition and redevelopment process for the stadium Wednesday at a meeting with community groups. Officials with the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority said the agency will issue a request for proposals from developers in early October for the 77-acre site. Speaking to a packed house of more than 200 at the stadium's 755 Club, the authority's executive director told neighborhood groups that the sale process must begin in short order as the Atlanta Braves are poised to vacate the ballpark by the end of next year.

  • Council Mulls Liquor Sales at Raymond James Stadium

    by Christopher O'Donnell September 2015

    Good news may be coming for those who like a tipple with their touchdowns. The Tampa Sports Authority is asking the Tampa City Council to expand the sale of liquor throughout Raymond James Stadium for Bucs games and concerts. Beer and wine are already sold in all areas of the venue but only fans in the expensive club level seats and executive boxes can buy liquor.That puts the stadium at a disadvantage compared with other Tampa Bay professional sports teams, according to the sports authority, which runs the stadium on behalf of Hillsborough County. Liquor sales are already permitted on all three levels of Amalie Arena during Tampa Bay Lightning games and in all areas of Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays.We felt our fans who come in here to support teams should have the same opportunity as fans at the Amalie Arena and the Trop, said Bobby Silvest, the authority's vice president of communications and marketing. We just want an equal playing field for our venue. If approved by the city council, Raymond James concessions vendor Aramark Sports and Entertainment would be able to sell liquor in all areas of the stadium and at the outer perimeter of the venue, including two plaza areas. Alcohol will not be sold in

  • Former Landfill Site Attracts Stadium Developers

    by Steven Girardi September 2015

    In early summer, Pinellas County officials considered finding out how much trash is buried in the 40-foot-high Toytown landfill and what it might cost to remove it. They abandoned the idea before a study got underway, Solid Waste Department Director Kelsi Oswald said. Instead, economic development officials decided to gauge potential interest in the former dump site as-is.

  • School District Surveys Community for Facilities Support

    by Jane Ford-Stewart , September 2015

    A facilities survey will soon arrive at the homes of Muskego-Norway School District residents to indicate to the school board whether voters would support a referendum on a number of school facilities projects.

  • Braves File Proposal for $662M Spring Training Complex

    by Michael Cunningham September 2015

    The Braves would move their spring training facilities from the Orlando area to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2018 under a proposal the team recently submitted to Pinellas County officials. The Aug. 31 proposal included a letter from Braves president John Schuerholz, who wrote that the team hoped to reach an agreement to relocate to the region by the end of the year. Schuerholz said construction would begin by next year, with completion scheduled for the 2018 season. A Braves spokeswoman said the team has no comment on the proposal. The story was first reported Tuesday by The Tampa Bay Times.

  • Ohio Lawmakers Consider Prep Pay-to-Play Fees Ban

    by Jim Siegel September 2015

    In his 22 years as a head high school football coach in Ohio, state Sen. Cliff Hite's athletes never were required to pay a fee just to join the team. But he saw what happened when a rival did that. "There were a lot of young kids in Marion (Harding) that couldn't play football anymore," the Findlay Republican said. "As the opponent, you sit there and go, 'Maybe that's going to be an easy win, but is that what we're here for?' I think we should give every kid that opportunity."

  • Outdoor Plaza New Sticking Point for Bucks Arena Deal?

    by Tom Daykin, September 2015

    Tuesday's upcoming Common Council debate on whether the city should provide $47 million to help finance a new $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena could include a clash over that development's outdoor plaza. The basketball club, and Mayor Tom Barrett's administration, want to permanently close one block of N. 4th St., between W. Highland and W. Juneau avenues. That block would be part of a public plaza between the arena and a planned entertainment center, and a big part of the city financing proposal. Sept. 15 vote But the council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee, in the endorsing the financing package, also recommended keeping the street open, and closing it only for basketball games and other events. Ald. Robert Bauman, who proposed the change, supports the plaza. But the city should otherwise keep the street open when events aren't occurring, he said.

  • Commission to Weigh 120-Acre Sports Complex

    by D'Ann Lawrence White September 2015

    Consultants charged with determining whether Pasco County should build its own large-scale youth sports complex near Wiregreass Ranch will present their initial findings to the Pasco County Commission at Tuesday's board meeting.