Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Park Plans for Boat, Kayak and Other Upgrades
by Sarah Peters March 2016
A popular North Palm Beach park could see improvements this year. Anchorage Park on Anchorage Drive is bordered by the Earman River and canals, and North Palm Beach residents can keep their boats in wet or dry storage.
- Road Sign Misspells Arena Name, Will Be Replaced
by Rodney Thrash March 2016
For a little more than a year, a spelling error on a sign on one of Atlanta's most high profile interstates has gone undetected.
- City Announces Plans for New Aquatics and Rec Center
by Deseret Morning News March 2016
Mayor Kim Rolfe has announced the city has approved an agreement with an architectural firm to design a new aquatics and recreation center at Ron Wood Park, 5900 West and New Bingham Highway.
- Bill Would Bar State Funds for Athletic Facilities
by Jason Scott March 2016
Lawmakers in Kansas are developing a bill that would give the state the ability to deny financial help to certain building projects at school districts. The legislation would create a state panel to review construction proposals, and only projects related directly to student instruction would be approved.
- Florida County Helps Fund Sports Tourism Events
by Laura Layden March 2016
In April and May, Collier County will host a variety of events, including several new ones, attracting thousands of visitors and filling up hotel rooms that might otherwise have sat empty with the arrival of the offseason.
- Chicago May Ban Chew from Major League Ballparks
by Fran Spielman March 2016
Cubs and White Sox players who love to chew and spit tobacco may soon be forced to go cold-turkey during ballgames at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Fields to become healthier role models for Chicago kids. Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), the City Council's most powerful alderman and leading anti-smoking crusader, wants Chicago to become the nation's fourth big league city to ban smokeless tobacco at baseball stadiums and other "professional and amateur" sporting events.
- LA Optimistic for 2024 Olympics
by Mark Whicker March 2016
L.A. will compete with Paris, Rome and Budapest for the bid, to be awarded next year. It would be the first Games of any kind to reach the U.S. since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
- Bill Would Mandate Concussion Training for Coaches
by Zach Osowski March 2016
A bill adding protections for almost every high school athlete in Indiana is getting close to becoming law. Senate Bill 234, authored by Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, will mandate that every interscholastic high school or middle school coach in Indiana take a concussion training program prior to the 2017-18 school year. It will also grant civil immunity to coaches who have already taken the course and make a “good faith effort” in protecting a student athlete from a potential concussion or brain injury.
- Atlanta Hawks Seek Downtown Redevelopment
by J. Scott Trubey, Greg Bluestein March 2016
The Atlanta Hawks are in discussions to redevelop the area surrounding Philips Arena into a mixed-use entertainment district, multiple people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The plan, which would involve investments of hundreds of millions of dollars, could rank among the largest commercial redevelopments conceived for downtown Atlanta in a generation, according to several people who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. The discussions are fluid and coincide with negotiations with the city over public support for a major Philips Arena renovation, which was first reported by the AJC in October. But the Hawks and its partners would steer private development around the arena.
- Opinion: Stadium Area Development Plans Idealistic
by Lee Schafer March 2016
The advisory group that hopes to guide the redevelopment of the area around a new soccer stadium in St. Paul wanted, among other things, a plan that was "transformative and realistic." Soccer team principal Bill McGuire and the owner of the Midway Shopping Center recently presented transformative in spades. In addition to a genuinely beautiful design for a Major League Soccer stadium, their plan looks as if a new Emerald City will get dropped on what is now cracked surface parking and faded single-story stores. With plenty of green space around a restored grid of pleasant streets, the new plan showed a cinema, a fitness club, residential buildings and four office projects. A representative of the firm that owns and runs Midway Shopping Center remarked that it could mean maybe $450 million in new construction.