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City approves $43 million for EverBank Field improvements

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Updated: 11/13/2013 8:27 am
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- The Everbank Field experience just got bigger and better for Jaguars fans. The world's largest scoreboard, pools and even a new party deck are in order.

But those cheering on the team aren't necessarily cheering for the cost of these massive stadium improvements.

"Who runs the stadium? Is it us? Or is it the Jaguars," asked taxpayer Connie Benham.

On Tuesday, the City Council approved 14-2 to pay $43 million for these fancy new amenities. They'll pay off the loan with a bed tax, a move councilman Stephen Joost said isn't the smartest investment, and one he and councilman Don Redman voted against.

"I'm not against investing. I just think the taxpayers could get a much better deal," he told Action News.

His main concern is the longevity of the team in Jacksonville.

"The money that you're talking about doesn't go away if the football team doesn't go away," he said.

Shad Kahn said he will invest $20 million of his own, proving he means business.

It's a move councilman Bill Bishop hopes lures people to Jacksonville.

"These video boards have potential that I think everybody hasn't thought about yet from the standpoint of events," he said.

It may be a win for the Jaguars, but only time will tell if it's a win for the city.

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1country - 11/13/2013 9:50 AM
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They want to be on the world stage.Well the whole world is laughing at them for being total suckers!!The whole thing SUCKS !!! I'm going out in the backyard and feed the chickens !!!!!

nativejax - 11/13/2013 9:05 AM
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The problem with politicians is once they get elected, WE are gone. They then think the money they get is for them selves to 'dispose of' however they want. They think they can do and say whatever they want, just as Barry O Bama said, I can do what ever I want, I'm the President now", it did not and does not matter he works for US....Everyone who voted for him or brown noses him, is going to get everything they deserve..nothing. As for Shaiid Kahn, he should be investing his money more wisely on the people who need help and quit catering to football players that don't care that they win. They get their cool mil each year and laugh even when they lose, they are not going hungry or without.

smplman - 11/13/2013 6:41 AM
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wondering if this money will be stay in town or go to some outta town outta state contractor, hmmm?

Truthseeker - 11/13/2013 4:37 AM
2 Votes
Well we all no that a yes vote for this got some politicians' pockets lined.

Papakilo - 11/12/2013 11:36 PM
2 Votes
WHO do the City Council and Mayor work for? The tax payers of Jacksonville or the Stadium? No one separates city tax matter where the city council or the mayor says it comes from. Paying lip service to tax payers and ignoring the fact that our city is bankrupt when it comes to paying retirement funds and does not fix maintenance problems in the city. When asked city reps just say the city does not have the money. Well, the money they are obligating to the stadium, was conveniently found so easily. We, as tax payers, have never received a regular tax reduction from the city, for ANY of the huge amounts of money (our tax money) that has been spent on so called "improvements". We still have flooding streets, over grown easements and drainage ditches, trees form city property fallen on vacant homes, sink holes unrepaired for months, trees in drainage easements which need cutting, and even JTA busses speeding every day down small 30 MPH streets, or even replace the damaged "Recycle Boxes". WHO CAN BE PROUD OF A CITY WHICH IS LEAD BY LEADERS WHO APPEAR NOT TO CARE. They don't even do their jobs or monitor their bus drivers. NO MONEY FOR EVERBANK IMPROVEMENTS!

biblelady2 - 11/12/2013 10:37 PM
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Why are the firemen and policemen's pay being cut, and why are the libraries supposedly in trouble, but all of a sudden, this huge bucket of cash is available for the stupid Everbank field? Our city councilmen and women have their heads on backwards, because they obviously don't know how to make good, honest decisions about how to make Jacksonville better. I completely disagree with the man on the news, who said "everyone in Jax" wants to have a good NFL team. No, not true. The more I learn about our city council, the more I want to vomit. They should all be fired, and have HONEST citizens without a political ladder to climb, replace them.

Anonymous - 11/12/2013 9:35 PM
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I thought the bed tax was meant to benefit the entire county, not just the people who attend football games? How do the rest of us derive any benefit, when the team in the stadium doesn't draw the crowds that would justify spending that money in the first place? It certainly won't boost the economy outside the stadium in any appreciable way. This is a farce, and all of Duval county is going to pay for it long after they stop watching the Jaguars.

MrCitizen - 11/12/2013 7:54 PM
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OK!..; now what's gonna be done about the 'product on the field'!?
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