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More money to redo 5-year convention center study

The convention center sits empty, but ready for the next big event. Some Jacksonville leaders say those big events could be more frequent with a new convention center.
The convention center sits empty, but ready for the next big event. Some Jacksonville leaders say those big events could be more frequent with a new convention center.
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Updated: 12/03/2013 11:58 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Local leaders are looking at spending more money to update a study done five years ago.

The convention center sits empty, but ready for the next big event. Some Jacksonville leaders say those big events could be more frequent with a new convention center.

"Not a lot of people are coming here, but they're going through on I-95 to other places in Florida," said Visit Jacksonville President and CEO Paul Astleford.

Astleford realizes the convention center talk is not new.

"There seems to be a new energy in the community."

That energy could cost you more money. We found a study done in 2007 on whether the city needed a new building; it would have cost $120,000 to build a new stadium at that point.

For the last five years that report sat on the shelf collecting dust. Now some city leaders want to spend $60,000 to update it.

"A lot has changed since then," said Astleford.

Astleford says the $60,000 necessary to update the survey could translate to millions of dollars a new convention center would bring into the city.

"It's both a financial and image return," said Astleford.

One city councilman tells Action News he is already considering drafting legislation to spend the money. It would have to be approved by the city council. Costs to build a new convention center are upward of $100 million.

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1country - 12/4/2013 9:20 AM
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This tax payer doesn't think we do.When was that survey taken?

RFM2009 - 12/4/2013 9:03 AM
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When does the SCAMMING STOP and results begin? Every taxpayer in this City KNOWS we need a proper Convention Center. Get it done! Stop the hustles.
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