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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Ballpark NewsThe Marlins still can't seem to get their new park built:
The campaign to bring the Florida Marlins a new ballpark in South Florida has stalled again. Votes by Miami and Miami-Dade commissioners that could lead to the new stadium have been delayed, in part because of the holiday season and Tuesday's presidential inauguration. City and county officials are now expected to vote on the issue next month. When Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria began making plans for a new ballpark, the target opening date was 2005.
Meanwhile, the Tigers still can't seem to get their old park demolished:
The city of Detroit has granted preliminary approval to a nonprofit group's plans to preserve the remaining portion of historic Tiger Stadium. The city's Economic Development Corp. approved a plan and budget by the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy in a letter to the group dated Friday . . . The conservancy must show by March 1 that it can provide the funding or the stadium will be completely demolished.
I wonder what the world would look like if every billionaire was as ineffective at getting what he wanted as Jeffrey Loria is and every charity was given as many opportunities as the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy is.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:30pm
Not to be a jerk, but this is not a new opportunity or second chance for the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, but rather the city following through on giving the Conservancy a chance. A lot of the “breaking” news about Tiger Stadium is just the city approving something that they have agreed to allow the Conservancy present. Many delays and extensions granted have been because of the city’s own red tape and meeting schedules that force slight alterations of the original deadlines. Yes, the nonprofit has gotten some second (and third) chances, but most of the news you hear is just them following up and taking advantage of the last chance that the city gave them in the fall.
Posted 01/20 at 03:05 PM
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