Seminole County weighs adding hotel room fee to afford new indoor sports complex

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Seminole County commissioners are on board to move forward with a new tourism improvement district.


The money raised through a hotel fee would go to build a new $61 million indoor sports complex.

Commissioners heard for the first time the details of a tourism study, which shows that sports revenue drives the economy from hotels to restaurants and other local businesses.

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About $31 million is pumped in the local economy, from baseball teams who flock to the area across the country to play at Boombah Fields.

Now, they believe they can hit a homerun out of the park by building a new indoor sports arena to bring in tens of millions of dollars more in indoor sporting events, conferences and musical acts.

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The complex would also keep Seminole County students in the county for graduation and prom, but the plan hinges on passing a tourism improvement district, which would add a fee onto hotel rooms.

The next step is to finish the study, then to get everyone on board should take about a year.

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