If Bass Pro Shops determined that it would be profitable for them to locate in Tampa, they would, with no incentives.
What happened to Hagan’s Economic Development Task Force recommendation that Hillsborough County incentivize only bio-tech, medical, manufacturing and high-tech businesses?
Adding “destination-retail” to the list to include Bass Pro ignores that few people south of Sarasota or east of Lakeland are likely to visit a Tampa store, with existing stores in Ft. Myers and Orlando; and none of them will stay overnight just to shop here.
It ignores that most jobs will be low-wage, part-time and no-benefit.
The County’s math calculates that taxpayers will be repaid in five years, but there seems to be no calculations as to how many existing mom and pop sporting goods business will fall off the tax rolls as a result.
What happened to growing our own?
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen