Negotiations for Cypress Gardens/Legoland project were secret and intense

Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Between Nick Varney's hushed first visit and the celebratory press conference Jan. 21, Cypress Gardens was the subject of intensive and secretive discussions involving not just the park owners and Merlin representatives but also Polk County tourism officials and government leaders. Today, the county commission is expected to approve a package of incentives totaling up to $5 million over 10 years for the company to transform the property into Legoland Florida.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010 2:02 PM

A fascinating read. It's always interesting to get an inside look at how these things are put together.

Now if Merlin would only take a look at another failed park, about 422 miles to the N-NE.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010 4:17 PM

Small town journalism is alive and well in Lakeland, Florida. That's good stuff.

Obviously with Merlin's long vetting process, they're pretty convinced it'll work. That's good enough for me.

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