Officials at Orlando City Soccer say they'll have to start fromscratch on how to get funding to build a new soccer stadium, after Floridalawmakers shot down a key bill they were counting on before ending their legislative session. The bill would have helped generate funding.
"We were obviously bitterly disappointed we felt like we had avery, very good chance of getting the bill to pass and it was a significantstep for us, and so it was very disappointing to see it not go to a vote on thefloor," said Orlando City Soccer President Phil Rawlins.
It's a major setback for Orlando City Soccer but the city still plansto build a nearly $110 million soccer stadium on land already purchased by thecity.
"We'll be back I think with in less than a couple of weeks with anew plan as to how we move things forward and get the stadium completed," saidRawlins.
Rawlins said the setback won't stop their efforts to bring MajorLeague Soccer to Orlando. The bill was lumped together with funding for theMiami Dolphins stadium -- Florida lawmakers said that made it difficult for themto look at each issue individually.
"You may like the soccer deal and not the Dolphins deal orvisa-versa it makes it infinitely more complicated and a lot less likely thateveryone is going to get their way," said Rep. Jason Brodeur (R) Sanford.
"We got tremendous backing in Tallahassee, so I feel sure if we goback again with just a soccer bill then we'll be in great shape," Rawlins said.
Soccer officials say they'll have to wait until next year tore-apply for a new bill to be drafted.
TheCity of Orlando has already purchased some land in Parramore for $8.2 million,where the stadium could be built. Butin an interview last week, a city spokeswoman told FOX 35 the city has manyother potential plans for the land as part of a Parramore Development Project.