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The Collier County Commission has taken a step toward working out a deal with the Great Wolf Lodge about setting up a grand hotel and amusement center.
Commissioners have approved a feasibility study to determine if it would make sense to have the $250 million attraction adjacent to the Paradise Coast Sports Complex off Collier Boulevard and I-75.
“Let’s see what we’re really doing here before we make a commitment,” Commissioner Penny Taylor said. “I’m glad we’re studying this. I think it’s critical. We’re talking about a significant amount of money going back to Great Wolf. We’ve got to figure this out and figure it out with time and understanding. A lot of numbers are being written here.”
Employing about 375 people, Great Wolf would generate about $1.2 million a year in property tax, up to $5 million a year in sales tax and as much as $3 million a year in room tax, according to a county staff report. It would want Collier incentives in exchange.
There are 19 Great Wolf Lodge resorts in North America. The nearest, just outside of Atlanta, represents Georgia’s second most visited resort, casino or hotel, based on a preliminary Collier study. Sea Island Resort is first annually.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ road agency isn’t conceding it, but an independent analysis of comments made at meetings and online on the toll highways he’s pushing found that 93 percent of public comments were opposed to the billion-dollar project.
The No Roads to Ruin coalition examined each of the statements and observations submitted to the state between August 2019 and Oct. 7, 2020 in reaching the conclusion that found 4 percent in favor and another 3 percent unclear on their position.
The Southwest-Central task force discussed final revisions this week to a report due in Tallahassee in mid-November. The Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance, called M-CORES, has three task forces, each assigned to its own section of the overall toll road system.
DeSantis and supporting legislators want construction of the expressway system started within about two years.
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