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Mayor gives museum a break

Museum of Art leaders have until noon Wednesday to secure a construction loan and provide documents showing they have enough private support.

Published March 24, 2005

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio today gave museum leaders more time to finalize financial documents for a new $76-million art museum.

The city has committed $30-million to build the museum and $2-million a year to operate it.

In February, Iorio gave Tampa Museum of Art leaders until noon today to secure a construction loan and provide documents showing they had enough private support to build and run the museum without additional city money.

With only a few items outstanding today, she extended the deadline until noon Wednesday. If they can't meet the deadline, she said, she'll pull the plug on the project.

City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to fund and provide city land for the museum March 31. Council this morning scheduled a discussion meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday so they can be briefed on the issue well in advance of the vote.

[Last modified March 24, 2005, 18:29:01]

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