Give Florida Panthers some money (but not too much), Broward report urges


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The Florida Panthers are asking for too much, Broward County officials say in a 125-page analysis — but it’s in the county’s best interests to give the Panthers something, the report concludes.

County commissioners will begin the debate Tuesday on whether to grant the struggling professional hockey team millions of dollars more in Broward tourism taxes.

The National Hockey League team is losing millions of dollars a year and is asking for help from the county. The team’s request amounts to an estimated $5.6 million a year over 14 years, for a total $78.4 million in tourist taxes, the county says. The team also wants the right to develop 22 acres of county land as a casino-resort.

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