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Pensacola Bay Center improvements needed

PENSACOLA   --  The Pensacola Bay Center needs dozens of improvements, and Escambia County commissioners are trying to figure out how best to pay for them.

Managers of the facility say it needs ten million dollars in upgrades over the next five to eight years.   

In all, there are more than 70 improvements to be made.
Commissioners have also discussed bulldozing the place and replacing it with a smaller venue.
Some of the options being discussed include a one cent tourist tax, a local option sales tax or a possible milage rate increase in the Downtown Improvement Board area.

Nicole Adams, Taxpayer: "I don't think it's good to pay extra for something that doesn't benefit everybody."
Joe Boarts, Taxpayer: "As long as it's not a significant increase in taxes, it should be fine."

Whatever plan commissioners decide to pursue will ultimately have to be voted on at a later date.