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Finance committee member not opposed to $60K convention center study

A city council finance member tells WOKV he's open to discussion about building a new convention center.

Council member at large John Crescimbeni who is also a finance comittee member says he's not opposed to a new study to determine if the city should build a new convention center.

"Sixty thousand dollars, I mean that's a lot of money. But I think it would give us a good handle on where to go in the future."

He tells WOKV he hasn't seen the request come to his desk yet but council member Richard Clark is in support of it. Clark tells WOKV the study would cost $60,000. Clark says at minimum he believes a new convention center would cost $200 million dollars.

Crescimbeni says the city is already strapped for cash and he thinks taxpayers are already antsy about costs related to the new court house. But Crescimbeni tells WOKV he wants to know how feasible it would be to relocate the convention center somewhere else.

"I think maybe Jacksonville doesn't have as many things to do as Orlando but we've got a lot more things to do today than we did five years ago. We're going in the right direction."

But he says there would be huge obstacles to overcome financially moving forward.

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