FSU Working to Take Over Civic Center

The university president says there's a bill going to the state lawmakers that if passed, will give FSU a majority of power when it comes to the Civic Center.

Wetherell says FSU uses it more than any other group, so this move makes sense.

In front of local lawmakers, Florida State University President TK Wetherell explained the benefits of his school taking control of the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.

"I'm hoping they take up the local bill and move it ahead with the amendments we've suggested,” explains Wetherell.

County and city commissioners have the majority share right now. They say if FSU takes control, it could be a great idea.

“It will allow FSU to work with the City and County to infuse dollars into the Civic Center. You can't beat it,” says Leon County Commissioner Tony Grippa.

"FSU, FAMU, the City and County, if everyone embraces it, it will have a positive impact on the whole community,” Mayor John Marks adds.

If FSU were to take control, the Civic Center board would have seven FSU members and 2twofor the city, county and Florida A&M University.

But not everyone is ready to jump on board with the idea.

"I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea. I just don't know enough. It's only been in the public for six days. The staff hasn't had a chance to really evaluate the issue,” comments Commissioner Bob Rackleff, Leon County.

Grippa says if FSU gets control it will also acquire $18 million in debt, which goes with the Civic Center, he says is good for the taxpayers.

The bill to give FSU control has been formed and will go before the House for a vote and then to the Senate.