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The Goldwater Institute claims that a lawsuit it filed against the city of Tempe has forced changes in the deal between the city and a British developer to build an aquarium at the Arizona Mills Mall.
The folks at Goldwater felt the city was giving unfair incentives to Sea Life, a division of U.K.-based Merlin Entertainment Group, to build the aquarium in Tempe.
Frankly, any company willing to build anything at the crime-riddled Arizona Mills Mall should be given a medal of bravery, not tax breaks.
A Tempe development agreement that includes a $218,000 incentive for the developers of Sea Life Aquarium will remain in place while a judge sets a hearing to decide whether the subsidy is illegal.
Meanwhile, City Attorney Andrew Ching said as a precautionary measure, Tempe is drafting a new agreement that spells out more specifically how it complies with state law.
A court hearing Wednesday between Tempe and the Goldwater Institute explored the leeway cities have to woo developers of high-profile projects with public money.
When the Arizona Board of Cosmetology told salon owner Cindy Vong she couldn't use small fish to eat the dead skin off of customers' feet--a popular Asian therapy--the Goldwater Institute decided to go to bat for her.
Lawyers for the Goldwater Institute, a conservative Phoenix think tank, and Tempe will appear before a judge next week to present preliminary information on the lawsuit the institute filed last week, which claims the city offered the developer of Sea Life Aquarium an illegal incentive.
A Gilbert salon owner whose flesh-eating fish once nibbled the dead skin from her customers' feet is biting back after the Arizona Board of Cosmetology ordered a halt to the service.
Phoenix--Like countless enterprising American immigrants before her, Cindy Vong came up with an inspired business idea.
A June opening for the 26,000-square-foot aquarium at Arizona Mills Mall could be in jeopardy after a conservative think tank filed a lawsuit claiming that the incentive Tempe offered the developer is illegal.
Phoenix--Today the Goldwater Institute asked a court to strike down an agreement between the City of Tempe and the developer of Sea Life Aquarium, a children's theme park at Arizona Mills Mall.