Several U.S. cities
(Pictured) Rendering of Seaport San Diego
had initiatives on their ballots last month concerning the hospitality industry, with mixed results.
In San Diego, voters turned down two measures that involved the construction of a new stadium and a convention center annex, as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The NFL's San Diego Chargers ownership had campaigned heavily for one of the bills and now could end up relocating the team as a result of its failure; no decision will be made until after football season.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Unified Port District unanimously approved a $1.2 billion project, dubbed Seaport San Diego, to redevelop Seaport Village. The plan calls for a 480-foot observation tower; a 500-room Virgin Hotel, a 350-room Yotel and a 225-room Freehand hostel; an aquarium with a rooftop garden; 30 acres of park space, beach and promenades; and upgraded commercial fleet and yacht facilities.
In Arlington, Texas, voters approved the $1 billion Rangers Ballpark Project. The new stadium, featuring a retractable roof for climate control, would replace Globe Life Park, which opened in 1994 as the Ballpark in Arlington. The measure extends an existing half-cent sales tax, a 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and a 5 percent car-rental tax to help finance the project. The vote also allows the baseball team to levy a 10 percent admission tax and a $3 parking tax.
Denver's residents approved Initiative 300, creating a four-year pilot program for businesses like bars and restaurants to apply for permits to create special "consumption areas" for the use of marijuana by people 21 and over.