SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Delays in a major construction project could be costing Seminole County taxpayers big money.
Colorful renderings show the Magnolia Park amphitheater as a
There's nothing but a fountain and empty land.
"The money has been there for
The city has been working on a land swap deal with the state that has now taken much longer than city officials expected.
The state owns less than half an acre right next to the Cross Seminole Trail. The city can't build on it until it acquires it and now that won't happen until next year.
The problem is bureaucratic red tape in Tallahassee, according to officials.
The schedule calls for several levels of state review that includes two reviews by the cabinet which officials said are hard to schedule.
There's a concern that the cost to build the venue will be a lot more than the $1.2 million budgeted 10 years ago.
It's no surprise to citizens Eyewitness News spoke
"I'm familiar with the state and the apparatus of government and how long it can be," said trail user Dave Gonzales.
Construction of the amphitheater is slated to be finished by March of 2015.