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Damage to park: $33,675

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 01:54 PM
TAMPA -

A party tent at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park during the Republican National Convention caused $33,675 damage to the park's lawn, according to an invoice obtained by The Tampa Tribune.

Before the Aug. 27-30 convention, Jamestown Entertainment erected a 30,000-square-foot tent at the downtown park. The enormous tent was used to host lunches, policy presentations and nightclub-style parties.

But after the tent was removed, the park was left with an enormous patch of dead or dying grass.

The city has sent a damage invoice to Jamestown Entertainment, seeking $31,175 by the close of business on Friday. That figure doesn't include the $2,500 security damage deposit that Tampa's parks and recreation department has decided to retain.

Among the items on the invoice: $25,000 to replace 42,000 square feet of lawn sod; $3,000 to pressure-wash hard surfaces of the entire park; $2,400 to replace 22 pavers; and $1,000 for lawn renovation material (sand).

The city's contract says Jamestown must pay to repair the park.

A Jamestown official couldn't be reached for comment Friday. But a few weeks ago the company's officials said they would pay for repairs. The company's chief executive officer said Jamestown would be in contact with the vendors and city to oversee the process.

During the RNC, the tent venue was known as 1 OAK. Jamestown Entertainment said its goal was for the location to replicate the feeling of 1 OAK clubs in New York and Las Vegas.

A week after the event, the parks department worked to repair the damage. More improvements are expected in coming weeks.

Many areas with heavy damage are mending, according to the parks department.


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