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Mitch Perry Report for 9.30.15 — Ybor and Florida lose out to Georgia in Hollywood production

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2015 was supposed to be the year that the Florida Legislature authorized funding to replenish its depleted film tax incentives package, allowing the Sunshine State to compete with Louisiana, Georgia and other Southeastern states in getting its fair share of movie and television production work. It didn’t happen. Despite the reshaping of the incentives and the advocacy of Tampa Bay area state lawmakers like Jack Latvala and Nancy Detert, once again the entertainment community struck out in Tallahassee. One of…

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Backers say film incentive bill still alive in Tallahassee

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House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s abrupt decision to gavel the 60-day legislative session to a close three days before its scheduled end because of a budget impasse with the Senate affects loads of important legislation. For the members of Florida’s economy that work in the TV/movie and digital entertainment industry, it could be a devastating blow. That’s because a bill sponsored by Venice Republicans Nancy Detert in the Senate and Mike Miller of Winter Park in the House that would begin to…

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