County Commission Receives Unsolicited Proposal for Public-Private Partnership Opportunity for Sports Venue

Press release from Alachua County

The Alachua County Commission has received an unsolicited proposal for the design, finance, construction, operation, and maintenance of a multi-purpose regional indoor sporting event facility. The County has determined that the unsolicited proposal is sufficient for consideration on a preliminary basis and will accept other proposals for the same project during this notification period.

Additional information on the project, including submittal instructions, is available on the County’s website at Bid Information Alachua County Procurement Page. All questions regarding this project should be directed to lsapp@alachuacounty.us.

Entities wishing to submit proposals for the project may do so by delivering proposals for Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 21-971 Sports Venue, until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, as indicated in the submittal instructions.

Proposals will be ranked in order of preference by the County. In ranking the proposals, the County will consider the factors set forth in the submittal instructions.

The County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or as provided under Section 255.065, Florida Statutes, to award and negotiate an interim agreement and/or comprehensive agreement with the proposer whose proposal best serves the interests of the County. Nothing contained in this notice is intended to be an obligation or binding agreement by the County regarding the project, or any commitment by the County to enter into any final agreement regarding the project.

The County’s Cone of Silence will be in effect from the initial advertisement of this notice. All communications regarding the project must be submitted to lsapp@alachuacounty.us. All proposals and related information received will be subject to the applicable provisions of the Florida Public Records Law.

Anyone with a disability and requiring an accommodation to participate in Alachua County’s procurement process, please contact the Division of Procurement at 352.374.5202. TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay System). In accordance with the ADA, this document may be requested in an alternate format.

  • “Public-private partnership” is buzz words for “private company owns the facility and gets the profits, the public taxpayers pay for it.” How much will this cost Alachua County? Twenty million? Sixty million? Eighty million dollars?
    Why is the county building a “regional sports complex?” Who says Alachua County should pay for their needs? If other counties want such a facility they can build one themselves. Taxpayers do not need to pay so a few “connected” restaurant and hotel owners near west Gainesville can profit.
    Hello BOCC. Ever hear of Covid 19? It may be years, IF EVER, that there will be any need for large gathering places like indoor sports complexes and trade show convention centers. Now is not the time to build mass gathering facilities. They may never be needed.
    Memo to BOCC: From now on do not build anything west of 34th Street. Haven’t you heard? A group of disgruntled Republican racist conservative crackpot rednecks plan to DESTROY Alachua County as it exists and secede the Western part to glorious Springs County. If this complex is a good idea, build it east of 34th Street so the John Bircher racists will not have ownership of it in a couple years when the banana republic fascist Springs County becomes a conservative utopia for disgruntled Republicans.
    Be careful of the new commissioners after Nov. 3. Republican Commission candidate Ramen Eaglegreen has a video on her campaign site praising Springs County and pledging her support. Yes, Ramen wants to get elected to the BOCC and get paid by Alachua County taxpayers while she works on the anarchist destruction of Alachua County she took an oath to preserve. Just Republican hypocrisy at work.

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