A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the shark
A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A new independent audit of Rio Nuevo, which came out Tuesday, said
that the district is doing a better job with our money. But it said that
the Tucson Convention Center needs more money than Rio Nuevo has for
An independent review by Johnson Consulting out of Chicago, done
for the state, said that the new Rio Nuevo board "has significant performance
improvement" over the past, which in those times brought federal investigations
and revealed hundreds of millions of dollars spent with no accountability.
Now, the main mission of Rio Nuevo is improving the Tucson
Convention Center. Even the out of state independent firm said that the
TCC needs more than what Rio Nuevo will ever have in funding if the center will
be competitive as a world-class destination. Figures from $40 million to
$100 million were mentioned.
While the intent of Rio Nuevo was to use our state tax money in
downtown Tucson to spur investment and development to help the economy, for
some, that seems to be happening. A travel program was expected to show
Wednesday night at Sacred Machinery Museum to showcase Tucson. The museum
owner remembered when downtown was not a destination. She said that
things have come a long way downtown but that improvements like to the
convention center must not be forgotten.
"You know it's just part of being in a big city. We
need to start acting like a big city and treat downtown Tucson like a big
city. And, you know, embrace it, give people a reason to come down
here," said Paula Catherine Valencia, owner of Sacred Machine Museum.
"I think they can. I think they can. But I think it is going
to be a lot of it is going to be just keeping them accountable."
As for the Tucson Convention Center, Rio Nuevo chair Fletcher
McCusker said that he'll be meeting with the city and county about how to pool
resources if they're going to bring the TCC up to speed.