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  1. GuyIncognito

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    No inside scoop but me thinks that public funding for what amounts to a private
    track facility sort of sounds like corporate welfare (no matter how many jobs they're
    promising).

    Second, this is basically in Homestead Miami International Speedway's back yard. And,
    as we've seen in the past when some upstart comes along and tries to build a track near
    their facilities (as with Lightning Ridge Motorsports Park between Daytona and Ocala),
    the ISC boys circle their wagons and go after the small guys with everything they've
    got raising all kinds of concerns like environmental, noise and other ordinances to
    keep track developers endlessly in court.

    So, a couple of things going against them from the get-go.

    If they want a model for a private track facility, they should check out Monticello Motorsports
    Park in Monticello, New York. Outstanding facilities, privately funded.

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    didn't Monticello get a sweetheart deal with the county/state to take over an abandoned airfield?
     
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    for every track that becomes reality, there are 20 planned.
     
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    We spoke with the owners of Monticello Motor Park, Ari Strauss and Paul Queally (hope I
    spelled those names right) at the Art in Motion event last October.

    They told us that essentially, yes, the site of the venue was an abandoned airport and that
    the land around it was owned by an Indian tribe which had no plans to do anything with
    the property.

    They approached the City of Monticello with the notion of the motor club and eventually
    a casino and hotel complex on the property. So, yes, they got the land for an incredibly
    reasonable rate but (at least to my knowledge) no public funding was used as that part
    of Upstate New York isn't exactly brimming with industry and to be honest, there isn't
    much happening around there.

    The development brought a runway back to being operational and the track was built around
    that. It is a phenomenal facility and last I heard, plans to move forward with the casino
    and hotel are moving forward.

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    My kids go to summer camp near Monticello, NY, and it is an incredibly depressed area that is very sparsely populated. About 2 long hours to NYC. Not at all comparable to Miami-Dade. Track is covered with snow for 4-5 months also. I am sure the county was glad to have the business.

    Anyone ever seen the big runways in the Everglades that they built for air cargo and then never used? That could be an interesting place to drive.
     
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    Yes, I think that Monticello was perfectly placed as you mention it is a economically
    depressed area. When we went there for the Art in Motion event, out of town participants
    stayed in hotels about 30 miles south, such was the lack of hotel accommodations in the
    area and why they're planning to build a hotel on site there.

    It's a beautiful part of the country though and with the leaves changing color, it was
    a spectacular setting.

    Yes, the airport runways constructed in the middle of the Everglades to be a replacement
    for Miami International Airport back in the 60s has served as a venue for car related events,
    mainly for street rods to do speed runs. They were doing that for a while out there but
    haven't heard about it lately. Seems as though if something happened, they'd be an
    awfully long way from help.

    Just wait, Homestead Miami International Speedway (ISC) is going to make life miserable
    for the participants wishing to put a new racing facility in Miami-Dade.

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    Very interesting.

    This was a topic of conversation just yesterday as we hadn't heard anything about this, we
    weren't sure what the current status was.

    In fact, the CEO of Monticello Motor Club was at our warehouse to pick up a couple
    of his cars on Tuesday and the subject was mentioned again then. He'll be interested to
    see this as well.

    Organizers may be sure to hear from Homestead/ISC's attorneys in 4... 3... 2..

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    Anyone have the scoop on this?

    https://theconcoursclub.com/

    Is this the same project referenced in this thread or is it a different one? The founder names mentioned are different than what I read earlier here.
     

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