Thursday, February 14, 2013

First Slice 2/14/13: City of Atlanta losing big on Underground lease

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 8:33 AM

1. The City of Atlanta is losing nearly $8 million each year paying the mortgage for Underground Atlanta while the lease on the property brings in a mere $100,000 a year. The lease originally signed by former mayor Bill Campbell and extended Shirley Franklin doesn't expire until 2086, marking a 75-year haul where taxpayer's money could be used to prop up an attraction run by a private company.

2. Seeking to curb rowdy, late-night crowds, a Waffle House near Five Points has started charging their customers a 20 percent surcharge to cover the cost of an off-duty officer to police the breakfast flipping hangout. A waitress told Fox 5 she feels safer, but since folks are paying more they're leaving a smaller tip.

3. Kennesaw State University is getting a football team, and the Falcons say they'll be in a new stadium by 2017 one way or another.

4. Gov. Nathan Deal is urging the federal government to send fewer refugees to Georgia citing budgets shortfalls and other concerns. Opponents to the decision say he's got it backwards, and private agencies that help resettle refugees attract millions in federal and private funding.

5. Cobb County officials considering a $1.1 billion bus line to run from Kennesaw State University to Midtown met with Cleveland transit officials this week to hear about their experience running a similar, smaller system. Cobb has already spent nearly $5 million to study metro Atlanta's Northwest Corridor and environmental impacts of the project, which won't wrap up for at least another year.

6. It's Valentine's Day! If you're still looking for that super romantic spot to take your sweetie tonight you're in no short supply of options.

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