The local council in Wellington, Florida, will consider whether to support a bid for the 2018 World Equestrian Games at a meeting scheduled for midday today (NZ time).
The meeting, set for 7pm, Tuesday, Florida time, will look at whether to put the council’s support behind Equestrian Sports Productions in seeking to host the Games.
It is estimated the Games would bring an estimated $US250 million into the local economy.
The FEI has signalled that Wellington, Lexington in Kentucky, a yet-to-be identfied venue in Britain, and Bromont, in Canada, are possible contenders to host the Games.
According to the Equestrian Forum of Wellington blog , the public will be allowed to speak at the meeting, as well as submit comment cards to be read aloud.
It describes the meeting as critical, adding that councillors will also consider an important issue around the Equestrian Village project.
The council will be voting on whether the existing equestrian venue will be granted a permanent approval for year-round use.
“This venue is entering its third year of operation with no problems. The council revoked its approvals in 2012 and litigation ensued. An approval of the project without unreasonable conditions will settle the litigation. If approvals are granted, then the venue will be made available to charities 30 days annually.
“The past 18 months have seen a lot of animosity and divisiveness in the Village. There are signs from many involved that conciliation is possible through these two issues.”