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Federal Way approves more money for sand-sculpting event

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am with 3 Comments »
June 8, 2011 11:49 am

Federal Way city leaders have approved spending more money on a sand-sculpting competition.

The City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to spend another $25,000 from the city’s hotel-motel tax, or lodging tax. The council also approved moving $5,000 that was designated for a parade to the budget for the sand-sculpting competition.

Organizers said $5,000 wasn’t enough money to fund a parade in conjunction with the event.

The council’s action increases the total city money for this summer’s “Tour of Champions” competition to $53,000, including $23,0000 approved earlier this year. All of the money will come from the city’s 1 percent tax on hotel-motel stays, which can only be used to promote tourism.

Council member Mike Park voted against spending more money on the event, scheduled for Aug. 18 to Sept. 5. Council member Linda Kochmar was absent.

Last year’s World Championship of Sand Sculpting – held in Federal Way for the first time – was hurt by wet weather in September and lost about $50,000.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. bullman120 says:

    it lost money because no one cares

  2. banksyfan says:

    No kidding, this is the dumbest place to have a sand sculpting competition. Why would you just not go somewhere that already has sand???

  3. joebob2001 says:

    banksyfan: I am not defending this event by any means but you should know the facts before you comment. I learned last year that you CANNOT use “native” sand for this event, no matter where it’s held. All of the sand has to be shipped in and you also cannot have the event on a beach.

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