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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Sep. 11, 200112:00 PM EST

Super Bowl staff to visit New Orleans

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The staff which will put together the 2005 Super Bowl here still has only one employee for sure — director Mike Weinstein, who officially takes over Oct. 1 — but more will come along soon.

Weinstein said that he expects to have a staff of about six people on board by year’s end, and then that will triple about a year before the game.

“For the moment, we’re working with the City people who will be involved, people like Teresa O’Donnell Price [the special events director] and Mike Sullivan [sports and entertainment board.] Right now, that’s what we need — to start coordinating with the various agencies,” he said.

Weinstein apparently has sounded out several members of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission staff to join him in the Super Bowl effort. Weinstein is the current JEDC director and will leave that post at month’s end even if his successor has not been named.

Weinstein and about six others will travel to New Orleans this month to meet with that city’s Super Bowl staff — New Orleans hosts the game this year — and then Weinstein will accompany Port Authority leaders next month to Seattle to meet with the Holland America cruise ship line about bringing ships here for the game.

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