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Hillsborough Commissioners approve incentives for Amazon.com

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved more than $6 million in incentives for internet giant, Amazon.com.

The county hopes to lure the retailer to the Ruskin area. Amazon has expressed interest in a plot of land near the Southshore Corporate Park to build a one-million square foot online fulfillment center.

"We're talking about a 1,000 jobs, and a $200 million capitol investment, and it will energize the south shore community that's been in desperate need of development," said commissioner Ken Hagan. "I whole heartedly support this."

The company would bring a thousand jobs to Hillsborough County and 375 of those would be high paying. Members of the Wellington North at Bay Park homeowners association came to speak in favor of the incentives.

"We have 181 homes, and for us, our property values have taken a huge hit over the last five years," said HOA president, Craig Margelowsky. He said he thinks development would help raise those property values.

Not everyone agrees. One woman spoke out during the public comment portion of the hearing. She said she disagrees with millions of dollars for a large corporation.

"I don't believe billion dollar corporations deserve $6 million," she said.

Amazon is looking at several different locations to build its warehouse. Hillsborough County Director of Economic Development, Ron Barton, said he thinks the county's location near Interstate-4, I-75 and I-275 make it a desirable location.

"We think our location has always been a driver for a lot of our economic opportunities," Barton said.

Barton also said he expects Amazon to make a decision about its new location within the next two weeks, but until then, the county will have to wait and see what happens.

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