The city of Orlando initiated eminent domain proceedings to take property owned by a church to build a new soccer stadium. A judge ruled in January that Orlando could take the property via its eminent domain powers. Orlando spokesperson Heather Fagan issued this statement:

 “We have spent the last year trying to work with the Williams family [which owns the church]. The City was willing to pay the Williams family a fair amount–substantially more than the appraised value plus relocation costs, but the City has to balance this with our duty to safeguard the assets of the City. When the Williams family retreated to their original demand of over $30 million we had no choice but to take this issue to the courts for resolution.”