Lawsuit seeks to deep-six Arizona Mills aquarium incentives

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A few months ago, a U.K. company announced it would open a $15 million, 26,000-square-foot Sea Life attraction in spring 2010 at Arizona Mills mall in Tempe.

Now the Phoenix Business Journal is reporting that the Goldwater Institute has sued to sink a $148,000 financial incentive offered by the city to lure the development.

The conservative think-tank and watchdog group claims the incentive violates Arizona laws against subsidies for private businesses and equal protection statutes because the same consideration is not extended to other businesses.

Merlin Entertainments, the company in question, also operates Legoland, Madame Toussauds wax museum in California and the massive Ferris wheel known as the London Eye.

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