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Still in Debt, Gator Stompin’ Pushes on with ‘Contained’ Budget

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The debt owed to restaurants, bars, contractors and others following last year’s Gator Stompin’ event has been chopped to roughly half — or about $65,000 from an amount that once approached $150,000.

But the head organizer said Gainesville’s 32-year-old annual pub crawl will go on and will still be a crowd pleaser, albeit on a more “contained” budget.

“I still have quite a bit of debt accrued from last year, so I don’t expect (any businesses to participate) without paying them from last year and probably paying them in advance for this year,” said Jason Bowman, who bought the event in 2005 and has merged it with his nonprofit, the Pledge 5 Foundation.

Read my full story in The Gainesville Sun.

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