Metro Council approves Miss USA spending
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members unanimously approved a request Wednesday for $230,000 to bring the Miss USA pageant to Baton Rouge again.
The six-figure expenditure will help cover costs for the pageant, and was part of the agreement to bring it back to Baton Rouge for another year.
Mayor Kip Holden told a crowd earlier Wednesday that Miss USA organizers told him they wanted to come back to the city after the 2014 pageant. Holden's request to the Metro Council said he would also put up $50,000 of his economic development fund, and state tourism officials would add another $50,000 to cover the event's costs.
The 2014 pageant brought in an estimated $2.6 million in hotel revenue.