Santa Fe council OKs funds to lure 'The Bachelor'

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 10:55 am •  Published: July 31, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council voted Wednesday to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure "The Bachelor" to the northern New Mexico city.

By a vote of 5-4, councilors approved a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get the ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe.

Supporters say Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and the filming could showcase some of the city's attractions.

But Councilor Bill Dimas said the show isn't very good and that was reason enough for the city not to dedicate money toward any episodes. "It's a terrible show. Awful," Dimas said. "If there was a city that was on that show and I watched it, I'd probably say, 'I'll never visit that city.' "

Mayor Javier Gonzales, however, asked councilors to examine the request from a "business perspective" instead of a "show perspective," especially since the program attracts around 14.3 million viewers.

"Now, the story plot might be something that, Councilor Dimas, that you don't want to look at, but I will tell you that people are going to get to see the best of this community," he said.

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