Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Palm Beach County balks at cost but keeps baseball stadium proposal alive - Sun Sentinel

John Prince Park is still being discussed, but in slightly hushed tones. The loud talker seems to be the money needed and some Commissioners are balking and want to make sure all bases are covered. Click title for link.
The push to expand spring training baseball in Palm Beach County is stretching into extra innings.
County commissioners Tuesday balked at committing $24 million more of public money than once planned to build a new spring training baseball stadium to lure two more Major League Baseball teams.
But the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals did agree to take another month to keep negotiating with county officials to try to strike a deal to build a $140 million, publicly funded stadium that supporters say could attract more tourists.
"The consensus is to keep on talking," said County Mayor Priscilla Taylor, who heads the commission. "This board wants baseball."
While team officials say they still want to move to Palm Beach County, they also say they have been approached by at least three potential suitors from Florida's West Coast. They are angling to have a stadium ready by 2017.
The stadium proposal goes back before the County Commission Oct. 21.
"We need answers quickly," Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said. "This is where we want to go."

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