Palm Beach Gardens spring training complex to be discussed

Toronto Blue JaysThe topic of a Palm Beach Gardens spring training complex for the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays will be discussed by area officials and citizens tomorrow.

The proposal is for a $100-million complex on a 117-acre site between Central Boulevard and I-95, to the north of 117th Court. For Palm Beach County, the move is defensive as well: by adding two more teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins won’t be able to exercise escape clauses on their Roger Dean Stadium leases. And, according to city officials, the new two-team park would generate an estimated positive economic impact of $80 to $100 million a year. Construction of the spring training complex would employ approximately 1,254 people as well.

The new Palm Beach Gardens spring training complex would be paid off via a state grant, tourism taxes currently addressing Roger Dean Stadium debt; these bonds are scheduled to be paid off in 2017, and rent paid on the complex.

The meeting is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) at the DoubleTree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens.

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