Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Appetites for Spring Training Subsidies Grows

I just got back from Tallahassee (on another story) when I heard news the Legislature was fast-tracking its spring training subsidy allocations.

According to Scripps' Treasure Coast Newspapers, the deal provides $50 million in state money for two-team facilities over 37.5 years (or $20 million for one-team facilities over 30 years).  Local governments would have to match the state funds.  As I've written before, spring training is essential to Florida, but the additional subsidies may be unnecessary.

In Pinellas County, you can also read here about the impending "feeding frenzy" for available bed tax dollars after the Trop is paid off in 2015.   Over the years, this blog has covered a plethora of parties interested in the potential new Rays' stadium funds, from a new aquarium to Blue Jays spring training to beach renourishment.

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