But which franchises capitalize on the bed tax bonanza is yet to be decided.
We know that the Braves liked the idea of Toytown in Pinellas County, but they also told the county they basically wanted the whole thing paid for. So that has the team now talking to Palm Beach Co., Sarasota Co...and maybe Yeehaw Junction for all we know.
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But if the Braves don't get those Pinellas dollars, the Blue Jays certainly would be interested. Whether it's a new ballpark in Dunedin or moving into Bright House Networks Field with the Phillies, talks are ongoing about the team's future.
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There's also talk of the Brewers possibly coming back to Florida, with Pinellas County a logical frontrunner to land them. It's not the first time we've heard those rumors.
But as this blog has detailed since 2010, it makes sense. The Grapefruit League is in legit position to steal a team away from the Cactus League, as the Brewers wouldn't mind "coming home" to their Wisconsin base on Florida's West Coast.
Of course, any county money spent on Spring Training takes away from possible dollars available for the Rays - regardless of what elected officials say - so there's a race among interests to lock up a deal before anyone else gets any ideas of how to spend bed tax money.
And right now, the team closest to a stadium deal...isn't a baseball franchise, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer club. Team owner Bill Edwards hasn't kept many secrets about his vision of an 18,000-seat MLS stadium - with someone else picking up most of the $70M tab - and St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is now talking about putting it on the city's ballot this fall. Even if the MLS dream may be more difficult than Edwards indicates."Hurry up and get it approved before anyone has a chance to propose a better use of those tax dollars!" https://t.co/FHrSJMOOCR— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) March 9, 2016
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