The plan is to get the county, state, city of North Port, and a private developer to split the cost four-ways. That's correct, only four ways:Wrote a bunch of words down at the @Braves and John Schuerholz's stop in Sarasota this morning. My report: https://t.co/bO87MOhTIZ— Zach Murdock (@zach_murdock) January 24, 2017
The best part of the day was the Braves suggesting that taking the burden of furniture and equipment (you know, like baseballs) off the taxpayers' shoulders counts as "paying their fair share."Basically, #Braves pay nothing. Or, as John Schuerholz assured everyone, "we will be paying our fair share." https://t.co/CrH7b8Xjkg— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) January 24, 2017
But the second-best part of the day came after I do what I do...and requested documents.
See, the Braves and Sarasota County are suggesting they're exempt from certain Florida public record laws because of trade secrets...one of the same exemptions used by rapper Pitbull and public agency Visit Florida to deny our 2015 public records request into the artist’s taxpayer-funded tourism contract. That story ultimately cost three of the agency’s top executives their jobs.
Officially, county spokesperson Jason Bartolone responded that the Braves “have asserted confidentiality rights” under Florida State Statute 288.075, which aims to protect proprietary business information and trade secrets in public-private economic development deals.
Of course, it doesn't do a great job always protecting the taxpayer....who could use a little help after we showed how Sarasota County failed to get all of the Baltimore Orioles' 2009 spring training promises in writing, ultimately resulting in the failure to ever get that promised economy-driving Cal Ripken youth academy built.
I have some questions if the Braves are really allowed to use this exemption...read more about it here on WTSP.com.
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