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Nationals, Astros strike out in Palm Beach County

The teams are seeking $140.1M in stadium funding

September 24, 2014 02:15PM

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A rendering of a  6,500-seat spring training stadium being sought by the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros

A rendering of a 6,500-seat spring training stadium for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros

The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros won’t be seeing some $140.1 million for a spring training stadium after Palm Beach County commissioners voted against the funding.

However, the teams plan to return before the commission for another try in October, according to the South Florida Business Journal. They insist they need an annual escalator for the payments, which would significantly increase their construction funding.

“We very much need an escalator,” Nationals General Partner Arthur Fuccillo told commissioners. “We don’t mind talking with county staff for another 30 days.”

And two commissioners who voted against the measure, Steven Abrams and Mary Lou Berger, said they would likely support awarding hotel bed taxes to the stadium project as long as that payment remained constant. [South Florida Business Journal]Christopher Cameron

  • Glenn E. Gromann

    A missed opportunity for Boca Raton and FAU. A real deal that could have actually happened and would not have required $140MM because we had facilities partly in place. FAU remains with a third-rate baseball stadium which does not even qualify for NCAA post-season play. Sad testament for an FAU program once ranked in top 25. Blame the Beach & Park District/FAU for not “Playing Ball” with a Boca proposal–why monetize operations when they can simply tax the public and not have to answer to anyone. FAU simply involved bad timing but they were not going along without Beach & Park’s involvement. Perfect demographic for MLB–Boca/Delray. Ten years from now everyone will be kicking themselves wondering why we didn’t do this.

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