The Real Deal Miami

Baseball teams move west for spring, east coast suffers

March 17, 2010 11:07AM

Once baseball-packed, Florida’s east coast is suffering as teams move
to the west coast of Florida and to Arizona. St. Lucie County, where
the New York Mets train in the spring in Port St. Lucie, has the
second-highest foreclosure rate in the United States. Tradition, the
company that owns naming rights for the team’s stadium, has failed to
pay its annual fee to the county. The Baltimore Orioles left for
Sarasota after training for years in Fort Lauderdale, and another
Treasure Coast city, Vero Beach, lost the Los Angeles Dodgers to
Arizona after the team had trained there for 60 years. [NYT]