Gov. Scott promises big bucks for spring training
FOX 4 Staff
LAKELAND, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott served up a pitch today to help keep spring training in Florida. The Governor promised to work on providing $5 million annually for spring training facilities across the state.
Currently 15 major league teams call Florida home including three in Southwest Florida. The Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins work out in Fort Myers while the Tampa Bay Rays train in Port Charlotte. The proposal would help teams renovate their facilities.
Local governments would be required to match at least 50 percent of the project costs. The state would cap its contributions at $20 million for any given project.
Lee County Sports Authority Executive Director Jeff Mielke called the proposal good news. "We're thrilled that the state has finally decided on an annual dedicated funding source for spring training."
Mielke says the funding won't help with the debt incurred on JetBlue or with the renovations for the Minnesota Twins since the state has already given Lee County money for that project.