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BRAVES & DEVELOPER IN DISPUTE OVER SPRING TRAINING SITE
Published October 14, 1994
The Braves were expecting to move into a new $15M spring- training home in '96, but the plan -- part of a 2,300-acre development in Jupiter, FL -- "is now in jeopardy." Braves President Stan Kasten said that the deal is "very much up in the air," adding that "the clock is running down" on building there by '96. The problem is that the Braves and developer George de Guardiola "can't agree on who will pay the yearly $500,000 to $800,000 operating costs." Palm Beach County has said it will use a hotel tax to pay to build the stadium, "but the developer wants either the Braves to pay the operating costs, or the team's parent company, TBS, to bring additional activities to the area when the team is not training there." The club may begin looking for another location. If the deal falls through, county officials said they will try to keep the Braves in Palm Beach and share a new facility with the Expos. But the two teams, which currently share a West Palm Beach facility, have previously rejected that idea (I.J. Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/14).