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Orioles May Move Spring Training To Vero Beach As Soon As 2010

Orioles May Move Spring Training Site From
Ft. Lauderdale To Vero Beach In 2010
The FAA has "rejected Fort Lauderdale's request to be exempt from a $1.3[M] annual payment for the upkeep of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in order to continue hosting" the Orioles' Spring Training at adjacent Fort Lauderdale Stadium, according to Sarah Talalay of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The decision most likely means the Orioles, who have held Spring Training at the stadium for 13 years, will "decline to pay the $1.3[M]" and "may exercise an option agreement to move to Dodgertown in Vero Beach ... as soon as 2010" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 7/3). In Florida, Ed Bierschenk writes Indian River County (FL) has a "draft agreement outlining future plans for a team, who sources say is the [Orioles], to replace the [Dodgers] in Vero Beach." Indian River County Administrator Joe Baird, while not naming the team county officials are working with, said that negotiations are still "ongoing and proceeding very well." Baird added that "no deadline has been established for securing an agreement with the team for the use of Dodgertown." The county is still waiting for written confirmation from the Dodgers that the team "will be gone" by '09 (TCPALM.com, 7/3).

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