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Published August 27, 2014
SPRING FEVER: In West Palm Beach, Joe Capozzi noted the Astros and Nationals next month "are scheduled to make their first formal pitch" for at least $3M a year in hotel tax money to help pay for a new Spring Training ballpark in the city. Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council Exec Dir Glenn Jergensen said that the teams "will meet with the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Board on Sept. 11 to discuss financing options for their proposed" $140M facility. County officials have suggested allocating $2.6-$3M a year for 20 years to "pay off bonds that would help finance the construction of the facility." But the teams are "said to be seeking more" than $3M a year, a "potential sticking point" (PALM BEACH POST, 8/26).