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Blue Jays' departure from Dunedin a done deal? Not yet, officials say



A senior Toronto Blue Jays official and a Palm Beach Gardens spokesman Tuesday shot down a media report suggesting the Jays' move from Dunedin to a new spring training home on Florida's east coast is a done deal.

In a report published late Monday, quoted Houston Astros owner Jim Crane as saying that the team's quest to use a new state funding option to pursue construction of a shared facility with the Jays was "95 percent" complete.

"The Blue Jays have committed and signed a letter of intent, so we're ready to move forward," Crane told "That thing should be buttoned up hopefully by the end of October."

Not quite, said Ken Carson, the Jays' Dunedin-based senior consultant and former director of Florida operations. While Palm Beach Gardens remains an option, he said the matter's "definitely not" decided.

"There's nothing carved in stone or nothing 100 percent for sure," Carson said.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:37pm]


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