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Toronto Blue Jays considering move to Palm Beach Gardens?



It was one step back, then one step forward Tuesday for Dunedin city officials trying to broker a new spring training deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Officials awoke to news that a joint House-Senate budget subcommittee discussing a spring training proposal had touted the plan as one aimed at helping finance a shared stadium for the Jays and Houston Astros in Palm Beach Gardens. The committee chairman told a reporter he believed a merger between the two teams was a done deal.

That came on top of frustrations that city officials had spent two months unsuccessfully trying to secure a meeting with Jays president Paul Beeston. It was also the second time in as many months that the city had learned of the Jays' potential plans from the media.

But by Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Dave Eggers said he had finally spoken with Beeston, who insisted that negotiations between the Jays and Dunedin are still on. Beeston plans to visit Dunedin in the next two or three weeks.

"There have been some discussions with the east coast. There is some interest both ways ... but they are loyal to this area," Eggers said, recounting his conversation with Beeston. "He assured me he'd be down to talk about their needs and wants for the new contract period if they were to stay here."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:21am]


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