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Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin to discuss spring training lease



DUNEDIN -- Has the Toronto Blue Jays' infatuation with Florida's east coast ended and the team's attentions returned to its longtime spring training home here?

The Jays aren't saying, but after months of freezing out Dunedin while they and the Houston Astros worked a deal for a new stadium in Palm Beach Gardens, the team has finally agreed to sit down with Dunedin officials later this month and talk about what it would take to keep them in town.

While hopeful that the Jays will renew their contract with the city, Mayor Dave Eggers stressed that the talks will be very preliminary.

Meanwhile, media reports and a government official indicate that proposed plans for a 117-acre spring training complex for the Astros and Jays in Palm Beach Gardens are dead after residents there vehemently complained about the potential for traffic congestion, noise and light pollution. Palm Beach Gardens city commissioners asked Palm Beach County officials to look for a more suitable site.

But Palm Beach County and Houston Astros officials say they haven't spoken with Jays representatives in several weeks.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 2:34pm]


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