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Clearwater will pay $2.9 million to upgrade Philadelphia Phillies' spring training complex

CLEARWATER

City to upgrade phillies' facility at cost of $2.9M

The city will pay $2.9 million in general reserves to upgrade the Philadelphia Phillies' spring training complex, the City Council unanimously voted Thursday. Construction to upgrade the Carpenter Complex — including new batting tunnels, a gym and a video room — will begin in May. The Phillies, who have played in Clearwater since 1947, will pay back an estimated $900,000 over the remaining 12 years of their contract.

Council endorses housing projects

The City Council voted Thursday to endorse four planned affordable-housing developments, an attempt to increase developers' chances at winning a state low-income housing tax credit. The developers — Vestcor Fund XL Ltd., SP Chestnut Trail LP, Carlisle Group II Ltd. and Clearwater Prospect Lake Reserve LLC — are competing for the credit by offering affordable housing for seniors and families. City Council members voted 3-2 to approve $100,000 grants — coming from federal and city funds — for each developer, a mostly symbolic move that shows state officials the projects have local approval. Mayor Frank Hibbard and council member Paul Gibson dissented, saying they did not want to offer taxpayer money to build new low-income housing on those properties.

DUNEDIN

Blue Jays' stadium will get new seats

Some visitors to the Dunedin Blue Jays' Florida Auto Exchange Stadium will soon be sitting in the lap of luxury. The Dunedin City Commission on Thursday approved awarding a $40,400 contract for 308 replacement seats along the right-field line to American Seating of Grand Rapids, Mich. The company will also remove and dispose of the deteriorating current seats, which officials said are faded, cracking and fixed in the open position. The new fold-up-style seats will allow for better patron access to the seating area, as well as for improved ease of cleaning and maintenance.

Flag football event will be fundraiser

A flag football extravaganza is brewing between Dunedin Highland Middle School and Dunedin High School at 6 p.m. Wednesday. But instead of having students play, faculty members will take to the field. Teachers also will serve as cheerleaders. Originally aimed at building camaraderie, the event is now being pegged as a charity competition to raise funds for needy Dunedin families. Players will include Dunedin High principal Reuben Hepburn. In a bid to get students and other community members involved in the holiday gift-giving, the charge is $1 for students and $2 for other visitors who bring a canned good.

PALM HARBOR

Library exhibit will focus on WWII

The Central Florida World War II Museum will display its "Traveling Heroes Exhibit'' from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Re-enactors in World War II uniforms will share information about the exhibit, which includes a display of artifacts. Donations will be collected in support of the museum and its work. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006, for more information.

Clearwater will pay $2.9 million to upgrade Philadelphia Phillies' spring training complex 12/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 7:50pm]
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