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NO DEAL FOR THE LARSON FOUR-PLEX SITE

Efforts to sell or lease Plant City Stadium hit a snag this week when the city rejected the only proposal so far for use of the Cincinnati Reds' former spring training home.

Officials said the proposal by Big League Dreams, based in California, lacked specifics about how it would lower the city's operating and maintenance costs for the stadium and nearby Randy L. Larson Softball Four-Plex.

Officials wanted to sell or lease the 75-acre facility in order to lower those costs.

After commissioners rejected the proposal Monday, City Manager Greg Horwedel said the city will again advertise the stadium in early May with proposals due 10 to 30 days after that.

Big League Dreams, a sports management company that builds replica Major League stadiums, was asked to submit an amended plan, he said.

The stadium is now used by a soccer team, VSI Tampa Bay FC, for its home games. VSI has a contract for the facility through August.

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Leaky roof repair contract okayed

The Police Department's leaky roof will soon get attention.

Commissioners on Monday approved a $225,000 contract with Tecta America West Florida to install a waterproof membrane on the cracked surface.

The two-month project is expected to start within 30 days.

Police have complained for two years about leaks that pop up randomly around the 67,000-square-foot building, a former car refurbishment center for Auto Nation.

Maintenance crews have coped by placing buckets in the drop ceiling. So far, the leaks haven't damaged computers or other equipment.

Tampa-based Tecta America West Florida was the lowest bidder of five companies vying for the work. The project was initially budgeted at $450,000.

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Blueberry Festival at Keel & Curley

Keel & Curley Winery will hold its sixth annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival Saturday and Sunday.

Live music, craft and food vendors and U-pick blueberries are among the planned events. Meet the new blueberry queens. About 6,000 people attended last year's festival. Admission is free. Parking is $5. Call (813) 752-9100 or visit keelandcurleywinery.com for more information. The winery is at 5202 W Thonotosassa Road in Plant City.

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Community Expo exhibitors sought

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is seeking exhibitors for this year's Chamber Community Expo. The registration deadline is Monday.

The annual expo highlights local businesses and community groups. This event is set for 2 to 6 p.m. May 2 at the Expo Building, 351 N Woodrow Wilson St. on the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds.

Registration is $150 for chamber members and $200 for nonmembers. Viewing spaces are 10 by 10 feet and includes a table and two chairs. Restaurants that give out samples will receive a discount.

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Catch VSI Tampa Bay soccer tonight

VSI Tampa Bay FC, Plant City's new professional soccer club, is scheduled to take on the Dayton (Ohio) Dutch Lions at 8 tonight at Plant City Stadium, 1900 S Park Road. Tickets for the match are $10, $5 for children ages 3 to 11; vsi-fc.com.

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