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Dunedin stadium ideas, Toronto meeting don't woo Blue Jays

DUNEDIN -- This city has flown a representative to Canada to chat up top baseball brass. It has doled out cash for an economic impact study of spring training baseball. It has sent an official to Florida's east coast to listen in on a meeting with residents there about a proposed new baseball stadium.

It has even paid for some preliminary sketches of new baseball facilities that could be built in Dunedin.

But none of that has persuaded the Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin's longtime spring training team, to abandon pursuit of a new shared stadium with the Houston Astros in Palm Beach Gardens on the Atlantic coast.

Still, Dunedin parks and recreation director Vince Gizzi, Mayor Dave Eggers and others continue to work behind the scenes in hopes of keeping the Jays.

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