Lee county is considering the purchase of some land that would benefit the Minnesota Twins. The county has a possible deal to buy 14 acres south of the sports complex, for 4.8 million dollars. It's attractive to help the Twins, who would like more practice fields. But some people are criticizing the deal for bad timing in the middle of a recession.
"I say: help people first, then buy property," said Lee Clerk of Courts Charlie Green. "I feel this is wrong, very bad timing when we have every soup kitchen as busy as can be. How can you buy more real estate, when you are saying, you have no money?"
The land would be used by the team and its minor league players. It also would be used by some local high school and amateur ball teams, at certain times. The land is located south of Hammond Stadium and the Lee Sports Complex in South Fort Myers.
"I think it would be great to get the land and just have it for the Twins, but I wonder about the price. I would like to get it for less," said Commission Chair Frank Mann. "I know the Twins will want us to do some things to enhance their facility, and this would help. But it may not look real good to some of the people."
Jim May is one of those. "Disgusted would be a term I would use. I just say: spend the money to help children, the homeless, those in need, the veterans," said May. "I feel these ball teams have ample facilities right now."
Lee Commissoners are supposed to talk about the land buy, and vote on it, next Tuesday.