Lee county will spend 4.8-million taxpayer dollars to buy 14 acres to expand the sports complex in South Ft. Myers. The Minnesota Twins use the complex and Hammond Stadium for spring training and for minor league practice. The team also is telling one commissioner that it wants to expand Hammond Stadium in the future.
"We've had a great relationship with the Twins, going back 20 years, and this purchase will continue that," said Commissioner John Manning. "The team president recently told me that the team wants to stay here and wants to expand Hammond by 2-thousand seats. I don't know any details on when or who would pay to do it."
Commissioners Tuesday voted 3 to 2 to expand the sports complex. That will give the team extra practice fields. In addition, amateur ball teams could use the extra fields, at certain times.
Commission chair Frank Mann voted against the land buy, saying: the county was paying too much.