LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County and the Minnesota Twins have reached a tentative deal to improve Hammond stadium and the surrounding sports complex. Twins executives came to Fort Myers Thursday to brief each county commissioner in private.
"The Twins have enjoyed a great relationship with Lee county for many years. It's good for us and we believe, it's been great for the county as well. And we are looking forward to continuing that partnership for a long, long time," said Dave St. Peter, President of the Twins.
He would not supply details of the deal until he had seen each commissioner personally.
But two commissioners told WINK, the total deal will cost about $40 million. But the team will pay some of the cost, by paying for a players' dormitory, to be built on the grounds of the sports complex.
"This is so good because tourist tax dollars will pay for the county side of the agreement. Our residents will not have to pay a nickel," said commissioner Frank Mann. That money comes from taxes on hotel room rentals.
The deal requires that improvements be made by winter, 2015. The county is hoping to have commissioners vote on the deal in November. That might allow Ray Judah, an outgoing commissioner, the chance to vote on the agreement before he leaves office. Judah has been a tireless supporter of spring training baseball in Lee County.