LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Talks continue in regards to bringing the Washington Nationals to Fort Myers. The discussion has reached a stand-still because Lee County doesn't have the extra money to fix up the City of Palms park.
Spring training brings more than $700 million into the state each year, but renovating the park could cost tens of millions of dollars. Commissioners say it needs new practice fields and new weightlifting equipment. Additionally, the money the county uses for stadiums is from the tourist tax that's already tied up with the Twins and the Red Sox. So, commissioners will have to get creative or they'll have to stop pursuing the Nationals. If they do that, they could promote the park for amateur baseball events, turn it into a swim center or a soccer complex.
Right now, the Nationals have spring training in Viera on the East coast.