Published: Aug 19, 2013 5:25 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 19, 2013 6:57 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- It appears that City of Palms park has a lease on life, for at least another few weeks.  Lee commissioners say they are not ready to just close it down, despite it losing a lot of money each  year.

"I say, shut it down and save use at lest 390-thousand dollars a year, money that we can use to help the sick, lame and blind," pleaded commissioner Frank Mann.

"Let's leave it open and continue to talk with the city of Fort Myers about the future. We have some events booked, so let them play their ball games in the park, and then later we can decide the future for City of Palms," argued commsr. Tammy Hall.

After polling the 5-member board, it appears that at least 3 commissioners want to keep the place open, for now. But each warned: that can change if they decide it is better to just mothball the stadium, former spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.

Commissioners did give tentative approval to cutting Lee Tran bus service, to save about $1.3 million a year. The cut include: No bus service at all on Veterans Day and Marthin Luther King Day.   They also tentatively will eliminate Route 60, to Fl. Gulf Coast University and San Carlos Park.   Commissioner Hall objected, saying, a lot of people in San Carlos need the bus service just to get to work.

Commissioners tried to reach a concensus on what to do about Conservation 2020, but they did not reach a majority opinion. That is the program that collects property taxes to buy and preserve vacant land. Some want to use the 2020 money for things, besides buying and maintaining land.  Others are undecided. 

Commissioners have to make final decisions on a new budget, in September.