FORT MYERS, Fla. - The future of City of Palms Park is in question again, as are plans to bring the Washington Nationals to Fort Myers for Spring Training.
WINK News obtained a letter from Fort Myers City Manager William Mitchell to Rockford Development Group. In it, Mitchell said over the past few months, Rockford, Lee County and Fort Myers had been in discussions over the renovations of City of Palms. The improvements were supposed to be enticement for the Washington Nationals to take over the field for Spring Training, which the Red Sox vacated to move to JetBlue Park.
In his letter, Mitchell said he asked Rockford Development Group to suggest scenarios for financing the renovations and the response was that the city should foot the entire bill.
Mitchell said that would leave the city $53-56 million dollars in debt over the project, which the city "does not have financial capability to absorb."
Mitchell went on to say, for that reason, he could not recommend the proposal to the city council.
Senior Reporter Mike Walcher will have updates on this story starting on WINK News Live at 4.