A Palm Beach Board of County commissioners vote has paved the way for the St. Louis Cardinals to keep their Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Florida.
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There was talk earlier this year that the Cardinals would consider leaving the complex if any of the three teams that train along Florida’s East Coast had moved away. The team’s lease for Roger Dean Stadium runs through 2027 but had one of the three teams (Washington Nationals, New York Mets or Florida Marlins) moved away, the club could break the lease at any time.
The 5-2 vote on Tuesday night allows for both the Nationals and Houston Astros to select a site for their new Spring Training complex. Currently, the Nats are based in the central coastal city of Viera while the Astros train in the central Florida city of Kissimmee.
Moving the Nats and Astros to Palm Beach County would create a hub of four teams that include the Cardinals and Marlins and put an ease on the commute. The Mets make their Spring Training home at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
Both the Nats and Astros released a joint statement:
"“The Board of Commissioners took a major step today toward keeping the tradition of Major League baseball’s Spring Training in Palm Beach County and on the east coast of Florida. The teams will now work to find a location here in Palm Beach County that will serve our needs, those of the youth sports commission and area tourism for decades to come. We will continue our efforts to accomplish that goal.”"
The new complex is estimated to cost $135 million and the vote allows $108 million in hotel tax revenue to go towards the cost of the two-team facility. It is hoped that a site can be found in the next 90 days.