Palm Beach Gardens asks county to look outside city for new Houston Astros spring training facility

Developers worry remaining teams could leave PBC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- - Spring training baseball might be striking out in Palm Beach Gardens as the city decides to recommend Palm Beach County look elsewhere to build the proposed Houston Astros facility.

It is estimated by the county economic development board that Spring training generates an estimated $60 million for Palm Beach County.

The Astros owner Jim Crane was eyeing a swath of land near Central Boulevard and I-95.

The vacant piece of land is looking like it could stay that way.

"I think it's frustrating for almost all commercial businesses in the area," said Peter Brock of Brock Development in Palm Beach Gardens.

Brock said millions of dollars are at stake and so are the remaining teams located on the east coast of Florida.

As it stands, if one of the four teams moves from the area, the rest could follow.

"Well I mean it's politics, it's all about the elections," said Brock.
Brock suspects pressure from nearby residents of the proposed site is getting to council members. The city has now requested that Palm Beach County look outside of Palm Beach Gardens.

"It's a major risk. If we have two teams in our community today, we need to make sure we keep them," said Daniel Martell of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.

Martell said the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals alone create millions of dollars in revenue in the area.

"I don't think it was a situation of a right fit or wrong fit. But it's a matter of, they've heard their residents, they're taking a leadership moment to go ahead and keep on looking," said Martell.
Brock said the feelings of those who live by the stadium need to be respected. But he cannot help to think of what another team could mean to everyone.
"I really think you know, it would be really great that for once that the greater good prevail," said Brock.

The stadium could still land in Palm Beach Gardens, but the county for now will look at other sites.

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