PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — With the St. Lucie Mets still playing, St. Lucie County has a small window of time to fix an ongoing drainage problem at the team's Clover Park baseball stadium. The repairs are expected to exceed $2 million.
The Mets organization and the county noticed the problem last year when they got 19 inches of rain above normal last summer.
That amount of rain exposed some of the issues in the infield of Clover Park, which was built in 1988.
Over the years, the county said it has replaced sod and made some minor improvements in the infield. The problem at the moment is the irrigation and the drainage on the infield.
Officials said that through a bid process, crews will raise the field slightly and improve the irrigation and the drainage inside the main part of the stadium.
Stadium debt and any improvements to the stadium are paid through the county's bed tax.
The county is looking to have all the improvements done before spring training season starts, which is typically the third week in January.