The spring home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins will see $10 million in long-term improvements, thanks to a hike in the local hotel tax.
Palm Beach County is spending $10 million on long-term improvements to Roger Dean Stadium, the spring home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins, thanks to a hike in the local hotel tax.
No specific were discussed by the county board as they approved the measure yesterday, and it sounds like much of the money will be spent on smaller purchases rather than any high-profile buy.
The purpose of the ballpark improvements: keeping the Cardinals and Marlins tied to Jupiter for the long term. Both teams have leases at the ballpark expiring in 2017, and the county wants to see extensions from the teams in exchange for the increased spending.
The ballpark is one of the busiest in baseball. Besides housing the two MLB teams in the spring, Roger Dean Stadium is also home to the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals (both High Class A; Florida State League), as well as numerous tourneys and events in the offseason.
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