The team says it’s not involved with an FBI investigation of the site-selection process for a new Boston Red Sox training facility, as Lee County is asked to turn over emails associated with the process.
The Boston Red Sox says they not involved with an FBI investigation of the site-selection process for a new Boston Red Sox training facility, as Lee County is asked to turn over emails associated with the process.
However, the specifics of the FBI investigation did ask for all email containing references to "Todd" and "Stephenson," presumably a reference to Todd Stephenson, the director of Florida operations for the BoSox. That in and of itself doesn’t mean a thing.
Not to impugn the selection process for the new Red Sox training facility, but we did note earlier this week how odd it was that the land bid offering free land was being bypassed in favor of two land bids costing taxpayers $22 million:
It’s interesting to see Lee County move away from its demand of free land in exchange for development rights around the ballpark; no one really believes anymore that any serious revenue will be derived from surrounding development. A proposal for the ballpark at an Edison Farms site would cost only $7.7 million or so — zero for the land and the rest for infrastructure. So taxpayers will probably be on the hook for $22 million or so in land costs.
And now the FBI is investigating.
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