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Blue Wahoos make mark by paying rent upfront

Pensacola Blue WahoosThe Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Class AA; Southern League) had a pleasant surprise for city officials: the team paid its entire 2012 rent — $175,000 — in advance.

The team was slated to pay the Pensacola CMPA with a rent check of $35,000 at its March meeting, per the team’s lease, Instead, Blue Wahoos President Bruce Baldwin surprised the CMPA with a check of $175,000 to cover the ballpark rent for the entire year.

“This is being paid on behalf of the entire Blue Wahoos organization based on the fact that the demand for ticketing has been so great and also our understanding of the start-up cost for a new organization. We hope that this will be helpful to the CMPA in helping to offset some of those early expenditures,” said Baldwin.

“Quint and Rishy Studer and the Blue Wahoos, from the beginning, have always delivered,” said Collier Merrill, CMPA chairman. “This is just another case and point of them going above and beyond to make sure this community is a better place to live.”

The Blue Wahoos will open play at the brand-new waterfront stadium on April 5 against the Montgomery Biscuits at 7:00 p.m.

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