Collier County Commissioners today rejected further negotiations with the Atlanta Braves on a new $101-million Naples spring-training complex, saying county funds could be better spent on beach restoration and road repairs.
The Braves were seeking further negotiations on a new complex, which would be backed by a 1 percent hike in the local bed tax. There was not a specific proposal on the table, past a general sense of the cost and an outline of a site proposal. However, commissioners made it clear they weren’t interested in further talks with the team.
This leaves Sarasota County and Palm Beach County as potential homes for Braves spring-training facilities. Sarasota County officials have been a little more active than Palm Beach County officials in working to land the Braves, who are slated to leave Champion Stadium and Wide World of Sports after 2018 spring training.