photo: Roger Dean Stadium
Two weeks after Palm Beach County commissioners asked for cuts to a $111 million proposal to upgrade Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium, the topic was back on Tuesday’s agenda. This time, a slightly-reduced $108 million plan received unanimous approval, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Removed from the earlier plans are a 360-degree concourse, entrance signage and landscaping, a first-base group area and elevated seating decks in the outfield. The revised agreement also reduces the county’s annual contributions for the initial nine years and requires some of the bonds issued to be tax exempt.
Palm Beach County will use its tourism tax funds to contribute $75.1 million over a period of 25 years. The State of Florida’s contributions would total $50 million.
Among the supporters of the project is Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros. Crane penned a letter citing spring training’s tourism benefit to the county. His club is a tenant in a new facility in nearby West Palm Beach shared with the Washington Nationals.
However, one hurdle remains. The Cardinals, Marlins and the town of Jupiter must agree on parking improvements, a responsibility of the town. Jupiter’s mayor spoke at the hearing in support of the overall project and noted talks are already underway on the parking plans.
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