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Atlanta Braves break ground on spring training complex

By Zach Murdock
Oct 16, 2017 — They have 16 months to finish to project.

NORTH PORT — It took local officials and Atlanta Braves executives more than two years to negotiate and finalize a plan to build a new spring training complex in North Port.

Now the team and construction crews have just 16 months to actually build it.

The race to the Braves’ first pitch in February 2019 officially began Monday when local officials and team executives formally broke ground on the site of the planned $100 million stadium complex in the West Villages.

Standing in the middle of what is now just a pasture off U.S. 41 and River Road, leaders hailed the project as a boon for North Port and the entire area and marveled at the transformation that must take place over the next year.

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July 20, 2017 - City analysis of spring training points to $3.7M boost to city coffers over 30 years

By Earle Kimmel
Thursday, July 20, 2017 NORTH PORT — A fiscal analysis performed by city officials suggests that the 30-year impact of the proposed Atlanta Braves spring training facility would be a positive net operating surplus of $3.7 million, while other indirect benefits may pump another $34 million into the economy.The City Commission will discuss the analysis, as well as the interlocal funding agreement with the West Villages Improvement District, at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The analysis covered anticipated revenues generated on the entire 113-acre campus, including a proposed hotel and baseball academy — both of which would remain on the tax rolls, while the $75 million Spring Stadium would not, as it would be a county facility.

That $3.7 million figure is based on taxes and fees over 30 years.

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Jan. 5th Herald Tribune - West Villages Growth
Sept. 23rd WWSB - ABC 7 My Suncoast - North port
Sept. 20th WWSB - ABC 7 My Suncoast - River Road may get a makeover
Sept. 19th West Villages - Sun - Former Professional Searching For Local Stars
Sept 12th West Villages - Sun - -Artist Adds A Message To Her Work
August 29th West Villages - Sun - The West Villages Welcomes Mattamy Homes
Mar 8th Atlanta Business Chronicle - Braves in talks for spring training home in Sarasota


Good feelings

By Mark Gordon | Managing Editor
Friday, December 25, 2015

The next 12 months will be busy for Marty Black. The longtime developer leads an ambitious project in south Sarasota County, to turn Thomas Ranch, a 9,650-acre property into a successful live, work and play development. Master-planned communities like that are sprinkled statewide. The list includes FishHawk Ranch in illsborough County, Lakewood Ranch in east Manatee County and the forthcoming Babcock Ranch in Charlotte and Lee counties.

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Good feelings

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