WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (970 WFLA) — Blue Marble founder James Talton said he expects to bring a contract for a $34 million baseball complex at Wiregrass Ranch to the Pasco Board of County Commissioners by the end of the year.
As soon as he has a signed contract, Talton said he will reach out to Major League Baseball teams in an effort to lure a spring training facility to the Pasco site. “We’re going to have nine major league-size fields, including the stadium,” Talton said. “I’ve had preliminary discussions, but we can’t really recruit them until we have a contract executed. As soon as I have that in hand, I can assure you there are three teams I will approach.”
Commissioners voted back in March to negotiate with Blue Marble after failing to reach an agreement last year with the Porter family, the owners and developers of Wiregrass Ranch. Negotiations didn’t really begin in earnest until mid-July, after commissioners promoted Michele Baker to succeed retiring County Administrator John Gallagher. Click Here to read more at TBO.com.