Talks OK'd for Naples spring site

July 24, 1991|By Mark Hyman

Plans for a Baltimore Orioles' spring-training complex nudged ahead yesterday.

In Naples, Fla., the Collier County commissioners voted to permit the county manager to begin formal contract talks with the Orioles and two other parties involved in the project -- Naples landholder J. D. Nicewonder and SCA Development Corp.

Orioles officials hope for a modern spring headquarters, one that would include six practice fields, indoor and outdoor batting cages and a stadium with seats for 6,500 to 7,000. If contracts are signed quickly, the Orioles could move in by 1993.

The commissioners voted, 4-1, to move ahead with the negotiations and informally set a three-month deadline for reaching agreement.

The Orioles were well represented at the commissioners' meeting -- senior vice president Tom Daffron, vice president Janet Marie Smith and assistant general manager Frank Robinson were in Naples for the vote.

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