Prospects for the Baltimore Orioles setting up a spring-training home in Naples, Fla., have gone from remote to practically zilch.
A week after public funding for the project was thrown out by a Florida court, Collier County commissioners dealt the project another setback this week. By a 3-2 vote, the commissioners rejected the proposal that would have provided real estate on which the project was to have been built.
J. D. Nicewonder, a local real-estate holder, had offered to donate land for the Orioles complex. The gift was conditional on the county agreeing to rezone adjacent property he owned for commercial use.