Smith expects that will all be complete when the Orioles start trickling into the complex in early to mid-February. That was in doubt earlier this year after two local citizens groups filed a lawsuit against the city and county, alleging that Sarasota officials violated Florida's "Sunshine Laws" in negotiations with the Orioles. The lawsuit prevented the county from issuing construction bonds for the project.
In early July, a circuit judge refused to overturn the deal between Sarasota and the Orioles and authorized the county to issue the bonds for the renovation of the facility. That ruling has since been appealed, so the legal issues aren't completely "a thing of the past," according to Smith, though they have become much less of a factor.