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Clay looks into building baseball complex

6:07 PM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A baseball complex that replicates major league venues is being touted by some as a way for Clay County to hit a home run for the economy.

On Monday, the County Commission started to dissect a $19 million contract with Big League Dreams, a California-based company that managed similar operations in other parts of the country.

The complex would be paid for by Clay County with the county to receive a yet to be determined cut each year of what the complex brings in.

"We feel it's a win-win," said Tony Boselli, who represents Big League Dream on the Clay County project.

"Clay County would get a great park, a great facility that Clay County could be proud of," said Boselli, who noted the management company would be responsible for operating and maintaining it.

The proposal would have the complex built near Middleburg around Branan Field and Old Jennings Road.

"It would be a huge mistake," said Cheryl McDavitt, who is a member of a taxpayer coalition against the project.

"Looking at the potential return on investment, it does not make sense for Clay County," said McDavitt, who noted the county already has problems funding libraries and public parks.

Boselli said consultants project the Big League Dreams complex could attract 40,000 people annually to Clay County.

The county has hired a Jacksonville law firm to hammer out a contract.

Big League Dreams is looking at Clay County for its first complex on the East Coast.

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