The hope that the Toronto Blue Jays would depart their long-time Florida Gulf Coast home in Dunedin and move to the east coast of the Sunshine state has ended. As previously reported, plans to share a complex in Palm Beach Gardens with the Houston Astros failed due to local opposition. Since then, the Blue Jays have opted out of the entire idea of relocating, communicating their decision to stay in Dunedin.
The Astros and Nationals have joined forces in the exploratory stages of a plan to share a new spring training complex on 80 acres in Lake Worth, reports the Palm Beach Post. City officials appear to be behind the project, but the matter is complicated by the fact that the proposed site is a park owned by Palm Beach County.
If the deal could be hammered out, two clubs that are currently two-plus hours away from the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins in Jupiter – in Viera (Washington) and Kissimmee (Houston) – would then be just 25 miles from Jupiter. That would provide a great scheduling and travel benefit to all four clubs plus the nearby New York Mets, as well.
There is plenty of potentially rough road ahead before the proposed complex could become reality, however.