After a two-year flirtation by the Dodgers with Las Vegas and other cities out west, the team has been convinced to stay in Vero Beach for at least the next 20 years after the city and the county agreed to a $19–million package to improve the Dodgertown facility.

As part of the deal, developers George de Guardiola and Bruce Rendina of West Palm Beach, FL are buying 64 acres adjacent to the ballpark at an undisclosed price for construction of stores, townhouses and restaurants. They will also expand an existing hotel and conference center.

Their project is expected to replicate the successful Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, FL, which was privately developed around the spring-training facility of the St. Louis Cardinals and Montreal Expos.

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