Lakeland, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday a proposal of an annual fund to work with cities and baseball teams to keep them in Florida for spring training.
The governor made the announcement at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, the spring training facility of the Detroit Tigers. He was there doing his 16th"Let's Get to Work Day", in which he raked fields and greeted fans in the parking lot.
According to Governor Scott, the proposed $5 milionannual fund would be matched locally 50/50. During a press conference, he stressed the importance of spring training in Florida, calling it an economic booster and a job creator that generates $750 million a year to the state's economy.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of spring training in Florida. There are currently 15 Major League Baseball teams training. The state, however, has been in a battle in recent years to keep teams from relocating to Arizona.
Governor Scott has visited the Bay area several times before for these work days. His last trip was in July 2012 when he worked as a park ranger at Hillsborough State Park.
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