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Minor League Baseball Coming to Panama City Beach?

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This morning, the Tourist Development Council decided to spearhead a plan to design and build a new amateur sports complex in Panama City Beach.

However, this could just be the first pitch toward something even bigger: the addition of a minor league baseball team.

At last month's meeting the TDC voted to explore a partnership with a private group that is working to being a minor league team to Panama City Beach.

A new amateur sports complex was in both group's plans, so TDC decided to go forward with it.

This year they had to turn away hundreds of sports teams because they didn't have the facilities to accommodate them.

They look to put the new complex in land adjacent to Frank Brown Park, and a potential minor league stadium would most likely go in the same area.

Chairman Buddy Wilkes talks about the financial boost this would mean for the economy.

"Oh, it would be huge," he says, "Number one it could be a great asset for the community. It will be a nice amenity for local families to go out for in the vicinity of  $3, $5 ,$7 a head to go to a ball game. Also, it's some really good entertainment."

The private group's attorney, William Harrison, couldn't be reached for comment, but he estimates that engineering, planning, and building a minor league stadium would cost around $30 million.