Cubs to Continue Talks with Mesa

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By Carrie Muskat

CHICAGO — The Cubs’ Spring Training facility will apparently stay in Mesa, Ariz.

Team officials have notified the Naples, Fla., group trying to lure the Cubs to the Sunshine State that they will continue exclusive negotiations with Mesa beyond Monday’s deadline. The Cubs and Mesa had established a July 12 deadline in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to have financing in place for the new facility.

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Guest commentary: Cubs present irresistible opportunity for Collier County

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As a member of the city of Naples Blue Ribbon Finance Planning Committee this past spring, I became very aware of the significant financial situation the city of Naples — and Collier County — is facing. The property values, sales tax revenue and tourist contribution to the economy are all declining. This will result in a decrease of government services, an increase in taxes or both. It’s my hope that community leaders, business leaders and political leaders work together to reverse these trends. The problem is that our choices are limited.

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POLL Mr. Cub Ernie Banks: He’s game for a Move to Florida, Yes Naples

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By Brent Batten

CHICAGO – When you’re trying to persuade the Chicago Cubs of something, it never hurts to have Mr. Cub on your side.

Craig Bouchard, point man in the effort to wrest Cubs spring training from Mesa, Ariz., in favor of Naples, appears to have convinced beloved former Cub Ernie Banks that a move to Florida would be a good idea.

“He’s a futurist, that’s what I see,” Banks said late Friday during a meeting with Bouchard.

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David Moulton: Show your Support for the Cubs — Now

By DAVID MOULTON

It’s easy for a huge story to get lost in the shuffle of Tiger Woods and the holidays. For the past two months there have been various reports concerning the Chicago Cubs’ potential spring training move to Collier County.

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Cubs Consider Investing in Naples, Fla. Training Facility

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The Chicago Cubs are considering making a financial investment in a proposed spring training facility near Naples, Fla., according to people familiar with the team.

Craig Bouchard, who is leading an effort to lure the Cubs to Florida, said the team is a possible investor in the proposed development. A Cubs official confirmed that the team is exploring a number of options, including a financial interest in a Florida spring training complex.

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Ricketts Meets with Florida Governor

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By Carrie Muskat

Cubs owner exploring spring options in Sunshine State

CHICAGO — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist met with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of relocating the team’s Spring Training and player development facilities from Arizona to Florida.

Crist met in Tallahassee, Fla., with Ricketts and team president Crane Kenney, and the governor said he’s willing to go “as far as possible” to lure the team.

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Naples Serious Player in Wooing Cubs

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By Carrie Muskat

Group in Florida Bidding to be Team’s Spring Home

NAPLES, Fla. — Two Florida businessmen didn’t think it was possible that the Cubs might relocate their Spring Training site from Arizona to here until they looked the team’s new owners, the Ricketts family, in the eyes.

Now, Craig Bouchard and Gary Price have partnered with others in this southwest Florida coastal city in an effort to convince the Cubs to make Collier County their new home.

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Bouchard Takes you Inside the Global Tug-of-War for the Control of Esmark

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By Scott Robertson

Subscribers to AMM have read for years of mergers and acquisitions in metals, efforts to consolidate the steel industry and the motives of industry magnates like Lakshmi Mittal, Alexei Mordashov, Wilbur Ross and others.

As numerous, as complex and as detailed as many of those stories are—and surely will be in the future—AMM never had a reporter sitting in a closed-door meeting with the principals when a deal was on the table.

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David Moulton: Are the Cubs Playing Naples for a Better Deal in Arizona?

By DAVID MOULTON

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In the aftermath of my report Sunday that the Chicago Cubs are seriously considering moving their minor league operations and making Naples their spring training home, I’ve received more than 700 e-mails (cubstocollier@gmail.com) from Collier County residents and sports fans who have questions, concerns or doubts about this story.

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Sites Competing for Cubs’ Spring Facility

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By Carrie Muskat

Mesa, Ariz., and Naples, Fla., out to persuade new ownership

The cities of Mesa, Ariz., and Naples, Fla., are gearing up for a battle over the Cubs.

On Thursday, officials from Chicago-based Esmark Inc. and Naples-based Fifth Avenue Advisors held a news conference in Naples announcing their intent to convince the team to move from Arizona to Collier County in Florida.

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