The Braves’ search for a new spring-training home in Florida has taken them back to their past.
Real-estate consultants representing the Braves recently met with officials in Palm Beach County, where the team trained from 1962 until leaving for Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando in 1998.
While there is no indication at this point that the Braves would be able to make a deal to return their spring-training camp to Palm Beach County, the meeting with officials there — first reported by the Palm Beach Post — underscores the team’s commitment to searching both the east and west coasts of Florida for a possible new spring home. The team’s lease with Disney expires after two more years.
The Braves have engaged commercial real-estate services firm JLL — the same firm working with the team on its new stadium and mixed-use development in Cobb County — to “assist us (with) site finding in Florida,” Braves president John Schuerholz said.
“They have talked to a number of communities to find out what the level of interest is or might be,” Schuerholz said. “… They visited not only Palm Beach County but several other counties as well.”