Like foul balls, baseball puns fly at Palm Beach County Commission meeting

Palm Beach County mayor Shelley Vana, above the Astros logo, with city and county officials last month at a baseball ceremony

Palm Beach County mayor Shelley Vana, above the Astros logo, with city and county officials last month at a baseball ceremony

When it comes to public officials making bad baseball puns, the Palm Beach County Commission is knocking them out of the part much better than the West Palm Beach City Commission.In fact, the city commission continued its shutout streak Monday when it approved an access agreement to the spring training site without any comment.

A week earlier, the county commission had plenty to say before approving an initial $5 million so the teams can start preliminary work on the land where they hope to build a $135 million complex.

“I don’t think we should balk here at approving this,’’ County Commissioner Hal Valeche said, prompting laughter from his colleagues.

“That’s a baseball term, right?’’ County Mayor Shelley Vana asked. “It took me a minute.’’

Commissioner Steven Abrams chuckled a few moments later and said, “I may come out of the bullpen later when this comes back…’

Both governments are partnering on a deal to bring the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros to West Palm Beach.

The county is helping finance the project with $108 million in hotel tax revenue while the city is providing the land for the complex through a land swap with the county.

 

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