The meeting of the Lee County Board of Commissioners that we noted would take place earlier today has, indeed, taken place, and according to MASNSports.com's Pete Kerzel, has ended in a unanimous vote to pursue negotiations to move the Nationals to Fort Myers.
Despite the fact that both parties seem to be behind the idea of a move, it is far from a done deal. Kerzel lays out the future timetable as follows.
Representatives of Lee County will travel to Washington, D.C., in April or May to meet with the Nationals, who have trained at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., since the team relocated from Montreal prior to the 2005 season.
Lee County will spend the next 90 days determining the Nationals' needs in a spring training facility and whether they can meet them. Among the upgrades the Nationals are reportedly seeking are expanded player development facilities, improvements in equipment and upgrades at City of Palms Park, which opened in 1993.
However, despite the obstacles that remain in the way, the vote by the Board of Commissioners seems to represent another hurdle cleared in Nationals' quest to get out of Viera.
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