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‘Big League’ decision looms

Drew Winchester


NORTH PORT — A deadline is fast approaching for California based Big League Dreams, which designs and builds scaled down versions of major league ballparks, to decide if they want North Port to be home to their first Florida-based facility.

If not, they’ll have to pay the city back $450,000 by July 11, the end of a two year licensing agreement that kept the company from building a facility anywhere along the Gulf Coast from Hillsborough County south to Collier County.

But, according to their Chief Executive Officer Rick Odekirk, the company has already set their sites on other areas in Florida, locations that could join North Port, or maybe even proceed the city, depending on how things work out for a similar facility being eyed for Charlotte County.

Odekirk said BLD is still closely watching what’s happening with Ripken Baseball, a company owned by…

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