Tourism leaders on Thursday warned that they don’t have any tax money left to help build another spring training facility if the Atlanta Braves decide to set up shop here.
County officials have used bed tax revenue to help pay for Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, which will open in January.
But members of the county’s Tourist Development Council on Thursday said they are out of cash. Subsidizing another stadium would “seriously jeopardize” the group’s ability to market the area as a tourist destination, officials said.
“There is not a penny of bed tax money available,” said David Burke, executive vice president and chief sales & marketing officer at The Breakers on Palm Beach and a member of the tourism board.
The council oversees the collection of “bed” taxes, which are levied on all hotel stays and vacation rentals of six months or less. Bed tax revenue is used to pay for tourism-related advertising, beach renourishment and facilities such as Roger Dean Stadium.
The Braves have been eyeing a site at the south end John Prince Park west of Lake Worth. The team also is negotiating with Sarasota County.