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Sarasota News Leader May 31, 2013 Page 24 The News Leader tried twice this week to obtain a comment from the Orioles' home office in Baltimore with no results. Reid told the News Leader, "We're interested in increasing the economic impact from sports tourism here … and a second [Major League Baseball] team would be an outstanding way of doing that." The Nationals present a particularly alluring option, thanks to their well-known Beltway Rivalry with the Orioles. Brief discussion at the May 16 meeting of the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council County Administrator Randall Reid. Photo (TDC) pointed to the prospects of creating an by Norman Schimmel even greater flow of visitors from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore metropolitan area if the team announced after its final Spring Sarasota hosted both teams for Spring Train- Training game on March 29. ing. That figure also represented a new Spring Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota Training season attendance record for SaraCounty, has noted in past presentations to the sota, which has hosted such games since 1924. TDC that her staff's marketing in the Balti- "We would not want to do anything to upset more area — part of the county's agreement that longstanding relationship" with the Oriwith the Orioles when the team relocated to oles, Reid told the News Leader. Sarasota — has brought in a significant numReferring to his mid-May email to Reid, Barber of visitors. betta said, "I just didn't want [the potential This year, the Orioles set a franchise record by for landing the Nationals] to fall between drawing 120,455 fans for their 17 home games, the cracks." % I am so incredibly pleased, with my beautiful smile and my comfortable and natural bite. - Barbara Lee For a complimentary consultation call 941.923.5406 | Christine Koval, D.M.D. |

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