MIAMI (AP) -Without offering any specifics, the Florida Marlins said Saturday their quest for a new baseball-only ballpark will continue in South Florida.
One day after Florida's annual state legislative session ended without a deal for a $60 million subsidy to help the Marlins build a $490 million, retractable-roof stadium that would open in time for the 2011 season, the team released a brief statement expressing more disappointment with lawmakers.
A bill that would have provided the long-sought money passed the state House last month, but never got through the Senate - the reverse of what happened in 2006, when a bill passed the Senate but died on the House floor in the final minutes of that session.
The latest defeat was the sixth in a seven-year span for the Marlins at the state level.
``We are very disappointed that the Florida State Legislature was unable to assist Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami and the Florida Marlins in their desire to spur economic development through the construction of a new baseball-only retractable-roof facility in Miami,'' the team said. ``Starting immediately, we will all begin the process of moving forward to attempt to secure the future of baseball in South Florida.''
The Marlins offered no further comment.
There is a chance the Marlins' bill could be heard when the legislature reconvenes for a special session beginning June 12. The team's lease at Dolphin Stadium - where the Marlins have played since their inception in 1993 - runs out in 2010, and Florida officials have said they will not play there after that season.
The team, the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County have committed to paying $460 million of the $490 million project. The remaining $30 million would have come from bonds backed by the $60 million in state money.
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