Houston Astros Scout Palm Beach Gardens For Spring Training Home

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Palm Beach Gardens officials aren't talking, but the Houston Astros say the team still wants to come to town, even after residents' protests this month.

"Our preference has been Palm Beach Gardens and still is," said Giles Kibbe, the team's general counsel.

The Major League Baseball team has been holding its six-week spring training camp in Kissimmee since 1985, but its lease expires in 2016.

It's still scouting Palm Beach Gardens as a potential spring training site despite a 4-1 City Council vote Jan. 9 that took its best prospect—on 117th Court North—out of consideration.

The vote was a victory for residents who opposed a baseball complex in their neighborhood, arguing the training center would cause noise and traffic congestion.

"We're open to looking at different sites in Palm Beach County," Kibbe said. "If they come forward with something that fits what we need, we'll be interested in making that work."

Palm Beach Gardens spokeswoman Jamie Voss did not return calls for comment, and Houston Astros spokesman Gene Dias would not say what other local sites the team was considering.

But Kibbe said the Astros would look beyond Palm Beach Gardens.

"Moving forward, we have to look at all options throughout Florida and Arizona," he said.

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