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Baseball team’s use of park questioned

Victoria council votes tomorrow on whether to enter into negotiations with team owner

Victoria council will vote tomorrow (Feb. 16) on whether to empower the city’s parks director to enter into negotiations with a new professional baseball team.

The team’s owner is a secret, but the team would be part of the West Coast League.

Last week, some councillors expressed concern that the operator would “have discretion over who could use the (Royal Athletic )park and at what rates (during summer months),” said Coun. Ben Isitt. “I think the city can drive a much harder bargain than what’s being contemplated.”

The Victoria Seals left Royal Athletic Park in 2010.

Mayor Dean Fortin said the city has been trying to secure a replacement team since that time.

“It is a high quality family entertainment. it is economic development,” he said.

“The devil will be in the details and we have to make sure we have a fair deal for the citizens of Victoria.”