Although the Chicago Cubs right now are precluded from talking to Collier County spring-training interests while the team pursues closure for a new stadium in Arizona, where it has trained for more than 50 years, we can bring it up.
With Mesa city officials and the Arizona Legislature unable to come to terms on funding for a bigger ballpark and accessories out there, we believe the time is right for a reminder to the Cubs that Collier remains ready to get back in the game.
While no one is flashing cash to throw in desperation at the team, serious, business-like interest remains in Tallahassee and locally in a public-private partnership for a ballpark, practice fields and a replica of Wrigleyville around it.
Like the new Boston Red Sox venue coming to Fort Myers, the Collier project would be a destination in our view.
It would work, we believe.
The two projects so close together would be a definite plus.
Any time the Cubs want to take off the muzzle and resume a discussion, we believe Collier would be ready.