Crist hopes Cubs choose Naples over Arizona cactus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist wants the Chicago Cubs to move their spring training home to Florida.

The major league team is nearing a deadline to choose between its longtime spring training home in Mesa, Ariz., or coming to Naples in southwest Florida.

Crist will be in Collier County on Friday to talk with Naples officials about their progress in luring the Cubs from Arizona.

Crist said Thursday it's a golden opportunity for the state to land a cherished professional sports franchise that would bring jobs and boost the economy while providing entertainment at the same time.

The governor met with Cubs' officials last fall about the move.

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