VIDEO/PHOTOS: Cubs Chairman Ricketts will campaign for Mesa facility, paper reports

Collier not giving up on Chicago Cubs

Owners say Cubs will stay in Mesa, ...

Craig Bouchard, right, vice chairman of Esmark Inc. speaks at a a news conference regarding the decision of the Chicago Cubs to stay in Arizona for spring training baseball as Gary Price, center, a partner in Fifth Avenue Advisors, and Marvin Easton, left, a Naples resident, look on outside the baseball field at Cambier Park in Naples on Jan. 27, 2009. While the negotiations with the Cubs are dead for now, the group says they will keep the door open if the Cubs reconsider Collier County as their spring training home. Greg Kahn/Staff

Photo by GREG KAHN

Craig Bouchard, right, vice chairman of Esmark Inc. speaks at a a news conference regarding the decision of the Chicago Cubs to stay in Arizona for spring training baseball as Gary Price, center, a partner in Fifth Avenue Advisors, and Marvin Easton, left, a Naples resident, look on outside the baseball field at Cambier Park in Naples on Jan. 27, 2009. While the negotiations with the Cubs are dead for now, the group says they will keep the door open if the Cubs reconsider Collier County as their spring training home. Greg Kahn/Staff

— He is politicking for a new spring training facility in Mesa for the Cubs that will be financed with public dollars. It has been a tough sell in a state suffering from depressed real estate values, and with municipalities struggling to provide basic services to residents. A proposal from Mesa earlier this year fell through because it involved higher taxes.

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