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Suns Staying Longer in Hagerstown

Suns Staying Longer in Hagerstown

By Susan Larson
The Hagerstown Suns may be staying in Maryland another two years.
Hagerstown City Council voted 3 – 2 to approve a two-season lease extension for the team, which has hopes of moving to Fredericksburg.

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Diamond Nation Asks City for $18 Million More Towards Stadium

Diamond Nation Asks City for $18 Million More Towards Stadium

By Susan Larson
Diamond Nation is asking the City of Fredericksburg to contribute $18 million more towards building a stadium complex to host the Hagerstown Suns and provide space for amateur baseball and softball camps and tournaments.
The total cost of the project originally had been estimated at about $25 – $30 million.
City Manager Bev Cameron made the announcement in an update to City Council during their August 12 meeting.

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City Considers Real Estate Tax Exemption for Diamond Nation Stadium Complex

City Considers Real Estate Tax Exemption for Diamond Nation Stadium Complex

By Susan Larson
Diamond Nation has requested a permanent real estate tax exemption from the City of Fredericksburg in exchange for a revenue share “in perpetuity” and the city’s investment of up to $26 million to build a baseball stadium and sports complex in Celebrate Virginia South.
The new terms came in a letter to City Council on August 21 from Diamond Nation owner Jack Cust.

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Do Not Jeopardize Fredericksburg’s Future Financial Capabilities. Say No to Baseball.

An editorial by Fredericksburg resident Anne Little.
Editor’s Note: Read the comment at the end of the editorial for an opposing viewpoint.
Dear Friends:
Fredericksburg officials have been negotiating on a baseball stadium for over a year.  The final negotiations last year resulted in a package that totaled $28 million dollars in cash, tax breaks and incentives to the Baseball Group (which is comprised of the former Hagerstown Suns and Diamond Nation) from the City.

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City Pledges Additional $2M, Accepts Diamond Nation Offer

City Pledges Additional $2M, Accepts Diamond Nation Offer

By Susan Larson
Plans for a minor league baseball stadium and amateur sports complex in Fredericksburg were revived Tuesday, when City Council unanimously voted to accept Diamond Nation’s most recent offer.
“We’re essentially back to where we were a year ago,” Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw said.
City Manager Bev Cameron announced the offer before the meeting in an email to the press.  He outlined the offer in three points:

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