The Reds will begin looking a new spring home tomorrow. The referendum for the final piece of funding to rebuild Ed Smith Stadium was voted down. The Sarasota Herald Tribune had it a 4,431 against, 4,206 for.
"The citizens have spoken," Reds COO John Allen said.
That means the Reds' time in Sarasota will come to an end over the next couple of years.
“We’ve been very consistent with our message,” Allen said. “We wanted to stay in Sarasota. When other cities and Arizona approached us, that’s what told them.”
Tomorrow, there will be a new message.
“We’ll start process (of looking for a new site) immediately,” Allen said.
The Reds lease on Ed Smith runs out in October of 2008. But the club has three one-year options to renew.
Allen said there is no way the Reds will stay in the existing Ed Smith complex long-term.