Jim and his team feel that giving back to the community is an important part of our daily lives. Recently, Jim donated 75 Sarasota Reds baseball tickets to United Way for less privileged children to enjoy a day at the park! “There is nothing more rewarding than putting a smile on a child’s face” says Jim about his recent donation. 

For more information on how you can give back, visit the United Way web-site.

To contact the Jim Soda Group, visit their web-site or email them at info@jimsoda.com.

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” — Bob Hope

The first page of today’s (8/28) New York Times sports section read: “Red Sox at Center of Stimulus Plan.”  The article was very positive and indicates that Sarasota has the best chance of getting the Red Sox spring training program.  Orlando has shown some interest but already has the Atlanta Braves.  Ft. Myers (current spring training home) is waiting for Sarasota to make their bid before they counter.  The Bosox COO, Mike Dee, is quoted as saying that Sarasota’s interest has been “tremendous – comprehensive – aggressive and supportive.”  Looks good! For more information go to http://www.citizensforsox.com/

Thursday, June 12 7:00 p.m.
Lido Beach Resort
Ben Franklin Dr. Lido Beach
8th Floor Meeting Room
You can now view meeting schedules on http://www.blogger.com/www.citizensforsox.com homepage.
If you have any questions, please contact Elsie Souza, Coordinator at info@citizensforsox.com

New and elaborate spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida are now the norm while some teams play in older ball parks such as the Red Sox’ in Fort Myers, Florida. So you can understand why the Sox are exploring the idea of moving their spring training headquarters to Sarasota. Sox chief operating officer Mike Dee met with Sarasota officials recently after they called the team earlier in the month to ask about their interest once they learned the Reds were accepting a deal to relocate to Goodyear, Ariz.

Sarasota’s old proposal for the Reds would have included a $41 million renovation of the Ed Smith Complex. The Sox seem to be looking for a new facility. There is a 50-acre parcel in Sarasota that could be used to build an elaborate complex, complete with a hotel, shops, restaurants, a dorm for minor league players, and other amenities. Play ball…