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Updated: 01/03/2018 10:06:01AM

Soon, a Braves new world

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PROVIDED Braves spring training rendering for North Port

PROVIDED PHOTO BY CITY OF NORTH PORT
Warm Mineral Springs is one spot to potentially benefit from Braves fans discovering the area.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY KIM'S BOAT RIDES AND CHARTER
Captain Kimberly Ibasfalean foresees the same kind of benefits from the Braves that she has seen from the Orioles setting up shop in the region.

PROVIDED BY CAPTAIN JACK HARTMAN
Many businesses say Braves fans are a perfect match for Southwest Florida. “A lot of people who support the Braves are from the Southeast part of the U.S.,” said Captain Jack Hartman of Sarasota Fishing Charters. “They’re outdoorsmen, they’re fishermen."

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A shovel from the groundbreaking event last year. Area leaders hope Braves supporters become fans of the region.

SUN PHOTO BY MONICA AMAYA

Construction of a Braves stadium has begun in the West Villages community.

SUN PHOTO BY MONICA AMAYA
Construction of a Braves stadium has begun in the West Villages community.

FILE - In this April 1, 2013 file photo, fans watch from the outfield as Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward swings at a pitch in the first inning of an opening day baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves are leaving Turner Field and moving into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017. Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, that the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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Shovels and hats were ready when officials broke ground recently for the new Braves stadium.

By SOMMER BROKAW

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David Schutte, a 32-year-old North Port resident, remembers going to Atlanta Braves games when he was growing up in Sugar Hill, Georgia.

Now, Schutte is looking forward to season tickets to Braves spring training games when the new stadium opens in spring 2019 just down the road from his home.

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