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Updated: 10/21/2017 12:08:04PM

New era begins with Braves park in West Villages

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On a flat, scrubby field of nothing Monday afternoon, a few hundred people gathered to mark the official beginning of something that will put southern Sarasota County (often mistakenly called Venice) and North Port on the map nationally.

The occasion was the groundbreaking of a $100 million spring training stadium and sports complex for the Atlanta Braves in the West Villages district.

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