During a City Council meeting last week, St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster, raised some eyebrows when he suggested that he had a “detailed plan” to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg. While Foster wouldn’t elaborate on the plan, he did say that the plan may not involve a new stadium.
After some question about whether there actually is a secret plan, Foster added another twist. He now says the plan is not his or the city’s, but rather it is just a plan that he has heard about.
“He said there are individuals working on some plan,” Jeff Danner said of his 20-minute meeting with Foster on Monday afternoon. “There are discussions going on with interested parties, and they’re focused on keeping the Rays here. He didn’t name any names”…Foster was emphatic that the plan wasn’t his. “He pounded home the idea that it’s not a city plan, that it’s not initiated by him or city staff,” Danner said.
Got that? Mysterious “individuals” and “interested parties” working on “some plan” because these mystery people really, really, really want to keep the Rays in St. Pete.
But then Foster seemed to contradict his own statements when he said “The people know everything that I know because it’s been in the media.”
Well, that’s weird. We don’t ever remember reading about a “detailed plan” to keep the Rays in St. Pete. Unless of course Mayor Foster is referring to the failed waterfront stadium proposal that the Rays unveiled four years ago.