The St. Pete City Council met yesterday with Mayor Bill Foster, but it wasn’t long before the mayor walked out of the meeting, refusing to participate.
Before leaving, Mayor Foster stuck to his hardline stance, saying he is willing to talk with to the Rays, but only if they abandon their demands to explore sites outside of Pinellas County for a new stadium.
A presentation was then given, that covered the history of the franchise and the use-agreement between the city and the Rays. That is when Mayor Foster walked out…
“I know the history, I know the use agreement,” Foster said. “I’ve got work to do.”
Foster eventually returned at the end of the meeting, but had nothing further to say.
After the meeting, Foster said that he and Stuart Sternberg did discuss the possibility of a meeting, but that no date was set.
Foster also addressed the comments by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, in which he stated that he thought “Major League Baseball would do better in Orlando,” and that he would be interested in exploring a new stadium for the Rays east of Tampa.
When asked about the comments, Foster responded in his typical “everything is fine” manner…
“That’s Buddy being Buddy,” Foster said. “I’ll put our waterfront against his any day.”
The Pinellas waterfront is nicer. But we’ll put any stadium Orlando builds against The Trop anyday.
In the meantime, as one council member said after the failed meeting, it would be nice if both sides could have an adult conversation on the matter. But maybe that is too much to ask for.