The Rays have agreed to meet with Hillsborough County officials in what could be a major first step in a process that ends up with the Rays moving into a new stadium on the east side of Tampa Bay. And as has become the norm in this saga, St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster may choose to fight the discussions with a lawsuit rather than try to be part of any possible solutions (via WTSP.com).
Earlier this week we learned that a Hillsborough County attorney had reviewed the Rays’ use-agreement contract with the city of St. Pete and had determined that the county would not be interfering with the contract if they had basic talks with the Rays about a new stadium.
The county commissioners then extended an invitation to the Rays to meet, an invitation that the Rays have accepted. The hope is that a meeting will occur after the season and will include a presentation by the Rays.
When Mayor Foster was asked about the latest developments, his response was to immediately reference St. Pete’s attorneys…
“We’ll just see how it works out. We have really good representation. I’m getting really good advice,” Foster said.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan who has long been the only political voice willing to fight the city of St. Pete, said he respects the St. Pete leaders, but that “it’s been nearly three years and they have been reluctant to do anything.”