Mayor Bill Foster has returned the Rays' opening volley in their campaign for a new, more centrally-located stadium.
"I do agree the Rays are a 'regional asset,' and will work tirelessly with the political and business leaders of Tampa Bay in support of this club," Foster wrote in a letter to Rays' owner Stu Sternberg. "However, there is no resident of the entire region who has given up more in this quest for baseball than the resident of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.
"The taxpaying residents of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in support of Major League Baseball and the Rays, and above all else, their interests will always come first."
Read more, including the mayor's entire letter, here.