Monday, February 11, 2013

Another Regional Board Wants to Mediate Stadium Stalemate

First, it was the Clutch Hitters.  Then the Chambers of Commerce.  Then the Tampa Bay Partnership.  Now, according to the Trib's Michael Sasso,  the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council wants to help mediate the Rays' Stadium Saga:
If it jumps into the ring, the planning council would be at least the third group or individual politician to consider brokering a regional discussion on the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Partnership, a regional group of business leaders and economic development agencies, is looking to get more involved, possibly by brokering discussions. And Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan has said he plans to convene a regional discussion on how to keep the Rays in the area.
Some St. Petersburg officials think the regional bodies ought to mind their own business.
John Wolfe, in-house attorney for St. Petersburg, said any discussions should start with the Rays and St. Petersburg and no one else. Although the Rays have said they want to leave Tropicana Field, the team is contractually bound to play there through 2027.

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