St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg met face-to-face Friday for the first time since last January, and - per Foster's wishes - the meeting was held in private.
Foster has indicated cities often lose when teams negotiate through public opinion, rather than traditional channels, such as elected leaders.
In a joint
statement following their meeting, the Rays and Foster said, "Today's
conversation was a productive one and we anticipate continuing it in the coming