All four misunderstandings have been addressed in this blog before, but the mayor wanted to remind everyone in attendance of "Foster's Four Fallacies":
- The city's contract with the Rays is a "use agreement," not a "lease." It's an easy mistake to make (just look how often). But even after the mayor re-educated the media, the Tampa Bay Times' editorial board still got it wrong in its critical recap of the council meeting, raising the question of whether the board even watched the whole meeting.
- The impact on St. Pete taxpayers will cease after Trop bonds are paid off in 2016. Foster pointed to a 2008 study, conducted by the Rays, that indicated the team's annual economic impact on the area was in the hundreds of millions of dollars...and after St. Pete built Tropicana Field, its promised benefit was 30 years of that impact.
- Every year that St. Pete waits, it lessens its ability to negotiate. Foster echoed this Shadow of the Stadium post, saying "every year we wait is another year of baseball in St.Pete" (and Tampa Bay).
- The mayor & council have a fiduciary responsibility to the Rays first, then the Tampa Bay region, then the citizens of St. Petersburg. Foster, rebutting recent editorials that have implied he's being stubborn and selfish, reminded everyone that his first duty is to the taxpayers of St. Petersburg. In fact, as reported here, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn just recently applauded Foster's priorities.