Few other details were available about the meeting, but Sykes indicated some of the limited participation from interested local business groups was because of St. Pete's threat of legal action.
On Wednesday, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and team president Matt Silverman gave an informal talk to the (Tampa Bay Partnership), which is a group of area businesses and local governments that tries to market the region to employers. The press wasn't allowed into the chat, but afterward Sykes provided the Tribune with a synopsis of what happened.
The partnership took no formal action on the stadium issue Wednesday.
As he's said in other venues recently, Sternberg told about 60 members of the partnership how Major League Baseball is frustrated with the slow pace of progress in the stadium stalemate with St. Petersburg.
Nevertheless, the business communitiy remains one of Sternberg's biggest allies and could ultimately help break the current stalemate should the Rays and St. Petersburg fail to find a friendly medium during direct negotiations.