This year could very well determine whether the Tampa Bay Rays remain in the region. Unless St. Petersburg City Council reverses itself and allows the Rays to scout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties for a new location for a ballpark, as Mayor Rick Kriseman had negotiated with the franchise, the Rays’ days here could be numbered.Both papers listed the Stadium Saga in last year's New Year's editorials, and it may appear in next year's too at this rate.
Losing the Rays would be a major economic blow not only to St. Petersburg and Pinellas, but to the region as a whole. Wiser thinking must prevail. The Rays should be allowed to look for a more centrally located site for a ballpark in both counties in exchange for fair compensation to the city. This issue needs to be resolved.
For what it's worth, here are the 3 things I think the Stadium Saga needs in 2015.
UPDATE: Turns out the Times had a New Year's Resolution for a stadium too, just a couple days later than normal.