Personally, I'm not sure the Rays are doing anything right now besides kicking back and watching the region negotiate against itself...but here was my reaction to Ruth's column:
Ruth also pens this paragraph, which I'll be pinning to my imaginary billboard for the next time he advocates a taxpayer-funded stadium in Tampa:Maybe the #Rays should make St. Pete a better offer if they want to be released from the contract they signed? https://t.co/Z1WDjwDIFq— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) October 15, 2015
Earlier this year, council members Steve Kornell, Wengay Newton, Jim Kennedy and Bill Dudley all voted against allowing the Rays to search for a new stadium site. What this quartet of court jesters simply cannot grasp is the 85-acre Tropicana Field site is worth far more to the city in terms of jobs, economic impact and property taxes without the Rays taking up all the open space that sits relatively unused for most of the year.If Downtown St. Pete land is better-utilized as something other than a baseball stadium...wouldn't the same apply for urban land in Tampa?
Then, Ruth caps it off with a factual error:
In the end, St. Petersburg would greatly benefit from a redeveloped Trop site. And in the process of being allowed to look around, Gerdes' plan would require the Rays to pay a $1.4 million yearly fee to conduct the search.As I wrote yesterday, Gerdes' newest plan did not charge the Rays $1.4 million a year to look at possible new stadium sites...only a $1.4 million a year transition fee from the point they announced new stadium plans elsewhere to the time they vacated the Trop.
So, feel free to do with this column the same thing you do with all your stadium-cheering editorials.
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