- 10 News WTSP: Mark Rivera interviews Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn about "what's next," and while Hizzoner was optimistic, he also did not rule out city/county general revenue tax dollars going toward a new stadium. He had a similar warning last December.
- Tampa Bay Times: Steve Contorno writes Hillsborough Co. Commissioner Ken Hagan says no "tax hike" for a Rays stadium, but he also didn't rule out redirecting current property tax money to a new facility. I've reported on this shift before, but back in 2010 courting the conservative vote, Hagan joined his fellow commissioners in saying "no public dollars" for a Rays stadium.
- Tampa Bay Times: Charlie Frago writes Lisa Wheeler-Brown's election isn't a guarantee of a deal, since councilwoman Amy Foster now becomes the key swing vote. She supported Kriseman's deal this summer, but only once it included a transparency clause on how the Rays evaluated stadium sites. Will that clause be offered again? Will bad blood from the election swing her back to a "no?" These factors could decide whether a deal gets done.
- Side pondering: Did the Tampa Bay Times create a great divide on council by making such a big deal out of the Rays' situation during the recent council campaigns?
- Tampa Tribune: The editorial board calls for the Rays to return to the table and for Pinellas County Commissioners to set aside $7 million/year in bed taxes for a potential new stadium...sooner, rather than later.
- Side note: The Trib continues to use bad math, writing the Kriseman deal would have the Rays paying between $4M and $2M for every year they left the Trop early. But they neglect the $0 the team wants to pay for skipping out on the agreed-upon 2027 season.
- Side note II: $7M/yr - bondable to maybe $90M in construction - likely won't be enough for Pinellas to nail down a stadium. The county might need to pull more money from beaches & tourism...unless, you know, the Rays were to finance the bulk of their stadium...but I won't hold our breath for that announcement.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
St. Pete City Council Upheaval - the Morning After the Morning After
The morning after the morning after the Rays & St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman got the fifth city council member elected they need to get last year's compromise passed, we have more reaction and coverage of the fallout as attention starts to turn toward Hillsborough: