Poll: St. Pete residents support sign spinners, oppose Rays stadium

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According to results of the latest survey from St. Pete Polls, Mayor Bill Foster, City Council, the creation of a foreclosure registry and sign spinners all are supported by the residents of the ‘burg.

Foster has a 55 percent approval rating, which is his highest since June. Council’s approval rating edged above 50 percent for the first time since July.

Items that did not garner public support include red light cameras and public financing for a new Rays stadium.

Opposition to a new Rays stadium is severe in the new poll. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they did not want the city taking out loans to help build a new Rays baseball stadium.

Recently, CityScape presented a plan to build a new Rays stadium in the Carillon Park area of St. Petersburg, which is just west of the Howard Franklin Bridge.

Foster has been open to building a new stadium at that location and is hoping the Rays will support that option, as well. However, Foster recently denied the Rays request to seek stadium options in Tampa and Hillsborough County in a letter he sent to Rays ownership.

The telephone survey of 1,424 registered voters within St Petersburg was conducted on Nov. 12.

Material from William Mansell of Patch was used in this post.

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