St. Petersburg allows developer to present Carillon stadium idea while challenging Rays to participate

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They criticized the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay sports critics. But in the end, St. Petersburg city councilmembers voted to invite a developer to pitch his Gateway stadium concept at a future meeting, reports Noah Pransky of 10 News.

The board, along with Mayor Bill Foster, also issued a challenge to the Rays to accept a 2010 offer that would allow consideration of possible stadium sites across Pinellas County, not just in the City of St. Pete.

The resolution, said St. Pete city attorney John Wolfe, would “protect the integrity of our use agreement.”

Wolfe also criticized the Tampa Bay Times for pushing St. Petersburg to let the Rays break their contract. He said giving up leverage would “open the door for Rays to leave the region.”

“We would love to have these discussions with our Major-Leauge partners,” Foster said, “but that just hasn’t been possible.”

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