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Subtle MOU provision means Rays might play “home” games outside of Tampa Bay area

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A provision of the Memorandum of Understanding approved by City Council Thursday evening means the Rays could eventually play outside of Tropicana Field before they’ve technically abandoned the Dome, but only if they’ve already entered into a termination agreement with the city. The MOU allowing the team to begin immediately exploring alternative stadium sites outside of St. Petersburg in Pinellas or Hillsborough counties includes a provision allowing the Rays to play up to 10 home games outside of Tropicana Field…

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Email insights: Chamber continues long commitment to baseball in St. Pete

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St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher was one of a handful of residents to speak in favor of the latest deal to let the Tampa Bay Rays look for alternative stadium sites outside of the city before council approved the agreement five to three. After the high-profile vote, Steinocher, along with current Chamber Chairman Bill Ulbricht and Chairman-elect Greg Holden, emailed members praising the latest action in the years-long debate. “Our Chamber of Commerce was at the forefront…

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Rays stadium saga finale: How long will it take?

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If there is one thing reporters and the most civically engaged of St. Pete residents know it’s that high-profile topics coming up at 3 p.m. City Council meetings spell one very, very late night. I once had to watch my oldest daughter’s school play that she had been rehearsing for months with one eye on my laptop at the very back of the auditorium with one earbud in because an 8:30 a.m. meeting had dragged on well into the evening.…

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$5 million plan for Southside contingent on Rays leaving, not land development

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Last week, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman announced he wanted to allocate $5 million to parts of South St. Pete as part of a potential deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to let them look outside the city for new stadium locations. According to Kriseman’s spokesman Ben Kirby, that plan would apply if, and only if, the Rays chose to vacate Tropicana Field and the money would come from the estimated $24 million they’d have to pay to the city…

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The Rays deal: What does it all mean?

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It’s been a little more than a year since the first round of Rick Kriseman administration excitement over a proposed deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Closing out his first year in office, St. Pete’s mayor managed to emerge from Tropicana Field practically holding hands with Brian Auld, the team’s president, with a deal in hand. Queue the City Council rejection. Since then the saga has been a whirlwind of Kriseman’s testy comments to stubborn council members who refused to…

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St. Pete City Council agrees to Rays deal more than double the previous MOU

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St. Pete City Council approved a new version of a deal to let the Tampa Bay Rays look for possible stadium sites outside of St. Petersburg. Two deals were on the table during a special meeting Thursday — one from chair Charlie Gerdes, the other from Jim Kennedy. The Kennedy plan was approved by a 5-3 vote. Gerdes, Darden Rice and Amy Foster voted against it. Under Kennedy’s plan, the Rays would have to pay St. Pete $4 million a…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown, Sheila Scott-Griffin gave thumbs up for Rays leaving St. Pete

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The latest mailer hitting District 7 voters in St. Pete touts candidate Will Newton while directly hitting Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Sheila Scott-Griffin on the controversial Tampa Bay Rays Issue. The mailer cites a question posed during a candidate forum on July 21 at the Childs Park Recreation Center where candidates were asked, according to the mailer, “are you in favor of the Rays leaving St. Petersburg? The flier shows a photo of Wheeler-Brown and Scott-Griffin giving a thumbs up and…

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