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St. Pete City Attorney John Wolfe steps down this week

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St. Pete City Attorney John Wolfe is signing off from his longtime post as top lawyer in city government. And he’s leaving behind his right-hand lady, Jackie Kovilaritch, to fill his shoes. Wolfe, as noted by Shadow of the Stadium blogger Noah Pransky, is the man behind the original Rays contract keeping them from searching, or even talking about searching, for a new stadium outside of St. Pete. The use agreement drafted by Wolfe ties the Tampa Bay Rays to…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown says Trop site is prime development for ‘booming’ St. Pete

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Leading the pack of five City Council candidates in District 7, Lisa Wheeler-Brown has already nabbed endorsements from two City Council members, including Karl Nurse and Darden Rice. It may be little coincidence that both of those council members are two of the four currently supporting Mayor Rick Kriseman’s deal brokered with the Tampa Bay Rays to allow the team’s management to begin looking for stadium space outside the city. Wheeler-Brown has long said she supports that Memorandum of Understanding.…

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St. Pete City Council will schedule a Rays workshop

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St. Pete City Council voted unanimously to hold another workshop to discuss Mayor Rick Kriseman’s updated Memorandum of Understanding with the Rays. Council Chair Charlie Gerdes declined to schedule a council vote on the updated agreement aimed at letting the Major League Baseball team start exploring possible stadium sites in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. But council member Karl Nurse moved to hold a workshop discussing the latest negotiation. The workshop is aimed at giving council members the chance to air…

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Rick Kriseman sends new Rays deal to City Council

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman has provided City Council an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the Tampa Bay Rays that meant to allow the team to explore new stadium opportunities in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The new agreement addresses a concern brought up in the December meeting last year in which council rejected 5-3 the Mayor’s previous MOU. Council member Karl Nurse pointed out that should the Rays decide to leave Tropicana Field and/or St. Pete, they would still be…

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