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Back to the drawing board for Toytown property

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Pinellas officials have tried for years to figure out what to do with Toytown, a 240-acre closed landfill in the Gateway area. They tried selling it but had no takers. So last year, in an effort to spark some interest, they asked for proposals and got three – a mixed use development, a solar farm, and a sports complex. The $662-million sports complex, which would have been anchored by a spring training center for the Atlanta Braves, caught officials’ eyes.…

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St. Pete City Council to ask Pinellas commissioners to hold off on allocating bed tax dollars until Rays deal is secured

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There’s not much going on at St. Pete City Council this week. The board is faced with only a handful of presentations from various groups around town and a change to an existing resolution. Even though nothing substantive is planned this week, the issue at hand is a biggie. The eight-member City Council is tasked with approving a revised resolution that would ask the Tourist Development Council and Pinellas County Commission to not allocate any tourist development funding that was…

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MLB backs Rays in tug-of-war with Braves over Toytown

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If the battle for Toytown turns into a feud between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Atlanta Braves, Major League Baseball has let it be known who’s side it is on. The ongoing struggle to get the Rays a new stadium is “the most pressing need,” baseball said. “Major League Baseball is committed to working with the Rays to secure a new ballpark in cooperation with the Tampa Bay region,” the statement said. “This can only happen with the support…

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Braves wouldn’t be enough consolation if Rays leave

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A lot of us grew up as fans of the Atlanta Braves. A lot of us saw our first major league baseball games there. We can still recite the old lineups. Orlando Cepeda and Felix Millan and Sonny Jackson and Clete Boyer. Rico Carty and Felipe Alou and Hank Aaron and Bob Didier. Phil Neikro and Pat Jarvis and Ron Reed and George Stone. It was the only team in the South, and as such, it was the team that…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.25.15 — At least one MLB team wants to play in St. Pete (in the spring)

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The saga of where the Tampa Bay Rays search for a new home is going on eight years now. It was in November of 2007 when the Major League Baseball franchise held a news conference at the site of Al Lang Field to talk about building a 34,000-seat facility on the waterfront. As we all know, that didn’t happen, and for all the words, press conferences, committees, and votes that have been conducted in the eight years since, nothing else of substance…

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