St. Petersburg City Council denies allowing Rays to 'shop around'

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The St. Pete City Council isn't ready to let the Rays start shopping around.

Councilman Charlie Gerdes proposed an idea that, if the city had agreed, would have allowed the Rays to "shop around" for other potential sites for a stadium outside of St. Pete, but it would have come at a cost of $1.4 million each year.

There was also a catch. The Rays would have only been allowed to "look" in Pinellas and Hillsborough and it would not have release the Rays from their contractual obligations to play at the Trop until 2027. 

Mayor Foster says he does not support the idea. There was concern if the city allowed this to happen, it would have set them up to lose possible lawsuits in the future if the Rays decided to break their contract with the city in the future.

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Michael Kalt, Rays Senior VP released this statement after learning of the proposal:

"We are pleased that the council is taking up this issue, and we appreciate that Councilman Gerdes has brought it up for discussion. It is going to take a number of conversations to help move this along, and we look forward to greater collaboration with St. Petersburg."

This morning's city council meeting gets started at 8:30 am.

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