ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - Mayor Bill Foster sent a proposed amendment to the Rays on Thursday evening, that would allow the two parties to explore new stadium sites around Pinellas County without violating the current use agreement.
As Preston Rudie reported on Tuesday, Foster said he would be open to discussions of a new stadium in the "Gateway" region, generally considered North St. Pete and unincorporated Pinellas County near the bay bridges.
Foster explained on Thursday that he was referring to just three areas of exploration - Derby Lane, the Airco Golf Course, and the St. Pete-Clearwater Airport. Since the airport site is extremely improbable, there are just two small areas that could be annexed for a new stadium. Most of the rest of the "Gateway" region is already within city limits.
If the Rays sign off on the amendment, St. Pete City Council would still have to approve it since the mayor doesn't set policy.
Read the entire letter to Rays' owner Stu Sternberg here.