No talks with Rays over stadium issue

9:44 PM, Aug 18, 2011   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL - Pressed about the Tampa Bay Rays desire for a new stadium, Mayor Bill Foster told city council members Thursday that the two sides have not talked about the issue in months.

"I did not provide any recent updates (to the council) because there is no communication between myself and Mr. Sternberg," Foster said.

But Foster added his door is always open and he's happy to talk about the stadium issue with the Rays at any time.

"I'm happy to meet with citizen groups and constituencies that share these passions for baseball in the region."

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The current lease agreement with the city runs through 2027, but the Rays say they won't stay in Tropicana Field that long.

Council member Lesslie Curran brought the issue up at Thursday's meeting and she said she wants to make sure the city is putting forth the effort to make sure the MLB team stays in St. Petersburg.

"It's in our interest to engage, when you have two people not speaking except through the media the first thing you should do is reach out and we need to be big enough to reach out and offer to help," added council member Karl Nurse.


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