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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - The Tampa Bay Rays will accept an offer from St. Pete councilmembers to attend a public presentation of a stadium proposal in Carillon, in the city's Northeast corner.
In a one-paragraph letter to councilmembers Thursday, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg wrote that "I anticipate that members of the Rays organization will attend." No meeting date has been set yet, but it is expected that members of the Pinellas County Commission will attend as well.
"Please understand," Sternberg's letter continues, "that our attendance is a courtesy to you, and it has no bearing on our long-standing position: We will consider any potential ballpark site in Tampa Bay, but only as part of a process that considers every ballpark site in Tampa Bay."
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READ: Rays letter to St. Pete
The St. Pete council sent a letter to the team last week following its methodical decision to listen, but not participate, in the stadium presentation. The Rays' response copied Mayor Bill Foster, who, through threats of legal action, has been the thorn in the side of the team's efforts to regionalize the conversation.
The developer's company, CityScape LLC, released a statement Thursday indicating it was "excited and encouraged" by the developments.
READ: CityScape press release
"CityScape will provide a thorough review of its stadium proposal which includes traffic analysis, demographics, designs, and alternative cost models," the statement said.
CityScape says it hopes to "start a productive discussion between the City, the Rays and the community at large," but out of respect for the existing stadium contract, it would reserve all public comment until after the public presentation.
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