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JUST ANOTHER DAY IN TAMPA BAY: QUESTIONS FOR BUCS, RAYS
Published April 20, 1995
Hillsborough County Administrator Dan Kleman released a new $98M renovation plan for Tampa Stadium that calls for "local public dollars to pick up less than a third of the cost." Under Kleman's plan, $30M would be raised through the sale of Permanent Seat Licenses (Kevin Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/19). The Glazer family, new owners of the Bucs, refused to say if Kleman's proposal was "adequate" for the team to stay. In this morning's ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, Larry Dougherty writes that "the Glazers' position ultimately remains unchanged from the January day when they struck a deal to purchase the team -- the day Joel Glazer said 'this city needs a new stadium to make it work' -- the stage may be set for a stalemate" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/20). MORE DEADLINES: The City of St. Petersburg has asked Pinellas County Commissioners to raise the county's tourist tax to pay for their $20M obligation for improvements to make the Thunderdome baseball-ready. However, the commissioners will not be able to vote on the issue until May 9. MLB has set a April 30 deadline for the Devil Rays to submit a stadium lease; and local officials have asked Rays Owner Vince Naimoli to request more time. Naimoli will reportedly consider the request, "but might not agree" to honor it, according to team officials. Rays General Council John Higgins: "He still wants to see what path we're travelling down" (Neusner & Moncada, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/20).