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DESPITE CATCHIN' RAYS, NO BOFFO BIZ ON STREETS OF ST. PETE
Published March 3, 1998
With the Devil Rays playing their inaugural season at the Thunder Dome's Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, a "handful of new businesses are popping up on the main drags surrounding the hulking Dome," according to Kris Hundley of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. The business owners "are hinging their hopes on the start of major league baseball on March 31." Hundley: "Despite the enthusiasm of these entrepreneurs, the lure of big bucks has hardly sparked a gold rush in the area. Empty lots and rundown garages sporting 'For Lease' banners still dominate what might be considered prime territory around the Dome. No big hotels or major restaurant chains have nailed down sites in the neighborhood." Hundley also profiled four of the new businesses around the Dome (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/2).