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Volume 24 No. 156
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NAMOLI DRAFTS LETTER TO MLB ASKING FOR RENOVATION EXTENSION

     Devil Rays Owner Vince Namoli has indicated he is writing
MLB to ask that the league push back their "fast-approaching
deadline" for an agreement on renovations to the ThunderDome,
according to David Rogers in this morning's ST. PETERSBURG TIMES.
MLB had said earlier in the month that the "final package" to
finance about $50M worth of improvements to the Dome had to be in
place by April 30.  However, the earliest the St. Petersburg City
Council could complete action is May 9.  The city council is
expected to pass financing on the stadium renovations, which
would be paid for by a penny increase in the Pinellas County
tourist tax (David Rogers, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/25).