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Is Tropicana Field site too contaminated? listen

05/30/08 Seán Kinane and Kamala Chetty
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has given the city of St. Petersburg until July to put a deed restriction on the Tropicana Field site. Some people have concerns about whether that means that the site could not be redeveloped as hoped by the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team as part of their plan to have the city and county build them a new waterfront stadium.

The DEP’s most recent letter, dated May 8, gives the city a 60-day deadline to execute a “deed restriction for rem...

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St Pete City Council examines stadium proposal listen

05/22/08 Seán Kinane and Joyce Newnam
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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The St. Pete City Council held a workshop this afternoon to discuss the proposed financing plan for the construction of a new waterfront stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays and the re-development of their current home.

In their financing plan unveiled last week, the Rays contend that the existing debt that is owed on Tropicana Field would be covered by the sale of the property to either of the two developers who have submitted proposals to purchase and redevelop the property.

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St. Pete moves forward on plan for the Trop listen

05/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted today to authorize negotiations with two developers to re-develop Tropicana Field to pay for the proposed waterfront ballpark for the Tampa Bay Ray.

Councilman Herb Polson was the only board member to dissent.

As the council continues to gather information about putting up a possible ballot measure on the proposed park, opponents have questioned if contaminated soil below the site of Tropicana Field exists, and if that means the taxpayers could be f...

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Al Lang Stadium's bittersweet farewell

03/28/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today thousands filled the seats at Al Lang Stadium one last time to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Cincinnati Reds. With the Rays moving their training facility next year to Charlotte County and no new tenants for next spring, the legacy that began more than 80 years ago is drawing to a close.

City Councilman Jim Kennedy says he’s torn between the prospect of a new stadium on the site and the nostalgia of Al Lang.

Al Lang built the stadium in 1914 and was St. Petersburg’s mayor f...

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Rays, City Council discuss stadium proposal listen

03/19/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association held a meeting last night in St. Petersburg to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays stadium proposal. Citizens were invited to ask questions of a panel made up of people who are both supportive and opposed to the proposed stadium.

The panel consisted of Michael Kalt, senior vice president of Development and Business affairs for the Tampa Bay Rays; Jamie Bennett of the St. Petersburg City Council; Rick Musset of the City administration; Kenny Locke, who r...

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Folks sound off about new stadium proposal

02/22/08 Reif Russell Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The St. Petersburg City Council held a marathon listening session last night to hear public reaction to a proposed new waterfront stadium for the Rays baseball team.

It was the red shirts versus the white shirts at City Hall in St. Pete last evening. Hundreds of local citizens turned out to be seen and heard, with 109 of them speaking to the Council for three minutes apiece.

Wearing red were those against the proposal to tear down Tropicana Stadium and build a new home for the Rays alon...

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