Pinellas County also wants talks with the Rays - FOX 13 News

Pinellas County also wants talks with the Rays

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The Pinellas County Commission wants a meeting to discuss the future needs of the Tampa Bay Rays.  By a unanimous vote, the commissioners asked for a meeting after the baseball season with the Rays, the St. Petersburg City Council and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster. 

County Commissioner Ken Welch told FOX 13 News that, before today's vote, he discussed the possibility with Foster, and the mayor was "agreeable".  Foster could not be reached for comment.

In the past, the city has declined to let other parties talk to the Rays about a new stadium, citing the exclusivity clauses of the Rays' lease on Tropicana Field.  

However, Pinellas County could conceivably be given different consideration.  The current stadium was built with city and county revenues, and the county technically owns Tropicana Field. 

Sources agree county cash would be needed again to build a new stadium in Pinellas.

The commission vote comes in the wake of a move by the Hillsborough County Commission to also talk with the Rays about their future plans.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan got the go ahead from a county attorney to approach the team, and wants to meet with them during a commission meeting, possibly in October.

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