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September 02, 2011
Foster's secret Rays stadium plan isn't
My plan consists of three strategic elements: 1) ensuring that the legal integrity of the city's agreement with the Rays is not compromised; 2) supporting private sector efforts to retain the Rays as a regional asset without compromising the city's agreement with the Rays; and 3) continuing to support and promote the Rays as a professional sports franchise in west-central Florida.
Or as St. Pete Times columnist Sue Carlton translates:
1. Hold the Rays' feet to the fire, since they are under contract to play here 16 more years and St. Petersburg and Pinellas have invested in them big-time.
2. Support ongoing private efforts to keep them here.
3. Support your local team. Go Rays!
Foster described the whole "secret plan" thing as "the erroneous speculation brought about by my own words." Which, if you'll allow me to translate, means roughly: "I thought alluding to a secret stadium plan would get people off my back about the Rays, not turn up the heat. Jeez!"