In editorial, Tampa Bay Times loves regional effort for Rays, hates Bill Foster

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Editor’s note: Cross-posted with permission of the Shadow of the Stadium blog.

On the eve of the Rays’ meeting with the Hillsborough County Commission, the Tampa Bay Times has penned another editorial pleading for a regional approach to keep the team.  

Echoing what I said last week, today’s editorial points out upcoming talks are lacking regional collaboration; but the Times was hopeful the two commission boards would overcome “Mayor Bill Foster’s foolish threats of lawsuits.”

The Times never misses an opportunity to bash Foster, but they’ve been calling on Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg for years to “make a reasonable offer to St. Petersburg” if he wants to explore new stadium sides.  Yet Foster gets 100% of the blame for lack of progress while Sternberg continues to get a free pass.

I’m also not sure how valid the Times’ premise is that “The Rays need a new stadium soon if they are to remain in the Tampa Bay market.”

But I couldn’t agree more that if the Tampa Bay region wants to help the Rays build a new stadium, the only way to do it is coming together as the Tampa Bay region.  I said back in 2011 that the easiest pill to swallow from a financing standpoint would be a multi-county tax effort.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.