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City Council asks Kriseman again to study Trop site

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Mayor Rick Kriseman had already turned down council member Jim Kennedy's request to have the Urban Land Institute conduct an economic impact study on the 85-ace Tropicana Field site last week in a memo.

But at the council's Thursday meeting Kennedy asked the mayor to reconsider and a majority of council agreed in a 4-3 vote.

Kriseman had argued that the study wasn't going to reveal anything. He left the chambers without comment after the vote.

His chief of staff said the mayor will reconsider Kennedy's request.

Does that mean Kriseman will move forward with the study?

"He'll just reconsider the request," King said in a text.

King said he didn't know of any timetable for the mayor to reach a decision. The council can only ask the mayor to undertake such a study. It's up to the mayor to decide whether or not to proceed.

Council member Amy Foster said a study might help present a vision to the Tampa Bay Rays of what redevelopment of the site with a baseball stadium might look like.  That pleased Kennedy, who said his main purpose it to keep the Rays in the city.

Council members Bill Dudley and Wengay Newton voted to prod the mayor to proceed. Karl Nurse, Darden Rice and Steve Kornell voted no.

Chairman Charlie Gerdes was absent.

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, October 1, 2015 6:35pm]

    

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