Is a committee studying options for a new Rays stadium going too far?
ST. PETERSBURG — They are a self-appointed committee of movers and shakers who say that the Tampa Bay Rays need a new stadium and that planning should begin when the economy improves.
They have not recommended a construction timetable or a specific site. They are just making "observations,'' they say.
Nevertheless, the ABC Coalition now finds itself thrust into the St. Petersburg mayoral race with an accusation that its members are wrongfully meddling with Tropicana Field's status as baseball's home in St. Petersburg.
Candidate Kathleen Ford this week called the committee's work "tortious interference,'' a concept from English common law that allows for lawsuits against third parties who interfere with contractual relationships — in this case the Rays' agreement with the city to play at the Trop.