Foster-LaSala relationship hits another snag?
The attempts to mend the relationship between St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Pinellas County Admininstrator Bob LaSala could have hit another snag.
LaSala told a breakfast meeting by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce that the county might support a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, but probably not one in downtown St. Petersburg. In an interview later, he wouldn't rule out supporting a stadium in Hillsborough County, saying it's too early to decide.
That news -- which moved quickly through the gossip channels -- didn't necessarily square with Foster's position on the stadium.
Foster was at a city news conference when he was told about LaSala’s comments. He said he was surprised by LaSala’s stance on not supporting a downtown stadium.
"We haven’t talked about stadiums and funding," Foster said.
When told that LaSala didn’t dismiss Pinellas support for a Hillsborough stadium, Foster objected in blunt terms.
"If that’s true, then he and I will discuss some legal issues," Foster said. "That’s a mistake. He’s our partner, and I’ve ruled (a Hillsborough stadium) out. It’s a mistake."
Earlier in the day, LaSala told the Bay Buzz that his statements shouldn't hurt his relationship with the mayor. "I don't know if he would judge me or I would judge him on one particular opinion," LaSala said.
-- David DeCamp and Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writers