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Stadium debate shifts to Clearwater Wednesday



After six months spent courting the St. Petersburg Mayor and City Council, the Tampa Bay Rays shift venues Wednesday to Pinellas County. There, the Rays will be selling their $450-million waterfront stadium plan -- and more specifically their plan to pay for it -- to the county's Tourist Development Council.

The Rays are seeking $100-million from the extension of a 1 percent county hotel tax that is now paying off the debt at Tropicana Field.

The TDC, which is made up of county elected leaders and tourism officials, will ultimately make a recommendation to the County Commission. The commission is expected to weigh in on the matter next month.

TDC meeting information

  • LOCATION: Board of County Commissioners Assembly Room
    315 Court Street, 5th Floor Assembly Room
    Clearwater, FL
  • TIME: 9:00am – 11:00am - Open to the public
  • TELEVISED: TDC meetings are televised live on Bright House Cable Channel 622
    or Channel 18 for Knology customers.

--Aaron Sharockman, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]


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