Victor Crist has a curious baseball trade proposal
Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist is tossing out a novel, if somewhat quixotic-sounding idea: How about a trade?
In exchange, the city of
“That’s how we should be talking,” Crist said in an interview Thursday. “What do we have that you can grow and improve and what do you have that we could grow and improve, instead of hoarding.”
Crist said he has talked to officials in other counties about ideas for greater collaboration in the port business, as a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. He acknowledged he has not talked to Pinellas or
Since he has been on the
The port is increasingly facing land constraints that restrict how much it can expand commercial and industrial business. So he says officials with the port should be reaching out to the
Before joining the commission, Crist said he was aware that the cruise ship industry was evolving to larger ships that the now mid-size ones that account for the bulk of the
“The bottom line is the bigger ships are where the industry is moving toward,” Crist said. “Or smaller boutique ships.”
While a big ship port, possibly near Egmont Key or the Skyway, may not directly benefit the city of
A St. Peterburg boutique cruise port might, perhaps at the site of the soon-to-be redeveloped Pier.
Crist said he introduced a list of 12 areas where there are opportunities for greater regional cooperation before the planning council about 7 weeks ago. Port concerns topped the list and a task force convened two weeks ago to look at that and other issues. Pro sports franchises were further down the list.