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Kriseman hopes to release Rays deal publicly on Thursday



Mayor Rick Kriseman hopes to release a written version of a tentative agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, if he finds enough support for the plan in his private meetings with council members.

If Kriseman has the five votes necessary, a vote could come as early as Jan. 14, said chief of staff Kevin King.

Council member Charlie Gerdes said Tuesday he took Kriseman's comments in his Monday meeting with the mayor to mean a first reading--or initial non-binding vote, could occur as early as Thursday.  Kriseman said he never said that.

The mayor did discuss with Gerdes and other council members about releasing a written version of the plan to council on Thursday, spokesman Ben Kirby said. 

Kriseman has no plans to formally address the council on Thursday, King said. He is scheduled to meet with all eight council members by late Wednesday.

In fact, an agreement to let the Rays look outside St. Petersburg would only require one vote, King said, as it's not an ordinance but a memorandum of understanding.

Kriseman is traveling to Washington, D.C on Jan. 21 when the council has its third meeting of the month.

Gerdes, without going into detail, said no major changes had been made to the plan, but some "refinements'' had been added. 

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[Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 2:16pm]


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