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Oldsmar council member: 'I don't give a rat's rear end about St. Petersburg'

He doesn't care much for the Sunshine City.

Tampa Bay Times

He doesn't care much for the Sunshine City.

22

April

At the end of this week’s Oldmar city council meeting, council member Jerry Beverland, a 50-year resident of the city seemed a little grumpy when he used unpleasant verbiage to describe St. Petersburg.

During council comments, he and Mayor Doug Bevis were talking about the recent media coverage in connection with Oldsmar being on the radar of Pinellas County state lawmakers when it comes to potential sites for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium.

Bevis had eluded to a statement made by Kevin King, chief of staff for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, to Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times.

“If the Rays want to alienate St. Petersburg and Tampa, it may be ideal. To me, Oldsmar’s like Georgia,” King said.

Behind the dais, Bevis stressed that Tampa Bay needs “...a regional sports authority and a regional transit authority, and we need to break down barriers between the counties, and if we are going to continue progress and be competitive on a sports level, we need to stop this between the Hatfields and the McCoys,’’ he said.

However, a moment later, Beverland, 80, might have added a little fuel to the cross-county fire as he explained that he wasn’t opposed to city officials pursuing the baseball team, however he believed the Rays move to his city “will never happen.’’

“I don’t give a rat’s rear end about St. Petersburg, because it is like a rat’s rear end, and you can tell him that because I don’t really care. That man can go to Hades,’’ he said. “But the city of Tampa, they are going to roll over everybody to get those Rays, and they are the ones that have the power.’’

[Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2016 5:38pm]

    

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