Rays deal might come before St. Pete City Council this week
Mayor Rick Kriseman isn't wasting any time.
After initial meetings with City Council members Monday, details emerged that the mayor's plan to have a new deal with the Tampa Bay Rays might come before the council on Thursday.
Part of the reason for the rush might have to do with Kriseman's travel schedule. He'll be in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Conference of Mayor's meeting when the council meets on Jan. 21.
Charlie Gerdes, who met with Kriseman, Rays president Brian Auld and City Attorney Jackie Kovilaritch for about an hour, said Kriseman's intention is to bring the deal to a first reading on Thursday if he feels he has the votes.
Kriseman spokesman Ben Kirby declined to comment.
Gerdes and Jim Kennedy, the other council member who met with Kriseman, Auld and Kovilaritch, said they had agreed to keep the details of the plan confidential.
But Gerdes said there weren't any major changes from two earlier versions that had been defeated by council in Dec. 2014 and May.
"I wouldn't say there was anything brand new," Gerdes said. "There's some refinements."
Auld declined comment, other than to say: "The conversations were positive and cordial."
Kriseman, Auld and Kovilaritch will meet with the other six members of council by Wednesday afternoon.