Rays, Kriseman to meet on Thursday
Mayor Rick Kriseman will meet with Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld on Thursday to get the team's reaction to a plan recently approved by City Council.
The meeting will occur at 4 p.m., according to Chief of Staff Kevin King.
The two spoke by phone on Monday. Auld said he preferred to keep the details of the phone conversation private.
Council member Jim Kennedy's plan will be the only topic discussed on Thursday, King said. Last week, Kennedy's proposal won council approval by a 5-3 vote. His plan calls for the Ray to pay $33 million to the city if they leave Tropicana Field for Hillsborough County by 2020. If they stay in Pinellas County, the team would pay half that amount. They wouldn't pay anything if they stay in St. Petersburg.
"Mayor's not gotten a reaction to Kennedy's plan so he will basically listen right now to their thoughts on that proposal," King said. "This is the sole topic of conversation on Thursday."
Does Kriseman have any ideas of his own?
"Not that he's sharing on Thursday," King said. "He's got ideas but on Thursday he's focused on Jim Kennedy's plan and taking one step at a time. We'll take it from there depending on what happens."