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Steve Kornell has his own Tampa Bay Rays plan

Just how many plans on the Tampa Bay Rays are council members going to propose? Steve Kornell (left) makes it three.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times (2013)

Just how many plans on the Tampa Bay Rays are council members going to propose? Steve Kornell (left) makes it three.

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As the special meeting on Oct. 22 to discuss City Council Chairman Charlie Gerdes' plan to get enough votes to allow the Rays to look outside St. Petersburg draws closer, other proposals are popping up.

Jim Kennedy, up until now a stalwart opponent of any and all deals with the Rays, has been shopping a plan, although the details haven't been disclosed yet. 

And now it appears another "no" vote on the city council, Steve Kornell, has a plan of his own.

Kornell, who is up for reelection on Nov. 3, has said he is open to talking about a solution. A recent conversation with County Commissioner Ken Welch indicates that Kornell might be doing more than listening.

Welch told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that Kornell told him he working on something. Welch wouldn't comment on the details, but said he was pleased that Kornell and Kennedy both grasped the county tourist tax dollars were in play and commissioners weren't going to put off legitimate suitors like the Atlanta Braves forever.

So what to make of the sudden frenzy of proposals being drawn up in St. Petersburg's City Hall?

"We don't know what will come to fruition and what won't," Welch said.

Is this a breakthrough? Or is too many cooks in the kitchen?

 

[Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2015 4:30pm]

    

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