Mayor Doug Bevis and Tampa architect Francisco Semsch made Oldsmar's pitch today to be the new home of the Tampa Bay Rays, unveiling a plan for office, hotels, restaurants and, yes, a new ballpark on a 120-acre site just west of Race Track Road. The plan's biggest selling point: It straddles the Hillsborough-Pinellas county line, meaning tax revenue from both counties could potentially be used to help pay for the ballpark, which is estimated to cost at least $600 million. But is a stadium in Oldsmar just a pipe dream?
WHERE'S RICK SCOTT? APPARENTLY, NOT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Across the nation, Republican governors who are not even on the ballot are using their political weight to try to drag fellow Republicans to victory in a year in which Donald Trump has created great uncertainty at the top of the ticket. But in Florida, where U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans are fighting for their political lives, Gov. Rick Scott is missing from the campaign trail.
TAMPA BAY ROAD TRIP CONTINUES AT MONTREAL TONIGHT
The Lightning, 2-0 so far on a six-game road trip, are in Montreal tonight to face the Canadiens. Faceoff is at 7:30 p.m. Follow along live with Times reporter Joe Smith from the Belle Centre.
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RHESUS MONKEY SPOTTED IN HUDSON BEACH
State wildlife officials on Thursday warned Hudson Beach residents about reports there of a rhesus macaque on the loose. Residents were urged to not approach or feed the monkey, and to secure their trash.
WHY ARE UTILITIES SPENDING $22 MILLION TO 'PROTECT' YOUR RIGHT TO SOLAR?
Why would Florida's electric utilities want to spend $22 million to get voters to put into the state Constitution "rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice," if consumers already have that legal right? The answer is in the fine print.
KOETTER TO FANS: BUCS AWARE THEY'VE LOST HOME ADVANTAGE
Facing a critical three-game home stand, coach Dirk Koetter indicated Thursday the Bucs don't have the same home-field advantage at Raymond James Stadium as other NFL teams. He also said the Bucs' 3-15 home record since the start of 2014 is largely responsible for it.
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