St. Petersburg real estate developer Darryl LeClair, who on Friday unveiled his plans for a baseball stadium in the Gateway area, is not new to the politics of pitching large-scale projects.
Last year, he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on designs for a new pier in St. Petersburg that ultimately went nowhere. He also played a central role in persuading All Children's Hospital to construct a $400 million building in 2010.
LeClair, 53, is now attempting to thaw the chilly relationship between city and county officials and the Tampa Bay Rays with his designs for a new stadium in Carillon.
After working for Florida Progress Corp. for more than 14 years, LeClair spun off Echelon, a residential and commercial development company. Echelon has been a major developer in Pinellas, helping transform Carillon into a business park that is now home to companies such as Raymond James Financial and Franklin Templeton.
LeClair, a University of Florida graduate, is married with two sons. The family lives in a home on Snell Isle valued at more than $3 million.