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An intriguing Rays stadium idea for Tampa

Most point to the Channel District as a potential location for the Rays if they ever decide to flee St. Petersburg for Tampa, but the site of the Tampa Park Apartments — the complex you see driving from downtown to Ybor City on Nuccio Parkway — offers some distinct advantages.

It may be redeveloped, much like the old Central Park Apartments now being reinvigorated as Encore. But combining its acreage with Booker T. Washington Elementary School and the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Library, there's enough land for an intriguing stadium site that wouldn't require a complex deal because most of the land is controlled by government entities. Plus it could strengthen the revitalization occurring on the north side of downtown Tampa. …

If I never see a Debra Lafave photo in the paper again, I'll be fine. Maybe she feels the same. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Fear is temporary. Regret is forever. …

The Rays delivered all we could ask. Playoffs or not, I can't complain, given I wrote them off after Manny Ramirez retired. …

Kudos to Gator Ford, which staged a test drive event at Armwood High on Saturday, allowing the school to earn $20 per test drive up to $6,000. …

H. Roy Kaplan discusses his book, The Myth of Post-Racial America, as part of the University of South Florida's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecture series at Centro Asturiano in Tampa at 12:15 p.m. Friday. Go to or call (813) 974-8036 before Wednesday. …

Farewell to Hillsborough County African-American liaison Joyce Russell, who retires this week after 30 years. Russell, who is battling cancer, is looking forward to some "me time," including travel. It's well-deserved.

That's all I'm saying.

An intriguing Rays stadium idea for Tampa 09/25/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:38pm]
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