TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Rays will be front and center when Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan sit down Friday morning for a chat in the mayor's office.
Hagan said Thursday he is meeting with Buckhorn to begin discussing what to do now that St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster has said it's okay with him for the Rays to look outside Pinellas County for possible future stadium sites.
"It's just an opportunity for us to get together and discuss the latest developments with respect to the Rays," Hagan said. "We've discussed this topic several times in the past, but it's been several months since we've had an opportunity to get together."
Among the items to discuss is the possible formation of a committee to help with the discussion, as well as who should be on it. Hagan has previously expressed his belief that the committee should include him and the mayor, as well as representatives of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Tampa Sports Authority and business leaders such as Sykes Enterprises CEO Chuck Sykes.
Hagan also wants to talk timetables. He said he doesn't anticipate taking anything back to the County Commission for consideration for another month or two. He said the next step likely has to be for the St. Petersburg City Council to formally agree to let the Rays look around.