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A $200-million question

Should Bay Plaza be granted an extension to refigure the direction of its $200-million plans to redevelop downtown St. Petersburg? Or should the arrangement between the city and the company be abandoned after eight years? The City Council will decide today. Here's a look at where the council members line up:

LEANING FOR

EDWARD COLE JR.

"I believe that what I'm supporting here is in the best interests of the city in the long run."

LESLIE CURRAN

Bay Plaza officials have said that they will meet her demand that local groups be made a part of the plan's restructuring.

ERNEST FILLYAU

"The quicker we get this thing off the ground, the quicker we can lower everyone's taxes."

BEA GRISWOLD

"I hope to see what they would come up with in six months," the time Bay Plaza officials say they need to overhaul their plans.

DAVID WELCH

"My letters and phone calls are running eight to one in favor of Bay Plaza, and I've got a bunch of them."

LEANING AGAINST

CONNIE KONE

"I think the mayor is right in saying that this is the natural breaking point within the terms of the contract" with Bay Plaza.

ROBERT KERSTEEN

Bay Plaza's high land costs "are going to sink you, are going to bury you. There's no way they can get that to pay now or six months from now."

LARRY WILLIAMS

"I don't see any support whatsoever (for extension) other than a few people in the inner circle downtown." And "if this were a referendum, it would lose big time."

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