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Oldsmar snipes back over St. Petersburg official's comment

Oldsmar City Council member Jerry Beverland.
Oldsmar City Council member Jerry Beverland.
Published Apr. 28, 2016

OLDSMAR — At the end of last week's City Council meeting, council member Jerry Beverland, a 50-year resident, seemed a little grumpy when he used unpleasant verbiage to describe St. Petersburg.

During council comments, he and Mayor Doug Bevis were talking about the recent media coverage in connection with Oldsmar being on the radar when it comes to potential sites for a new Rays stadium.

Bevis had alluded to a statement made by Kevin King, chief of staff for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

"If the Rays want to alienate St. Petersburg and Tampa, it may be ideal. To me, Oldsmar's like Georgia," King said.

Behind the dais, Bevis stressed that Tampa Bay needs "a regional sports authority and a regional transit authority, and we need to break down barriers between the counties, and if we are going to continue progress and be competitive on a sports level, we need to stop this between the Hatfields and the McCoys.''

However, a moment later, Beverland, 80, might have added fuel to the fire as he explained that he wasn't opposed to city officials pursuing the team, though he believed the Rays' moving to his city "will never happen.''

"I don't give a rat's rear end about St. Petersburg, because it is like a rat's rear end, and you can tell him that because I don't really care. That man can go to Hades,'' he said.

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