Monday, March 11, 2013
Have you seen Dunedin Patch's latest Facebook cover photo? Get to know the Dunedin woman who snapped the photo!
Dunedin resident Anne Hansen snapped a spring training moment at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium capturing this month's Dunedin Patch Facebook cover photo. Her shot captures a Toronto Blue Jays player in mid-air as he's turning a double play on Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wil Myers sliding into second base. We noticed Hansen's photo in the Dunedin Patch online community scrapbook and thought it would be a great way to celebrate spring training in Dunedin during March. It isn't the first time we've noticed her sports photos, especially of the Tampa Bay Rays, so we thought we'd learn more about the photographer who is behind the amazing shots. Name: Anne Hansen Lives In: Formerly of Port Richey, she is now a happy 12-year resident of Dunedin with …
Friday, February 8, 2013
A vote to further explore the possibility of allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to look for a stadium outside St. Petersburg failed Thursday.
A proposal that could have allowed the Tampa Bay Rays organization to look for stadium options outside St. Petersburg if they paid the city an annual exploration fee failed Thursday in a city council meeting. St. Pete council member Charlie Gerdes put forward the proposal to amend the use-agreement in hopes that it could end the stalemate and jumpstart communications between Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and the city. "How do we break the stalemate," Gerdes asked. "In order to have a relationship, we got to be talking. We need a vibrant, engaged relationship where we are thinking about the future. "Not just to have the Rays here until 2027. Not to merely have them live up to the contractual agreement," Gerdes said. "To have the Rays be here…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
St. Pete council members hope to get the ball rolling on the Tampa Bay Rays' stadium search by proposing that the team pay an annual "exploration" fee in exchange for looking at potential sites in Pinellas and Hillsborough.
For the past two weeks, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and the organization have made public presentations to the Hillsborough and Pinellas county commissions pleading their case to look for stadium options beyond Tropicana Field. Following the team's PR presentation calling for a new stadium in Pinellas County, St. Pete City Council Chair Karl Nurse stood in front of the Rays asking them to seek compromise and look at the Carillon/Gateway location first. In September, Darryl LeClair and CityScape made a presentation for the Rays Park at Carillon to be located in the Gateway area of St. Petersburg, which is just west of the Howard Frankland Bridge. Nurse told Patch that he wants to allow the Rays to look for stadium options …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Major League Baseball team says it needs a new stadium to be successful in the Bay area. Some St. Petersburg leaders insist they must stay in the city. We want to hear what you think should happen.
It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Rays have been talking with government officials outside of St. Petersburg about the need for a new stadium. They’ve gone on a road show of sorts, talking with officials on both the Hillsborough and Pinellas county commissions. Team management has made it clear that attendance numbers need to rise for the Rays to remain viable in the Tampa Bay area. They’ve also made it abundantly clear that Major League Baseball has lost its faith in Tampa Bay. While Hillsborough and Pinellas county officials want to lend a hand to restore that faith – and possibly a location for a shiny new stadium in their own backyards – St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster is adamantly opposed to letting the team out of its contract to play at …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Tampa Bay Rays organization said Major League Baseball does not believe in the Tampa Bay area when it met with the Hillsborough County Commission on Thursday.
St. Petersburg's mayor says the Tampa Bay Rays can only explore building a new stadium in his city because the Rays' lease at Tropicana Field does not end until 2027. For three-plus years, Bill Foster has tried to convince Rays owner Stuart Sternberg that St. Petersburg is the best option for the Rays future. However, after the Rays meeting Thursday with the Hillsborough County Commission, it is clear Foster has another entity to convince — Major League Baseball. Sternberg said the MLB no longer views the Tampa Bay area as a viable place for a professional baseball team, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Sternberg said, according to the Times, that he wants the team to remain in the region, but "Major League Baseball at this point no …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Tampa Bay Rays say they need a new stadium. St. Petersburg officials say the team is contractually obligated to remain at Tropicana Field for another 14 years. What do you think should happen, Tampa Bay?
It’s a brouhaha that’s been brewing in the Tampa Bay area for years: The Tampa Bay Rays say they need a new stadium. The City of St. Petersburg holds a contract that says the Major League Baseball team is obligated to play at Tropicana Field through the year 2027. Even so, the Rays haven’t been quiet about their perceived need for a newer, better stadium. A few years back, they floated the idea of building a new stadium on St. Petersburg’s waterfront. That idea was nixed in the court of public opinion. Now, team officials are planning to meet with both the Hillsborough and Pinellas County Commissions. The Hillsborough meeting, which will be open to the public, is set up for Jan. 24. The meeting with Pinellas officials takes place Jan. 29. …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Would you attend more Tampa Bay Rays games at the proposed location in Carillon Park than the one at Tropicana Field?
A local developer has pitched a plan to build a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays at Carillon Park, in the Feather Sound area. The Ulmerton Road location appears to be a shorter commute for Rays fans who live in Hillsborough County and middle and northern Pinellas County, including Dunedin. Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete Patch reported that Steven Kurcan, project manager with CityScape, says the location of a stadium plays a big factor when it comes to fans attending games. MLB said a stadium has to be within a 30-minute drive of a stadium to be successful, Kurcan explained. The proposal also includes adding retail, restaurants and entertainment (read the details). So, what do you think of the Rays moving north to Carillon Park?
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Stuff about the midnight run, changes to laws about your disabled parking permit, your favorite local business and where to find the cheapest gas in town.
1) Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 90 today, according to the National Weather Service. If you're participating in the Kiwanis Midnight Run tonight, low is 76, with really light winds (which means the air may be thick). 2) The lowest reported gas price in Dunedin is $3.09 (cash, regular) at the Super Shop, 1001 Broadway, according to TampaGasPrices.com. 3) Good luck to the runners at the Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run tonight! It's not too late to register. Sign up starts at 9:30 p.m. in Causeway Plaza in front of the Sheriff's Youth Ranch Thrift Store. Be sure to bring your registration fee ($15-$50, depending on race length). Also, the Sandbar Grill is open for race day spectators wishing to grab some grub and a drink…
Friday, May 4, 2012
A county commissioner has floated an idea that could benefit both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, according to the Tampa Bay Times: Send the Rays across the bay in return for Tampa's cruise ship business.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Here's an interesting plot twist in the ongoing conversation about where the Tampa Bay Rays' next home should be. Hillsborough County commissioner Victor Crist threw out this idea, according to the Tampa Bay Times: Send the Rays to Hillsborough County in exchange for Tampa's cruise ship business. According to the Times, the newest cruise megaships are too large to squeeze under the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Hillsborough County is trying to figure out how to accommodate them, possibly with a new terminal outside Tampa. Meanwhile, the Rays have proposed to move out of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, where they are currently contractually obligated to play through 2027. As reported in the Times, a coalition on the issue explored moving the …
Friday, April 6, 2012
PSTA’s New Central Avenue Trolley is a new alternative to parking at Tropicana Field when you attend Tampa Bay Ray's games.
Rays fans have a new resource this year when it comes to attending Rays games at Tropicana Field. PSTA’s new Central Avenue Trolley is an easy and affordable ride between downtown St. Petersburg and Pass-a-Grille. The new service, which was implemented last October, drops fans off right at the Pinellas Trail next to Ferg’s Sports Bar on Central Avenue. From there it’s only a short walk to Tropicana Field. “Last year it took numerous transfers to get from downtown St. Petersburg or Pass-a-Grille to the Trop; now it’s one trolley and NO transfers,” says PSTA Manager of Community Relations Bob Lasher. The Central Avenue Trolley ends at about 11 p.m., so PSTA officials encourage riders to double check the Central Avenue Trolley schedule before…