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St. Petersburg Mayoral Candidates Clash on Future of The Rays


The next mayor of St. Petersburg won't have any shortage of issues he'll have to handle. At the top of that list is what to do about the Tampa Bay Rays wanting to leave Tropicana Field. Current Mayor Bill Foster recently retreated from his position of not negotiating with the team on its long-term lease. And Rick Kriseman has his own ideas on how to keep - and possibly negotiate an exit - for the team. They spoke recently at the Palladium.

In this excerpt from this week's Florida Matters, we hear from the candidates as they are questioned by Bay News Nine's Al Reuchel and Adam Smith, political editor for the Tampa Bay Times.

You can hear the rest of their debate on our Florida Matters page.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.