Poll: St. Pete Supports Sign Spinners, Opposes Rays Stadium

The poll also showed increased support for City Council and the Mayor. What the city does not support is financing a new Rays Stadium.

After its general election success, StPetePolls has released another of its local polls. 

According to results of its November survey, Mayor Bill Foster, City Council, the creation of a foreclosure registry and sign spinners all received support. 

The telephone survey of 1,424 registered voters within St Petersburg was conducted on Nov. 12. 

Foster has a 55 percent approval rating, which is his highest since June. Council's approval rating edged above 50 percent for the first time since July. 

Items that did not garner public support include red light cameras, and public financing for a new Rays stadium. 

Opposition to a new Rays stadium is severe in the new poll. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they did not want the city taking out loans to help build a new Rays baseball stadium.

Recently, CityScape presented a plan to build a new Rays stadium in the Carillon Park area of St. Petersburg, which is just west of the Howard Franklin Bridge. 

Foster has been open to building a new stadium at that location and is hoping the Rays will support that option, as well. However, Foster recently denied the Rays request to seek stadium options in Tampa and Hillsborough County in a letter he sent to Rays ownership. 


CJ November 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM
The solution to this problem is to somehow figure out a way to increase attendance. Obviously filling the stadium would be great, but it does not seem ''that'' goal will be achieved no matter what. The impression I have is that even a 10% increase in attendance could go a long way to being able to live with an attendance level like that. Surely they can figure out a way to do that? I am new around here, and I was astonished to find out both the the Hockey team an the Arena Foorball team have ''already'' been lost to Tampa from the Trop. Wow. That alone must have been a big blow to Tropicana. If the Rays leave, it will not only certainly leave the wonderful Tropicana in dire straights...but all the business in the surrounding area will then also be at risk. The Trop is beautiful both inside and out. What's the problem? I don't get it. Is it because this area is so much fun ''anyway'' that there are simply too many fun things to choose from to do? Then make the Trop ''more'' fun. Think, St Pete! As a newcomer, I find the Trop a very fine place and don't understand any of the local distaste for it that seems present. Why don't people like this place? Yeah...even though I am new here ...I do know the area where they want to put the new stadium...but there is nothing up there other than office buildings. The Trop and the surrounding area are about as fun of an area as I have ever seen anywhere in the entire world. People here don't appreciate enough what they have here.
Dick November 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
A ball team is a privately owned business. if a new stadium is good for the team...let the owners pay for it. I have a private business, how about the taxpayers building my company a new plant?
James Doyle November 14, 2012 at 08:25 PM
SonnyPeters November 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
channelside is a terrible idea. the place is bankrupt, businesses are pulling out left and right. people aren't going to get off a cruise ship and go to a game. if the bucs can't fill a stadium to 85% eight times a year, then what makes people think all of a sudden people are going to go to eighty-one baseball games. people from tampa don't want to drive across the bridge to support. i can kind of understand that because if they move to tampa i won't go to games anymore either. regardless of the prices, they are the most economical deal in all of professional sports. you can even bring your own food into the stadium. i wish more people would show support for such a quality product, with role models for young children, and a team that does things different but the right way


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