New Rays stadium in Pinellas County a baby step closer to reality

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CLEARWATER, Florida - Pinellas County Commissioners have drafted a new ordinance that could extend a tourist tax past 2015 to help pay for a new baseball stadium - but only if it falls within Pinellas County limits.

The Tourist Development Council recommended to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) that the bed taxes remain at 5 percent even after bonds on Tropicana Field are paid off in 2015.

On Tuesday, commissioners seemed warm to the idea, which the ABC Coalition estimated could contribute $60-70 million to construction of a new stadium.  A public hearing and vote to extend the tourist tax will take place in November.

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